This Sunday I took a 4 mile walk in preparation for what I hope will be frequent nighttime walks during many MLB seasons to come. Since the possibility that a baseball stadium would rise up on the Orange Bowl grounds [The Battle for Evermore], I have looked forward to taking my walks around the new stadium even as I listened to radio or internet broadcasts of the game.
Those walks to come are already vivid in my head. I know that I will unhook my earphones as I pass homes who are watching the game or people outside their apartments listening like me. At first there will a series of imperceptible acknowledgements. But by June, my MLB fandom established, there will be waves, quick head-shakes inspired by Stanton and actual conversations.
Who knows, there might also be fellow bloggers along the path. Like Lourdes girls who know of Sandy Denny, they are rare but do exist, so sayeth the book of Daniela. I already have a few suggestions.
The Led Zeppelin song Houses of the Holy [see below] — through an admittedly parochial prism — written nearly 40 years ago, nicely captured my mood on the walk to the opening of a MLB park in my neighborhood.
Let me take you to the [Tower Theater] movies. Can I take you to the [Domino Park] show
Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden [Brigade 2506 Memorial Park] grow
From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves [Giancarlo Stanton dingers] go
From the door comes Satan’s daughter [New York Yankees], and it only goes to show. You know.
There’s an angel on my shoulder [Miami-Dade County Hotel and Restaurant Taxes], In my hand a sword of gold [SEC investigation]
The song rambles on after that …
See what my Little Havana GPS reads like for the 2 mile [one way] walk:
- Start out going north on SW 26th Rd.
- Turn left at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
- Turn right onto SW 13th Ave at the Anaut’s house.
- Go past the 2506 Brigade Memorial.
- Go past Calle Ocho / Olga Guillot Way.
- Go past Flagler St.
- Turn left at St John Bosco Catholic Church.
- Take right onto NW 14th Ave.
- The OB2 / Marlins Park is 3 blocks ahead.
Lyrics to Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy
Let me take you to the movies. Can I take you to the show
Let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow
From the houses of the holy, we can watch the white doves go
From the door comes Satan’s daughter, and it only goes to show. You know.
There’s an angel on my shoulder, In my hand a sword of gold
Let me wander in your garden. And the seeds of love I’ll sow. You know.
So the world is spinning faster. Are you dizzy when you’re stoned
Let the music be your master. Will you heed the master’s call
Oh… Satan and man.
Said there ain’t no use in crying. Cause it will only, only drive you mad
Does it hurt to hear them lying? Was this the only world you had? Oh-oh
So let me take you, take you to the movie. Can I take you, baby, to the show.
Why don’t you let me be yours ever truly. Can I make your garden grow