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BASEBALL, HOT DOG, APPLE PIE, AND CHEVROLET What Independence Means to Me
I f there’s a phrase that exemplifies American culture, it’s from that old Chevrolet commercial from the ‘70s which I’m sure you probably remember. As goes the slogan, “Baseball, hot dog, apple pie, and Chevrolet!” Here’s how I associate with the American auto manufacturer’s old saying. We like our children to stay active in sports, so we start them at a young age with T-ball and then baseball. Baseball is and has always been my favorite sport to play and is no doubt one of America’s favorite pastimes. From the tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to eating shelled peanuts and catching pop flies, baseball is truly ingrained in American culture. I remember playing baseball as a child, and I remember hitting my first home run. I played baseball throughout my entire childhood, and I enjoyed watching my son’s ball games. I even enjoy watching baseball on TV. When we traveled to San Francisco last July, we had the opportunity to attend a Giants home game against the Cleveland Indians. I was surprised that the AT&T Park was standing-room only for this ordinary regular season home game in the middle of a weekday afternoon. This turnout goes to show you how popular baseball is in America. Not everyone has tried a raw oyster, but I’m willing to bet everyone has munched down on a hot dog at some point. With the variety of franks, brats, wieners, and dogs I see in the meats aisle
and at most restaurants and gas stations, it’s plain to see Americans loves hot dogs. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the first hot dog stand in America opened in the Bowery district of New York City in 1871. By 1893, hot dogs became standard fare in baseball parks across America. According to the Council, major league baseball fans will consume over 19 million hot dogs in baseball stadiums across America this year.
vehicles, but my favorite has been “Weezie,” my 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 crew cab. I have driven her over 340,000 miles, and I even preferred to drive Weezie over my E-350 Mercedes for years. Weezie has been from Jacksonville to the Tennessee mountains to the Florida Keys and all sorts of places in between, making memories every place we traveled. Suffice it to say: She’s a keeper and I have plans for Weezie. I recently bought myself a new truck. After test driving GMC’s 2018 Sierra Denali HD 4X4 Crew Cab with the Duramax Diesel, I just had to have it. To me, that’s freedom — a luxury driving vehicle with the power of a freight train.
The first pie I remember eating as a child was a homemade apple pie my mother made. As a youngster, I remember choosing to dress up like John Chapman, aka “Johnny Appleseed,” for one of my school events. John Chapman was an American original I admired early on because his dream was to produce so many apples that no one in America would ever go hungry. Johnny Appleseed grew thousands of apple trees from Massachusetts to Ohio from 1972 to 1805. According to the American Pie Council, the U.S. is one of the world’s largest apple producers today. I remember when I was a youngster, my family owned a Chevrolet truck, and I remember how much I used to enjoy riding in the front seat next to my father. I have driven all different kinds of
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