Saturday, January 07, 2012

Ron Paul, GOP's Satchel Paige?

With a double-header debate this weekend, memories arise of the legendary Satchel Paige who, before baseball was integrated, was the greatest pitcher in America, often starting two games in a day and was considered by Joe DiMaggio et al the best they never had to face in the big leagues during his prime.

Satchel pitched well into his sixties, famously saying, “Never look back, something might be gaining on you.”

Ron Paul, who will turn 77 in August, like Paige, is an all-star in his own Libertarian league, and the question arises: Is it too late for him to make it in the Big Show?

Between Iowa and New Hampshire, Paul was the only major contender to go home for a few days rest and his son Rand has been out stumping for him since.

To an observer particularly conscious of age, the elder Paul has seemed a little slower recently in his usually snappy debate responses.

How will he do Sunday morning after a Saturday night outing?

Update: Ron Paul did senior citizens proud this weekend, slapping down Rick Santorum and showing up the rest of the field by exemplifying a couple of Satchel’s other rules for the aging: "Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move" and "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society—-the social ramble ain't restful."

Paul can still throw those fastballs.


hking said...

Here is a quote attributed to Satchel Paige"

"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Satchel Paige

My favorite quote on aging is:

"Growing old is not for sissies."

Anonymous said...

Paige could pitch. Paul just throws.