BTW, thanks to those who've said kind words (and even those who haven't).
The purpose of a piece like this is to impart a little information, to entertain and to get people thinking.
When someone like BCubb, who is a great writer, gives you props on your prose, it's a good day. Same goes with plenty of others,
I was flattered that BP thought it was worth running. I'm even more flattered that so many people I respect on this site gave it a compliment.
Baseball isn't a magic trick ... it doesn't get spoiled if you figure out how it works. - gonelong
I'm witchcrafting everybody.