Let’s Play Two

Here we go – directing two episodes of Mistresses at the same time. Let’s do this.

The title of this post is a quote from one of the all-time great baseball players from my favorite teamthe late Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub. Back then, in the mid-1950s to mid-1970s when he played, doubleheaders were the norm in baseball. Nowadays, they are sort of rare, but they were common before the present era.

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Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs circa 1963. (Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos)

And on the eve of baseball’s Opening Day, a sitting US President attending a baseball game in Cuba yesterday for the first time, and me about to go shoot two episodes, I think it’s particularly relevant to quote Mr. Cub.

While some would bemoan the doubleheader – the strenuous pace of two games back-to-back in the hot summer sun – Ernie became famous for saying some variation of following: It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame … let’s play two!

I love this simple and straightforward quote. It reflects his joy, gratitude, enthusiasm and love for his chosen field – a profession that is a game, and a privilege to play. I know that feeling well.

So yeah – let’s play two. (Cryptic daily updates to come!)

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