I’d love to discuss politics with my Dad. I’d love to BS or even spend a St Patrick’s Day with my uncle Joe. I’d love to even be able to hug my cousin Diane Marie. They’re gone though…and no amount of wishing in the world will ever bring them back.
As a side note, I used to have a ‘Fantasy Softball Team’. They were a softball team of people in real life who I truly wanted to meet, but never got to meet before they ‘retired’. In the fantasy, we’d just play a softball game against another team and, win or lose, just BS current events over pitchers of draft beer before closing time at a table at a local bar.
So far, I’ve had to retire the numbers of John Belushi, George Burns (umpire),Rodney Dangerfield (manager), John Candy (catcher), Sam Kinison (right field), and John Ritter (short-stop). Oddly enough, though I knew we grew up thousands of miles apart and had nothing in common, it was John Ritter who I thought I’d have the longest conversation with. But it doesn’t matter though. Those days of guys playing softball after work, and going to the local bar in the team uniforms (still covered in orange clay and wearing cleats) to drink draft beer to Rock-o-la jukebox music before heading home are long gone now.
FTR- I STILL say Robin Williams would have played one Hell of a good third base. And Akroyd definately has/had the height for first.