I love baseball, but it is getting hard to watch on television. The problem for me is the announcing. Too many announcers talk about everything except the game. I recently was watching a game and two batters came and went with no a word said about either of them, not even announcing their names.

I love baseball, but it is getting hard to watch on television. The problem for me is the announcing. Too many announcers talk about everything except the game. I recently was watching a game and two batters came and went with no a word said about either of them, not even announcing their names.
The announcers were too busy trying what was mostly an "inside" joke, one I am sure few of their listeners knew anything about.
It seems to me that an announcing crew should be two people, one to do the play-by-play and the other should provide "color."
One needs to call the game; who's batting, who's pitching, what the ball count is, who made a play in the outfield, where defensive players are positioned and such things as this. A color person should fill in the waiting times, between pitches or when a relief pitcher comes in. He should have tidbits about the batter, comments about how the hitter stands at the plate, or how the new pitcher throws and how hard, or the batting average of the current hitter.
The only way to get past this is to turn down the volume and just "call" the game yourself. It is easy to get the scorecard on the internet which can lead you through the game.
As a Yankee fan, it has been interesting to have Aaron Judge on the team. He has been in the big leagues only a very short time but has already set some records. He is a big man,  I think six foot eight inches and weighs in at 280 pounds. That makes watching him even more interesting because men his size don't often make it in the big leagues.
I'm wish him the best and hope he remains as humble as he seems to be now. Unfortunately, money and fame have a way of changing people.
The rains have been nice lately, which means the gardens are producing beautifully. We are starting to get some things, but we are fighting the varmints, mostly squirrels and a wily old groundhog. They are eating the tomatoes, cucumbers and okra leaves.
Russell has set a live trap. So far, his only catches have been one squirrel, one raccoon and a cat. It has become a big challenge for him.
Apparently other gardeners are having the same trouble. Everyone has their idea about how to combat them. We don't mind sharing our produce but we would like to have a little to bring into the house.
In my opinion, gardens are the best thing about summer, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed and my hopes up. If all fails, I guess there's always the farmers market. But it is really nice to eat a tomato that you have planted and have watched grow day by day.
I hope the varmints are not eating your vegetables and we must hope the good rains continue well into the late summer and I hope your baseball team is doing well.




Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.