Earlier this week, the wonderful “Sesame Street” celebrated its 40th anniversary. Which is just amazing if you think about it: “Sesame Street” has been around as long as the Kansas City Royals or the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. When it debuted in November 1969, Willie McCovey and Harmon Killebrew had just been awarded their MVP awards, Tom Seaver received his first Cy Young award, and Lou Piniella had just been honored as the American League Rookie of the Year. Oh, and Jamie Moyer was a prime target for the new show, being only one week shy of his 7th birthday. I’m not sure there’s any other way to explain just how old that is.
But here it is, 2009 and “Sesame Street” is still going strong. It’s pretty cool, really. In honor of that, and to end the week on a nice positive note, I thought I’d share a few of the baseball-related clips that I was able to find. Above is a ballgame from the Teeny Little Super Guy, who I easily recognize on site but who I would never have been able to name in a thousand years (or whose theme music I wouldn’t have been able to sing, unlike the terrific girlfriend…). The next video is a great little story called “Home Run on the Range”, a “Sesame Street” take on “Casey At the Bat” starring Forgetful Jones.
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And finally, here’s a quick Bert and Ernie clip. It’s a rainy day and Ernie’s feeling a little glum because he can’t go to his Little League game. Bert, of course, comes along to tell Ernie that he can still enjoy his baseball game – if he only uses his imagination.
There’s been a lot written about “Sesame Street” this week, and it’s all been deserved. It’s a great program that has intelligently and unapologetically striven to help young kids learn, and it has done that exceptionally well these last 40 years. There’s nothing more that I can add to that. I can remind you all just how great the show was, though, by including these clips. So watch and enjoy your trip down memory lane. It’s never a bad road to take.