Ronnie Polaneczky, a journalist for 30 years, is a Metro columnist at the Daily News, where she has won numerous journalism awards for listening to the city she loves and telling its stories in ways that get to the heart of who we are. She is the 2015 winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Journalism Fellowship for her coverage of elderly parents who are still responsible for the care of their intellectually disabled, aging children. You can watch her TEDxPhiladelphia Talk, "The Power of Deliberate Listening," at: https://youtu.be/A343tlP5iUA
Feeling bad about the Phillies’ right-to-the-wire beat-down last night by the Yankees?
At least we have World Series umpire Joe West to remind us, in song, that there’s still honor in having made it this far (and, hey, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over). Or, as he warbles, “You can’t run with the big dogs if you act like a puppy.”
When he’s not umping the World Series, West is known as “Cowboy Joe,” a singer-songwriter who favors country music and who also waxes prolific, in spoken word set against pleasingly schmaltzy song, about America’s Favorite Pasttime.
"I love the music because it's pure," West told the Tampa Tribune in 2008. "I was once told that it is two chords and the truth. It's simple, it tells a story. It's real life."
Click here to listen to Joe sing a little bit of "You Can't Run With the Big Dogs."
Wanna join in?Here's some lyrics.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression
You can’t live your life in a state of depression
The stakes that you make in life sometimes seem too many
But remember that hindsight is always 20-20.
‘Cause you can’t run with the big dogs if you act like a puppy
You can’t swim with the big fish if you splash like a guppy
You can’t run with the stallions if you trot like a colt
You can’t turn that lug nut if you don’t have the bolt