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Aug 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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Ballparks do nostalgia nights that focus on the 90s.  For cryin’ out loud, when people say something happened “ten years ago” I still think they mean 1992.

Oh well. It happens. That moment when you realize that that doo-wop song your mom was listening to when you were a kid was newer then than the Tribe Called Quest album your’re listening to now is to your daughter.

Off my lawn. All of you. But before you do, go look at the pics on the linked article. Some of them are pretty darn funny.

Now, seriously, get off my lawn.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Incoming high school freshmen are the college classes of 2021.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      I guess this is assuming a 5 year college stint? Otherwise it would be 2020

      Fall 2012 + 4 = Spring 2016 Graduation
      Fall 2016 + 4 = Spring 2020 Graduation

      • Gardenhire's Cat - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Fall 2012 + 4 + January 1st (new year) = Spring 2017 Graduation

        Fall 2016 + 4 + January 1st (new year) = Spring 2021 Graduation

      • timasahh - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        Not sure why so many downvotes. You’re right.

        High School

        Freshman: Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
        Sophomore: Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
        Junior: Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
        Senior: Fall 2015 – Spring 2016


        Freshman: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
        Sophomore: Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
        Junior: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
        Senior: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        Apparently people can’t math or logic, oh well. I didn’t even need to do the math to know I was right. I entered High School in 2002, graduated Spring of 2006, and graduated college spring of 2010, and oh look at that, all I have to do is add 10 years and voila

      • mrredlegz - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        10 or 8? When I went to high school back in the late 1900s, 2002 plus 8 equalled 2010.

      • timasahh - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

        I think he means 10 years since he started High School. He started in ’02 and graduated college in ’10. Therefore by adding 10 years he easily realized that starting in ’12 should result in graduating in ’20.

  2. skipperxc - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I’m just gonna leave this here:

    • kopy - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      This one is pretty new, actually:

  3. ajcardsfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Craig, to quote the Judds:
    “Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it seems like this world’s gone crazy”

  4. Francisco (FC) - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Holy Sh*t Toy Story was made SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO (17)

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      NOOOOOOOO! That was a cruel cruel fact to just go and blurt out like that. Bad FC, Bad man.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    The one that screws me up is the picture pointing out that if they made Back to the Future today, and he traveled 30 years into the past he’d be visiting 1982.

    *Watching BTTF right now actually*

    • xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Wow. I’ve actually thought this same exact thought many times when I’ve pondered “getting old”. I’ve also used Craig’s example of music I listened to in the late 80’s and very early 90’s as being older than the stuff I thought was ancient back then that was from the late 60’s and 70’s, when talking to my younger nieces and nephews about when you know you’re getting old. Ask any reasonable adult in their 20’s if they can imagine everyone not carrying a cell phone in their pocket or not having 150 cable channels to choose from. Or how about you’re only sports news being the daily newspaper. No internet sports sights, no blogs, no interacting with fans across the country after every game. I talk to my 14 year old daughter all the time about actually having to call friends on a phone and not being able to text. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen my daughter talk to a friend on the phone yet she texts with about 20 of them on daily basis. It’s crazy.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Heh…..remember the cable boxes that you had to shift and then push down the channel?

        It had, I think, 20 buttons and a lever with 3 positions.

        God that thing was great. Got me some MTV it did.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

        There hasn’t been much music worth listening to since the 60’s and 70’s.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        I have no idea why PBS is pushing Doo Wop. The music of my life in the 60’s was much better that that lightweight fluff.

  6. indaburg - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I’m so depressed right now.

  7. makeham98 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Really old is remembering when Kathleen Turner was hot. Body Heat, Crimes of Passion. That was a LONG time ago.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    World War II ended 67 years ago. Almost everyone who served in that war are over 85.

    Jackie Robinson integrated baseball 65 years ago.

    The Beatles burst onto the music scene 50 years ago. The year of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    John F. Kennedy was assassinated 49 years ago. [For those of us of a ceretain age, the “do you remember where you were when?” moment.]

    Men first walked on the Moon 43 years ago. [Another “do you remember where you were when?” moment.] The year of Woodstock and the Amazin’ Mets.

    Roberto Clemente died 40 years ago. The year the A’s won the first of their 3 consecutive World Series.

    John Lennon was assassinated 32 years ago. The year Ronald Reagan was elected President and Walter Cronkite retired. And, the year yours truly moved to DC, where there was no baseball team.

    And so on and so forth…

    *reaches for Geritol*

    • stex52 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      I was 17 and about to start my senior year in HS when they first walked on the moon. I will never forget that day.

      • natstowngreg - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        I was 18 and about to start college. I was a big fan of the space race.

        BTW, a correction. Walter Cronkite retired in 1981, not 1980. We apologize for any inconvenience.

      • foreverchipper10 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        I was a senior in high school when 9/11 happened.

  9. 18thstreet - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    My daughter is 5, and was thus born in 2007. Think of an album that came out 20 years before you were born.

    For my daughter, that’s The Joshua Tree.

    • Alex K - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      For my son, that’s Mama Said Knock You Out.

      • lazlosother - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        For my son it’s the Beatles VI

    • jackrabbit56 - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      For my son, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

  10. crispybasil - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Any excuse:

    • crispybasil - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Aww shucks, thought it’d be embedded.

  11. joshftw - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I had a moment like that the other day when I heard the fact that for this year’s college freshman, Kurt Cobain has always been dead.

    • xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Great point. To 18 year olds today, Cobain is like Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison was to teens in the early 90’s.

    • leerosenthall - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      “For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.”

      Beloit College publishes a “Mindset List” every year “to reflect the world view of entering first year students,” and it’s pretty entertaining!

      • natstowngreg - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM


        Looked up 2005, when my niece graduated from West Point. One of the items noted that Cal Ripken, Jr., has always been a baseball player. The Class of 2005 was born mostly in 1983; 29 years ago, in his 2nd full MLB season, Cal helped the Orioles win the World Series.

  12. xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    My daughter feels like she is getting way back retro points when she listens to my Nirvana cd’s.

  13. xmatt0926x - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    My 1st cell phone in college in 1994 was a brick twice the size of my home phone. Of course in the few years before that every guy in their teens and early 20’s had beepers, but then you had all those “old” people in their 30’s asking you if you were a drug dealer because of the beeper.

  14. largebill - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    At first I thought seeing major leaguers who are sons of players I watched (Buddy Bell, etc) was a sign I was getting old. Then Tito Francona’s son managed a couple teams and that confirmed it for me.

  15. kvanhorn87 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I realized I was old the other day when I went into local convenience store and that little pad with the birthdate in order to buy cigarettes was 2 months after I graduated high school

  16. leerosenthall - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    This is completely OT, but all those superimposed photos of current Phils on old television show characters prompts the question: Does anyone else think Marlo Stanfield is walking to the plate whenever it’s Domonic Brown’s turn to bat?

  17. brianbosworthisstonecold - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Craig is so old he farts dust.

  18. imthedudedude - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Damn dude, love the tribe called quest shout at. Props

    • itsonlyaspeedbump - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Craig you have earned a lifelong follower of this blog.

      “Stern, firm, and young, with the laid-back tongue.
      The aim is to succeed and achieve at 21.
      Just like Ringling brothers, I’ll daze and astound.
      Captivate the mass cuz the prose is profound.”

  19. leftywildcat - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    When I was 25, I thought 30 was middle age.

    When I was 30 I decided I was still young, and middle age wasn’t until 35.

    When I was 35, I decided middle age wasn’t until 40.

    When I was 40, I figured that middle age musn’t be until age 45.

    A week and a half before I turned 45, Richie Ashburn was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and a week and a half after my birthday, Mickey Mantle passed away. With the TV channels showing many old grainy newsreels of the 2 careers that I knew I’d seen many years earlier, and the newspapers having so many old photos that that I knew I’d seen many years earlier, boy did I suddenly feel old!

  20. chicoruiz - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    “You know you are getting old when they are tearing down buildings you remember being built”. I thought of this when Riverfront Stadium went down….

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