The baseball diamond was a familiar spot for the kids. Usually to lose. Suffer defeat. And so on.
As off the field, Lucy was Charlie Brown’s constant nemesis (a title she would wear proudly), but everyone of his Worse News Wombats would set off massive heartburn for the barber’s son over time. My favorite example of this is Linus’s sorrowful soliloquy whilst lining up to catch a fly ball. (Man, did somebody put creepy-crawlys in Schulz’ cereal or what?) Charlie Brown’s ending lamentation applies not just to his own frustration, but that of his wayward outfielder as well, a neat trick.