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A Look At Baseball
After writing about the Rams and Bears, one guy suggested I write about the Cubs and Cardinals. (At least someone reads my letters.)
Let's see if there is anything positive you could say about the Cubs? With Deron Lee, their only true batting threat still out with injury, probably not.
There is Prior who finally came back from injury and had a brilliant first start. (He lasted 3 2/3 innings and only gave up 8 runs).
Their other big pitching hope, Wood, is ready to come off the DL. They seem to have worse health than those in your typical nursing home. Don't give up Cub fans, they still might beat out the Pirates for last place.
Now, it is a true joy to talk about an outstanding baseball team (and possibly the next world champs) - the St. Louis Cardinals.
Did you notice when Pujols went out with a rare injury, Rolen picked up the slack very well.
We won't talk about the White Sox games, but otherwise the hitting, defense and relief pitching has been solid.
The starting pitching has been a little shaky recently. In my opinion, they should put Wainwright and Reyes in the starting rotation and keep them there.
Speaking of injuries, now an outfielder, Rick Ankiel recently had knee surgery. Prior to that, he had 21 homers and 75 RBI's at A Quad Cities and Double A Springfield and was a candidate to be recalled by the Cardinals.
Summer is hopefully the time when many young people are playing ball and learning some of the most important lessons in life.
It reminds me of a baseball story. At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 9-year old baseball players aside and asked, " Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?" The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
"So" the coach continued, "I'm sure you know when an out is called you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire or call him a name. Do you understand that?" Again the little boy nodded.
"And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, its not good sportsmanship to call your coach a dumb _____, is it", the coach asked. Again the little boy nodded. "Good" said the coach. "Now go over there and explain all that to your grandmother."
On Sunday, June 25, Henderson County Crime Stoppers held it's fish fry and chicken fry at the Stronghurst park, and it was a huge success.
A large crowd of hungry people came out to support Crime Stoppers. The following people were responsible for making it a big success, Chief Cook Rick Jarvis, Bob Russell, Larry Russell, Dee Holford, Nile Olson, Pro-Gas, and Tony Anderson.
The Crime Stopers board who worked hard to put this together were, Glen Smith, Bob Darrah, Louis Johnson, Jon and Kathie Curtiss, Ralph Tatge, Tony Griepentrog, Chris Cook, Diane Lange, Connie Burgdorf, Teresa Boock, and Gerald Clark.