Saturday, March 28, 2015


Today is the birthday of the woman referred herein as "gal-pal Sarah." She figured prominently in a couple posts last year. Before heading off to someone else's birthday dinner, I thought I would mention that readers probably won't find other references to Sarah in the future—she picked a fight during Game 7 of the 2015 World Series and broke up with me eight days later.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Melvin Grants Me Three Wishes

The 2015 Season Preview

Image by DoloresMinette used through Creative Commons license.

Two weeks from today, Melvin and I will begin the first of three trips planned for the 2015 season. Each itinerary responds to a comment I made. I have written before about Melvin's generosity and here is yet another example.

Our last three trips were beset by rain: the July 2013 sojourn to Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana and then through the South and Mid-Atlantic last year. I said to Melvin, sincerely in despair, "I don't think I can do this anymore." "Next year," he promised me, "we will go someplace where it won't rain."

Secondly, I remarked that I didn't want to leave the Montana ball clubs for last, after we had seen every other team. I also pointed out this may well be the final season for professional ball at Historic Grayson Stadium, in Savannah.

Three preferences expressed, three wishes granted. We are heading to sunny Southern California in April, Savannah and North Carolina in July, and Montana, Spokane and the Tri-City Dust Devils in August.

Chris, who joined us for a game-and-a-half in Maryland last year—did I mention rain?—will accompany us for part of the SoCal trip. David Bragdon will make most of the July games, and Watson will come to Montana.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hidee hidee hidee hi

The funeral for Minnie Miñoso—also known as Mr. White Sox and the Cuban Comet—was held today at Holy Family Church in Chicago. Born Saturnino Orestes Armas (Arrieta) Miñoso, he died on Sunday at the age of 90, or 89, or however old he was.

Miñoso was the ninth player to break baseball's color barrier and the first African-American to play for the White Sox. A five-tool player and nine-time all star, he deserved to be elected to the Hall of Fame but was passed over in an era when Negro League accomplishments were not a factor in the voting.