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webmaster | 10/10/12

I didn’t like it and most baseball fans didn’t like it. Unless you’re a St. Louis Cardinal fan. I’m talking about that horrendous call by the umpire in the single-elimination game between the Cards and the Braves.

Ump Sam Holbrook waited until the last moment to rule on a ball that hit the ground nearly halfway to the outfield fence. He called it an infield fly thereby making the hitter automatically out. Didn’t Abbot and Costello wear Cardinal uniforms when they did their famous Who’s On First routine? Well, in this case the guy at first was ruled out. I’m checking to see if Holbrook was a “replacement ump.”

Did I mention I’ve been a Braves fan since they were in Milwaukee and the days of Hank Aaron and Warren Spahn? Okay, I’ve got that off my chest.

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Like finding gold in the desert. Yep, pardner, friend and reader Jerry Dasher handed me his collection of editions of Desert Magazine, and I am sure to find some nuggets inside the pages of this classic periodical. When I brought literally dozens of them home my gal just sighed. But I figure it will give me something to read in the hospital while she undergoes and recovers from heart surgery. Which brings me to the most important part of this column: It is with deep appreciation I say thanks to all of you who took the time to express your concern and offer her best wishes and prayers for a speedy and full recovery...


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