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  1. Previously after my Dad’s own and thankfully very early ‘64 Vietnam tour ended we had been stationed and lived off base just outside of Detroit down near Metro Airport from ‘65-‘70, where I gained my love of Motown, Daves Bing and Debuscherre on the Pistons, saw smoke 12 miles off in the distance and National Guard personnel carriers drive through our neighborhood as the city burned during the July ‘67 riots, and more importantly, fell in love with the great Tiger team of that era culminating in the come from behind ‘68 WS championship. Al Kaline soon became my new boyhood idol joining Jerry W
  2. In 1970 my career Marine Air Wing Msgt father and family were assigned to Kaneohe Bay, Oahu at the height of the Vietnam war. The Hawaii Islanders were in their final year of being the Angels PCL affiliate before becoming the Padres Triple A team the following season. The Islanders were led by Winston Llenas and won their PCL division and in the league playoffs faced faced their big PCL rival the Spokane Indians who were the Dodgers Triple A team, managed by Tommy Lasorda and featuring league MVP SS Bobby Valentine as well as future Dodgers Garvey, Lopes, Cey, Yeager, Paciorek, Buckner, Hough,
  3. With Iglesias at SS that’s great for this year. Next year though I’d prefer the better, more naturally talented and just more baseball intuitive player in Fletcher play the much more important and demanding SS position if Renigfo or Barreto or someone else internally can show the can play 2B. Renigfo is young with potential but mentally on the field sometimes seems like a very close relative of Aybar. Hopefully it’s just a maturity issue and he can grow and develop out of it as Maddon has inferred. Then instead of chasing and signing the expensive FA SS options like Linder, Correa, Seag
  4. Isn’t Fletcher actually a better SS with better arm at this point, with Reningfo possibly a better fit at 2B long term?
  5. We used to regularly play the old Riverview course in Mesa which closed when they built the Cubs new Sloan Park Stadium on part of that land. Now we just do Top Golf and call it even.
  6. During the 1997 remodel with the OF grandstands removed, Ken Griffey hit a ball center which seemed to clear the construction and leave the stadium but I never heard or read any confirmation of what I thought I saw. Last summer we were golfing with my friend who used to share our piece of season tickets and his now 33 year old son. In the middle of the round we got to talking old games we saw and the son innocently and out of the blue asked if Ken Griffey actually did clear the park that day. He was 10 when it happened and like me still wondered if our eyes deceived us that day.
  7. ?? Everything I’ve read says both Suzuki and Victorino were born and grew up in Wailuku Maui.
  8. That article in The Athletic from ten days ago pointed out that in addition to the Cubs, the Nationals, White Sox, Red Sox, Yankees, Cardinals, Phillies, Angels and Giants have also enacted cost-cutting measures such as layoffs, furloughs, salary reductions and buyout packages. As Lou alluded to, Arte just did it and had it reported in the press earlier. Does that make him cheap or a shrewd businessman making tough decisions?
  9. I’m not a big fan either. I actually agreed with what Bill wrote in this column. It’s not anything specifically about any one column he writes. He just tends to drift with the tide. I think as a columnist Bill often tends to write articles more to draw readers than present a consistent viewpoint. The lawyer as ambulance chaser motif in print journalism at times. For example, he repeatedly piled on the Lakers and Rob and Jeanie when Magic was pulling his histrionics last year but once their drama less approach to managing a front office produced a championship he was suddenly back on boar
  10. Not really. I was a journalism major and college sportswriter eons ago so I’m cursed and subscribe to and read a lot of different newspapers and articles out of a sick perversion. Even get these things called printed copies on Sunday.
  11. Plashke would slam his own mother if he thought it would get him some clicks.
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