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A Lost Spring For Seniors, and My Sports Fix

3 April 2020 Views From The Booth Sports


Winchester Printers

Greetings From The Booth!

Sad to say that the Booth is now in lockdown mode for the forseeable future, but not even a pandemic will stop these posts from happening on a weekly basis. I truly hope you are all doing your part to flatten that curve, and hopefully we can get past the coronavirus crisis sooner than later.

In this challenging time, let’s remember to continue to support our
small businesses, who have really been hit hard. You can do that by taking advantage of pick-up and delivery options, buy gift cards you can use later, or visit their websites.

Other things you can do to help others is give blood (the Red Cross has taken every safety measure to insure your safety), and contribute to our area food banks. If we all work together, we will get through this. When Americans all join forces to tackle a problem, there is nothing we can’t do.

Quickly, I have been trying to satisfy my “sports fix” every day, but as I said last week, the choice of live events is limited (nonexistent, really). However, yesterday I got away from the briefings, press conferences, the news network doomsayers, and Tiger King by watching a replay of Game 7 of the 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. If you like pitching, this was one of the all-time great games, as the Twins’ tough-as-nails Jack Morris dueled with a young John Smoltz of the Braves. The game was scoreless until the 10th, when Minnesota walked off Atlanta in the Metrodome.

I also took a peek at a replay of last year’s Nationals championship parade. The Nats World Series season still seems like a dream, and it’s nice to revisit.

And better than the aforementioned Tiger King is a documentary called “Dark Side Of The Ring”, a docu-series based on tragic events from the world of pro wrestling. For those of you who watched season 1, season 2 has begun, and Wednesday night I watched the 2-part episode about Chris Benoit, who killed his family and then himself. Riveting stuff. BTW, Joe Exotic sounds like a pro wrestling name, doesn’t it?

Finally, a nod to Shenandoah University’s senior athletes whose Spring seasons were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Those young men and women have been robbed of something they can never get
back–never had in the first place. Game-winning hits, memorable goals, personal bests, and Senior Day tributes in front of live crowds will not be experienced, but only imagined. All these athletes have are empty spaces that should have been filled with special memories.So, to those seniors we say thank you, even though it’s not enough.

Until our next visit from the Booth…stay the course, and
GO HORNETS!

RW


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