Today is Saturday, August 19, 2017

Coaches are teachers, too

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It wasn't too long ago that Jody Atwood, now softball coach at Friendship Christian, was the county's Teacher of the Year for his efforts at Wilson Central.

*Was at a prep baseball game the other night when the SRO from the home school walked up -- we started a conversation about the game. He eventually says to me. "I grew up listening to you do the Blue Devil games on the radio." Talk about making me feel my age.

*Here's a call for some reader participation. Having spent many nights this spring at local baseball / softball fields -- I'm sure others have as well. Send me an email about your favorite concession stand food. Local ballparks only, please. Is it reasonably priced, well-cooked, what about the condiments? Let's hear your favs. If you're going to be at the ballpark watching the kids play, you might as well have a heads up on the eats.

I'll publish some of the best responses in the coming weeks. Here's one of mine -- the grilled chicken sandwich at Veterans Field. Audrey Burger runs a pretty tight ship in the concession stand. The chicken sandwich is a flavorable alternative to hamburgers and 'dogs. Of course, she's got a deep fryer going for crinkle fries and tater tots. How ironic is is the fact that lady who runs the concession stand is named "Burger"?

*Lebanon - Mt. Juliet is a heated rivalry, but always a classy one. Having seen the two teams split Tuesday and Wednesday, it was pretty cool to see many of the guys exchanging hugs after the games. Several played summer travel ball together. Mt. Juliet head coach Mark Purvis and assistant Mickey Martin played at Cumberland as did LHS head coach Tracy Slone and his pitching coach "Doc" Murdock.

*Speaking of Cumberland, the Bulldogs have moved up to No. 10 in the NAIA Coaches Poll -- up eight spots from last week. Winning a bunch of games will do that. The CU - Martin Methodist series has been pushed back one day to a Saturday, Sunday affair due to weather concerns.

*As Cumberland baseball lined up in front of the dugout last Saturday for the National Anthem at Bethel in McKenzie trainer Danny Rogers, assistant coach Ryan Hunt and head coach Woody Hunt stood shoulder to shoulder. Removing their caps -- three bald skulls appeared. Insert your own joke here.

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