Spring is trying to take a foothold in western Ohio...some sun and 70+ today...same for tomorrow, before rain and cooler for the weekend...but we will take what we get, and no long term rain or cold in the forecast for the next 10 days......or so the weather "experts" say....not sure I believe a damn thing they say, but hope "springs" eternal.
Sam and I umpired together at Columbus Grove yesterday afternoon, and it went much better, argument wise, than the day before. Sam did the plate and as far as I could tell made few mistakes(any umpire that says the did the perfect game is in denial or a liar, no such thing in my knowledge of baseball, and I've been playing, coaching, and umpiring the game for over 50 years)...with the score 3-0 in favor of the home team, the visitors, MC, got a liner to deep left center, a run scores and the coach sends his batter towards 3rd on a fly....I had the position, the runner slides, and his tucked leg doesn't reach the bag, before the CG 3rd baseman slaps a tag on his ankle....I called him "out", and MC's coach calls it "a terrible call", well I've been called worse, I got the call right(99% sure), and told him "no coach, the tag beat the leg...I'm sure he still is not happy with the call, but the argument ended there and we moved on....Grove comes out a 8-2 winner in just under 2 hours......tonight I have a big Green Meadows match up between 2 of the leaders, at Sherwood Fairview against Antwerp....should be a good one and the weather looks good, tomorrow as luck would have it, I'm at Antwerp for a non-league game with Lincolnview.
I've decided to try to get a photo of the ball parks I'm at for the rest of the season....posted today is one of the Grove Diamond....a new scoreboard, which sits boxed, waiting for the grassy areas to dry, will be a welcome addition to the park.
About 3 weeks ago, Patricia, Anissa, and I, went to Lima, picked up a treadmill for Ness, and ordered a pair of costly Ashley Leather/Oak recliners....man will they be a softer sit than our old pair of Lay-Z-Boys....the photos don't do them justice, but trust me, I will be very protective of these for awhile, and when the boys sit on them, they better check out their pockets.....or some butt will be chewed! I'm sure I'll get over that in due time, but I'm always a little paranoid around leather, especially with kids(even though these guys are 26 and 24) and dogs...Reagan beware!
OK, out to enjoy the weather.....think I'm smoke a nice long torpedo cigar when I return home tonight....should be a great night for a smoke and beer, although I will also have to catch the Flyers in Game #4 against the Caps.
photos-the new chairs, the photos are dark because the sun is hitting the windows, but they do look good, and a wide view of the Columbus Grove Diamond.