D.R.: Beetles gnaw at national pastime | VailDaily.com

D.R.: Beetles gnaw at national pastime

Don Rogers
Vail CO, Colorado

Bark beetles have risen everywhere, it seems. Never mind the national forests. They’re even gnawing at professional baseball.

Tha Asian ash borer threatens the trees that provide 80 percent of the wooden bats for youth and adult leagues, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The beetle has killed 25 million of these trees in five years, The New York Times reports.

The bug emmigrated and like lots of bark beetles has thrived with global warming much like the lodgepole and spruce bark beetles in our neighborhood.

Granted, threatening the main stock of wooden baseball bats pales to laying waste to Western evergreens and priming whole forests for catastrophic wildfires.

Still. This is insult atop injury. The little bugs are hitting us where it hurts, right down to the national pastime.

You might think this is Mother Nature’s way of settling accounts with Barry Bonds, the almost certainly juiced slugger about to beat Hank Aaron’s record for home runs in a career.

But no such luck. The bat supply is hardly going to run out in the next week or two.

And Bonds doesn’t swing ash bats. His are maple.

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