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Play ball! Or a strikeout?

Don Rogers

The Rockies are spending yet another year playing at a good Triple A level – that’s the minors – and there probably is a team or two in the bushes that could take this crew. Even with the likes of all-stars Larry Walker and Todd Helton.

It’s hard to figure whom to feel less sorry for – players who average nearly $2.5 million a season, or owners who cry poverty from the comfort of their trophy homes.

The game itself is great, once one learns the patience and the nuances necessary to appreciate its artistry and rich symbolisms that reach beyond sport itself. Sort of like bonsai, only without the egos or innumerable stats.

Perhaps our most venerable professional sport while finally topple over with the greed and systematic corruption from the teams’ failure to even out the chances of fielding a champion.

Much as we love the game, or used to love the game, this is unlikely even if the players do go on strike. The talk itself has already lost us, and you know, football season is here, with hockey and basketball on football’s heels.

We can live without baseball into the fall, and when the snow falls we won’t remember or care anyway.

Perhaps to save the game itself, the morons who own and who play on the Major League teams will need to finally kill it.

Strike three! We’re out.

Rubber ducks

So of course we need a tie in here to the baseball strike. Bereft of ideas at this late hour as we write, we naturally turn to the pages of this fine publication.

Eureka! There it is! Rubber duckies!

More to the point, the story about the duck race Sunday afternoon has a piece of hyperbole from a fellow surely destined to become baseball’s commissioner someday. At least he ought to. And, yes, speaking with full bias, we think he’d do a better job than ol’ Bud Selig at this point. (Of course, who wouldn’t, but we’re leaving that part out – the beauty of diplomacy.)

Yep, there it is, full tongue and cheek, a quote from CMNM general manager Bob Brown: “Rubber duck racing is the perfect remedy for a despondent nation facing the prospect of a baseball strike.”

The 15,000 or so ducks bear the chance of prizes, but the real point is to raise money for the Rotary Club, which in turn supports youth scholarships, programs for people in need, and other community service projects.

And spending $5 on a duck will help people more deserving than the ballplayers or team owners, that’s for sure.



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