Around Town, Baseball Thoughts
I can already tell that things here are different in Louisiana. Driving back home I saw firsthand that Katrina and Rita are still affecting those of us who live in Louisiana. There are many more work vehicles on the interstate. electric companies on the move, camouflage vehicles (maybe National Guard) towing machinery, and lines of trucks labeled F. E. M. A…all signs that construction and the road to recovery is underway.
The lack of gasoline is also a major problem in Louisiana. My family warned me before my trip back home that I should not let my gas gauge go under half a tank. I now know why. Even as far up as Shreveport and Alexandria there were gas pumps with covers on them. I knew it was a sign that things would be worse the further south I went.
One thing that people have always commented about after finding out that I am from Louisiana is how bad the road construction is. I couldn’t help but wonder how difficult it must have been for evacuees to be stuck in traffic because the road construction probably slowed travel down possibly to a halt, not to mention the massive movement of people on the road at one time. I have been hearing how traffic in Baton Rouge is terrible considering that the normal population was around 450,000 and now is anywhere from 800,000 to 1 million people. The interstate system was bad before, but now it is much worse.
I headed to my father’s cabin in Southwest Mississippi to help with minimal repairs on the roof and some downed trees as a result of the hurricanes. Heading up I55 it was apparent that even though it was 100 miles inland Katrina was still packing a large amount of power. Massive trees were uprooted all along the interstate. I could also see evidence of tornados which may have spun off leaving a path of ripped trees into the forest.
After the repairs to my father’s cabin were done, next on the list was to repair my mother’s roof which was damaged more from Hurricane Rita than Katrina. She had water dripping from the ceiling in three areas of her home. My brother in-law and I found where two of the leaks came from and the third we believe may have been caused by the rain blowing horizontal under the shingles from gusting winds. Baton Rouge saw more rain and wind from Hurricane Rita that Katrina.
Other than helping out the family with repairs, I have been busy getting settled back at home. I’ve also been appearing on quite a few sports talk shows discussing the baseball playoffs and Catch 22 for Blue.
I haven’t been keeping up with the playoffs. If I’m not in them I really don’t care about what goes on. Unfortunately, I heard there was a really crazy ending to game #2 in the Angels and White Sox series. It is a shame that a game, especially one of such importance, should be decided on a controversial call. Should there be instant replay in baseball? What about only in the playoffs? Either way, congrats to the White Sox on making it to the World Series.
On another note, I’ve been asked several times if Buck Showalter purposely took our key players out of the game so that we would lose to the Angels and give them home-field advantage in the playoffs over the Yankees. I honestly don’t believe the thought even crossed Buck’s mind. The reason Mike, Tex and Hank were taken out early was to give the fans an opportunity to send cheers to the guys in appreciation for having a great year and playing as hard as they could everyday. That was a time for those players to give a little wave back in thanks for the fans supporting them so well. It was also an opportunity to reward the September call ups by letting them play in the final game of the season. We all did our best to win that game as we have every other game.
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David Dellucci, Catch 22 for Blue
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