I am coming to you this week from the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Campbellsville. It is Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. Assistant Basketball Coach Guy Strang and myself have brought 12 young men to a basketball camp here.
It is at this point that I must ask a question: Why is it when you take boys or young men to a hotel that they feel compelled to stay up and talk to each other ALL NIGHT?
Please understand that these are young people that see each other nearly every day of their lives. Take them to a hotel and it is like old Army buddies that have not seen each other for decades. This is what we experienced last night. Trying to get each room to get their rest was as frustrating as herding rabbits.
We must get it across to our players that Coach Strang and I aren’t Spring chickens anymore. Heck, Coach Strang isn’t even a last Spring’s chicken anymore.
Anyhow, I close a little bit of this with this thought: For anyone who thinks coaching is all glory, hitch a ride on a big yellow bus void of air conditioning and spend a sleepless night at a fine Holiday Inn in the middle of Campbellsville.
Jackie Sholar joins Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball team
Every year, Steve Allen graciously hosts several of his Bowling Green customers and a few Cadiz friends to a fine weekend in Bowling Green. There is a small group golf outing first and then an evening at the ballpark.
Bowling Green is host to a Class A minor league team called the Bowling Green Hot Rods. This past Saturday, Steve’s group survived eight innings in a luxury box before calling it a night. The accomodations are fabulous, but the game moves at a snail’s pace. The opposing team’s catcher had a Hot Red steal second and third base on him in the first inning. The catcher then came down with a nosebleed. He couldn’t stop that either.
After 20 minutes of treatment, he finally had to be taken out of the game. When our group left, it was tied up 11-11, but we were worn out. The game had already lasted over four hours.
My real question throughout the night was this: Could local legend Jackie Sholar play for the Hot Rods now? Jackie, the head baseball coach at Trigg County, played college baseball at Austin Peay. You ever see the baseball movie called The Rookie? Dennis Quaid starred as the 40-something-year-old who made a comeback in baseball. He eventually made it to the major leagues. The movie is based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris.
At age 48, Jackie can hit the ball out of the park right or left-handed against high school pitchers. I am betting he could hold his own against the 19 and 20-year olds of the Hot Rods. It would be a great story.
Come on, Jackie. I will be your agent for a small fee.
Fishing with Warren
I had the opportunity to do a little lake fishing with veteran Warren Stubblefield last week. I couldn’t have been more impressed with Mr. Warren’s patience. Me being the pond fisherman and all, Warren demonstrated great patience and grace in dealing with me on the big waters of Lake Barkley.
For the record, Warren also doubled my catch as he reeled in four bass to my two.
The best part of the trip was to listen to the stories of the places Warren had traveled in his long career in the Air Force.
Thanks again for the trip, Mr. Warren.
Trigg’s Most Athletic Families
I have not forgotten. As promised, I did my research on the most athletic families of Trigg County’s history. The families I have arrived at so far are the following: Radford, Alexander (especially in the running sports), Grubbs, Butts, McGee, Torian and Bush. Hopefully in the coming weeks, I can detail these families a little more.
The Boys of Summer
Teresa Sholar correctly pointed out that all of the little country towns had their own Boys of Summer in the 1960s and 70s. There were places such as Fox Dawson’s field in Roaring Springs and the field by the mill in Cerulean where Dabney Rascoe pounded ground balls to the Ceruleanites. These are just a couple of examples of other Boys of Summer.
Got to go
Hey, I am out of here. We have four more games today and then a ticket on the big yellow submarine back to Cadiz. See you next week from Georgetown.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.