COACH'S CORNER: Take me out to the ballpark
by Mike Wright, Cadiz Record Columnist
May 30, 2012 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Travel back in time with me only a few short years ago, if you will. It was then that one of my favorite traditions got its start.

I am talking about what has now become our annual coaches golf trip. The entourage consists of Jim Wallace, George Radford, Steve Allen and myself. Steve qualifies after a stellar career of youth coaching in Trigg County and because he is a great guy. Well, for the first few years of the trip, the schedule was as follows.

We would travel to St. Louis and take in a Cardinals game. We would play golf on the way, attend the game, spend the night and play golf on the way home the next day. The golf match is always the same. It is Wallace and Allen vs. Radford and myself in a two-man best-ball scramble format. This year, we decided to take it up a notch by traveling to Chicago, taking in a Cubs game and spending two nights.

The second day of my 2012 summer break, we sat out for Chicago. We actually began the trip by meeting in Bowling Green for an 8 a.m. four-man golf scramble. We had to do this since I was to attend Austin Guess’s wedding early that afternoon (Congrats, Austin). Our fearsome golf foursome began the trip with a seventh-place finish in the scramble at Crosswinds Golf Course.

That wouldn’t have been so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that there were only seven teams in the scramble. The organizers had also touted the fact that there would be a great catered lunch as part of the event. Just as we got to the food, they ran completely out. We didn’t even get an apology, just a cookie each.

After golf, I attended the wedding and off to the Windy City we went. We spent the first night in Hammond, Ind., just south of Chicago. The next day, we rose to the reports of protests all over Chicago due to the NATO summit being held there. Needless to say, there seemed to be thousands of police present, and many roads were shut down. That made navigating the downtown streets quite the chore.

After some superb weaving through downtown streets and alleys, Steve Allen took us directly to Wrigley Field. Steve has been to several games at Wrigley, so he has his customary parking spot. His spot is just a short distance behind the left field homerun fence. There is a little cut-through road with singe garages on it. An old fellow owns the property and has been parking cars there for decades. The man guided Steve through backing up his vehicle in much too tight of a spot. Then we all chipped in and anteed up the $55 fee.

As we were walking away, the old fellow grabbed Coach Wallace by the arm and said, “Hey, do you know what Jesus said to the Cubs?” Wallace said, “No, what?” The man replied, “Don’t do anything till I get back.” Well, the Cubs have listened pretty well since they have not won a world series in about 105 years.

Speaking of the Cubs, they are definitely not the attraction at Wrigley. The attraction is Wrigley Field itself, an unchanging beautiful old ballpark. I do suggest you take a couple of things with you before you go, however. Either take your own ATM machine or your own version of Donald Trump. Small bottles of water sold for $4.50 each. A bison sandwich went for around $8. Hats were from $30 to $35, and simple cotton t-shirts were from $35 to $45 each.

Since this is a family column, we won’t even talk about the price of tickets. The discussion could get ugly, especially when you see a guy such as leftfielder Alfonso Soriano making $19 million a year and the regular Cubs fans say he does not necessarily always give 100 percent.

As a matter of fact, after a dismal Cubs effort, we headed back to the old man who owned the mint, I mean garage. We thanked him for the spot and were about to say our farewells when he grabbed Wallace by the arm again to ask him another question. He said, “Hey, do you know what Alfonso Soriano and Michael Jackson have in common?” He had stumped us again. The old fellow grinned and said, “They both wear one glove for no particular reason.”

We closed up the trip by spending the night in Indianapolis and driving to Louisville the last day for the annual 2 on 2 golf grudge match.

Oh, by way, the winners of this years golf match were Coach Wallace and Steve.

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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 jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.

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