Blunder on the bases was not surprising

Monday, May 10, 2004

It wasn't a shock to me when I heard the initial announcement of baseball's "Spider-Man 2" plan for the base paths. In fact, my first reaction was, "That's a good idea. Why didn't I think of that?"

I have tremendous respect for the game of baseball, and I always will because, after all, it's our national pastime. But I also understand that this is a different world and a different market from 10 to 20 years ago.

Likewise, I was not surprised when MLB rescinded the deal with the base paths. Instead I was shocked about how quickly it was reversed. The truly amazing aspect of this story came on the Internet, which enabled baseball fans to read the press release and voice their disgust. A day later the decision was reversed.

By the way, if there are any corporations out there, local or national, that are willing to sponsor this column, I'm sure we can work something out. This is the largest daily newspaper along the Mississippi River between Memphis and St. Louis.

Monday

Central will officially dedicate its new baseball field. Central athletic director Darrick Smith said anyone who has donated to the construction of the field is encouraged to attend. The dedication will take place prior to the 4 p.m. game against Hillsboro.

Thursday

All fans can take part in an autograph session before the Memphis Redbirds game. If you don't have an autograph book, just get to the park early and you could be one of 1,500 fans to receive a free one. Or you could just do what I do and take your own baseball. Gates open at 6 for a 7 p.m. game with the Portland Beavers.

Friday

The first 25,000 fans entering Busch Stadium who are 21 and over will receive a free T-shirt to kick off a three-game set against the defending World Champions Florida Marlins at 7 p.m.

Saturday

I don't know about you, but all this talk about the NFL draft and free agency has me ready for some football. Here's our chance: Memphis Explorers vs. Arkansas at 8 p.m. Sure, it's just Arena League, and the Afl2 at that, but football is football.

David Wilson is a graduate of Central High School and a sportswriter for the Southeast Missourian. His column appears every Monday.

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