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The Disadvantage Of An Unplayable Field

by Tom King

The Wausau East Lumberjack baseball team has yet to play a home game. It's May 15th. What's worse is they havent been able to practice on their field either. The problem is water...lots and lots of water. We obviously have had a wet spring and many teams have had rain-outs and days when their field has been unplayable. The difference is those teams fields have dried within a day or two. When the new East was built the baseball and softball fields were built behind the school in an area that apparantly has a spring running under it. There also is lots of clay in the soil...not conducive for quick drying and playable conditions. Drain tiles (if there are any) are not working and the drains that are there regularly plug. This needs to be fixed. The team has underachieved at times this season and it's not hard to pin at least some of the inconsistent play on the inability to practice outside. And the necssity to play every game so far on the road. They are scheduled to host Wausau West today...if it doesnt rain of course. Now I'm not saying every atheltic facility has to be equal...but a baseball field that can't be used for most of a season is virtually worthless. It's time to dig it up and start over...and to not make the same mistakes twice.

I'll have the game for you on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9 at 4:45 weather permitting.

I also have tickets to the Michael Perry show at the Grand tonight. Michael is an author and storyteller and will be joined by the Blue Canvas Orchestra from the Big Top Chatauqua in Bayfield. I've told you before what a great venue the Big Top is to see some top notch music every summer and fall. The house band is also excellent and they travel around the state during the off-season and record the shows for an NPR radio series. Check out the Big Top schedule this season...Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Judy Collins, Rusted Root, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Ziggy Marley, Kenny Wayne Shepard, America, Jeff Daniels, Marshall Ticker Band and much more...plus the Bayfield area is beautiful in the summer and the have some great restaurants.

The sale of the Bucks is expected to be approved by the NBA today. Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens have been vetted by the league and will spend 550 million for the team. The league has the option of buying the team back if a new arena is not begun by 2017. The Bucks are preparing for the draft in which they have the best chance to get the first pick. The Draft Lottery is next Tuesday...the draft is in June.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Naked In The Rain- Crosby/Nash (1976) a Crosby tune from the classic LP "Wind On The Water"

The Naked Ride Home-Jackson Browne (2002) title track from his 12th album