Friday, August 29, 2008

Dear Basil: Learn to read. Love, Sally.

I screwed up. Again.

I mentioned earlier that the South Atlantic League had three days off between the end of the season and the start of the playoffs.

Why did I say such a thing?

I can't read. Not well, anyway.

Clear as day, the SAL schedule shows the playoffs starting September 3, not September 5. Game two is September 5, and I guess that's what I noticed.

Silly me.

Anyway, the Sally League actually took the time to read some posts on the little blog, and wrote me another nice letter.

They corrected my dates, and explained the reasoning for the day off at the end of the season.

The one day off is, of course, for travel. The South Atlantic League has teams stretching from the Great Lakes -- the Lake County Captains (formerly the Columbus RedStixx) are in Eastlake, Ohio -- to the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean -- the Savannah Sand Gnats and Charleston RiverDogs. Lake County's ball park is 784 miles from Savannah's. Classic Park (Eastlake, OH) to Golden Park (Columbus) is 831 miles. If those two played, for instance, they'd need plenty of time for travel. Oh, and the Lakewood Blue Claws ride 957 miles to Columbus.

And, yes, they ride. On a bus. Imagine. Just imagine.

So think about that the next time you head to a minor league baseball game.

And if you haven't gone to a minor league game ... well, why not? It's good, inexpensive, family entertainment. One of the best bargains you'll find.

Anyway, there's plenty of reason for a day off. And they have that one day, not the three days I said earlier.

My bad.

With the South Atlantic League leaving Columbus, I won't get to see my favorite sport after work regularly between April and August.

They might not miss me. But I'll sure miss them.

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