First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Randy Hoeft, photo ed­i­tor

I read where the Ari­zona West­ern Col­lege base­ball pro­gram is go­ing to have a “fall prospect” camp for any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing for the Mata­dors in 2018.

I was in­trigued. I mean, I might be a lit­tle on the over-the-hill side, but I ab­so­lutely love base­ball, can still throw and catch, and swing a bat.

So as you can see, my com­pet­i­tive hor­mones took over where I nor­mally rely on my com­mon sense hor­mones to make me face re­al­ity.

Then it oc­curred to me that my speed isn’t what it used to be, al­though “what it used to be” was noth­ing spe­cial ei­ther, but I did stretch a dou­ble into a triple once dur­ing a men’s slow­pitch softball game. Just say­ing.

But I still have my glove, al­though I haven’t kept it oiled, as Billy Bob Thorn­ton, in his role as man­ager Mor­ris But­ter­maker in the “Bad News Bears,” in­structed Toby White­wood to do reg­u­larly.

Then I read, “El­i­gi­ble play­ers must be grad­u­ates from 2018-2021.”

Damn! Guess I’m not a prospect af­ter all.


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