Native uprising: Expect Braves, Indians to charge!

Jul 10, 2007 2:53 AM

Finally we get a break from daily baseball with only one meaningless game in three restful days. But the grind begins again with some interesting matchups.

Cleveland figures to improve its position in the Central Division while playing a four game series with the Kansas City Royals, especially as its closest competitors, the Tigers, head West to do battle with the dangerous Seattle Mariners.

The Tigers will settle for a split of their four game road series, as the Indians have a good chance of sweeping KC.

In the National League, things should tighten up between East Division-leading Mets and the always dangerous Atlanta Braves. The Mets are not scoring much now and their series opponent, the Cincinnati Reds, will attempt to show off their personnel knowing they’re out of any playoff picture.

Beware of the sellers as they will not have the front line personnel to compete adequately for the next few months. The second half of the baseball season becomes more favorite-oriented. In most cases, to get a plus you’ll have to lay the 1½ runs more often. By the time August comes you’ll have to "lay it to play it."

Wedding bells to success

I don’t know how you look at it but I’ve always felt that when it comes to weddings they are more important to the bride, while the honeymoon is more important to the groom. Regardless, my wife and my wedding took place in June 1958. We had to wait until August to have our honeymoon as I had a summer’s worth of credits to fulfill for my degree from Troy State College. Immediately after my last exam we headed for fabulous Miami Beach with great anticipation of a full week of fun in the sun and, more importantly to me, fun in the moonlight.

We checked into our hotel sometime in the early evening and my lovely bride began complaining of stomach pains, or so we thought. About an hour or two later they began getting worse, so we called a physician that the hotel recommended. His remedy was for her to take a hot bath, which would ease the pains he attributed to nervousness. The longer she stayed in the bathtub the more pain she developed. I took her to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Within an hour she had an appendectomy and was resting. I couldn’t believe what had just happened.

Back at the hotel I decided to call her mother and explain what had transpired. She arrived the next day with significant concern for her only daughter. It was only after an hour or two along with a visit with the doctor and patient that my mother-in-law finally settled down. In those days if you had an appendectomy, it meant spending at least three days in the hospital. Today, some are sent home in three hours.

Now my dilemma begins. My mother-in-law, whom I loved dearly, is going to stay for at least a few more days. On her first full day I suggested we go to the dog track for something to do. We ante up $20 each and started betting $2 quinellas.

I tried to explain that the number 1 and 2 dogs had the best chance of winning. They don’t get bumped and run on the inside in full sight of the mechanical rabbit. She decided that the dogs that relieve themselves before the race have the better chance since they are lighter and more relaxed. We each picked one in the respective races and we had astonishing success. Our kitty looked like an over $100 profit the first day.

Flushed with success we went to Jai Alai that night. Although she couldn’t tell which players relieved themselves, we won another $50. Well this stretch of good luck kept up for another two days with very few visits to the recovering patient. We really had a ball. Between matinees at the dog track, lunches at Wolfi’s deli and nights at Jai Alai, it was the best honeymoon I ever had. And, the only one I might add.

Well, the patient got discharged and the mother-in-law went back to New York. I learned that adversity in life can build good character, even if it depends upon a dog relieving itself prior to running in a big race. I do hope Richie Saber reads this. The significant information may transcend to horses when he goes to Del Mar this summer.