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Braveheart from the Bullpen

A hypothetical question came to mind while at the Rays-Twins contest in Minneapolis. The bullpens at Target Field are stationed on top of one another in center field with the visiting bullpen staggered above and behind the home bullpen. The proximity of one to the other tweaked my curiosity about what might happen if a disagreement on the field prompted both benches to empty. Would the relievers from each team charge side by side in Braveheart fashion toward the infield to join the fray? Or would they opt to battle in their remote location?

Back to School

SONY DSC Bobby Bell at a Kansas City Royals game

You’re never too old to go back to school. Take Bobby Bell, who left the University of Minnesota in 1963 for the American Football League without having finished his degree. Last year he decided to return to the Minnesota campus to finish what he started all those years ago. On Thursday, Bell — who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 — walked with the other Minnesota graduates at Mariucci Arena, receiving his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies at the age of 74.

Safety first

If all my aches and pains didn’t already remind me of my age, I received further notification via email, where I found an offer for a free estimate for a walk-in tub. Just think, I’d never have to worry about slipping in the shower again. And while bathing sitting up — after safely walking through the door to the tub — I could enjoy my stewed prunes in comfort.

Writing Guru Dies

William Zinsser died last week. In his classic, “On Writing Well” — which sold over a million copies — Zinsser railed against clutter, noting that writers should keep their prose simple by declaring war on unnecessary words. I’ve always been a Zinsser admirer. I’ve also wondered if he would have read some of my stuff and observed: “Damn, I didn’t mean that simple.”

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