Thursday, August 31, 2017

MLB Week 21 - A Catastrophe


 
By Dan Howard
Staff Writer
 
 
 
Record setting.

Incredible.

Tragic.

All those and several other adjectives could be used to describe the unbelievable amount of rainfall in the Gulf Coast region of Texas this past weekend. Our prayers are definitely with those residents. My carnal mind just simply cannot comprehend the concept of over fifty inches of rain during a five day span in one region. CBS Radio reported, on Tuesday, all the rainfall would have filled Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay. That’s amazing.

I reside in Kermit W.V., a town on the western side of West Virginia that shares its border with Kentucky. The Tug River separates the two states. Kermit averages 44 inches of rain per year. The Houston area received more than that in five days.

The Tug Valley region has had its fair share of flooding, 1963, 1977, 1984, 2003, 2004, and 2015 are some of the years the Tug had wandered from its banks. The 1977 flood is the one that all the rest are compared to. The total rainfall in the Tug Valley area during the historic 1977 flood was eight inches. The damages incurred totaled 175 million dollars. In today’s economy, that equals 711 million dollars. I can’t fathom the impact fifty inches of rain in five days would have on my town. The Texas flooding will be measured in billions of dollars.

Baseball seems so insignificant. But we move on.

I guess the Los Angeles Dodgers really are human after all.

Barring a miracle, our Reds will enjoy another ninety loss season this year, our third in a row. (Sarcasm intended.)

I love how the media affiliated with the Reds, bloggers, beat writers, and announcers (except Marty Brennaman) are trying to put a positive spin on an otherwise dismal season. No one, aside from Marty, seems to be putting the blame squarely on where it should be - Reds management.

We all have eyes; we can see where the problem is.

The offense is good, the defense great, the pitching sucks, period. The manager used to be the teams pitching coach. Even Common Core math agrees that two plus two equals four.

October first can’t come fast enough. Oh well, Ohio State football starts this week.

Have a blessed week. GO BUCKEYES!!!!!

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