Friday, April 16, 2004

Behind the Dish .. Batting Practice and Chip Shots .. Did you know ??

BEHIND THE DISH .. Batting Practice and Chip Shots .. Did you know ??

CONDOLEEZZA RICE was born and raised in Birmingham and later lived in Tuscaloosa ..
Sweet Home Alabama .. Perhaps a Presidential run in 2008 ??
If the Repubs had any clue .. Condi would be their VP choice in 2004 ..
[ Meck's favorite combo in 2008 .. Huckabee and Rice .. a winning Dish]
GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE [ R ] of Arkansas ..
will be speaking at Pres. Carter's Church, Maranatha Bapt. in Plains, Ga.
[Sun. Apr. 25, 2004 ] .. Governor Huckabee and his wife Janet, will be the guest of
Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity and President Jimmy Carter ..

Gov. Mike Huckabee is a wonderful man .. The Meck knows him from the late 70's,
when we worked together in Texas .. [ More next week on Gov. Huckabee's
visit to Plains] .. Plan to visit Plains on this special day ..
Believe The Meck .. It will be an Everlasting impression on you and your family ..
PLAINS GA. .. Is only 2 hrs from Dothan, Al ..[ north on 431 to Eufaula, Rt. over
the Lake into Georgetown, Ga. .. turn North on Hwy 27..] all the way to Plains ..
Pop. about 600 .. about 35 Govt employees who take care of Pres. Carter's
Nat'l Historic Sites ..
Must see Landmarks .. The Boyhood Farm, The School House[ Museum] ..
Plains Historic Inn .. Plains Welcome Center [ ask for Penny] .. Mom's Kitchen ..

Note: The Plains Historic Inn .. is right above the Antique Shop ..
Pres. Carter helped build the INN .. Each room has decor from each decade ..
20's thru the 80's .. It's a beautiful place to stay overnite ..[ It's where we shot our
commercial with Pres. Carter and Walter Banks promoting Plains ..]

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER celebrates his 80th Birthday .. Oct. 1, 2004 ..
JAVY LOPEZ .. leads the Major Leagues in hitting .. batting over 500 ..
BARRY BONDS and the Steroids issue .. Always remember the other guy
in this ordeal .. The Attorney Gen. JOHN ASHCROFT .. Thats all you need to know ..
plus remember .. Pres. Bush mentioned it in his State of the Union address ..[ Jan. 2004]

Bonds testified before the grand jury in Dec. that he didn't take steroids ..
If the US Attorney General can prove he did .. They will nail him on Perjury .. not roids ..
JOHN ASHCROFT .. a fastball Bonds will never turn on ..
NOTE: The Feds recently seized the steroid samples that tested positive from last year ..
The raid took place less than 24 hrs after The Players Union filed to protect those samples ..
GEORGE W. BUSH .. If he's re-elected .. Baseball loses ..
If he loses .. Baseball wins .. and could get a Legit Baseball Comissioner ..
not an Owner's Comish like Bud Popeye Selig ..[ He could mess up a 1 car funeral ] ..

Baseball Commissioner is a job Bush has always wanted .. more than the Presidency ..
Maybe Bob Costas is available .. I've got his number .. He would be a dandy ..
His passion and knowledge would connect the fans and players .. Promoting the game ..
Baseball is Leaderless .. It's the only business I know that demotes it product ..
If you're Whining .. ain't nobody buying ..

Summarizing Peter Gammons .. He said it best recently about the owners ..
Baseball needs to quit treating its players like they are shopping with Wal-Mart mentality ..
Labor is Product and Entertainment .. Product/Players are investments not just an expense ..

My favorite example is the lovable George Steinbrenner ..
His payroll is 180 million and everyone rips him 4 that .. The Yankees are valued by
Forbes at almost 900 million .. Thus his payroll-investment in his product is about 20% ..
Probably a lower percentage than most businesses pay ..
CHIEF JOHN WHITE .. over 30 years with the Dothan Police Dept.
10 years as Chief .. past Pres. of Ala. Chiefs Assn., a grad of the FBI Academy ..
Congrats Chief on your recent graduation from Law School ..

How many Police Chiefs have a law degree ?? Probably very few in the US ..
Perhaps that's why Johnnie Cochran told Chief .. [ with Keith Givens and myself]
" Send me your Resume Chief .. I might need your help on some cases .."

Meck Tip .. Maybe Chief John White should write on that resume ..
' Looking for Hire .. When I Retire '..
Staying in LA .. [Lower Ala ] Congrats to Coach Gene Dews, Wallace College-Dothan, Al .
The Lady Govs have won a record 56 in a row in the Southern Conference ..[thru Apr. 15]
20-0 records in 2002 and 2003 .. 16-0 in 2004 .. ranked 4th in the nation [ 35-4 record] ..

Sat. Apr. 10th .. at Wallace Dothan vs. Enterprise [Al.] .. 1 pm ct .. Two for the Books ..
Govs Lefty, Blair Potter threw back to back Perfect games in a DH sweep ..
Govs 9-0 and 12-0 victories over Enterprise-Ozark College .. [ 5 innings - 8 run rule ] ..
Potter, a freshman from Columbus, Ga. faced 30 batters .. striking out 21 ..
lowering her ERA to 0.41 .. which leads the nation in D2 softball .. Blazing-Amazing Blair ..

GENE DEWS .. Mucho credit goes to him and his leadership of Passion and Compassion ..
' 2 essentials that meet in the middle to reach a goal '.. Dewsie is a Legendary teacher ..
The Lady Govs hope to return for their 3rd consecutive trip to the College World Series ..
When, not If they do win the big 1 .. It will be Dothan's 1st ever National Champioship ..
AUSTIN FOX .. a 15 year young gentleman who could be the next Denny Neagle or maybe
even Billy Graham .. Austin is a precious friend of The Meck's ..[Home page with Kayla Jo]..

[Just In about midnite] .. Sports Apr. 16, 2004 .. Excerpt ..
" Young hit a hard line drive to right-center field. Austin Fox ran from right field and made
a diving catch to preserve the shutout. Fox also went 3-for-3 on the night with an RBI
and a run scored ".. Micah Lewter writes .. [about Chris's Pride and Joy ..]

Congratulations to AUSTIN .. You are the Best my Friend .. On and Off the field ..
Your agent .. The Meck ..
[Note to all youth.. They aren't giving any playstation scholarships or draft picks ]
Always Remember, Lefty .. The Most Important Pitch ?? Is a Strike .. ' Let's Go Throw ' ..

Trivia .. Who is the winningest Basketball Coach in Vanderbilt history ??
Austin Roy Fox is named after his grandfather, Roy Skinner..[who still lives in Nashville]

Filed by The Meck .. Fri. Apr. 16, 2004 .. 1:15 am ..
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