366 Days: April 17-19

Thursday, April 19 — In 1775, the “Shot Heard Around The World” was fired at Lexington and Concord and the famous Paul Revere Midnight ride took place on this day.

In 2012, it is just another day on the calendar that doesn’t mark an even numbered anniversary. It was 237 years ago, but still interesting and important.

On this day, British troops were marching at night to Lexington and Concord to secure (capture) American colonial leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock. Paul Revere and others rode from town to town from Boston to alert the American militias, neighbors and friends that they were coming — “The British Are Coming. The British Are Coming.”

As the British redcoats marched to Lexington, American militiamen (Minutemen) ambushed them on the roads. The main battle came in Concord and the British were considered the victors in the skirmishes. However, the day marks the first of many battles that shaped the American Revolution from England. It signalled the end of political talk (from the First Continental Congress to the Court of King Henry VIII) and the start of physical fights to win their rights and independence.

Relations between England and the American colonists were at an all-time low before the first shots were fired. Patrick Henry gave his “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” speech weeks earlier (one site lists Henry as the orator whose Stamp Act Resolutions were the first true shots against the English — site) and no one was happy.

Here is a pretty detailed timeline of the American Revolution — U.S. History.org — that can give you a refresher on what happened before the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution/Bill of Rights were penned.

A little history doesn’t hurt, keeps you centered and humble — because every day has history attached to it and that makes every day interesting.

Wednesday, April 18 — That said (above), I covered 1 1/2 baseball games and not much else happened to me personally to write about.

Covering 1 1/2 baseball games is not a bad way to make a living. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that you are watching high school students play a kid’s game and that it isn’t as serious as others (parents/coaches/fans/alumni) make it out to be, but it just isn’t a bad way to spend the day.

There are some people who just don’t understand how the media/newspapers/journalists work and what they do. They seem to think that all they do is sit on their butts, watch the games for free and write stories that make them look bad. They want to control what comes out of their group and what news people see. Anything bad? Nope. Nothing but good here, but we’re the only ones who see that, not the mean ole’ media.

You can remind them that you are there to do a job and that news will be reported as it happens. If it is bad, you get a chance to address it. If it is good, you get a chance to trumpet it. We’re not the enemy, but we’re not your friend either. If you don’t want bad news out there, don’t create any bad news. You are in the business of putting together a sporting event and we are in the business of covering that sporting event and the news that surrounds it. That’s it. No ulterior motives. You do your job. We’ll do our job. Everyone is happy.

OK, not really happy, but hey, it is a living.

Tuesday, April 17 — Damn weather. There was just enough rain to wash out a few events that needed no rain to allow their fields to dry and become playable. Saturated fields are the hidden obstacles to playing games in the spring around here and even with the sun out, you can lose several games because the field is still underwater or so water-logged, it is a safety issue.

Then again, soccer, golf and track & field can compete in any weather. Strange…


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