Archive - Oct 6, 2005

Internet research

After writing about the Pine Tar Incident, I looked on the internet for more details. Billy Martin, it turns out, didn't notice Brett's bat. Graig Nettles, his third baseman, did, and alerted Martin. Nettles was well aware of the rules on doctoring bats as he was always trying to get by with such things himself.

Grand Forks

Here is a panorama shot Lance took of the bridge over the Red River between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. It is looking towards the Minnesota side. You can see the everpresent steam trail of the beet plant on the upper right. Lance and a friend crawled through some elevator shaft in an old building to reach the roof and sneak a few photos.

More Billy

I can't resist passing on another Billy Martin story concerning one of baseball's most controversial incidents, the Pine Tar Controversy of 1983. It wouldn't have happened if it hadn't been for Billy.

The Yankees and the Royals had a tremendous rivalry at the time, having faced each other in the league championship three times. With two outs in the top of the ninth and the Royals trailing by 4-3, Royals great George Brett came to bat with a runner on. He hit a home run, putting the Royals in the lead 5-4.


On this miserable day, a pickup pulled into the nursery. I happened to be in the office. It was Arnold, a retired local farmer. He wanted rhubarb roots and he was none too happy to find out that we hadn't dug them yet. He quickly got to the real reason he was chagrined: He and his wife have moved to town, and he is sick of sitting around and he wanted to dig in the dirt, even on this miserable day. He's not used to going to the cafe and he doesn't sit in the bar, so he's sort of out of sorts living in town.


This swan, part of an entire family which has spent the summer on the roadside of Polk County 12 about five miles northeast of Fertile, was the only one of the bunch who would pose decently for me. The signets were asleep on the shoulder of the road and looked like grey piles of feathers with their heads tucked under their wings.