Baseball’s Back!

And baseball’s important in Bark To The Future, the next Chet and Bernie novel (8/9, available for preorder). Bernie pitched for Chisholm High back in the day (high school also being important in this story). For example:

“The girls must have loved you,” she said.

“Huh? What girls?”

“The Chisholm girls, of course. They had a reputation back in the day.”

“Oh? Like what?”

“A reputation, Bernie,” Weatherly said. She ran her bare foot under the hem of his jeans. “Capisce?”

“Um,” said Bernie. “I, uh … well, in retrospect, maybe …” His voice got strangely thick and he came to a halt.

“Plus what with you being the big flamethrower and all, dot dot dot,” Weatherly said. She seemed to be having lots of fun all of a sudden, for reasons I didn’t know but felt quite nearby, possibly even in my eventual grasp. And that didn’t happen often! All of a sudden I was having lots of fun, too! Imagine that! Just lounging on the patio and doing zip could be a tip top experience.

“Flamethrower?” said Bernie.

“Up there on the mound,” Weatherly went on. Then came a long pause, “mound” somehow staying around for a bit. “Dishing out the heat,” she added after a while. “What did you like better? A windup or pitching out of the stretch?”

“Stop,” Bernie said.

“Stop?” Weatherly’s eyes, deep and dark, opened wide. “Stop what? Stop with the inside baseball?”

Bernie laughed. Weatherly joined in. They laughed together, laughed and laughed. It turned into a kind of music. I came very close to prancing around before the laughter died out.


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12 Responses to “Baseball’s Back!”

  1. B. Stover
    10:55 am on March 11th, 2022

    Bernie was a pitcher. Interesting.

    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    12:21 pm on March 11th, 2022

    Happy Boo Bear day to everyone.
    And didn’t Bernie pitch for the military? That is until he blew his arm out.
    Chet doesn’t know what that means because he knows that Bernie throws some of the best balls ever.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:09 pm on March 11th, 2022


    I love this excerpt!

    Yes, baseball is back! I am sure that makes Rio very happy!

    HOH: Yes…If I am not mistaken, Bernie pitched at West Point. We here do not live too far from West Point. It is quite beautiful. They have some nice restaurants on site.

    Happy BooBear day to all!

  4. mlaiuppa
    4:33 pm on March 11th, 2022

    Okay. Obviously I have filthy mind perpetually in the gutter but this seems the raciest the C&B books have ever been. Or am I totally inventing the double entendres?

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:16 pm on March 11th, 2022

    MLAIUPPA: I don’t think you are inventing the double entendres. I noticed them too. I especially like the “flamethrower” one. :^)

  6. BooBear’s Mom
    7:15 pm on March 11th, 2022

    OFA always said these books weren’t cozies and meant for adult audiences. However, since Chet is the narrator it never goes farther than what he hears. Interpretation is for the reader.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on March 11th, 2022

    FINALLY!….Baseball is back!…snort!snort!…I’m twirling, I’m twirling, I’m twirling. I’m dizzy! …YARRK!

  8. dawson
    10:46 pm on March 11th, 2022

    There’s no baseball happening up here. Wait! Are we talking baseball or are we talking…never mind.

    Iditarod report: Brent Sass is 20 miles ahead of Dallas Seavey and 60 miles ahead of third place Jessie Holmes. Then there is Richie Diehl, Ryan Redington, and Aaron Burmeister each within a mile of each other right on Jessie’s tail and all 6 are running at present.
    Mille Porslid is in 7th place at Ruby checkpoint about 70 miles out of first place resting along with Michelle Phillips, Paige Drobney, Mitch Seavey and about 8 other mushers.
    Lisbet Norris is a contender for the Red Lantern.
    Hugh Neff scratched. His dogs weren’t eating.

  9. dawson
    11:02 pm on March 11th, 2022

    The front running rookie so far is Hanna Lyrek, a 22 year old from Norway in 19th place and 2nd is Martin Massicotte from Quebec in 29th place. I’ve got both these rookies in my Fantasy mushing team along with Bridgett Watkins (daughter of Allen Moore, step-daughter of Aliy Zirkle) running in 39th place and Apayaug Reitan running in 42nd.

  10. mlaiuppa
    12:28 am on March 12th, 2022

    Yeah, I had dropped Mitch Seavey for Brent Sass but then decided to drop Brent for Jeff King. That let me drop Chad for Deke. Don’t really regret my decision. All of the ladies are doing just fine.

    Oh there are two scratches so Lisbet bringing up the rear again.

    Everyone that finishes is a winner and everyone I’ve chosen so far looks like they are going to finish.

    I’ve never learned to stick with my first impulse and not second guess myself.

    I’ll bet there is a book in that.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    1:11 am on March 12th, 2022

    Mlaiuppa , sticking with firsts and not second guessing is a story all of itself.

  12. mlaiuppa
    2:07 am on March 12th, 2022

    One of my principals once told me I should always trust my instincts. He, the custodian and I were interviewing replacements for the custodian. They wanted one candidate. I wanted another. I told them I couldn’t explain why but something about their candidate bothered me. The custodian said he’d make some calls before we decided. Turned out their guy was a great kiss up to staff but treated his team like dirt. Poor morale. Bad leadership. So they went with my pick and he turned out great. Staff very happy because he was getting stuff done.

    But have I learned my lesson? Nope. I still second guess myself and question my instincts.

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