The End Of Baseball (From Bullet Point)

Coach Bouchard met all the baseball players after school that day in the gym. The coach was a little white-haired guy with big hands and cold blue eyes that never seemed to blink. He’d coached baseball at East Canton High for forty years, won many district championships and six state championships, but before that he’d had a long career in the minor leagues, finally making it to the majors for the last week of his last season, and going one for seven at the plate, that one being a triple, as Wyatt and the whole team knew from looking him up on-line.

The players sat in the stands, Coach Bouchard on his feet before them. “Any of you guys not heard the news by now?” he said. No one spoke. “Pretty straightforward – we got the ax. Not just us, all sports, all what they call extracurriculars.” The coach had a way of dragging out certain big words, like extracurriculars, resulting in a tone Wyatt thought was sarcastic. “Excepting for the marching band – that got saved at the last minute. What’re they gonna march for, that’s my goddamn question.” Coach Bouchard glared at the team, like they’d done something wrong. “How about you guys? Any questions of your own?”

The boys were silent.

“This ever happen to you before?” the coach said. “Don’t think so. Then there gotta be some questions.”

A kid said, “Why? Why is this happening?”

“Town’s broke,” said the coach.

“How can the whole town be broke?” said another.

“State’s broke, too,” the coach said. “School budget comes part from the state, part from property tax here in East Canton. But when folks is in foreclosure – you all know what that means? Foreclosure?” Nods here and there. “When the bank’s taking your house away – that’s foreclosure.” Wyatt knew already: he’d seen it happening on his own street. “And when folks are in foreclosure, do they keep on paying their property tax?”

“Why should we?”

Wyatt glanced back up in the stands, saw that question had come from Willie Garcia, a senior, the back-up middle infielder. He didn’t remember ever hearing Willie speak before, never seen much expression on his face, either. Plenty of expression now: he looked angry.

“I hear you,” said Coach Bouchard. “And it’s not just folks’s houses. When a business goes under, say a business like Baker Brothers, then they stop paying taxes, too. Not many businesses that size in East Canton. Town can go broke in a hurry.” He gazed at the boys. “Any other questions? If there ain’t, those of you what got equipment belonging to the team, go on and keep it, far as I’m concerned. Other’n that – “

“I’ve got a question,” Wyatt said.

“Shoot,” said the coach.

“Where are we going to play baseball?”

Coach Bouchard closed his eyes and shook his head slowly from side to side.

Tuesday April 27, 3:30 PM ET: PA on Cover to Cover, Sirius/XM channel 163.

Tomorrow: back to Albie Rose, Foster and Tiffany 3.

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47 Responses to “The End Of Baseball (From Bullet Point)”

  1. B. Stover
    4:47 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Today's title will freak out some on this blog. I've pre-ordered Bullet Point. Tiffany 3 and Foster telling Bernie about her. I like plots that thicken.

    Rio: I didn't watch Fringe last night (gasp!). I'm going to download the episode from Amazon.com and watch it this evening. I'll let you know tomorrow what I think.

  2. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:49 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Good morning, all!

    What a week this has been….broken bones (good luck with the x-rays, Zoe), hailstorms, arctic (mis)adventures, firm pub dates,

    cliffhangers (is Foster still in the pool?), and who knows what else.

    But today is Friday! I would chase some butterflies except it is cold and cloudy here in the Sierras.

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:52 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Tiffany3 = Ethel = Astrid??????

    I wonder what the tie in is?

    I still think that Astrid may have been married to Albie.

  4. Bluecat
    5:02 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Chet – great news about TFAT and marketing. Bad, bad Supremes, by the way. Those long black robes might be just the thing for you to sink your teeth into.

    Rio-baby – Blinged One – a thousand thanks for late night prayer. Amen.

    Have a good weekend, everyone, especially you, Chet.

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:08 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Okay, Mom is hooked! She just ordered all the Echo Falls books and pre-ordered Bullet Point. They are coming straight to us and then on my boys.

  6. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Cool!… Finally a glimpse of Bullet Point!… snort!… One cannot even imagine how the name came about reading this part about baseball!… grunt!…Wyatt asked the same question I would have… heh!

    Radio!… Is this Sirius/XM channel 163 something I would have to pay to get? … crap!… No one gives me their credit card….wheeze!… and I can’t use the Team Card for entertainment… sigh… Is anyone else going to be able to listen to the interview with Spence on Tuesday?? … phooey.

  7. B. Stover
    5:50 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Wolfie: I'm just finishing Into the Dark (last/third book in the Echo Falls series). I think you'll enjoy it.

    Rio: Thank you for the info on Breaking Bad. I've never used Netflix. I can download the Pilot of season 1 from Amazon.com for free. I'm going to do that and if I like it, I'll order the dvd and then go from there regarding season 2.

  8. B. Stover
    6:01 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Here's the Sirius Satellite Radio website:

    http://www.sirius.com/getsirius

  9. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:05 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Hmmmphf!… Why can’t Spence be like a normal author and just on Oprah or something?… grunt!… Oh, I forgot his pointy head and small physique…. Crap!

    Oh!… thanks Stover!… I will check radio thing out again tonight… snort!… I hope you like “Breaking Bad”…. Heh!… Those 2 knuckle heads get in way too deep… snicker!… I can’t remember season one…grunt!… maybe I will re-watch it too!

  10. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:22 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Oops!… I can tell I am going to have one of “those” days where I leave out words and misspell all kinds of things… groan!

  11. B. Stover
    6:26 am on April 23rd, 2010

    But Rio, it's so much fun for me or Alice Johnson to point out spelling errors.

    I don't listen to the radio that often so I don't think I will subscribe to Sirius. At that time on Tuesday I'll be on the road. I could download Sirius to a portable device. However…..I hope someone on this blog will listen and report.

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:46 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Road trip!…. You’re not driving around the country with SiberH next Tuesday, are you?…. heh!

  13. B. Stover
    6:50 am on April 23rd, 2010

    I'd love to drive around the country with SH. However, on Tuesday my "road trip" is between school and home.

    I forgot: My nephew has tickets for the Rockies game tonight. Personally, I think he should cheer for the Tigers. And then, as I understand it, there is another sports team called the Red Wings.

    Now I have to get some work done.

  14. Siberian Husky
    7:01 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Me too, I hope one of us can listen to PA and report. We don't have Sirius–don't listen to the radio much that either. Chet has Sirius, come to think of it.

    I am really looking forward to reading Bullet Point now. Baseball!

  15. Siberian Husky
    7:03 am on April 23rd, 2010

    next trip…We'll pick up Stover.

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:07 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Stover!… you need to learn how to multi-task, like I do!… heh!… check blog, check scores, check email, write email, check blog, drink coffee, eat lunch, write email, check blog, check scores, check email, write email, check blog, drink beer, shoot pool, check blog, watch baseball… and then dive into bed…. Heh.

  17. Siberian Husky
    7:15 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Rio, I really love the way you have been ending the day's comments. It is appreciated and does me a world of good when I read it the next day. I'm not a night owl, but I always catch up on what I may have missed after I go to sleep. Keep up the good work. To quote Bluecat, "A thousand thanks"

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:23 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Rockies!… Any nephew of yours with Rockies tickets is a nephew of mine too!…. snort!… You say he has more than one ticket, right?…. gruff!… Rocks are back home today, but their field is all soggy bottoms… grunt!… I hope it stops raining in time for the game…. sniff!

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:54 am on April 23rd, 2010

    SiberH!…you are welcome… you too BlueKat!… snort!… When are we going to see photo’s of you guys??…grunt!

  20. Siberian Husky
    7:58 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Well, we both have blue eyes, me and Bluecat.

  21. Melanie
    8:07 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Never thought Riö would bring tears to my eyes that weren't laugh tears!

    Thanks for those good thought Riö!

    Think I'm going to have to get Bullet Point, thought "The End of Baseball" might really get me in trouble with my Red Socks guys.

    Been updating youngest struggling actor son's web site. Get it done and the server says it's too busy to deal with it. Jeez.

    I'm going to take a nap. Too many ERs.

    Oh, GOOD NEWS! Zoë's foot is not broken just badly sprained. She's using a cane. When HER mother had a cane, she would whack the heath care workers in the shins if they bothered her.

    I knew I came from good stock!

  22. Melanie
    8:09 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Whoops, before Zoë whacks me with her cane . . She told me to write this.

    She's now finishing Book Three of the Echo Falls series and PA better watch out because she WANTS a fourth book NOW.

    Better be careful PA! She has good aim with that cane.

    (Snicker, aim – cane) sort of a poet.

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:14 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Heh!… I love it when Melanie puts bling on me!…. snort!

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:16 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Eyes!…BlueKats eyes are crossed!… snort!… and SiberH wears mascara!… grunt!… I really want some photo’s!

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  26. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:01 am on April 23rd, 2010

    Well!… I didn’t put down every single thing I do all day long…..snort!… That would be tedious and highly embarrassing!….grunt! … It is raining here today – so probably no walking tonight anyway… wheeze!

  27. B. Stover
    10:39 am on April 23rd, 2010

    I multi-task often. In fact, that's how I watch tv. However, I have to concentrate when I'm grading papers or doing prep. Today I went to Barnes and Noble so that I would force myself to concentrate on grading since almost anything else is preferable to that….sending/reading email, playing Bookworm, reading Chet's blog, watching the birds outside and the dogs chasing squirrels….even watching the grass grow. (Lilacs are beginning to bloom here.)

    I'm rereading Woolf's Flush. I'd forgotten how funny it is in parts. Some of you might like it.

  28. B. Stover
    11:37 am on April 23rd, 2010

    My nephew's tickets are third row, right field….whatever that means.

    Melanie: I'd love to see Zoe whacking the shins of the health care workers!

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:08 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Wow!… Your nephew might even catch a ball tonight!… snort!… What does he look like?…wheeze!… I will watch for him….grunt! … Lucky son of a gun!

  30. BARB & MAGGIE
    1:13 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    B Stover, We here at Kindred Spirits Farm are also reading Into the Dark. Well, at least Mom is. She has really enjoyed the series. We have put this question out there w/o response. Do you know if there will be more to the Echo Falls series? Hoping this is not the end. Would like to see Ingrid age a little thought–she has been 13 for all 3 books. Maybe PA could write a book for each of her high school years….. Rio, glad you made it thru that patch of rough weather. Now rain storms are starting here, hate the rain.

  31. B. Stover
    1:18 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: I don't know if there will be anymore in the Echo Falls series but I hope so.

    Rio: My nephew is tall with blond curly hair and he's twenty-six.

  32. AbbietheKitty
    1:19 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Thank you Rio for the nice thoughts at the end of yesterday's blog. And thank you Blue Cat for pointing it out for me.

    Abbiethekitty

  33. AbbietheKitty
    1:22 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    I am glad that there are others than just myself who want more Ingrid. That girl is a firecracker. I like to read about her adventures.

    Zippy was left with all the Ingrid books but read The Tutor first. She is looking forward to the relief of 'juvie' lit. I would like some more of it too.

    Nag nag nag.

    Poor PA

    ~Staff

  34. Sam
    2:38 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Rio – you have the funnest day with all your multitasking. I didn’t see the part where you get exercise.

  35. Lexi
    1:47 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    I don't really like baseball. It's hard to get my mouth around and chew, and the men in the house go crazy and yell at the big box thing with moving pictures. Even the stupid, annoying birds chirp like they have an hour left to live.

  36. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:43 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    I think we ought to change Siber Husky's name to Cyber Husky. Too, cute, eh?

    Melanie – I'm glad your mom's foot isn't broken. You and the newfies might want to be on your best behavior, just in case!

    Rio – I thought the Team Card got cancelled? Maybe we can use it to buy books. Books aren't entertainment – they're necessities. By the way, thanks for the Evensongs. (Evening Prayers.) Makes me feel as if a big ol' semi-crabby Pug is tucking us in safe for the night. All we need now is milk and cookies.

    Is Zippy still Zippy? I thought she was somebody else. Or was she? I get so confused at times!

  37. Barb & Maggie
    5:11 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Hey Chet, Bernie, Spence or that Other Guy, Any word about Ingrid's future appearances? Please, please, please?

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:42 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Okay!… Your nephew is young, tall, blond with curly hair… snort!… I know there are maybe just one or two of those kind of guys here in this area… heh! … Too bad the game was cancelled… grump!… I heard they will have a double header tomorrow… crap!… I will probably miss one of those games. First miss so far this season…. damn.

    Oh!… Tonight at the restaurant, a couple of friends showed me a photo of them with Dick Butcus…. Snort!… That guys head is Huge!… heh!… I laughed so hard I cried… grunt!… When I get the photo, I will post it here… heh!… You guys won’t believe how big that guy is compared to normal sized people.

    Then!… another friend told a story about her Uncle the Cop who lost his pistol finger in a farming accident…. Snort!… I laughed so hard I had to go outside… heh!… This is all true, I swear… grunt!… But maybe not nearly as funny because you sort of had to be there…. heh!

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:45 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Oh!… I forgot the part where her uncle now has a desk job!… HEH!

  40. Sam
    6:00 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Oh boy – Those Goldman Sschs guys are just now denying the Tower of Chew Strips.

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:02 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Wolfie!… Do you know how many credit card offers I get in one week?… snort!… This baby stays with me… grunt!… No poodle or toy-whats-it will get their paws on it… wheeze!…I have to be very careful because Admin is actually paying all the bills unbeknownst to Spencer… snicker!

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:05 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Gee!…Sam, you snuck in here very quietly… snort!…I thought I was all alone again… grunt!… How’ve you been lil girl?…. hey!… Just between you and me, do you like lil Lexi?…. wheeze!

  43. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:22 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Rio – Whose uncle has a desk job? And this is important because….?

  44. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:25 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    oops….I think that Zippy (or whatever the plume de jour is) is actually a girl. Sorry, Zippy!

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:35 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Hmmm… Wolfie only reads every other word too… snort!… Very annoying.

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:49 pm on April 23rd, 2010

    Good night all!…snort!…Have a great weekend!… We are up early and eventually once we get out of the house…wheeze!…We will be going to the museum and having lunch downtown…grunt!… I may get to sneak into the Tattored Cover! Nothing better than that!…heh!…But only if I am really lucky!

  47. Rick
    10:19 am on April 24th, 2010

    Hey Chet, Bernie, Spence or that Other Guy, Any word about Ingrid's future appearances? Please, please, please?

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