Well, sports and weather, I don’t think anyone comes here expecting to read the news. Sports, however, we have plenty.
Saturday night, our daughter Faith and I attended a minor league baseball game between the Hartford Yardgoats and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I’m sorry to inform my buddy, Judy that Hartford won that game, 8-5. Of course, I’m not sorry they won, especially since the Yardgoats were playing as their alter ego, Los Chivos de Hartford, and it was the annual Roberto Clemente Celebration game.
Like many fans, Faith and I were wearing shirts honoring Clemente, the greatest right fielder the Pittsburgh Pirates ever had. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, at the age of 38 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where the Yardgoats and Chivos de Hartford play, retired number 21 the year the stadium opened, as a gesture to the large Puerto Rican community in Hartford and in Connecticut.
I think the effort the Hartford Yardgoats organization makes to fit into their community is one of the best things any MLB ballclub does. As the scoreboard messages encouraged us to chant throughout the game – Vamos Chivos!
During the last three innings of the game, behind us on Trumbull Street, a seemingly endless parade of mobile cranes and bucket trucks were rolling into the city. They were staging for what many feared would be a catastrophic storm. Hurricane Henri was on his way to Hartford.
We had prepared as best we could for the storm. Items in the yard had been moved into the shed. Trash cans had been anchored. We decided to pass on the opportunity to purchase large quantities of bread, milk and peanut butter, but electronics and battery backup devices were charged.
By 11:00 am Sunday, it looked as if we might be in trouble. Our house was just over 2 mi (3 km) from the center of the storm track. Fortunately, Henri was losing strength and shrinking in size. Of course, slowing down means the storm, and its rain, will be hovering over us longer. Our area remains under a flood watch.
On the predictably crazy side of the storm, we’ve had more than our share of weatherfolk standing at the shore in the wind and rain. The local Fox affiliate preempted the entire Giants vs. Browns NFL preseason football game to bring us an endless loop of the same ten minutes worth of news. The electric utility is giving themselves 18-21 days to restore electricity to customers who lose it. Perhaps the best was when I searched for the storm track and Google presented me with a result where I could buy a book on Spiritual Direction.
I’m writing this before Henri is supposed to blow by us. I’m scheduling this for early Monday morning. I hope I don’t have to wake up early to make revisions.
Most of today’s gallery are photos taken from the ballgame Saturday night. I hope you enjoy them.