Time Out by John Bernhardt

Time Out: August 20, 2008

“Your son will never be able to focus on anything,” a teacher once advised Debbie Phelps during a parent/teacher conference. Phelps and her record-setting Olympic son still laugh about a middle schoolteacher who stated with assurance that Michael would never be a success.

Time Out: August 13, 2008

“I think we’ve found it. I can see basketballs in the air.”
Looking from a distance it looked like a carnival or circus, the sky peppered with multi-colored basketballs. Moving the car closer, the scene came more clearly into focus. A section of Main Street in Avoca had been blocked off and eight outdoor basketball courts stood in a single line. After a long journey a group of young basketball enthusiasts from Andes had arrived to participate in the Avoca Summer Classic.

Time Out: July 30, 2008

Sometimes it’s nice to finish what you start. That had to be the case for New York Mets’ pitcher Johan Santana last Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium. Mets’ fans were ecstatic when their left-handed pitching ace tossed a complete-game victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Time Out: July 23, 2008

Make room on your summer schedule to check out some minor league baseball. A trip to the park to catch the Oneonta Tigers, the Binghamton Mets or even the Hudson Valley Renegades (they play at Dutchess Stadium in Wappinger’s Falls) or the Tri-City Valley Cats (located in Troy) are all within reasonable driving distances. Yankee fans would enjoy a day trip to Scranton to watch the Bombers Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton /Wilkes-Barre Yanks. The serious baseball fan, or the casual fan simply looking for a night of fun and entertainment, can use the Catskills as a launching pad to find a minor league baseball game at any level.

Time Out: June 11, 2008

It’s the end of our national pastime, as we know it. When the Yankees and Mets unveil new home stadiums next year, New York’s baseball fans will be the big losers. The change of venues will be the final chapter in baseball’s transformation from a sport for the masses to one for the classes -- the upper classes that is.

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