Able to leap antique auto shows in a single bound. There he was, our prodigal left fielder, three days early (by his annual timetable for such mundane matters as Spring Training). Manny being Manny arrived at The Fort this a.m. to a media circus waved off by – Himself. Much as I’m impressed by Ramirez’ swiftness in reporting, he’s not the subject of this post.
No, I’m here to pay homage to four brave souls who earlier this month vacated their toasty warm front offices at Hadlock Field, trusty wooden steed in tow, to compete in the U. S. National Toboggan Championship. Their sojourn took them to Camden, Maine (look for the polar bear icons, just west of Novia Scotia on our state map), and a blazing 9.7 second slide down a 400 foot chute and into history. Okay, so they were a second or so slower than everyone else, but still took home the title, albeit unofficial, of “fastest toboggan team in professional baseball.” Yea! Way to go fellas! ‘Dogs Assistant GM for Public Relations, Chris Cameron (second from left) said the spur of the moment decision to compete was aimed at keeping baseball on the fans’ front burner during the winter which, contrary to popular belief, doesn’t last 12 months here in Portland.
The boys promise a zippier entry next year. A fresh coat of paint, for starters. Surely a few days more practice wouldn’t hurt. Here you see our heroes polishing their team dismount. We love ya guys! Thank goodness Opening Day is just 38 days away. There’s only so much off-season excitement fans can stand.