****Noted a slack in my blogs, lately? Well, I get lazy with spring training on my plate. I’m usually down around Lake Buena Vista, or wherever the Braves are, this time of year. I’ll be late, but I’ll be there in a few days.
It has been a quiet spring training, hasn’t it?! Usually, by this time some guy has wrecked his Mercedes trying to climb a palm tree. In his car, I mean. Or picked up in a bar fight. Or been accused of fathering some waitress’s baby. Actually, you don’t see much of that any more, since most of the players rent a condo and bring mama and the kids with them now.
One year Ted Davidson, a pitcher, walked out of a bar in Tampa and was met by a bullet out of a gun in the hands of his wife. Now, that was one mad woman. He survived. Their marriage didn’t.
That, I don’t miss.
**** You can bet Augusta National is the least of the tournament hosts not worried about Tiger Woods, and if he’ll be there or not. That is, except for all the crashing furor his presence would arouse.
I speak of the gate. The Masters is never concerned about patronage. It’s always the same, has been, always will be, no matter who shows up with bag in hand. Do you remember the time when Lee Trevino was so out of sorts with the majestic atmosphere of Augusta National that he refused to darken the doors of the clubhouse? Changed shoes in the trunk of his car.
Then came to realize what a twit he had been when it was too late.
****You’ve read of the travails of Sea Island, grand and glorious Sea Island. It’s not news. It has been developing for a few years. But what is new are the steps Davis Love III and his brother Mark are taking to help. Really pitching in with the Tour tournament. They’re backing up the Fall season, in the saddle with an insurance company. Think about it – when most players are fishing around for the next check, here are the Love brothers trying to help save the farm. The McGladey—I think that’s the brand name— tournament will be played on one of the grandest old golf courses in the land, the Seaside Course—which is, by the way, on St. Simons Island, not Sea Island. It was originally laid out by Colt and Alison, and while it has had a little facelift by Tom Fazio, the original nine was the best side of golf I ever played, and hasn’t lost any of its appeal……Selah.