he Last Word
Issue #477June 2014
How cool people roadtrip in Georgia
How do cool people roadtrip?By...bipping!How do cool people roadtrip in Georgia?By...bipping in Georgia!On the weekend of May 24-2 " #i$ited the %each &tate. 'ro( )incinnati o*r cool$ter cara#an di$tended thro*gh +ent*cky ,enne$$ee orth )arolina and &o*th )arolinaand lodged in /*g*$ta on &at*rday night. On &*nday " went to /tlanta where 'reedo( %ark honor$ 2 fa(o*$ Georgian$0e#. Martin 1*ther +ing r. and %re$ident i((y )arter./$ yo* $ho*ld know 'reedo( %ark wa$ al$o a oneti(e ho(e of Occ*py /tlantaand in keeping with thi$ $pirit " wrote 3e are the 5567 on the co((ent card$ at 2 different re$t area$ on thi$ trip. ,hat8$ beca*$e we are the 556. /nd
are the 556.On the way down $o(e galoot wa$ $tanding in the roadway (aking cr*de ge$t*re$ to (otori$t$ on the ra(p to "nter$tate 94: in +no;#ille. %l*$ $o(ebody ripped a lo*d-and-pro*d b*nker bla$t at a <, ga$ $tation in /nder$on &o*th )arolina. " wa$ $tanding o*t$ide at one of the ga$ p*(p$ when " heard the *n(i$takable a*dio of a backdoor bree=e drifting (y way fro( acro$$ the lot.On the way ho(e " noticed a hilario*$ plopping> &o(ebody had thrown a catalog for 0 acce$$orie$ in the toilet bowl at a %ilot $tation in )ary#ille ,enne$$ee. ,he $hiny page$ of colorf*l photo$ of ca(per$ bobbed *p and down in the cool and broccoli water @a$ 1ittle 0i#er Band wo*ld $ayA./ll in all a fine ti(e wa$ had.
The umpire strikes back
"8#e been di$appointed in Maor 1eag*e Ba$teball lately beca*$e of the dro*ght of forfeited ga(e$."t8$ not *$t beca*$e
i$ a f*nny wordwhich it i$ perhap$ beca*$e of the contortion$ in#ol#ed to (ake the
$o*nd$ $o clo$e to each other. 'orfeit$ are f*nny beca*$e they add $pice to /(erica8$ national pa$ti(e. ,here8$ *$*ally an *proario*$ $tory behind each forfeit."n big leag*e ball a ga(e (ay be forfeited if a ho(e tea( fail$ to pro#ide $afe rea$onable playing condition$ or in other li(ited circ*($tance$. ,he $core i$ recorded a$ 5 to : and it8$ chalked *p a$ a lo$$ for the forfeiting tea(e#en if they were winning when the forfeit wa$ declared. /nd that8$ an i(portant detail.,he $port i$ d*e for a forfeit beca*$e thi$ i$ the longe$t it8$ e#er gone witho*t one. "t8$ *$t like how we8re d*e for a new con$tit*tional a(end(ent or a C
$tate. o forfeit$ ha#e been i$$*ed in the (aor$ $ince C55. ,hat year the 1o$ /ngele$ Dodger$ ga#e o*t $o*#enir ba$eball$ to fan$ at a ga(e again$t the &t. 1o*i$ )ardinal$. 'an$ threw the ball$ onto the field after legendary Dodger$ (anager ,o((y 1a$orda wa$ eected fro( the ga(e for arg*ing with an *(p. ,he people were al(o$t depri#ed of thi$ forfeit a$ it wa$n8t declared *ntil the 5
inning.,hat wa$ (ore than *$t a forfeit. "t wa$ a fi#efeit!"t8$ hard to belie#e $o (any fan$ di$carded keep$ake ba$eball$ that were (eant to be trea$*red fore#er. "8( a g*y who cringe$ when
get$ thrown awaylet alone a #al*able $port$ (e(ento like that.Eo* ha#e to go all the way back to C5F5 for the la$t forfeit before that. "8( talking abo*t Di$co De(olition ight which afflicted )o(i$key %ark ho(e of the )hicago hite &o;. "t wa$ part of a radio pro(otion in which a local D wo*ld blow *p a h*ge crate f*ll of di$co record$ on the field between ga(e$ of a do*bleheader. 'olk$ got into the ga(e for only 5 cent$ if they brang along $o(e record$ to be collected for the e#ent at the entrance. B*t $o(e fan$ $(*ggled the record$ pa$t the gate and fl*ng the( onto the field like fri$bee$ d*ring the ga(e. Many of the thrown record$ beca(e e(bedded *pright in the gra$$ on the field. 'irecracker$ and li*or bottle$ were al$o thrown onto the field. 1ot$ of people $n*ck into the ga(e after the gate$ were clo$ed.