Mike and Buzz have known each other for nearly 60 years. Mike plays shortstop and Buzz plays second. Bee that way since they played Little League in Blue Lake, Babe Ruth, Legion ad High School. They ended up playing college ball together and then played 4 years each for the Humboldt Crabs. As life moved on they played in the local softball league into their senior years. They were inseparable to the point they joined the same Senior Travel league and while on the road in the car they made a pact ; if one of them died before the other they would send a message to the one left behind about the existence of heaven and whether there was softball in the afterlife. Buzz was hit by an errant ball in the head while he was stretching a single into a double. He was mourned greatly by the Senior Softball community. Mike waited patiently for some sort of sign from Buzz whether there was indeed softball in the afterlife. Months went by, but out of the blue Buzz showed up in a dream. When Mike saw him he was excited and asked quickly, well Buzz, is there softball ball in heaven? Buzz answered, “I have some good news and bad news for you. What would you like to know first?” Mike thought about it and then asked, “How about the good news?” Buzz answered, “Yes there is a great never ending softball tournament in heaven. The competition is always equal and the snack bar is always open.” Mike thought about it a second, then asked, “What is the bad news? Buzz looked at him and replied with a smile, “You are starting at short tonight!” ( Thanks to Mike Carroll for story.)
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