Close to Home and Far, Far Away

(Monte Dutton photos)

Clinton, South Carolina, Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:27 a.m.

By Monte Dutton

I really wanted England to reach the World Cup finals. It was like everything else now that my job responsibilites keep me preoccupied. I’m forever editing, choosing photos, and interviewing someone on the phone. The TV is on, and I look up when announcers start yelling.

Out on the edge of my consciousness, it seemed to me that Croatia gradually took control of the semifinal match. Croatia is fortunate. If its team had been this good four years ago, Russia would have invaded or at least demanded annexation.

The Boston Red Sox have won 10 games in a row. They are 37 games above .500 for the first time since 1949. They have nine or more straight games twice in a season for the first time since 1948. I wasn’t born in 1948-49. Thus am I unprecedentedly happy in a small way.

I’ve seen parts of four youth baseball games in the past two days. The local teams both split and saw their seasons end. With Clinton’s Dixie Youth O-Zone team (11-12 ages), the loss, in a game to reach the state finals, was controversial and excruciating, though I was monitoring it on something called Gamechanger because I’d had to get back home to edit some news releases and the like. Last night the Laurens Little Leaguers (9-10) fell, 5-2.

Two teams, one representing each town, remain alive and will attempt to advance to even more far-flung locales this weekend and the next

High school football will be here soon.

It’s a long way from soccer in Russia to youth baseball in Moncks Corner. I’m not at either place, but I’ll be following the far paviiions, as well as the baseball in Fenway Park and the racing in Kentucky.


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For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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