The most famous former Memphis Redbird in the world today, Kennedy became only the sixth player in baseball history to drill three home runs in a single postseason game as the Angels clinched the pennant Sunday afternoon. It's beginning to look like the trade that sent Jim Edmonds to the Cardinals is that rarest of modern deals, one that significantly improves both clubs.
FIRST REPORT CARD
The first six-weeks grading period is over, and the city and county school systems now have their final enrollment numbers. With all the news stories about schools, this little true-false quiz should be easy.
GUITARS UNDER GLASS
So Baton Rouge wants a piece of the blues by taking the Blues Foundation away from Memphis? Well, in addition to being a wee bit south of the Mississippi Delta, Baton Rouge is also a little late to the party. Blues museums, blues festivals, and the "home of the blues" claims that go with them have become as commonplace as Wal-Marts in the Delta.
Beginning as soon as he can arrange it, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton wants to get a fix on what he feels has historically been the largely untended spending of county government. The means? A new independent audit agency composed of five representatives-- one from each branch of local government and two members from outside government altogether.
IN NEED OF A SLINGSHOT
What are those words of comfort in times of suffering? Ah . . . that which does not kill us, makes us stronger. The message has an added chill in this emotionally draining season of St. Louis baseball. The 2002 Cardinals have had to overcome the deaths of Jack Buck and Darryl Kile, myriad injuries to their pitching staff, a first-round playoffdose of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, and a debilitating blow to their All-Star third baseman. All for the privilege of facing the greatest player of this era with the finest supporting cast said player has ever enjoyed.
THINGS THAT GO BUMP
If you missed the ghost tour this past weekend in the Annesdale-Snowden district, you've got one more chance to catch up on some local lore as it pertains to the things that go bump in the night.
Elmwood cemetery will be hosting a walking tour of its own this Saturday, complete with costumed tour guides representing some of the more interesting inhabitants of Memphis' oldest continually operating home for the dead.
A TIME TO HEAL
If nothing else can be said about the 2002 Cardinals, this much is safe: it was a club familiar with pain. From the emotional trauma of losing broadcaster and team patriarch Jack Buck, to the tragically premature death of pitching ace Darryl Kile, to the more mundane injuries suffered by Woody Williams, Garrett Stephenson, and Scott Rolen, this was a team riding shotgun with a disturbingly ugly demon. To the credit of manager Tony LaRussa and his staff, heartache only bonded the team into a unit, one that may have played better after Kile's death than its collective talents would normally allow.
Lee Hazelwood has always been a storyteller in his songs, kind of like a non-redneck Tom T. Hall with a functioning neocortex....And in recent years, he has experienced a resurgence in popularity. The stuff he recorded with Nancy Sinatra and on his own 30-plus years ago now sounds cool and ironic instead of corny and overblown (as his material did to this reviewer at the time). So it was inevitable that a Lee Hazelwood tribute record would eventually appear.
"I guess it's my background as a defense attorney, but ," said Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton in an interview with the Flyer Saturday, "I'm not ready to write off Tom Jones." Indeed, said Wharton, if current allegations against Jones are dispelled, "I'll be the first to give him an apology and would be ready to offer him a substantial position in county government."
Why do we do it? Over the years, I've been asked that question a hundred times, by dozens of family members and friends, people who genuinely care about my well being. They are always particularly concerned after heart-breaking losses like the one the Tigers suffered at the hands of Louisville, 38-32, in the Liberty Bowl last week.
RIVERKINGS SET TO DEFEND TITLE ON ICE
The Memphis RiverKings defeated the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in game seven last season to capture the President's Cup Trophy. And, after a summer of enjoying the President's Cup, it's back to the ice for the Riverkings, determined to defend their championship.