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THE SECOND GAME WILL START AT 10:00AM
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3/22/17
A/L BLUE 23 - WHITE 11
N/L WHITE 21 - BLUE 16

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By Billy Diamond
AARP Magazine Senior Sports Writer

 

Billy Diamond
AARP Magazine Senior Sports Writer

As promised, my brother-in-law Bernie Goldberg came through and set me up with NL Blue Manager, Ed Mckeown. The following is an excerpt from that interview.

Billy:
Let's get the tough questions out of the way coach. Your Blues had a tough first half of the season and finished a distant second to the Whites. What happened?

Mckeown:
Well, we have a couple guys on the squad that played on my Red team last year and I think they took their winner's share money and celebrated a little too much for too long. I know Warren and Conlow where spotted in South Beach during the summer and I don't buy their story that they were there delivering for Meals-on-Wheels. And a couple other guys showed up at camp with penicillin prescriptions. I think we both know what that means. The party's over though and I'm been riding them like rented mules.

Billy:
There was a lot of animosity between the Reds and Whites last year, with the "better dead than Red" and "White batters don't matter" vitriol. Do you see that happening this year between the Blues and Whites?

Mckeown:
Last year got ugly, but I don't see that happening this year. Last year we won both halves and the Whites never really threatened, so I think that boil festered and got the best of us all.

Billy:
You are 11-3 and running away with the second half. Tell me about the turnaround.

Mckeown:
I think the thought of losing to the Whites and not bringing home the Championship woke them up a bit. In fact, none of the guys even take naps in the dugout anymore, so I've put away my smelling salts.

Billy:
What's it been like to reach the pinnacle of Senior Softball?

Mckeown:
I came up the hardscrabble way. The first team I managed had a keg of beer at second base. No one hit a triple all year! Now, to have a team full of professionals, it's a treat and makes my job pretty easy really. And the really nice thing about this group of players is that they like to give back to the community.

Billy:
Give me an example of that coach.

Mckeown:
Sure, just last week the guys took it upon themselves to sign autographs for some of the people who work in this town and make Las Vegas such a great city. So they all went to Sapphire Gentlemen's Club and signed various garments and maybe even some body parts for over three hours. As Max Garcia said, "we're in the spotlight, these folks toil  under a different kind of spotlight and without the service workers in this town, Las Vegas would just be another Bakersfield". These guys should be an inspiration to us all and I applaud them.

Billy:
Bernie says you've signed a two year contract extension. What does that mean for you and your family.

Mckeown:
Well I'm not going to lie to you Billy, the money is great and has allowed my wife and me to go to movies on Friday nights instead of Tuesdays and put mid-grade gas in the golf cart. What more could we want?

Billy:
Thanks for your time, Coach.

Mckeown:
My pleasure Billy and say hello to Bernie for me.

 

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