ScuttleBu(r)t Leftovers, June 2018

ScuttleBu(r)t …

Bill Chuck, one of the many I follow on Twitter, wonders if President Trump will invite Triple Crown winner Justify to the White House? …

From Kurt Mensching, a former Marquette Mining Journal sportswriter now found in The Athletic, questioning the value of veteran Victor Martinez: “But wouldn’t it be nice to see the (Detroit) Tigers get serious about rewarding players who deserve to be in the lineup, and not to curse themselves with a cleanup hitter who hits for neither power nor average?”

Daily News sports editor Adam Niemi, newest member of the Superiorland Baseball League’s Channing Railroaders, picked out No. 42 for the season opener.

Channing baseball historian Rich Ferguson says Gary Wixtrom wore No. 42 in the good, old days of the Wishigan League.

The Channing numbers worn by Craig and Todder Lindeman, Mark Cambray, Pat Robbins and Rod Bloom have been retired or should be …

Petoskey’s Joel Wilson threw a one-hitter over six innings and also contributed two hits and two RBI as the Northmen beat Kingsford 10-0 in a Division 2 baseball district opener.

Petoskey (25-8-1) lost to Sault Ste. Marie 2-0 in the finals. Blue Devils’ Logan Bailey tossed a two-hitter …

Heard from a couple coaches regarding the passing of former Menominee and Marinette sports writer Tom (Richie) Kaeser.

“Tom always reported the highlights and trials of the games with sensitivity to the young athletes who played their hearts out,” said one coach.

I remember one incident where an editor wondered why Tom didn’t mention a player making a major mistake and helping lose the game.

Replied Tom, “The kid has suffered enough. He doesn’t need to read about it.”

He retired from the EagleHerald less than four years ago.

Noted EagleHerald sports editor Jody Korch: “Tom was a champion of the underdog, the eighth runner on a cross country team, the non-athletic kid who always gave it his best.

Private services will be held in Appleton for Richie, 69, who made the world’s best spam salad, according to his obit …

So nice of the friendly DCH folks to recognize me during a visit this week. I’d also like to commend FNB for not recognizing me during a second-person, check-cashing stop.

Despite showing my driver’s license and wearing my trademark Grain Belt hoodie, the check couldn’t be cashed because the signature-recognition device was down.

If I had a really big ego (yeah, right), I might have thrown a fit and reminded the ladies that was I once The Daily News’ fourth-favorite columnist behind Ted Corombos, Fr. Joe and Erma Bombeck.

However, everything was eventually settled to my satisfaction.FNB was just making sure that check was not in the wrong hands

Vacation starts Monday. Time for me to lay low for a week …