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Scotland County R-I baseball coach Rod Sears, admits that some folks may think he has been quarantined too long when they read his analogy of what the cancellation of the 2020 baseball season has meant to him.
In the end he said it was simply the best way to tell people how he feels about the COVID-19 pandemic stealing away baseball.
“Well seeing the news, let me try to explain how I feel in a way that many of our fans may be able to relate,” he said.
Imagine buying a puppy, a nice coonhound pup. This starts an instant friendship, it brings joy to your life. You buy your puppy the best food and build it the best dog house. You spend every night in the woods training the puppy. You look forward to getting off work to see him wagging his tail on the porch. You guys build an unbreakable bond. You watch it grow into one of the finest coon hounds.
Finally you enter him into competition, all your hard work is about to pay off. All your attention goes into this one hunt. You feel it, this is going to be the night. The hound sounds good. He hits a trail first thing. You guys rip through briars and across creeks. You track this coon for what feels like 12 hours and ten miles through the timber. The dog is out front and hits the ol deep shrieking howl. You know he’s treed. You shine your light into the limbs to see the biggest boar you have laid eyes on. You scan to the base of the tree only to find he has found his way into the biggest cottonwood in the state. He soon finds his way safely into his den.
The dog is still barking and eager to gain his prize only to see you pulling him off. He is confused, you guys have trained so hard for this but now you say he cannot cash in at the end for his prize. He looks at you for help but there’s nothing you can do. You’re mad and frustrated.
You get back to the truck and you reflect on the time you have put in for this to happen. But you look back at all the memories, all the happy times in the woods together. You don’t regret the journey because you put everything into this. The dog never forgets this night but does not let it hinder him in the future. When the tailgate drops on the next stop in his life he is going to pursue it with the same fierceness and passion as the last because that is what he has been trained to do.
“If you’re confused,” Sears explained, “the Coronavirus is the cottonwood to this baseball season. I feel horrible for these seniors. We have put in a lot of work for this to happen. Just wish I could see their wagging tails on the field one more time.”