01/16/2007

Shackelford

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Brian Shackelford loaded his pickup yesterday with humanitarian aid and started the 90-mile drive from Oklahoma City to his ice-bound hometown in McAlester, Okla.

A winter storm hit the state Friday with sleet, freezing rain and snow and left McAlester without electricity or telephone service.

“I got as much as I could,” said Shackelford, who spoke en route by cell phone. “My whole family lives down there. I’ve got a couple of generators. I bought some extra gas cans and filled them up. There was only one store open with gas (Sunday) and it was a 2½ hour wait. It’s been unbelievable.”

Shackelford said the information is spotty because frozen tree limbs have fallen and knocked down power lines.

“It’s been hard to get hold of anybody,” he said. “There are supplies in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It’s just nobody knows what’s going on in McAlester. Once I see what people need, I may go back to Oklahoma City for another load.”

The storm has been blamed for about 15 deaths in Oklahoma and thousands are without electricity.

“We’re hoping the weather warms up and some of the ice melts,” Shackelford said. “But the limbs are still going to be falling and knocking down more power lines. This happened about six years ago and some people were without electricity for weeks.”

Nice to see a good story about a professional athlete.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. Agreed. Also in team news… Kyle Lohse and the Reds came to a one year deal. No terms were mentioned. However he did express interest in becoming a free agent next year (his first year eligible). Hopefully we get the Kyle Lohse as he was when he first arrived and not the guy that let up 12 runs in 2 or 3 innings down the stretch. uggghhh… bad memories. It took a lot of dollar dogs to black that one out.

  2. Way to go, Brian! I know your folks are proud of you. Keep up the good work. McAlester loves you.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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2007 Reds, Reds - General