April 20, 2018
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Radar check led to game’s resumption

Bangor Daily News

In response to Brian Corliss’ letter (BDN, Aug. 11) regarding lightning issues during the State Junior League Tournament: The first instance of lighting occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. and the game was halted for 30 minutes, resuming at approximately 8:45 p.m.

One umpire believed he then saw lightning again at approximately 9:15 p.m. Other umpires did not see any lightning and after checking the radar — there is Internet access at the Stadium — and after consultation with the umpires, both team’s managers, the Waldo County president and the Bangor president, I, as tournament di-rector made the decision to resume the game at approximately 9:35 p.m.

As I explained to the managers, we can wait until 11:30 p.m. as that is curfew or we can get going now. Regardless of who was winning I was not going to call a game with two hours remaining until curfew.

Everyone agreed to go now as the radar indicated no weather in the Greater Bangor area. The only weather on radar was to the north and west of Dover-Foxcroft and at least 60 miles from Bangor. As far as umpires from other districts, they were invited to participate in the state tournament. No one from Waldo County’s district volunteered. Some umpires from the Portland area did come up and worked the weekend games but were unavailable for the weekday games.

Mike Brooker


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Sour grapes, Sox fans?

Say it is so, Big Papi!

Even though the story of Big Papi was released from New York, Papi should deny everything. Remember the Maine man in the investigation of all users, George Mitchell, has ties to the Red Sox. So why did it take so long for Boston players’ names to come out? There are your sour grapes. More sour grapes: 26 championships for the Yankees to how many? Too few to mention.

Ed Grant


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