If it is a dream, I do not want to wake up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Everywhere you go, someone is talking good about Greenville- the stores, service stations, restaurants, and especially the sporting attractions.

Two weeks ago the Camellia City was descended upon by adult athletes, when it hosted the ASA Men's Softball "Commissioner's Classic"; all were speaking well of our city at that time.

Now (as I hammer this out on Monday) we are smack-dab in the middle of the Dixie Minors All-stars Sub-district championship, and our fair little community is once again shining like new money.

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I personally never had any doubts – I moved into Greenville in 1986, and have been here ever since.

Working in the public sector for over 12 years, and also in the private sector in our community, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how friendly Greenville and her citizens are – like no other place I have ever been – considering that I have traveled in 39 of our 50 United States, I can pretty well make a judgement in that regard.

But what makes me proud is the way our peers have met with and greeted visitors to our community, with open arms, and big smiles.

Jerome Harris, Gregg Fuller, Ronnie Faulk and all the employees and volunteers that have made up the squadron of professionals at the Parks and Recreation Department are really giving their all to make folks' visits to Greenville a positive and memorable experience.

I certainly tip my hat to all the workers at the ballpark.

Believe it or not, there are even positive remarks being voiced about our crew of umpires.

The calls have been honest, and although there has been light banter at times from the fans, very few bad things have been said of the officiating for this year's All-stars.

I was in earshot when one disgruntled out-of-town fan started heckling the umpire, but 'Blue" just went on doing his job.

It actually takes the patience of a saint to be able to drive forward in spite of the occasional jeer.

But they do it – and they do it in a much better fashion than I could.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the way in which our local folk have shown their support of the players.

It makes me proud to see parents praising their children, regardless of the outcome, for their efforts.

And folks, that's what it is all about.

Beyond all the fund-raising necessary to support the programs, and the pride surely felt by all who care about our community when a plan comes together, the name of the game is wholesome activity for our kids - the leaders of tomorrow.

Hats off

Greenville – again!

Until next week, I'll see you all at the ballparks – I'll be the one with the camera around his neck, way out there in Deep Left Field.