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Walk of Honor popular

July 7, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
Haven't been to the site yet, but I've noticed Marietta's Walk of Honor has been attracting lots of people. The visitors seem to be all ages, which to me means the walk's meaning spans generations, from young couples, families and folks in motorized carts. When I first heard about the Walk of Honor, it seemed like a nice idea, but then I didn't really think much more about it. Marietta is a better place today because of the people who came up with the idea and worked hard and long to get the job done with hundreds of bricks sold. It's amazing that those names of veterans can touch a nerve with people. I know the feeling I had when I visited the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, D.C. A powerful display. Anyway, I'm going to have to get down there to see our walk. Reading about the walk got me to thinking about my uncle Harold Bartholow from New Philadelphia. He died a few years ago and at his funeral was a full military color guard. Seems my uncle had earned a purple heart in World War II. I had known him all my life and never knew how he earned that medal. I'll have to do some checking.

Fireworks Saturday night's fireworks at the fairgrounds were really nice and they drew a huge crowd from every vantage point. Got me to thinking about my first Fourth of July in Marietta in 1972. Leslie and I weren't married yet and she was up in Ravenna making money at her job. First I got the night of the fireworks wrong. Then when I went to the area around Hadley Field to watch the fairgrounds fireworks my car broke down in the middle of the road and in the middle of the rush to leave after the holiday display. I finally pushed the car out of the way, but there were plenty of unhappy people behind me. That was a rookie mistake. When we went to watch fireworks in later years we grabbed a spot on Muskingum Drive or at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Leaving wasn't quite as exciting, but much faster and less eventful.

Tribe talk I'm sorry to see C.C. Sabathia go in the trade to Milwaukee, but I'm glad they got some prospects at least. With the team sinking into last place there wasn't anything to be gained from keeping him through this year. He already rejected what sounded like a huge contract, saying he didn't walk to talk until after the season. That pretty much forced the Indians' hand. They only reason to hold on to C.C. was for a pennant run, which isn't happening this year in Cleveland. Now, I hope those prospects, or at least one of them, pan out in Cleveland. General Manager Mark Shapiro got a steal years ago when he traded Bartolo Colon for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee (both all stars this year), Lee Stevens, Brandon Phillips, who didn't work out in Cleveland but is awesome in the Reds' lineup. The Tribe got played for chumps by sluggers Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, who left as unsigned free agents. If the Indians' get Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez healed up for next season, then they can concentrate on rebuilding the bullpen. The Tribe's farm system has been a disappointment this season, too, but maybe the brass is holding some cards close to the vest for use next season. Why wouldn't they bring some kids up now to give them experience? Stay tuned


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