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Rich (probably): Mickey Mantle? Is that you? The Mick?

Mantle: Yup, it's me. Welcome to the afterlife.

Rich: Wow! So...is there baseball in Heaven?

Mantle (smiling that smile): Well...there's good news and bad news.

Rich: Yeah? Well, gimme the good news, then the bad news...

Mantle (laughing): The good news is...yes, Rich there is baseball in Heaven. The bad news is? You got the plate today, Blue...

~Dawg

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17 hours ago, SeeingEyeDog said:

Rich (probably): Mickey Mantle? Is that you? The Mick?

Mantle: Yup, it's me. Welcome to the afterlife.

Rich: Wow! So...is there baseball in Heaven?

Mantle (smiling that smile): Well...there's good news and bad news.

Rich: Yeah? Well, gimme the good news, then the bad news...

Mantle (laughing): The good news is...yes, Rich there is baseball in Heaven. The bad news is? You got the plate today, Blue...

~Dawg

Mantle: "Also, its 9U, and Satan's team brings all their parents!".

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49 minutes ago, ErichKeane said:

Mantle: "Also, its 9U, and Satan's team brings all their parents!".

Rich: "Just like every other Saturday morning then!"

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Gentlemen, @Rich Ives may have served as an umpire at some point, but what he was known and respected primarily for was Coach. 

Each of us here (on U-E at least) has our forté, our niche, our role. Rich’s was as Coach. The other side of the argument. Not only was he always presenting the coach’s perspective, but he could frequently – and would – tag you if were MSU or being unduly harsh on fellow coaches (especially when you’d brag in your Ejection stories). 

Not every coach is/was a rat, despite Rich embracing it as his avatar. 

Yes, we’ll remember him, but let’s not forget him and his perspective when we interact with coaches in the future. 

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