Thursday, April 8, 2010
It was good to see high school baseball back at Sam Coopwood Park Thursday afternoon.
With camera in hand, I attended the Holly Springs versus Byhalia intra-county matchup on the diamond. The Hawks are playing baseball after a several-year absence.
I talked to Holly High principal Cedric Richardson about the need for improvements at the park, which is owned by the City of Holly Springs, and his response was, “We’re just so excited about having a team on the field.”
I agree. Baseball is as American as hot dogs and apple pies, and the athletes at Holly High deserve the opportunity to participate. I applaud Mr. Richardson, superintendent Irene Walton and others who had a hand in renewing the baseball Hawks.
But I also think the city’s leadership needs to look at the park and try to come up with funding for much-needed upgrades – from dugouts to fencing to bleachers and more. The facility has tremendous potential, and it’s being used more and more, thanks in large part to the countywide Dizzy Dean baseball, softball and T-ball league.
A successful baseball program begins at an early age. And our kids deserve the best as far as facilities.
My Good Friday was indeed a good one. I took the day off and drove to Hattiesburg to visit my daughter Emma at the University of Southern Mississippi.
My mother, sister, brother-in-law and daughter Erin accompanied me. I arranged the trip – mainly for my mom, who will turn 80 in November. She had not been to see where her granddaughter is living and going to college.
Emma’s roommate, Crystal, joined us for a tour of campus and other activities. I think the two of them stayed up past midnight getting their dorm room ready for the family’s inspection. It passed.
The highlight of the trip had to be dinner at Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn. We asked around, looking for one of the best local places. Leatha’s was the dominant response.
It’s somewhat hidden behind an RV business with only a small sign on the highway. We parked in front of the cabin-like shack and as soon as we walked in, my brother-in-law Roger said, “This is just what we were looking for.”
Tables and chairs didn’t match. I noticed clippings of Brett Favre on the wall. They brought towels to our table rather than napkins. That, too, was a good sign that some fabulous barbecue awaited us.
The restaurant is family-owned and operated. The menu was brief – like pulled pork, ribs, chicken – with a few choices of sides like slaw, potato salad, baked beans.
We placed our orders. I chose chicken. Then I asked the delightful family member who took our order which she recommended. She said the pulled pork was probably the third best thing on the menu with the ribs being the best.
Roger switched to the ribs. I stuck with the chicken.
She told Roger the meat was going to slide off the bone on the ribs and if he put that first bite in his mouth and he didn’t like it, she would substitute something else.
She did not write down our order. But she repeated it very rapidly and correctly – 100 percent on memory. That in itself was worth the visit.
The tea was great – very sweet. The barbecue chicken was wonderful – it, too, just falling off the bone. But my favorite was the potato salad.
I left Leatha’s looking forward to going back.
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