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Letters for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Watch video before voting

Aloha honorable council members: Please take 10 minutes of your most valuable time and watch the video, “The Dark Side of Dairy.”

Please do this before voting on the new dairy project. You may also want to watch “Veal Farms,” as we also know there cannot be a dairy farm without the veal along with it.

Yours in compassion.

Mika Ashley-Hollinger, Kilauea

Kirby Yates a fine athlete, person

What a fine interview and story TGI Sports Writer, Nick Celario, did on Kirby Yates, Dec. 10.

I had the pleasure of working with both Kirby Yates and his brother Tyler before both went on to college and later into proball, and what a pleasure it was being around that family. What a fine job both Gary and Jana did raising those boys, includingSpencer, who was a good catcher.

Since I was the official scorer and arbitrator for the KIF (the stop watch and my radar gun from UCLA were always with me) Isaw Kirby at 5’ 11” 175 lbs. put the only 90 on my gun in the 20 years I have been scoring. And remember that the averagespeed a high school pitcher throws is 73 to 76 mph, so it gives you an idea of what kind of an arm Kirby had. Tyler at 6’4”and 220 pounds threw about 87-88 at that time, but with Pittsburgh he was in the upper 90s. My gun was considered a“slow” gun with the numbers, and using it at UCLA I never got the great Randy Johnson (then at USC) over 90.

And Kirby was a fine athlete who could hit and field as a 3rd baseman when not on the mound. I heard that Kirby was goingon to junior college in Arizona but I knew that he had Division 1 talent. So I called the head coach at U of A, Andy Lopez (heplayed for me at UCLA), and told them that we had a pitcher who could win for him and he called and talked to Kirby. Butsince Kirby had already decided to go to JC he went there, went through major arm surgery, and fought his way to the bigleagues.

But even the bigger story here is that two brothers from this tiny island of Kauai made it to the major leagues, a feat that hasnever happened before and probably never will again. The odds of any kid who has played baseball getting to the big leaguesare slim (in the millions) but for two brothers from Kauai to make it — phenomenal!

Congratulations to both of them and to their wonderful parents for helping make history happen on Kauai.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

2 Comments
  1. Sunrise_blue December 20, 2017 6:37 am Reply

    Make sense. No one from that tiny island ever did make it to the major leagues. 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. This being for all the baseball fans everywhere, include Carl Fraticelli, UH baseball coach from Oahu. Whoa…!


  2. Sunrise_blue December 20, 2017 7:02 am Reply

    This being from Kekaha, Waimea, and Hanapepe, of which I never did heard of before. Whoa…!


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