East’s groundskeeper/umpire Sam Kimble has a rooting interest in Team Eagle

East’s groundskeeper/umpire Sam Kimble has a rooting interest in Team Eagle

September 8th, 2015

For the first time in his baseball and softball umpiring career, Sam Kimble will be pulling for a team. This year Sam will be cheering on all of East High as today the “Team Eagle” has landed.

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Many know Sam as East’s senior groundskeeper, now for over 15 years. Others, like myself, also know Sam as a veteran umpire seen all over Monroe County and beyond.  Sam has had a good season so far, having tossed out two guys for cursing. Sam likes a clean game. I was lucky to have caught up with him today. On the 13th, Sam heads to Florida for three weeks to umpire the Slow Pitch Softball World Series.

 

Sam hopes the students will take school more seriously, saying, “the students have everything they need. Now a lot of it is up to them.” While he has good game, Sam also wants to step up his a little. He likes to talk with the students and will give them a dollar if they need it, but sometimes can be a bit too laid back. This year Sam is taking extra effort to make sure his kids are doing the right thing.

As for football, Sam is not making any bold predictions. He does say keep your eye on Tyreek “Cheeks” Hassan, Ken “Big Kenny” Jackson and quarterback Raheen “Bills” Gayden.  You’ll find him at the McQuaid game on Friday, cheering on the Eagles.

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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