db: Looking back, forward and up


All photos Don Barone

“There are places…”

Dateline: 2019 season wrap-up

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”
— Audrey Hepburn

I am supposed to write a column where I look back on the B.A.S.S. season of 2019 and sort of wrap it up, begin with Palatka, end with the AOY gig, supposed to. 

But I can’t. Tried, but can’t. 

Let me ask you this, how do you “wrap up” a season on the day that, at this moment, two Mass cards are sitting in my mailbox waiting to be picked up by our mail lady?

One Mass card for the boss, Jerry McKinnis.

One Mass card for the sales guy, Joe Higgins.

Both friends, both when I look back in my mind still standing at those events I’m supposed to write about, supposed to write about who caught fish and how much they weighed. 

I guess I could force something about stuff I’ve already written, cut and paste, mail it in, cash the check.

But I’m too old to take a base on balls. Pride, I guess, but also a sense of dedication to you out there who pay money for internet access in the hopes of trying to find truth, or something meaningful within the world wide web. 

So here goes for you and my desire to give you some value, and to what may be a shock to my bosses, comes  Looking back, forward and up … a season unlike any other for me.

“…I'll remember…”

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
— Dr. Seuss


Looking back

Welcome to the bigs, for some it was game as usual, for others, if this was football they would have come off the field looking through their helmet ear holes. 

The Elites are not your old buddies' “peach jar” Wednesday night local tournament, not something held on lakes where you can drive up in a camper and practice on it for a month. Up at the top of the game it is faster, it is more intense, it is not about memories, it is about money, hardware and your name in the rafters. 


Some did well, some did not, both know who they are, no need to dig deeper than that. I’m just not in the mood to do it, and frankly don’t know if it will make a difference or not.

For all of those who played the game this year, for all the days away from home, for all the ups and downs, for all the fish caught and the ones who got away, some advice:

Life is made up of 50% of where you came from and 50% of where it is you want to go.

Use the “from” but focus on the “where.” 

You know now where you are and what it is that is expected, what it is that you must do.

Do something next year that you will be thankful for decades later in your life.

It ain’t about the pitch my friends, it’s about where the ball lands.

“…all my life, though, some have changed…”

“I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.”
— Mike Rowe