Every day now, I find myself surfing over to the Major League Baseball web site. There they have a section that gives the statistics and box scores for the Winter Leagues in Mexico and Latin America. Each day, I scour the statistics to see how the Diamondbacks players are doing. Is Durazo still hitting over .300? What about Rob Ryan and Rod Barajas? It is the one link I have to baseball during the winter. With the cold weather we are having in Phoenix (it was only 65 degrees today), maybe we should think about heading south this winter. I have seen enough Snow Birds driving around town that I know the drill. Set my blinker to continuous flash for a left turn and drive 30 MPH below the posted speed limit. I could do that. Now, if I can talk Trina into a trip to Hermosillo. I hear it is nice down there. So what if we don’t speak Spanish, we’re Americans. All we have to do is talk REAL LOUD and everyone will understand us just fine. Having driven in Mexico before, I think we should leave the car here. I’ll bet Greyhound goes to Mexico. Besides, you meet such interesting clientele when you travel by bus. Yeah, I’m pretty sure the family will go for this. It will be such an adventure.


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Typically, I try to keep this column light and loose but I have to make an exception in this case. For those who have not followed the developments, this is supposedly how the story unfolded. On Christmas, Bobby Chouinard and his wife were at a friend’s house. Bobby had been drinking when they ran out of beer. He asked his wife to go out and get more beer. She stated that he had been drinking enough and refused. Later when the couple returned home, they began to fight over his wife’s refusal to get alcohol. The argument escalated to a point where Chouinard grabbed his wife by the neck and choked her in front of their 17 month-old son. After attempting to strangle her, Bobby hit his wife across the face. He then took his son to bed. During this time, Chouinard’s wife tried to call 911. Bobby returned to find his wife on the phone and tore the phone from the wall telling her now she was going to pay. He went to the bedroom and retrieved a pistol pointing it at his head. His wife pleaded with him. He then turned the gun on her. She knelt before him and begged him not to shoot. He unloaded the gun and told his wife to get out. At this point the police arrived and arrested Chouinard.


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