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The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by shoeless.db » Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:14 pm

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The tips of cattails bowed beneath the swell of the breeze as duckweed sloshed upon the whipped water. The day had been calm, warm and bright. All morning, birds had blanketed the stretching wetland with their calls and songs, but now there was only the wind and its cries. A woman stood among the reeds and brush on the edge of the water, head dropped, and she allowed the cries to consume her.

She listened, and she was still. In the wind, she heard the shrieks of eagles and the bleating of mice. She heard the empty stomach of a dying coyote and the soft footfalls of long dead men carrying wooden spears. She heard the wailing of a mother and curses of the mad. The cries grasped at her in their angst. They circled and bit at her, but she allowed them no hold. She searched -- searched among the cries.

The wind slashed upon the wetland. Stalks broke under its screams as the water rolled violently over itself. The overcast sky above darkened and lowered, unleashing a torrent of rain. The woman flinched. Her face grimaced. And, she doubled over as her stomach emptied upon the brush. Yet, the wind and rain continued to drive at her. It pushed at her. It roared its might. The woman convulsed from the pain, clenching her teeth to hold her sanity. She covered her ears and shook her head as she tried to escape the squall in her mind. The cry she had searched cut through her. Her chest heaved. Her head was thrown back and blood crept like tears from her eyes.

The cry continued to thrash upon her, pushing her away from the water of the slough, centering its power upon her. The woman howled from the agony, but a hidden will crept from within the woman. She pushed herself forward into the water but fell to her knees as the muck grasped at her bare feet below, yet the woman dragged herself upward and further into the water. The cry became a red darkness, striking like lightning and cracking the woman's core with its thunder. She crumbled into the water and fell below its surface. The cry of the wind let out one last shout before relenting.

The wetlands went quiet. A sad stillness. The sky hung heavy with anger and pride. The cry of the wind remained, ready to pounce.

After several moments, the duckweed on the now still surface parted like oil from where the woman went under. At last, the woman bolted tall from beneath the water. In her hands she held the skeleton of a muskrat, and she raised it above her head. The wind screeched at the woman, swirling and flicking at her, but the cries within the wind recoiled.

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The woman held the skeleton high above her head, and, as the wind fled, the form of the muskrat grew around its ancient bones, first sinew and guts, then muscle and fur. The wind retreated further, stabbing aimlessly as it fled from the wetlands. The muskrat breathed life and the world opened to its green eyes.

A bird chirped. And, the muskrat leapt from the woman's outstretched hands into the water. It dove deep, then surfaced several meters from the woman. It looked at her briefly, taking in her green eyes with its own, before slapping its tail upon the water and swimming off, far into the wetlands.

The woman trudged out of the slough and walked to where she parked several miles away. In her car, she grabbed her cell phone and made a call.

"Shoeless," the green eyed woman said into the phone. "Camacho has been chased away, just as I chased his foulness from your soul. Your ballpark may be built upon this land for his curse now wanders in other worlds."


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SACRAMENTO (AP) -- The Sacramento Mad Popes announced today the construction of a new ballpark, The Basilica of Muskrat Slough, to be built upon the once inhospitable wetlands southwest of the city. Heavy machinery and labor crews are working around the clock to drain the slough beds and construct the new gem of the Brewster Baseball Association prior to opening day of 2045.

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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by Jwalk100 » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:10 pm

Great story, nice park.........Sierra Club lawsuit to follow.
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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by tylertoo » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:33 pm

Awesome piece.
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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by HoosierVic » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:58 pm

Drain the Slough! Drain the Slough! Nah, doesn’t have the same ring ...

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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by RichY » Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:36 pm

I pray this is the last we hear from Camacho.

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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by shoeless.db » Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:04 pm

RichY wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:36 pm
I pray this is the last we hear from Camacho.
I think that sums up most of the other GMs feelings also...
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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by RonCo » Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:09 pm

Well, that's one way to build a pitcher's park. :)
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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by Fat Nige » Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:39 pm

It’s funny because Slough in England is pretty shitty too lol
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Re: The Basilica at Muskrat Slough 45.01

Post by shoeless.db » Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:25 pm

RonCo wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:09 pm
Well, that's one way to build a pitcher's park. :)
Well, the default stadium build in Sacramento using the OOTP Park Generator already has the average modifier at .972 and the homer modifier at .952 for both RHB and LHB. Our geographical location is a pitcher's area, so the only logical thing to do was go to the extreme with our location's "strength". Thankfully, it also highlights the type of team I prefer fielding.

After playing with the Park Generator way too long, I'm coming to understand why certain players perform well for my squad and why others completely crap their king size beds.
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