News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 15, 2013

RONN MOTT: Looking back …

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — I’ve been grouching about the strike zone in Major League Baseball for at least two, solid years. The so-called “strike zone” does not exist. Major League Baseball cannot define it, nor can a single umpire. It changes from game to game and from umpire to umpire. It is a heinous crime.

If you cannot define the strike zone, how in blazes can you practice to get very good at throwing at the zone that doesn’t exist? In a three-game series you have, typically, three different strike zones, which can change during the game depending on the factors that surround the man in the umpire’s costume stooping behind the plate.

The real crime here is MLB not caring about this. Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to hold together America’s oldest sport. Frankly, the more runs scored because the pitchers are confused is exactly what MLB wants. The more runs scored, the more action, the more fans in the seats. MLB has its hands full with drugs, PED scandals and other things, to disrupt America’s faith in the game. I suppose the non-existence of a strike zone is small potatoes, but a sure sign that MLB is not caring very much about the grand, old game.


A small note on the latest from the wild child, Kim Kardashian … she wants a giant wedding with Kanye West in and around the Pyramids in Egypt. Why is this? Kim Baby thinks she looks like Isis, one of the supreme goddesses of ancient Egypt. She obviously has not seen many ancient drawings of Isis or ancient Egyptian women. The Egyptian women of the days of the pharaohs were tall, lithe and with a high chest, and the only ones of this time period that had inventive makeup, wigs and the like. Kim Kardashian is a bit squat, even chunky, compared to every drawing ever seen of Isis.

So far, there have been no takers to cough up millions of dollars for this newest of Kim’s showcase weddings. I’m sure most remember her wedding to the basketball player and the millions it cost while lasting just a few months. Isis, indeed.


We’ve been seeing a lot of Vladimir Putin of late going about with his chest bared, horseback riding, being a grouch in world councils and, in general, attempting to strut his masculine stuff. And it’s simply because he’s trying to show off for his 30-year-old mistress with whom he has two children. It has been in the Russian press that he and his wife are splitting up. Don’t expect to hear much more about this … Putin is very touchy about the situation. He is, after all, 30 years older than his young girlfriend.

It just goes to show that even hard-headed, ex-Soviet KGB officers often think with other parts of their anatomy rather than the grey matter lodged in their head that sits on their shoulders.

I guess it should be nice to know that it is not just our politicians that have difficulty with this sort of thing, but others as well.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.