Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You land one plane...

Fun tidbit out of Milwaukee. But first a quick tangent:

Wayne Campbell: So, do you come to Milwaukee often?
Alice Cooper: Well, I'm a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers began visiting here in the late 16th century.
Pete: Hey, isn't "Milwaukee" an Indian name?
Alice Cooper: Yes, Pete, it is. In fact, it was originally an Algonquin term meaning "the good land."

Ah yes, the good land.

Anyway, one of the pilots who miraculously landed that airplane in the Hudson is getting honored the best way baseball fans know how:
Jeff Skiles, the first officer of US Airways flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, will throw out the first pitch at Miller Park for the Milwaukee Brewers' home opener on Friday, April 10.

“Jeff Skiles is a great representative of the state of Wisconsin,” said Rick Schlesinger, the team's executive vice president for business operations. “We are honored to have Jeff throw out the first pitch on Opening Day.”

A Wisconsin native, Skiles has flown for US Airways for 23 years. Skiles, 49, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and majored in geology and geophysics.

So that's what you do with a degree in Geology.

The Brewers getting Skiles to throw out the first pitch is a major splash. (Get it?! Get it?!) Not like the White Sox were able to get a big-name person on Opening Day.

1 comment:

GMoney said...

I just hope that the Reds get the mayor of Cincy to throw the first pitch into the dugout again.