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Week 27: Mike's the Big Winner

CANBERRA AUSTRALIA - 11 November 2000 - This week, Mike didn't have to coach the juniors but instead had a coach's clinic. Mike learned a lot about some of the finer details of baseball. On Sunday morning, the Ainslie games were nearly rained out. After a bit of work on the field, Ainslie was able to play their game but the opposition wasn't quite ready: they started with eight players. The team won. Mike had a bloop hit and a pretty ordinary day catching. His blocking skills weren't as strong as the previous week and this included a ball that went through his legs. By the middle of the game, the sun came out and Mike nearly got sunburned.

Tuesday was the Melbourne Cup. It's called the race that stops a nation. It's a horse race in Melbourne that everyone watches and places bets on the winner. There are twenty four horses that run two miles. The Chemistry School had a sweeps where everyone in the sweep was drawn a horse and if that horse finished in the top three, the person won part of the pot. Mike was lucky enough to draw number 24, Brew. His odds were about 18-1, but he won with a jockey that had just turned professional. Mike was happy with the tenfold profit of his horse winning.

Here ends Mike's twenty seventh week in Australia.

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