2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Divisional Sebago Lake - Point Sebago, ME, Sep 18 - 20, 2013

Pick 9! Part 2

Don Barone
Team Spain came a long way to be here.

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

“…who burn the fires and who still till the earth…”

Dateline: Still Point Sebago, Lake Sebago, Maine.

They came from across the sea, and yet, to me, they say, Thank You.

This was a tough PICK, most of the team from Spain, does not speak English, I don’t speak a lick of Spanish, and some would say, English, and my great friend, the President of the Spanish team, Xavier Gonzalez-Mestre stayed back home in Spain to nurse his injured daughter back to health.

Haaby, as I call Xavier, had just one message, told to me by many folks in two different languages, and it was simply this, “Thank You.”

And frankly, I don’t know what he is thanking us for, we should be thanking him, bass fishing, from what I sort of understand from the Spanish team is not a big sport in Spain.

But Haaby, here’s what you are missing, when I write a sentence that has the words, “bass fishing,’ and “Spain” in it, we should be thanking you for bringing the sport to Europe.

To all of those B.A.S.S. clubs out there not in America, Thank You, for making this sport an international sport…the NFL may play some games overseas, but they ain’t got any teams there.

We do.