In his story on the Maine Guides, the improbable Class AAA baseball team in the tiny resort town of Old Orchard Beach, associate writer Steve Wulf introduced us to Jerry Plante, the town manager, tax collector, welfare director, roads commissioner, health officer and, not least, the Guides' No. 1 fan (SI, July 9). Alas, Plante apparently is too much of a fan to suit Old Orchard Beach's town council, which recently suspended him for two weeks for poor job performance and because at least one council member felt he was neglecting his duties to attend ball games. Plante defends himself by noting that the Guides' weekday games start at 7:05 p.m., by which time he has typically put in a 12-hour day on the job. He also argues that I baseball is a good antidote for his workaholic habits. Besides, he says, one of the councillors who voted to suspend him goes to just about as many games as he does.
And how did Plante plan to while away his suspension? He told the Boston Globe that he intended to read and go over some town-related reports, "but come seven o'clock, I might go see a game."