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Friday, May 12, 2006

Photos

Fresnology

Danielle Eakins

San Jose State University outfielder Danielle Eakins, right, leads off first base as New Mexico State University first baseman Mailei Hilva watches the pitch during the WAC Softball Tournament Friday at Fresno State’s Bulldog Diamond. Eakins went on to steal second base, but the Aggies bested the Spartans 5-0.


This softball tournament was held in Fresno, which is about 150 miles east of (and and about 20 degrees hotter than) San Jose. As I made the drive, I tried desperately to remember what fresno means in Spanish. A tree, right? But what kind? I looked around for possibilities: Oak? Nope, that would be a roble, like they have in Paso Robles. Willow? No, that’s sauce, and some bad speller once called a little one Sausalito.

Wait, I got it: Ash. A fresno is an ash tree. Incidentally, in German, it would be esche, a two-syllable word you might lazily shorten to esch’.

If I ever find the time to cultivate a smooth-talking alter ego like Jerry Lewis’ Buddy Love in the original Nutty Professor, that handsome lothario will be known as Danny Fresno.