page is dedicated to a very important member of the Solid Foundation
Baseball School family. "The Pearl"
has been with SFBS since our inception. It has been a faithful
member of SFBS and has served valiantly. As of April 22, 2011, the
Pearl now has over 283,000 miles -- on the way
to achieving its goal of 300,000 miles.
thought it was fitting to dedicate a page to such a vital member
of our team. The Pearl is easily recognizable by many SFBS students
and parents. When parents are driving past one of our locations
and they see The Pearl, they know that I'm in the location teaching
this webpage you will see The Pearl's maintenance crew led by
crew chief Dave Messenbrink, tire repair chief Chuck Messenbrink,
interior repair chief Neil Inselman, and engine maintenance chief
the Pearl doesn't get the respect that it's due by all
members of the SFBS family. The Pearl is teased quite frequently
by one of SFBS' instructors. We will
not mention the name of this instructor, but his initials are
"BT". BT gets a phone call (regardless of the time of
night) every time The Pearl goes over another 1,000 mile marker
and is reminded of how many more miles The Pearl needs to reach
its goal of 300,000 miles.
Pearl first started out as a reliable van to get the Kingery family
to Spring Training and serve the Kingerys during the rigors and
stresses of a Major League season.
Then without complaint The Pearl would get the Kingerys back home
to Minnesota -- getting over 20 miles per gallon. All The Pearl
has ever wanted was clean oil every 3,000 miles and to be filled
with gas when needed. As the Kingery family got larger, The Pearl
was no longer able to fit all the Kingerys.
SFBS started, it only seemed right to keep The Pearl accomplishing
important tasks. So without hesitation The Pearl eagerly jumped
at the prospect of carrying all of SFBS' equipment and its owner
to give lessons for all the interested baseball players across
the state of Minnesota and even into Iowa. The Pearl has only
been on the DL once during its illustrious career and that was
only for a short time when the serpentine belt broke in pieces.
(Special thanks to Mike and Deb Peterson for coming at a moments
notice to pull The Pearl to the repair shop for its much needed
rest from a hard weeks work.) But true to form The Pearl was again
ready for action and has answered the call faithfully everyday
since being on the DL. The Pearl still has its original engine
and transmission and still purrs like a kitten. The Pearl started
everyday this winter even while sitting outside in the frigid
-20 degree temperatures this year.
In all seriousness we are grateful to God for giving us such a