Sunday, December 05, 2004


Last week's lesson in sporting syntax was respect. This week it is all about timing.

The three year clock on Ty Willingham ran out in South Bend. Like Ron Zook at Florida. things may be better next year but neither man will be around to harvest the coveted crop of Wins. After cross-town meltdowns at renowned UCLA and hardly known LMU Larry Reynolds of Long Beach probably starts his morning paper with the crosswords, and skips the sports and classifieds.

On the other side of timing is Long Beach women's volleyball. Their eight year wait to host the NCAA Final Four is realized this year but despite fab frosh efforts by Makini Thompson and Alexis Crimes the 49er Ladies of the Spike were just to green and too dinged to make a run back home this year but may have enough talent in the next two years to get back to the big stage. Timing you know is a cruel mistress.

IN-BASKET DUSTING-In the crowd of cards and letters is a reminder from Blair Field that the Long Beach State Dugout Store will be open on Saturday from noon until 3 with the usual lineup of sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, polo shirts, jackets plus a lot of the never before seen 2005 season gear. Plus every shopper will get a FREE ticket to the men's basketball game that night vs. Portland in the Pyramid.

Still diamond mining, thirteen coaches from college baseball programs throughout California will participate in the third annual College Baseball Media Day at The Pyramid on January 12 at 9:30 a.m. Area teams are among the most successful post season entrants with 42 College World Series appearances and 17 national championships.

The Fall ball season for the Dirtbags is done and onlookers seemed to focus on the two top guns returning, SS Troy Tulowitzki and lefty pitcher Cesar Ramos who both summered with Team USA and three new kids on the Blair, 3B/DH Evan Longoria, a JUCO All-American from Rio Hondo JC, RHP Cody Evans, Jr., 2.98 ERA at Golden West CC and RHP Jared Hughes, a 6-7 transfer from Santa Clara. Oh yes and visiting pros like Bobby Crosby.

You have had enough of the Negativist Niner Alums so let's brighten your day with this list of the top prospects to help the World Champion Boston Red Sox's next season.The are Hanley Ramirez, ss, Brandon Moss, of , Jon Papelbon, rhp, Jon Lester, lhp, Anibal Sanchez, rhp and our own crooked cap assassin Abe Alvarez. Abe was also noted by the organization to have the best change-up and best control. Now two big ifs-the Bosox lose some arms to free agency and Abe has a great spring camp, another Dirtbag will be working in the Show next season.

Our closing quote is from the Sixth Man Boosters who say, "Don't forget to remember the kids at Christmas and bring a toy to the December 11th men's basketball game. Our team will play Santa for the Miller''s Children Hospital this year." That is the good kind of turnover and your timing could not be better.–DR. DAN.


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