Sunday, February 27, 2005


Pardon my yawning but this post midnight Dusting comes after a day that began with Scott’s noisy garage sale, a trip to the post office to ship some books, baseball at Blair, tail gate pizza with Dr. John before women’s hoops, and out in time to catch the action in the neighborhood Saturday night poker game.

So off we go with no particular rhyme or reason. When he was five Marco Estrada was pitching pebbles along the streets of Senora, Mexico. When he was 15, 16, and 17 he couldn’t make it off the Jayvee team at Sylmar High. He finally made the varsity as a senior but nobody came calling. The unknown gunslinger upped his record to 2-0, lowered his ERA to 1.59 and the Beach won 2-1 without the Aztecs giving up a single earned run. Ditto from Friday. Neil Jamison closed this one for his second save. A former Niner, SDSU’s Alex Hinshaw--in town for Fall bal a couple of years ago, injured went to a JC, was signed by Texas, never got in and landed at the Steve Fischer home of all transfers SDSU—fell to 0-3 despite fanning seven and walking just one. He lost because with two outs in the second, Bradley got that one free pass moved to second on a single by Tito Cruz and when Chris Jones then hit an everyday fly to centerfielder Quintin Berry he dropped it and it was Berry Christmas for the second day in the row. Friday night two Dirtbags came home on an error. Saturday the offensive coaches were exiled to the locker room tunnel-not a bad field view from there-so Troy Buckley and Timmy Mac managed the rest of the winning business. That scenario came when the diminutive home plate ump Ruben Chivara tossed Dirtbag hitting coach Don Barbara and Head Coach Mike Weathers after an awfully high strike was called on Scott Bradley. “I guess I thought it was a bad call or otherwise they wouldn’t have me leave. What surprised me was that he really didn’t give Herman a chance to say anything.” I checked with a couple of golfers at Big Rec and they swear it was high too. Guess Tony Gwynn better be careful this afternoon--on second thought, I think Tony, a lock for the Hall in 2007, is ump-proof.

DUSTY NAPKINS—although Tennessee snuffed the Beach softballers in the Palm Springs morning game the No. 23-ranked homegirls got their biggest upset of the season, with a 1-0 win over No. 3 Texas and their All-American/Olympic Gold Medalist pitcher Cat Osterman…inside results included the Niner ladies and men both sending Idaho basketball teams packing to the WAC with nifty victories…speaking of famous faces, PT photo ace Cristina Salvador did a photo essay on the opinions of some Dirt a lock for the Hall in 2007bag faithful, Rhonda Nitschky, Bob and Carol York, Kristy Kierrulff and Rod Mitchell, and Daniel Robles…I think they were all quizzed about steroids but nobody confessed...or maybe it was about Canseco…numbers up…zero was the point on the pain scale that Tulo says he feels about his mended hand…stitches come out on Monday…more medical muses, Danny Mocny took infield today and trainer’s will evaluate…Cody Evans will get the Tuesday night start with Pepperdine in the annual Blair Butane festival…good guy and former Niner athletic genius Steve Holton is in the Final Four for the AD’s job at Indiana State…his chances are increased since the search committee has asked the spouses to come along…next LB in the news connection…Temple’s coach John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by former LBSU provost and now Temple president David Adamany …if the Niner women win their way into the NCAA Big Dance it will be because of Aisha Hollans…the fiery one leads Hegarty’s team in points, rebounds and trips to her doghouse…Scoring at home, or at least watching scoring…Justin Turner blasted two home runs and Fullerton defeated UNLV 10-4; Riverside clinched the series beating No. 9 Arizona 3-1; despite home runs by Jimmy Van Ostrand and JJ Owen Santa Clara beat SLO 8-5;; Pacific evened their series with the UCLA Bruins winning 7-5; A bases-loaded throwing error in the bottom of the ninth by the Anteaters allowed the game-winner to score Clemson in a 5-4 Tiger vic; Oregon State (8-1) defeated the UCSB 6-4; and because we have no ego, George Washington 5, Miami 4…kill the light on your way out.—DR. DAN


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