Monday, January 30, 2006


Welcome back to a football-free session of notes on our napkin where we
promise to not mention the NFL, chip or dip.

We start with baseball since that is what lured me back to LB from the
warm sands of Cocoa Beach, Florida. My first stop was the Leadoff
Dinner featuring Astro bull-penner Mike Gallo who told the 2006 Dirtbag
bunch the secret to winning big in the Big West. "Every time I pitched
in a big game, like when we won at Stanford, I just imaged all those
hitters were wearing Fullerton uniforms."

This weekend that message will be carried inside the white lines when
the Niners home open with Southern Cal (they hate that term so we use
it) at 6:30 Friday night at Blair Field. The series is at SC at 1 on
Saturday then back to Blair for the finale Sunday afternoon. Friday's
tilt features a pair of pre-season All Americans, Niner giant Jared
Hughes, 6-7 and a headhunter of batters leaning over the dish, and
Trojan matinee idol Ian Kennedy. Expect more radar guns in the stands
than the CHP on the 405.

As a tune-up last weekend, the Niners roughed up their pro alums behind
the bats of Desperate Dirtbag Evan Longoria who went 3-for-5 with two
RBIs and Santa Clara leadoff speedster Robert Perry, two hits and two
runs. Two sensational freshmen led the mound work, Vance Whorley, the
Saturday starter was nails for half the game and Scott Turmail pitched
three no-hit, shutout innings to mop up. Let the games begin.

CHOP DUSTERS-- Beach Tennis opens their 2006 home schedule vs. # 47 San
Diego State today (Thursday) . Jenny Hilt Costello has a bunch of
newcomers who will improve as the season bounces along.

Back to bases, January competition stops next year when team's won't be
able to practice until February and not play games until almost March.
The northern schools forced the NCAA on that one but the smart guys out
West will hold run informal captains' practices through January leading
up to the formal Feb. 1 start date.

On the foam front, the good news is that since LBSU rents the off-campus
Blair field beer can still legally flow, unlike the Pyramid. Same is
true at Cal Poly which contracted with the Cal Poly Foundation to sell
beer until 2007. After that, who knows?

Should be a great crowd Friday night but down south in tiny Oxford,
Mississippi the Rebels have set a new record selling out all their
reserved seating, 3,000 season packages.

EX-Rated news. The San Diego Padres of San Diego are happy with their
Dirtbag connection, first-round pick Cesar Ramos and sixth-round
selection, Neil Jamison. At Eugene, OR Neil was lights-out in 25
appearances and then took it up a notch at Fort Wayne, with 12
strikeouts and five walks in 10 innings. His blood lines include
father, Tom who played baseball at Santa Clara and mother, Kathy, a
softball player at San Diego State.

Shameless plugs Dept. If you are tied of those 10, 20, or 30 buck fund raising receptions maybe you will like this. The Men's volleyball boosters are throwing a $100 a head soiree on March 25th at the 14th floor penthouse of Keesal, Young and Logan in downtown Long Beach. Fancy foods, jazz by Eric Marienthal and some high value auction items. Last add plugging. The fabulous 50th Century Club Hall of Fame banquet still has a few seats at $50 per so call Sam Breuklander immediately at 562-596-0912 to join the stars of yesterday and tomorrow.--DR. DAN


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