Friday, May 12, 2006


With all the excitement about the new King (that would be President F. King Alexander) this might be a good weekend to remember the original Go Beach guy, the old king, Robert C. Maxson. In his countless hours along press row he was just a regular guy, a fan, who never had a doubt about who he wanted to beat the most. “That’s Santa Barbara,” Bob would drawl, “you can’t beat them too much or bad enough.” So that’s our segue into “Beat Santa Barbara for Bob” weekend.

The first of these encounters with the institution who made the taunt “state school” jump the BP of the 49er faithful happens tonight and continues this weekend in contests that are critical to the Beach hopes for staying in the top two of the Big West and on the NCAA regional radar. The Bags enter at 26-21, 9-3 Big West and UCSB is still under .500 at 21-23. The usual Friday guy Jared Hughes will try and rebound from last Friday’s loss to CSUN and do so in front of the usual CHP type convention of radar guns. Andy Graham (4-6, 5.08) goes for the Gauchos and of course on Saturday it will be LB’s Andrew Carpenter (7-2, 2.81) going against SB’s Jeff Braun (1-2, 2.72.) Except for the Friday stumble at SLO and that one inning loss at Northridge, the Niners have had a great May but UCSB has won five of the last six against the Dirtbags and this year they feature one of the better power sources in the Big West, Chris Valaika (.349, eight home runs, 48 RBI) who is backed up by table setter Alden Carrithers (.359, 49 runs scored).

CATCH-UP DUST--On Tuesday the new look Vance Worley was the pitching story, his longest outing of the year and in the words of professor and catcher du jour Tito Cruz, “showing lots of presence, more committed to his pitches, a better ‘out pitch’ and better velocity.” Better but not yet the best according to skipper Mike Weather who felt the win was as important for the psyche of his young hurler as it was for the win starved Dirtbag team. …maybe important in a regional where you always have to play at least three…from the training room Sean Boatright still has various muscular issues and added an intestinal illness that kept him out of play last weekend…hopefully he will get some time this weekend….and no truth to the rumor that singer Fiona Apple will soon get hitched to Jordan Struble so she could become Mrs. Fiona Apple Struble…however, there is a possibility that Boatright and track star gal pal Charlene Dierdorff could get hitched some day and I say that new AD Vic Cegles should be at the hospital to scholarship up the first born…back to Hughes, Baseball America expects him to go in the first two rounds…based on a four-seam fastball that his in the mid nineties, the patented LB splitter that looks like a slider, plus confidence in his curve and change-up…just don’t crowd the plate on this guy…back in Colorado The Lamar Sports Booster Club honored volleyballer Brittany Hochevar last week and noted that her family includes brother Luke, rafted by the Dodgers after winning the Roger Clemens award…but maybe the best will be younger brother, Dylan, a high school quarterback who can throw the football through the wall…back to the bases a web site stat geek has Evan Longoria as the third best junior hitter…his leader is Pittsburgh 2B Jim Negrych, but he faces a weak Big East schedule…and the only other hitter on the list from the F word is from Florida—Matt LaPorta… the first NCAA spot was secured last weekend by Princeton won twice at Harvard on Saturday to capture the Ivy League crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament…if you look around the yard today and see what you think are Titan spies you are correct…CSUF is off this weekend and while the came back to win 7-6 mid week they may have lost closer Vinnie Pestano who left the game with two outs in the ninth after feeling a "pop" in his right elbow…docs are still reading the MRIs but the dreaded Tommy John surgery is possible...while 21 minutes of mistake at CSUN cost the Niners a W on Wednesday on Tuesday UCSB connected for just three hits but was able to take advantage of four costly UCLA errors to score four unearned runs and earn the 4-3 vic at home… last weekend, the Gauchos nearly pulled off the series win over CSUF including beating Wes Roemer…the tortilla tossers had a 5-4 lead in the ninth on Sunday, before the Titans came back and won the rubber game, 7-5…last sad add, just as he was hitting his stride AJ Pinocchio is apparently gone for the season with that hand injury… come early tomorrow because the first 500 fans will receive Dirtbags coasters with the mugs of famous formers and on Sunday it is a Chick-Fil-A Family Day. Kids get in for a buck, run the bases after the game and get a free baseball Mother's get beauty stuff as if they need it--DR. DAN


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