“This-That-Some of the Other”
Goodbye to nice man…Tom Bushman-Old school columnist has left us…quality man..always friendly..in depth knowledge and valid opinions.
Padres…Hard to say they have made progress…but they are winning games…but not so sure they are doing anything but beating up some really bad teams….Yet they were 16 under .500 when I left on vacation and have fought back to get to 10-under .500…Still don’t hit much..though getting better pitching.
Padres…Buyer or seller or builder…remains to be seen heading to trading deadline in a couple of weeks…Brad Hand is part of resurgence..but others want to trade for him.
Dodgers..They are for real…mashing the ball and finding enough pitching to get by when Clayton Kershaw does not start…big question…will they use the erratic Yasiel Puig as trade bait to import another veteran starting pitcher for the rest of the pennant race…(61-29) amazing first half
Angels..Struggling to stay around .500…but the real issues involved the major shoulder-elbow-forearm problems to all their key starting pitchers….No one knows what the future holds for Matt Shoemaker, Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney.
Chargers…They are emptying out the building in Mission Valley…this promises to be a very empty experience for Bolts fans left behind in San Diego once camps open the end of this month.
Hall of Fame…A surprise pick for his Hall of Fame presentation, LaDainian Tomlinson chose his fullback Lorenzo Neal to present him…..Not the front office exec who was in part responsible for drafting him (AJ Smith)-who cut him.. ..not the despised owner (Dean Spanos)-who just hired him….not his former coach (Marty Schottenheimer)-health issues…and not his quarterback (Philip Rivers)..nor his offensive lineman (Nick Hardwick). A strange pick for sure.
Soccer City…the insults have been ratcheted up (Sucker City)…and political agendas have stalled the attempts at November vote on the Qualcomm sight issues…and the media is trying to portray than an MLS-NASL expansion franchises or two will replace the NFL team we had taken from us.
Gulls…The AHL honored the team for its business accomplishments over a two year span, as the organization of the year. This will be a different, and much younger roster this coming fall….Coach Dallas Eakins is here after getting notice as a possible NHL coaching candidate after a quick 83-wins over 2-years in San Diego…next year might be his last season here if he puts together another good playoff run.
Lefty…Phil Mickelson continues to put together some great rounds..but hasn’t won a tourney in years..wonder if there is any magic left for him…..surely no magic left in the career nor life of his bitter competitor Tiger Woods..just released from a 30-days rehab stay for addiction to pain-killers…his life and career have gone of track.