“Many Things in Monday Notebook”
MR. PADRE-FAMILY PROFIT…..Bothers me alot that the family of Padres star Tony Gwynn is auctioning off much of his baseball memorabilia. Thru 3-auctions so far, the family has taken in (831,000) plus….Guess I find it hard to believe, for all the hard work he put into the greatness of his career, the family would want cash, rather retaining his Hall of Fame ring. That’s been sold, along with MVP Awards, Silver Slugger bats, and the 3000th base hit ball in Montreal….Why would you not donate the most important artifacts to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, or some key memorabilia to the newly constructed Padres Hall of Fame? Really disappointed for his memory.
DODGERS-SEEING IS BELIEVING….Raving reports coming out of Chavez Ravine about a more mature Yasiel Puig…..When last seen, he had been exiled to Oklahoma City for an extended stay, after the club tried, but failed to trade him….Now he has spent the winter working with a personal trainer, hired a chef, and is working out 5-days a week at Dodgers Stadium…His weight has gone from 255-to-less than 240…Will his great stats return?
HALOS-HELL OF AN OFF SEASON….They didn’t make the playoffs again last year, injuries and a poor pitching staff…but they look ready to bounce back…The Angels have added 4- role playing bats this off season…including Houston’s Luis Valbuena…Washington power hitting 2nd baseman Danny Espinosa, lead off man Cam Maybin, and catcher Martin Maldonado….Depth in the lineup and a pitching staff finally healthy.
GOOD LUCK TO GOOD GUYS…Nick Hundley leaves the Rockiest to be the backup catcher to Buster Posey and the Giants….the always smiling Adam Rosales, who hit 13-homers with the Padres, will do the same with the A’s….Pitcher Brandon Morrow is headed to the Dodgers, coming all the way back from shoulder surgery….Pitcher Cory Luebke, coming off 3-elbow operations goes to the White Sox.
FILE IT AND FORGET IT…What a bad week for the Lakers-Clippers…Luke Walton’s team, with illness and nagging injury problems, gets beat by 49-points, an all time worst defeat in club history….and then the Clippers get smoked by 46-by Golden State-a game in which the Warriors scored 86-points in a 24-minute span.
NOT SO GOOD SAN DIEGO STATE…The disappointments continue this Aztecs basketball season….Gut wrenching loss to Colorado State-blowing a 13-point lead at home…It’s the fifth time Steve Fisher has sat on the bench and watched his team lose a double-digit lead this season….They really lack a veteran leader on the floor.
RED HOT HOCKEY…The San Diego Gulls, ripped apart by roster call ups by the parent Anaheim Ducks, are (10-1-1) in their last twelve games…Goaltenders are so important….ex-Maple Leaf Jhonas Enroth has triggered this with a (7-1) record and a 1.76-goals against average…and the fans have responded, over 12,000 at the last home game.
FURIOUS FINISH AT THE FARMERS OPEN….Jon Rahm was the world’s numbe 1-Amateur player, coming out of Spain, heading to Arizona State….He now has his first win ever on the PGA Tour…2-eagles on the back nine blew away the field yesterday….the Spanish star wears his emotion on his sleeve.
OFF THE RADAR….Tiger Woods did not make the cut, but he played very well after a horrible Thursday…his first 9-holes opening day, and his 18-holes on Friday were steady….Must find consistency off the tee and keep it on the fairway….Now we see what he does in the LA Open…He is playing 4-tourneys in 5-weeks to get a ready on his game.
OFF THE RADAR-Part 2….Phil Mickelson had a good final 36-holes at Torrey Pines and climbed into contention after almost missing the cut….But it has been 2013 since he last won a tourney…same year Tiger last cashed a winner’s check.
SOCCER STADIUM…Over 20,000 fans showed up at the Q for the US-Serbia friendly, the first game under veteran coach Bruce Arena…He only had half his roster, injuries, and European committments, kept players away…but they have lots of work to be done after the 0-0- tie.
DJ IS OK….Donnell Pumphrey was measured at 5’9-169 for the Senior Bowl in Mobile…Too small for the NFL?…Played big on Saturday for the South team in the win over the North….83-all purpose yards, punt returns, runs and catches…More slot guy-return guy than slugging running back-but that’s okay.
PRO BOWL FOOTBALL…You like touch-flag football..that’s what they played in Orlando last night…Guees it’s alright-hopefully no one got hurt…
HOCKEY HONORS…Really cool to see the NHL bring out onto center ice yesterday the living members of the 100-greatest players of all time as the NHL honors its 100th year in business….The All Star Game…glorifided shooting contest-noth more, but So Cal hockey fans enjoyed the day at Staples Center.
CUT DOWN DAY…Very sad day for us at XETV-Channel 6…77-News side people, including yours truly, being cut loose as Bay City TV’s-owners, Televisa, decide to take the station into Spanish format on April 1st….Now you know what it’s like to get it on NFL roster cutdown day.