THE OTHER SIDE OF SPORTS (TOO) 5-16-13

By on May 16, 2013

    Well fans a few odds and ends this issue, the first being the Phillies signing RHP Carlos Zambrano.

    Zambrano has had instances in the past where he ruffled feathers of not only front office types but his teammates as well while with the Cubs and Marlins.  But that is not where we will focus this offering but on the other side of the fence.

    During the 2009 season Zambrano had a rehab stop with Class-A Daytona (FSL) and his one appearance was in Dunedin against the local Jays.  Now I had heard and seen the blowups he was famous for but I was really surprised what he did.

     After the game he had catered a meal for his Daytona Cub teammates prior to their trip back across the state but that wasn’t the biggie.

    While making sure his teammates were fed a group of Spanish speaking fans came up to the gate at Grant Field and wanted to speak with Zambrano.  He didn’t disappoint them.

    Fans I watched from the press level at Grant Field for over a half an hour as this supposed bad attitude ball player signed everybody’s autograph request.  He also answered all questions posed and had his picture taken with just about everybody, not the guy the media made him out to be.

    Well this piece of good news was cut from my article and the writer from Chicago just decided to ignore it all when I informed him of the situation.

    For this fans remember that there are good sides to most of us.

    Now to the Tampa Bay Times issue of May 15, 2013 specifically referring to page three of the North Pinellas/Clearwater section.

    A nice color picture adorns an article about the Dunedin Blue Jays games being broadcast on 1340 WTAN in Clearwater.

    The color photo of Dunedin player Ryan Patterson was originally run in the St. Petersburg Times on June 22, 2006 as an AP photo.  It was taken on June 17, 2006 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland during the Florida State League All-Star game.  The pix shows Patterson hitting the homer that won the home run hitting contest and is now out of professional baseball.  Gee couldn’t the paper find a newer photo.

    Oh, by the way if you are asking how I know so much about it I not only took the pix but wrote the game story for AP.  Enough said for now.

    In closing this issue fans I would like you to go to another web site (www.syracuse.com) to checkout the Lightning’s top farm team or at least it’s owner.

    Yes the Syracuse Crunch are advancing through the Calder Cup finals much like they did last season when they were in Norfolk.  But the Crunch’s owner has stepped a bit over the line so you read it and form your own opinion.

    So until then…

    

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