Friday, May 25, 2012
What led Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto to pursue Padres reliever Ernesto Frieri? The details are in this well-reported article by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Frieri hasn't allowed a hit in nine games. Are you looking to buy or receive a baseball-related Father's Day gift? San Diegan Steve Tarde has written Gift to My Dad, a father-son baseball book that I found to be a quick read with an encouraging theme. For USA TODAY, I've been writing about Junior Seau, including the Celebration of Life, the "paddle-out" ceremony that included Drew Brees, and a message from Seau's former wife, Gina. Seau is the eighth member of the "Super Bowl" Chargers to die, all before the age of 45. With help from Darren Smith of 1090 AM, I wrote about the 1994 Chargers and their mixed legacy. Pick up the next edition of Baseball America and you'll find my articles about Padres prospect Jace Peterson and whoever the team selects seventh overall in the upcoming draft.