October 1, 2005
Freddy Sanchez remembers where he was when he watched Kirk Gibson's home run in the 1988 World Series. He reminisces about the days when his dad, Fred, would take him to Dodger games, sit in the pavilion and watch their heroes play. Those were the memories he savored as a kid. Now a mature 28-year-old, Sanchez couldn't help but have the same giddy emotions when he returned to Dodger Stadium as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I've played at Yankee Stadium, I've played at Fenway Park and I've played at Wrigley Field," said Sanchez, a 1996 Burbank High graduate who attended Glendale Community College in 1997-98.
August 21, 2003
"When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." I love that line from the movie "You've Got Mail," uttered Meg Ryan, as the owner of a bookstore, as she muses over the profundity of children's literature. At UCLA, I took a class in children's literature, "Kiddie Lit" as it was nicknamed. I took the class as a "Mick" (Mickey Mouse class, with the reputation of being an easy "A")
May 17, 2007
Hometown: Costa Mesa Born: Sept. 28, 1989 Height: 6-foot Weight: 185 pounds Sport: Baseball Positions: Pitcher/third base Coach: Jim Kiefer Favorite food: Mexican and soul Favorite movie: "Friday" Favorite athletic moment: "We were psyched after jumping up and down, celebrating," said Williams, referring to beating cross-town rival Estancia, 7-5,...
June 2, 2004
SUMMER ALONG THE COAST The Daily Pilot brings you its guide to staying busy while the weather is hot. See Special Section SALUTING DADS You can honor your father by sending a few paragraphs about what makes him so great, along with a photo, to the Daily Pilot for publication on Father's Day. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org is preferred. You also can mail items to 330 W. Bay St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627, Attn. Editorial/Father's Day. Send a self-addressed and stamped envelope if you want items returned.
June 10, 2004
Steve Virgen In the fall, Jeritt Thayer will attend New York University, where he plans to major in journalism and creative writing. Before he left Corona del Mar High, Thayer got a head start, so to speak. He wrote his own legacy. It has mostly to do with his defensive prowess on the baseball diamond, but one cannot overlook what he did with the bat, as well. Thayer, the standout shortstop for the Corona del Mar baseball team, went 4 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored to help lead the Sea Kings to an emotional, come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over Northwood in the CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinals June 1 on the Timberwolves' diamond.
August 10, 2006
How do you like your El Morro now? Attention all you beach huggers and promoters of open sands for all. How do you like the way El Morro looks now that the residents have been evicted, the entire place trashed and beach access barricaded to all? What a treat for those of us who drive Pacific Coast Highway frequently Â— to say nothing of the swarms of visitors on their way to and from Laguna, the Festival of Arts, San Diego and other southerly points of interest Â— to gaze upon one of the primo coastal areas in Southern California now reduced to a landfill and becoming worse by the week.
June 6, 2004
Steve Virgen The pressure mounted on Blake Contant's shoulders, but the Corona del Mar High senior would not break down. This was his moment. This was what he wanted: the ball in his hand in the Sea Kings' most important game of the season. His adrenaline seemingly increased as he warmed up in the bullpen at Dodger Stadium before Corona del Mar took on Tesoro in the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship Saturday morning. The Titans entered the contest with great confidence, having knocked out top-seeded La Quinta, 4-1, Tuesday.
June 9, 2009
Brett Wallach said his first memories of Major League Baseball were shagging in the Dodger Stadium outfield during batting practice, as his father, then-infielder Tim Wallach, prepared to help the Dodgers win. It may soon be Brett Wallach’s turn to help the Blue Crew himself, after he was taken in the third round by the Dodgers, 96th overall, in the Major League Draft that began Tuesday. Brett Wallach, 20, the Southern California and Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year who led Orange Coast College to the school’s first state championship since 1980, will now have to decide whether to join the organization for which his dad now works and his older brother plays, or continue on at Long Beach State.
April 20, 2001
Richard Dunn Growing up bleeding blue as the biggest Dodger lover in Orange County, I learned to appreciate the National League and its sluggers who hit home runs at Dodger Stadium farther than any Dodger. As a kid who almost never missed a Dodger game on radio or television, you could be sure any time they played the Pirates, Vin Scully would refer to the big gentleman first baseman by his first name. It was always "Wilver" Stargell, as if Scully was trying to scare the daylights out of you when he stepped to the plate.