Important Dates for Baseball Fans

cwl-logo-black-text-thumbnailBaseball in Palm Springs is ending soon as the California Winter League comes to a close on February 12th. In the week between the start of Major League baseball’s Arizona Cactus League, baseball fans should venture out to a college baseball ballpark.

Southern California boasts some of the best college baseball programs in the nation.  Below are the dates of opening day for local colleges.

USC– February 17 vs Coppin State2000px-interlocking_usc_logo-svg

UCLA– February 17 vs San Jose Stateucla_bruins_script_logo

Long Beach State– February 17 vs Oklahoma

Cal State Northridge– February 17 vs Portland

Cal State Fullerton– February 17 vs Stanford

2000px-csuf_titans_logo-svgUC Irvine– February 17 vs Minnesota

UC Riverside– February 17 vs Nebraska

College of the Desert– February 10 vs West LA

 

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Power Battle Back to Beat Blue Sox

by Wes Williams

Despite trailing by four runs, the Palm Springs Power came back to beat the Washington Blue Sox 8-6 in California Winter League action Sunday afternoon.baseballscore-1-29

Christopher Burks had a double and three RBIs for the Power as they improve to 7-1.

Joe Wittig had two RBI and scored a run.

Takashi Miyoshi struggled on the mound after having had success at the plate this season.

Miyoshi got the win, but gave up four earned runs in less than three innings of work on top of walking six batters.

The Palm Springs Power battles the Palm Springs Chill at 12:30 Monday at Palm Springs Stadium.

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Power top Northstars 5-4

by Wes Williams

On a perfect 72 degree day, the Palm Springs Power beat the Manitoba Northstars 5-4 on a walk off hit by Takashi Miyoshi.screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-10-57-30-am

Down to their last two outs with runners on second and third, the Palm Springs Power shortstop lined a ball into the gap scoring Christopher Burks and Curtis Gomez.

Gomez had two doubles and an RBI in four at bats.

Adam Falcon and Tanner Kiest struck out a combined 10 in six innings.

Casey Dill’s squad moved to 6-1 in the California Winter League and play today at 1:30 against the Washington Blue Sox.

 

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Power Win Pitching Duel 3-2

by Wes Williams

It took 4 hours of work by California Winter League officials to get the baseball field ready for today’s baseball action after all the rain in the Coachella Valley, but baseball games continued today and the Palm Springs Power played a good one.screen-shot-2017-01-21-at-6-28-14-pm

Peyton Lobdell was dominant striking out 5 batters in his first 2 innings of work.

The Power offense rallied for two in the second led by DH Marquis Kidd who smacked a line drive into left field, which the left fielder kicked all the way to right field like he was Pele. Joe Wittig scored to put them up 1-0 and the Power went onto win 3-2 as they improved to 2-0 on the season.

Palm Springs Power off to 2-0 start in 2017

Check out Blake Arthur and Cody Krupp on KESQ and CBS Local 2 in Palm Springs for California Winter League highlights.
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Los Angeles Football Fans Confused, not Bad Fans

NFL fans in Los Angeles are confused and that is why the Los Angeles Chargers are not being immediately embraced.
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It is natural to want to support local teams, but Angelinos saw two teams leave in the 90’s and chose other NFL teams as the team they root for on Sundays.  Cowboys, Steelers, Bears, and other team’s jerseys are worn by fans each Sunday in sports bars around the city. 

Now NFL two teams back. So which one do Angelinos embrace more?

Should Los Angeles football fans stick with whatever team they adopted when the Rams and Raiders left?

Do they drop that team and choose the Rams or Chargers?

Do they stay neutral and root for individual players on their fantasy teams as opposed to one specific team? 

Many fans forgot about the NFL since USC and UCLA were such big college football programs. Do they decline to choose an NFL team and claim one of these college team’s as LA’s team?

If Angelinos have $100 to spend on a ticket to a football game in October, do they buy a UCLA, USC, Rams, or Chargers ticket?

If they buy a $50 jersey, do LA residents buy a UCLA, USC, Rams, Chargers, or another team’s jersey?

Around the nation, football fans are saying Los Angeles is filled with bad or fickle fans that are unwilling to embrace two teams. Try this alternate reality to fully understand how Angelinos feel. 

Media SquareLet’s say the Jets and Giants left New York in 1995. The Jets went onto win a Super Bowl a few years later in their new city and the Giants went to a Super Bowl by 2003. Meanwhile two major college football programs thrive in Giants stadium with one team winning two national titles.

In this alternate reality, the Jets moved back to New York in 2016 and brought back the Chargers a year later while the Giants stayed in their new city.  Meanwhile the two major college football programs continue to thrive in the city.

Which team would New York embrace?

Would New York fans be confused as to where their loyalty lies in this scenario?

Los Angeles football fans are in that exact scenario.

The Rams won a Super Bowl in St. Louis, the Raiders got to the Super Bowl once, USC won two national titles, and UCLA featured top ten teams sporadically while the NFL teams were gone.

So are Angelinos bad fans?  No.

Just confused and how can they not be?

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National Bobblehead Day Should be Moved

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When the Dodgers promotional schedule comes out in the winter, I always circle bobblehead nights as games I must attend. Bobbleheads are awesome for man caves or offices. When people walk into my office, the most common thing they do is touch the #bobbleheads on my desk and watch the head nod up and down.
 
Celebrating these awesome toys is a great idea, but the organizers screwed up by making National Bobblehead Day in January. Bobbleheads are associated with baseball and baseball season starts in spring. The celebration should occur in April in association with the start of the baseball season. Baseball Antiques Bobbleheads Figures Vintage
 
I understand that not all bobbleheads are baseball related. I have Los Angeles Kings and Lakers bobbleheads along with my dozens of Dodgers bobbleheads. But I think the general public associates bobbleheads with baseball more than any other sport or activity.
 
Every team MLB team celebrates opening day, but why couldn’t the second or third day of the season be NationalBobbleheadDay?

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Rancho Mirage beats Sierra Vista 89-49

Rancho Mirage beat Sierra Vista 84-49 in the Gear to the Max Division 3rd place game of the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational.

Charles Neal finished as an all-tournament player for the Rattlers with 31 points in the final game.

More highlights will be shown on KESQ tonight with Cody Krupp.

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California Winter League Releases 2017 Schedule

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The California Winter League released their schedule today. Over 300 players will report on January 16 to Palm Springs with games starting on the 19th. cwl-logo-black-text-thumbnail

The CWL is the official winter league of the Frontier League and showcases players looking to sign professional contracts. Over 50 players signed contracts at the end of the season with Frontier League teams.

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60 Years Ago Today in Sports History

#Lakers nemisis Bill Russell played his 1st NBA game 60 years ago today. He went on to win 11 time champions as well as five MVP awards. #Celtics

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Fake News is Disturbing

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Apologies for the rant, but as a person who studied journalism at the prestigious Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University, I am disturbed by the rash of fake news posted online and the number of people who believe the stories.

That being said, I’m surprised it has taken this long for people to start publishing such outrageous stories in bulk to influence people because of the fake publisher’s bias.

Anybody who has a computer can publish via blogs, websites, podcasts, social media sites, amongst other avenues without any oversight to make sure they are reporting facts.land_on_the_moon_7_21_1969-repair

These people are not journalists, yet they are lumped into that category by an unknowing public who has trouble deciphering what is true.

Not too long ago, a person needed to work at a newspaper, magazine, radio station, or television to publish content.  Reporters made sure they stuck to the facts partly out of fear of getting fired but mostly out of duty as a professional to tell the truth to the readers/viewers so they can form their own opinion.

A second set of eyes in the form of an editor or producer checked the story a second time to make sure the stories were factual and reported with the best interest of the public in mind.

Investigative journalism is still vital to our country.  It holds politicians and other public figures accountable by informing, via facts and not opinions, the public of their actions. Viewers can then decide for themselves if they are going to continue to support a public person or issue based on the facts.

For instance, let’s say an athlete is taking money to throw games.  Without journalists investigating the claims, how would the public know if they are paying to attend a sporting event where the outcome is already decided?

Now imagine a person who loves the player with a podcast influences fans into thinking the information is part of a conspiracy perpetrated by other teams to hurt this player’s reputation without any regards to facts or by inventing fake facts.

Would the average person be able to tell who is telling the truth?

Let’s say a group of politicians are receiving kickbacks to approve a project that affects citizens and the environment.  Without journalists, how would the public know their apartment complex is being torn down and a vital species in the food chain is now going to be extinct?

Meanwhile, what happens if a blogger publishes fake facts that influences the public to allow this project to go forward because the blogger has a bias towards the political party of those politicians?

Could the average person decipher which person is telling the truth?

It is vital for the public to look at the source of information in stories that are going viral and call out fake journalists for trying to influence an outcome based on their bias.

Before posting an article or video from the internet, think about the source. Look at the facts to see if they are substantiated in a reputable manner.

Please let friends and family know the difference between a talking head like Rush Limbaugh or Rachel Maddow and a quality news source like NPR, the BBC, or the New York Times.

If you care about good investigative journalism, please support a reputable outlet that is not influenced by bias.

Rant over.

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