Thursday, February 18, 2010
Yes, although I was rooting for the Yankees in the last World Series (Blame it on the stupid ESPN version that the doltish Skycable Baguio got which only shows baseball games featuring the Yankees), I am also secretly rooting for Shane Victorino of the Phillies. Yes, this star centerfielder is big in Hawaii. Wailuku, his hometown, is also the hometown of Kent Suzuki. And of course he is half-Filipino and half-Portuguese. It's all part of Hawaii history. Pinoys are the sacadas and the Portuguese are the horse-riding supervisors of the pineapple and cofee plantations. Shane was a varsity track and field star in Hawaii which helped him become of the fastest base runners today and the nicknames, Flyin' Hawaiian (Benny got the Hawaiian Punch) and Pineapple Express. And one of the richest Hawaiianos. He got a 3-year extension in the Phillies which pays him $5M this year, $7.5M in 2011 and $9.5M in 2012. And he likes Hollywood. This is his Grammy pose.
PECOTA or the Baseball Prospectus have Boston Red Sox being the best in the AL and the Phillies in the NL. The Yankees, which is Number One in Yahoo!, will make to the playoffs via wild card. White Sox, Tigers and Brewers are tied for the AL Central top post while Texas Rangers will beat Seattle in the West. In the NL, it's the Cardinals in the Central NL and Rockies in the West.The Braves will be the wild card entry.
For a brief moment, there were two Filipinos pitching for the Giants. Other than Lincecum, there was Geno Espineli, said to be the first full-blooded Filipino to play in the MLB even if he played for only 15 games (two wins and 0 loss). What distinguished him, however, was the stirrups he used, that kind of old-style socks you see rarely on TV now. Geno is a Texan but both parents are Pinoy. He also joined the US Olympic Baseball Team
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Nonette, my friend, is asking anyone out there if they know about the contributions to softball of Lakay Eugene Pucay, who is included in the Baguio Builders Book precisely for his contribution to the development of softball in this part of the country.