Falcons blank Dukes in Bobby Goss tou...

Falcons blank Dukes in Bobby Goss tourney

There are 288 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Jun 27, 2008, titled Falcons blank Dukes in Bobby Goss tourney. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

It's almost a no-win situation. When a team of older, experienced ballplayers compete against younger, developing players, it's often assumed that the older squad will win.

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Ball Field Neighbor

United States

#1 Jun 27, 2008
I live near the redwood fields and enjoy walking over to catch a game or two or three. I did catch the Dukes vs Falcon game last night. Way to go Dukes, you guys went out there knowing darn good and well that your chances were not real good but, you were poised and you kept your head in the game. The last pitcher for the DUKES should have started that game unless the coach was just going into it to play with out any antisipation of winning. That kid looked like he could have thrown some innings in that game. You are a good club especially to into this game knowing what you were up against. Hats off to the Dukes.
Ball Feild Neighbor
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#2 Jun 27, 2008
The Dukes are "well-coached," so I'm wondering who coaches them.
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#3 Jun 27, 2008
Have those fears that the Falcons staff would favor St. Bernard players been put to rest? The stories read like Eureka High players are making as much, or more, impact as St. Bernard players.
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#4 Jun 27, 2008
I figured it out...Jim Pastori Jr. is the Dukes head guy.
Sammy Kao

Arcata, CA

#5 Jun 29, 2008
Ted continues to add comments and end good conversation....take a look at how many blogs have Ted Silanpaa ending the conversation because of his fence riding ways...Ted, you try and get a reaction from people. Take a stance! Quit "writing" out of both sides of your mouth when it comes to sports up here....your opinions of SB, the Humboldt Eagles, the Crabs....it's all fence riding and self promoting of your blogspot that only you and Richard Marks are conversing with....sharing your boo-hoo stories about CR baseball.

By the way, I talked to some guys that played at CR in 74 and 75...not many recall you in the starting lineup...as you state.

Take a stance and quit promoting your blog, your kids, people that you like or don't like.
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#6 Jun 29, 2008
Sammy...just for you...
http://focusonnorthcoast.blogspot.com/
And, for you again...I've got to spend the afternoon watching my son in a baseball tournament in Sacramento...he's pretty good...check with "some guys" ...
Blue Laker

Eureka, CA

#7 Jun 29, 2008
The Dukes have pitchers from both AHS & Mack varsities.

High school freshman competing against college frosh,does that say something good about Arcata & Mack HS baseball? Or something bad about CR BB?

The HDN is going to be awesome next year.

Why doesn't Arcata play St.B. in baseball? Anybody know? I hope it's not another Ghisetti thing?
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#8 Jun 29, 2008
St. Bernard used to play Arcata in baseball ... not that long ago. There's a limited number of games every H-DNL baseball team can schedule, so sometimes I was told local teams dropped each other to open slots against outside-the-area competition.

http://focusonnorthcoast.blogspot.com/

I remember when St. Bernard fans were demanding to be put on Eureka High's football schedule...long time ago, huh?
Blue Laker

Eureka, CA

#9 Jun 29, 2008
2 practice & 24 season games allowed by NCS
Arcata played Hoopa(twinbill)& Ferndale twice So it's not scheduling issue or school(the JV's play) it's a coach thing.Just wondering since Del Grde is new & they haven't played in a while.
Ted Sillanpaa

United States

#10 Jun 29, 2008
I hope I didn't give the impression I was saying it was a scheduling issue or whatever. Only the coaches from the schools could explain why two of the best baseball teams in the H-DNL don't play each other. I'd be willing to bet Dale Del Grande would put his teams up against any opposition, you know?
Chuck Sonnenberg

Pittsburg, CA

#11 Jun 29, 2008
Blue Laker wrote:
2 practice & 24 season games allowed by NCS
Arcata played Hoopa(twinbill)& Ferndale twice So it's not scheduling issue or school(the JV's play) it's a coach thing.Just wondering since Del Grde is new & they haven't played in a while.
I am sure it's because Troy is scared and has no backbone. It's easier to play Hoopa and Ferndale. Both teams had good season's but I am sure a trip over to the Redding area, etc would probably be a larger test than playing small schools. While San Marin and the schools that Troy plays in NCS are warming up playing teams in Marin County or Sonoma County, Troy is getting his teams ready by playing small schools. I am sure that warmup game with Ferndale right before NCS really challenged them.
GIVE ME A BREAK

United States

#12 Jun 30, 2008
Ted Sillanpaa wrote:
The Dukes are "well-coached," so I'm wondering who coaches them.
Well Ted, have you watched the Dukes being coached? How is it you can say they are well coached? Unless you are right there seeing what these bozos are doing in order to try & make one player shine above all else you really don't know what you are talking about. when a coach hurts his team game after game in order to make sure theres a spot for his kid on the infield (no matter the expense) they are not being well coached. This is when a the "coach" is no longer the coach but "daddy". "Those" types of coaches usually get stopped right in their tacks. This guy will not go much further in this area with that type of ego. Sad but True..
Guy T

United States

#13 Jun 30, 2008
GIVE ME A BREAK wrote:
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Well Ted, have you watched the Dukes being coached? How is it you can say they are well coached? Unless you are right there seeing what these bozos are doing in order to try & make one player shine above all else you really don't know what you are talking about. when a coach hurts his team game after game in order to make sure theres a spot for his kid on the infield (no matter the expense) they are not being well coached. This is when a the "coach" is no longer the coach but "daddy". "Those" types of coaches usually get stopped right in their tacks. This guy will not go much further in this area with that type of ego. Sad but True..
If this Sad but True story has any truth to it it truely is a SAD DAY IN BASEBALL
Lookin4 Trouble

Eureka, CA

#14 Jun 30, 2008
Dave Stone always favored his own kids,and ruined the BB aspirations of scores of Arcata kids.
Winnacott even worse.
Mark Russell too.
Bob Wallace too.
Guy T

United States

#15 Jun 30, 2008
Lookin4 Trouble wrote:
Dave Stone always favored his own kids,and ruined the BB aspirations of scores of Arcata kids.
Winnacott even worse.
Mark Russell too.
Bob Wallace too.
I will say Dale Del Grande's kid earned his spot before Dale took over and he seems to havel always had to EARN his spot. I don't see this being the case on the falcons but the dukes better watch out because this behavior is in FULL SWING!
Jason G

United States

#16 Jun 30, 2008
Guy T wrote:
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I will say Dale Del Grande's kid earned his spot before Dale took over and he seems to havel always had to EARN his spot. I don't see this being the case on the falcons but the dukes better watch out because this behavior is in FULL SWING!
The dukes program has been a great program the last few years and now it looks like they've got someone in there looking to ruin a good thing. Maybe the board should be a little more selective than hiring the first guy to say i'll do it for free! isn't that kinda like buying yourself (and your kid) a position? just a my point of view.
Chuck Sonnenberg

Pittsburg, CA

#17 Jun 30, 2008
Does the coaches kid play quite a bit? I haven't seen his name in a box score. I know there are some younger kids on the team (like 12 or 13) competing against older kids but I haven't seen the coach's son's name. I did see him play last year in the All-Star tournaments. He was one of the better players on the team but a huge jump to a larger diamond and tougher competition. Please fill me in....
Jason G

United States

#18 Jul 1, 2008
Chuck Sonnenberg wrote:
Does the coaches kid play quite a bit? I haven't seen his name in a box score. I know there are some younger kids on the team (like 12 or 13) competing against older kids but I haven't seen the coach's son's name. I did see him play last year in the All-Star tournaments. He was one of the better players on the team but a huge jump to a larger diamond and tougher competition. Please fill me in....
Yes the coaches kid is a good little player but, like you said it is quite a huge jump. And you haven't seen his name in the box score because he hasn't done anything for the team yet. Although he is playing infield (positions he has never played, namely 1st which is a very difficult position even for a seasonsed 1st baseman) He does have a starting position in every game, and his dad will disposition other players in insure a infield position at all times for him. There is talk that some kids are contiplating quiting, I even heard one wasnt there last night because he quit due to all the political things going on with the Dukes team. Not much for team moral.
nobody

United States

#19 Jul 1, 2008
Jason G wrote:
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Yes the coaches kid is a good little player but, like you said it is quite a huge jump. And you haven't seen his name in the box score because he hasn't done anything for the team yet. Although he is playing infield (positions he has never played, namely 1st which is a very difficult position even for a seasonsed 1st baseman) He does have a starting position in every game, and his dad will disposition other players in insure a infield position at all times for him. There is talk that some kids are contiplating quiting, I even heard one wasnt there last night because he quit due to all the political things going on with the Dukes team. Not much for team moral.
This is exactly why the No Hum giants were formed (Eureka Favortism) It was always prevelant in the Eagles organization.
Chuck Sonnenberg

Pittsburg, CA

#20 Jul 1, 2008
Jason G wrote:
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Yes the coaches kid is a good little player but, like you said it is quite a huge jump. And you haven't seen his name in the box score because he hasn't done anything for the team yet. Although he is playing infield (positions he has never played, namely 1st which is a very difficult position even for a seasonsed 1st baseman) He does have a starting position in every game, and his dad will disposition other players in insure a infield position at all times for him. There is talk that some kids are contiplating quiting, I even heard one wasnt there last night because he quit due to all the political things going on with the Dukes team. Not much for team moral.
Thank you for clearing it up for me. That's unfortunate if that's the case. I really struggle with kids that age playing up like that...I don't when you are 15 and you have the ability to make a difference and play everyday and you are by far one of the top players. Your teammates will know it. This is a huge jump.

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