1. Pat Gillick, former GM of the Mariners and architect of World Series championship teams in Toronto and Philadelphia, is at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma today, presumably watching Central Kitsap’s Drew Vettleson. Gillick, who broke into the business as a scout, is currently an advisor to Phillis’ GM Ruben Amaro. Vettleson, by the way, was pitching for the Cougs, who were leading Stadium 2-0 after four innings. Vettleson’s expected to go as high as the second or third round in the June MLB draft. The pros like him as an outfielder/hitter, not as a pitcher.
2. How do you shake up the M’s lethargic offense? Don’ t know if it would make any difference, but I’d switch Ichiro and Chone Figgins in the batting order. Figgins, when he does get on base, is a bigger threat to steal. Bat Figgins first, Ichiro second, Franklin Gutierrez No. 3. After that, you might as well pull names out of the hat.
3. It was pointed out to me by one angry reader that Ed Faulk, the easy-going, greens superintendent, deserves some props for all the awards the Olympic Course gets. He’s right. Faulk and his crew do a magnificent job at Gold Mountain. In case you missed it, Gold Mountain was ranked No. 9 on a list of the top municipal courses in the country by Golfweek. Here’s the story I wrote. (And for what it’s worth, I did put in a call to Faulk before I wrote the story, but we never connected).
4. Good news for the Pumas. Season tickets are up about 30 percent (executive director Ben Pecora said the team has sold about 300) and sponsors are up “five-fold,” said Pecora. It’ll be interesting to gauge the Pumas’ attendance in their second season. Ownership has done its part as far as putting out a solid product. Kitsap’s only pro franchise appears to be even better this year. Bremerton Memorial Stadium is a cozy, fan-friendly venue, but will fans fill it up?
5. Dates to put on your calendar: May 15 (the Pumas home opener), May 20-22 (the NCAA West Regionals men’s golf tournament will be held at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course), May 28-29 (the high school championship weekend for spring sports with events scattered aorund the state), June 3 (the annual high school baseball and softball all-star games at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, sponnsored by the Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable), June 4 (the Kitsap BlueJackets WCL opener at home against Corvallis), and June 15 (the annual sports banquet, co-sponsored by The Sun and KCBAR, which honors the top high school and Olympic College athletes and coaches).