| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:58 PM
Former UC Irvine pitcher Andrew Thurman, taken in the second round of last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft by the Houston Astos, told mlb.com on Friday that he agreed to terms and plans to sign a contract with the organization on...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:54 PM
Irrelevant Week might want to change its name to "A Couple of Irrelevant Days" in Newport Beach.
The event that celebrates the last player selected in the NFL Draft seems to get shorter every year. Don't blame the organizers, Paul Salata and his...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 11:40 PM
Andrew Thurman said he wanted to watch the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in an open setting, with family and friends.
He also wanted to watch it at a place that has been very close to his heart. He said it was only...
| Jun 8, 2013
| 11:23 PM
UC Irvine junior center fielder Dominique Taylor was selected in the 15th round by the Kansas City Royals (No. 444 overall) to highlight players with local ties chosen in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
J.J. Altobelli, the...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 11:16 PM
The race to create new ways for fans to enjoy interacting with sports continues. It is evocative of the Oklahoma Land Rush, with innovators competing to create the next new niche that delivers an experience that is novel and fun.
The 800-pound gorilla...
| May 11, 2013
| 10:18 PM
There is no joy in SoCal baseball fandom, the mighty local teams have struck out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a payroll of $220,395,196, which leads Major League Baseball. Their record through Friday was 13-21, which placed them last in the National...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 9:50 AM
It's only April, but a leading contender for this year's Best Picture award is already in a theater near you. "42" is the absolutely compelling story of Jackie Robinson. He was the first African American ever to play Major League Baseball and wore that...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 11:35 PM
At one point in "42," the Jackie Robinson Story, Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, thanks a young Robinson for helping him love baseball again.
The latest cinematic account of Robinson's historic 1947 season, in which he breaks baseball's color...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Before C.J. Wilson turned 13 he made a serious decision about his lifestyle.
Wilson believed alcohol or drugs could keep him from his dreams. Growing up in Orange County, he was introduced to the Straight Edge crowd. He decided to be one of them and...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 11:57 PM
Four years ago, Brandon Maurer embarked on what would be a rugged path to the big leagues.
There were no promises back then when he was an 18-year-old leaving Costa Mesa as a 23rd-round pick for the Seattle Mariners out of Orange Lutheran High.
| Oct 2, 2012
| 7:21 PM
Mark Trentacosta is between a mound and a hard place.
Through no fault of his own and by a convergence of head-scratching rulings, readings and regulations, the UC Irvine senior is a pitcher in name only. But the man without a team has an incredible...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 11:25 PM
There is no joy in So Cal. The mighty Angels and Dodgers have struck out.
Artie Moreno broke the bank signing slugger Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson in the offseason. He funded a powerful lineup of hitters. But oh the pitching was a disaster. The Dodgers...