Mata Not There to Sing “La Cuccaracha” in Baja

May 1, 2007

Tampa, FL

                  Mata Not There to Sing “La Cuccaracha” in Baja



   Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Look out for those So Cal Bombers! Just one quick look at their roster and you see the most unlikely of partners in softball from Darren Box to Evan Potskin to Chad Ghostkeeper to Scrappy Crawford, all the way to coach Kelly McGiffen.


    Respect is what I think might be the operative word for this bunch! After reading the latest news flash, I could not hold my fingers back from tapping out a quick note to the softball world heralding my prediction of a top five finish for these guys!


     I have coached most of them, know almost them all, from not “Fat Albert “ Mendibles to Mike “The Butler did it.”  Then add the likes of  Adam “A-Bod” LaLonde, (remember the article in 2005?). We are not quite done yet…..For Geoff to be evil is fine, and Nate is Devine !


   Kelly McGiffen is one of the finest coaches in North America today. He can take an undisciplined bunch of rouges and mold them into a smooth fighting machine that executes at the toughest of high pressure moments in the game. Expect the unexpected from Kelly, he has a pedigree like Terry Baytor by way of  Harvey Stevenson, one of the brightest and most learned the game has ever seen.


     Whereas I hope to entertain, predict, and document the upside potential of this team, I think it only fair to say Lucas Mata has earned his way over the years, and his serious approach to the game is reflected in his choice to move to Mexico to stabilize his future. I submit we may see the best Mata ever and consistently all year. Lucas, you are more than icing on the cake!


     My best wishes to this bunch of softballers! May you fulfill your potential and bring the very best of competition to the game this year!




Peter Porcelli, II



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