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The Peterson Principle

By Tim Peterson

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The Yasiel Puig story is great. In fact it’s amazing. But the bottom line is it might not go very far in rescuing the Dodgers. This guy needs some help.

Puig hit four home runs in his first five games and had three more hits on Sunday but after seven games since Puig was called up the Dodgers are…drum roll please…4-3. They won two of three from San Diego but after splitting four with Atlanta they are a very mediocre one game over .500 since the days of Puig. That’s not going to cut it.

Puig is hitting but nobody else is. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford are out and Andre Ethier might as well be. Hanley Ramirez is suddenly injury prone and the pitching continues to be a disaster.

I know Don Mattingly is trying to plug in holes on a staff that has been banged up but please, isn’t there anybody…anybody…better than Matt Magill? After getting shelled on Sunday his ERA is 6.51. He has more walks (28) than strikeouts (26) while allowing six home runs. We’re really supposed to buy Mattingly’s assertion that Magill is the best guy available when he runs him out there every fifth day? It doesn’t matter how many Puigs you have, it won’t make a difference with Magill on the hill. This guy needs to be on the next flight to Albuquerque.

People are comparing Puig’s remarkable start to Mike Trout and his debut for the Angels last year. It’s a good comparison but remember where the Angels finished last year?

Speaking of the Angels, I guess it could be worse for the Dodgers. They could be the Angels. Albert Pujols needs to sit down. Put him on the 15 day DL. Two weeks without him in the lineup isn’t going to matter. It hurts just to watch him play.

It didn’t hurt to watch Rosemead’s Steven San Miguel play this year. In fact San Miguel just completed what may have been the most prolific athletic prep career in Rosemead High School history. He was named the team MVP in football, basketball and baseball. In baseball he batted .466 and in football he was named a National Football Foundation scholar athlete award winner. He was named Athlete of the Year for Rosemead, made All League in all three sports and was also team captain on all three. Often there is an athlete who excels in one specific sport but it’s rare to see somebody excel in all three like San Miguel has over a four year period. San Miguel has a bright future in front of him.

Drove down the 605 twice this week. I saw four schools throwing at Bellflower on Thursday and checked out the 605 All-Star game on Friday night. Jorge Reyna is back at  at quarterback for Downey and that alone puts the Vikings in the hunt. Junior running back Justin Huff returns as well giving Downey maybe the best one-two punch in the area.

“We lost some leadership, that’s for sure,” said Downey HC Jack Williams. “We have a lot of our studs back (Reyna, Huff, etc.) but we definitely lost some guys that were in leadership roles.”

Keep an eye on Downey linebacker Chris Tuiasosopo.

“He’s a big kid and tough and he’s only a sophomore. I wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley,” Williams said.

Southpaw Sal Chavez is looking good for Schurr. Swain Williams returns at quarterback for Bellflower but will be facing some competition this year from Sebastian Sanchez according to Buccaneer HC Derek Brown. Both players are seniors.

The 605 game dragged for three and a half quarters but the East rally late in the fourth and into overtime made it worth the drive. It was nearly 10:45 when a West pass fell to the turf and touched off an East victory celebration in the second overtime.

When I saw the kids sprinting on to the field and leaping on each other in jubilation it reminded me of one thing. Football season has definitely arrived.

That’s my principle.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principle