By GERARDO RECINOS
This week in America we’ll all be reflecting on the things we are thankful for in our lives. In the sports world there is a lot to be thankful for, and we should acknowledge it.
In the Bay Area this year, we were lucky enough to see a championship parade in Oakland, something many of us had never seen before.
If you remember the years when a player attacking his coach was the only reason the Warriors were in the news you, too, probably never thought you would see this day.
Giants fans are thankful for Tim Lincecum’s contribution to the franchise. While his time with the Giants hasn’t officially ended, the writing on the wall seems to indicate “The Franchise” and the franchise will be splitting ways before next April.
Lincecum served as the bridge between the Barry Bonds Giants and the new era of players who were branded as a group of misfits that brought the Giants their first title in 58 years, and two more in the next five years.
Thanks goes out to Bryce Harper, for helping another generation of little leaguers look up to a guy who plays the game the right way, running out ground balls, playing fundamental baseball, and swinging the bat with authority. Mike Trout gets a nod for having a similar effect. We’ll surely see lots of No. 34 and No. 27 jerseys soon.
Locally, it would be hard to dismiss what the Alhambra softball team does year in and year out. They’ve only lost 19 games as a program over the last five years, while amassing an eye-popping 116 wins and three North Coast Section titles.
In that time they dominated Division III, moved up to Division II and continued to do the same, beating some tough Division I opponents along the way.
We all got to enjoy two football runs into the playoffs in the last two years – something that hasn’t happened for a little while. Although the runs didn’t end up with championship titles, the foundation is being laid for something special at Knowles Field.
More and more cross country runners continue to step up and show that the sport is growing in Martinez. Marissa D’Atri is following in the footsteps of those before her, and her CIF State Meet qualification makes it three years in a row that Alhambra is sending someone to Fresno.
Thanks to the soccer teams who have made those freezing December nights bearable by putting together brilliant soccer and astounding goals. Both boys and girls teams have continually made the seasons ones I look forward to every year.
It’s hard to single out every single one of the athletes that make my job as a sports writer criminally easy to do, so a blanket thanks will have to do. Because of you, the kid who couldn’t keep his ear away from sports radio gets to talk about sports all day.
So a big thank you for allowing me to pay my bills by watching sports and writing about them.