February 19, 2013
San Diego High School Baseball at the Turn of the Millennium
The local SABR chapter held a garage sale on Saturday, and I couldn't resist. I bought an old-school Padres cap and an Oklahoma City RedHawks cap for myself. (I'd stopped to see a RedHawks game while driving from San Diego to Cooperstown for Tony Gwynn's Hall of Fame induction in 2007.) I bought a Fresno Grizzlies cap for my wife. She likes bears.
I reminded her that the Grizzlies are a Giants affiliate. She still likes bears.
I also picked up two books. One was John Thorn and Pete Palmer's The Hidden Game of Baseball, which I'm embarrassed to say I've never read.
The other was the San Diego County Baseball High School Guide 2000, which I'm less embarrassed at not having read on account of never having heard of it before the garage sale. (My wife found it, which makes her wearing Giants-affiliated paraphernalia more, uh, bearable.) It's a fascinating read, featuring players to watch, team rosters for the upcoming season, and seasonal and career records.
Plus the cover could be a Godzilla movie poster.
Among the players to watch were several 2000 first-round draft picks: RHP Matt Wheatland, taken eighth overall by the Tigers; second baseman Shaun Boyd (13th, Cardinals); catcher Scott Heard (25th, Rangers).