August 25, 2003: made the trek on August 23 to Lake Elsinore,
California, in the dry (and hot!) hills southeast of Los Angeles, to watch
the Lake Elsinore Storm
(turn down the volume on your computer before clicking this link!) play
against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
in California League
baseball. Bears alum Jack Santora is now playing for the Storm after
being with the Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws for about a month earlier this
season. Jack was a fan favorite at the start of the season in
Newark, going all out on every play, and even hitting an inside-the-park
The Storm are the high-A affiliate of the
San Diego Padres, and play at the
Elsinore Diamond. They are in the midst of a pennant race in
their league; unfortunately, their 5-2
loss to the Quakes (Anaheim Angels)
on Saturday night did not help them.
Jack is continuing his energetic ways with the Storm,
batting .346 going into Saturday night's game (down to .338 today).
During the game he stole his sixth base since joining the team (he hasn't
been caught stealing yet), and made some spectacular defensive plays,
stabbing a hard hit line drive, and turning what should have been a hit up
the middle into a double play.
Before the game, we got to speak with Jack. We
passed along the greetings many of the Bears players and fans asked us to
deliver, and he remembered his time in Newark very fondly!
This little piggy went to the ballgame!
This porcine ball boy named Casper hogs all the attention at
Saturday games by delivering fresh baseballs to the home plate
News thanks the Lake Elsinore Storm for facilitating access to
Jack Santora for this story.