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August 25, 2003:  Newark Bears News 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 home run!

The Storm are the high-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and play at the Lake 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 umpire.




Newark Bears News thanks the Lake Elsinore Storm for facilitating access to Jack Santora for this story.


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