Friday, May 9, 2008

Sports Less Covered

On Wednesday I shared a blurb and video link about Gabby Sanchez, high school pitching phenom. Gabby was so kind to share her online athletic profile link with me. It turns out that there’s much more to this young lady than just baseball. Also involved in cross country and basketball, her dream is to be a pitcher in the MLB. Being a lefty, she has a decent shot at it. I wish her all the best in fulfilling that dream!

I recently wrote about lawn bowling for another site and then, lo and behold, there is a lawn bowling piece on the cover of a local So Cal paper this week and on their web page. The Beach Reporter features the Hermosa Beach Lawn Bowling Club and talks about the origin and facts about the sport. In fact, the Club is hosting an open house tomorrow from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 861 Valley Drive in Hermosa Beach. They’re giving free lessons and have snacks! Sounds like a fun thing to try! There is a lot more to this sport than meets the eye. It’s played all over the world and the U.S. is one of the only places that it is played by the older crowd. Apparently, champions of lawn bowling in other countries are mostly in their 20s or 30s.

Speaking of less-covered sports – did you know that the shuttle in badminton can travel up to 200 mph? Ouch! You could lose an eye! In fact, this sport has been in the Olympics since 1992 and will be played at the 2008 Summer Games.

If you haven’t figured out what to do tomorrow night and you are in the area, come to the Southern California Breakers’ game at the Capistrano Valley High School field in Mission Viejo. The New Mexico Menace are in town to face the Breakers. Fresh off a bye week, the team will be looking to bring a win for the home crowd.


Lindsay said...

Wow, I hope she becomes a pitcher for the MLB. That'd be awesome. Also, I love badminton!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Me too - and yes, badminton rocks!

Fat Louie said...

Sadly, she doesn't have a decent shot at it because MLB bans women.

They're the only major sport to do this, clearly because women *could* actually play some positions, heaven forfend. Perhaps one day someone will win a lawsuit and the rule will change. It sucks.

Apryl DeLancey said...

You're right - but I'm hoping by the time she finishes high school and college that someone will change that archaic rule!