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Randy Johnson tired of Yankees / D'Backs & becomes a Gator.
Late on Thursday it was reported by the Associated Press that "The Big Unit", Randy Johnson, is now a member of the Foothill Gators 16U Competitive Baseball Club in the Ahwatukee/Foothills area, south of Phoenix Arizona.

Johnson was quoted as saying, "I am tired of waiting on the Yankees and Diamondbacks to make up the minds and have always wanted to play under the tutelage of Coaches, Jeff "Digger" Barnes and Doug Harmon."

Sources near the Gators have leaked that the deal for Johnson includes expert advice from Coach Digger and a ride to all practices in the "Gator-mobile".

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The Big Unit meets his peers at his first Gator practice.

GATORS to play in CCFA Charity Tournament Jan 7th-9th 2005.


On January 7, 8 & 9th. 2005, The Foothill Gators will be participating in the 2nd Annual Babe Ruth / CCFA Charity Baseball Tournament... all proceeds will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

We will be playing in the 16U division.

There is also a Baseball Clinic for ages 9-18 on January 8th starting at 9am. The coast is $20 each (which includes a tee-shirt) with instruction from:

* Tony Womack (NY Yankees)
* Rod Allen (Tigers)
* Chris Cron (White Sox)
* Bob Green (A's)
* Don Wakamatsu (Rangers)
* Stan Luketich (Desert Vista varsity head coach)

Please let me know if you would like to attend the clinic.


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Remember Pat Tillman - - American Hero
WASHINGTON - Pat Tillman, who walked away from his professional football career to join the Army Rangers, was killed in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Friday.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said a formal announcement was expected later in the day. Spokesmen at the Pentagon and U.S. Army declined comment.

There were no immediate details how Tillman died. He was 27.
A military official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that a soldier had been killed in action in Afghanistan Thursday, but could not confirm that the soldier was Tillman.
Some members of the Army's elite Ranger units were taking part in the hunt for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in southeastern Afghanistan, the military official said.

Tillman played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the Army in May 2002. The safety turned down a three-year, $3.6 million deal from Arizona. He made the decision after returning from his honeymoon with his wife, Marie.

Tillman's brother, Kevin, a former minor league baseball prospect in the Cleveland Indians' organization, also joined the Rangers and served in the Middle East. They committed to three-year stints in the Army.

Tillman's agent, Frank Bauer, has called him a deep and clear thinker who has never valued material things.

In 2001, Tillman turned down a $9 million, five-year offer sheet from the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams out of loyalty to the Cardinals, and by joining the Army, he passed on millions more from the team.

Tillman turned aside interview requests after joining the Army. In December, during a trip home, he made a surprise visit to his Cardinal teammates.

"For all the respect and love that all of us have for Pat Tillman and his brother and Marie, for what they did and the sacrifices they made ... believe me, if you have a chance to sit down and talk with them, that respect and that love and admiration increase tenfold," Coach Dave McGinnis said at the time. "It was a really, really enriching evening."

It was not immediately clear when Tillman went to Afghanistan.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Tillman was distinguished by his intelligence and appetite for rugged play. As an undersized linebacker at Arizona State, he was the Pac-10's defensive player of the year in 1997.

He set a franchise record with 224 tackles in 2000 and warmed up for last year's training camp by competing in a 70.2-mile triathlon in June.

Tillman carried a 3.84 grade point average through college and graduated with high honors in 3½ academic years with a degree in marketing.

"You don't find guys that have that combination of being as bright and as tough as him," Phil Snow, who coached Tillman as Arizona State's defensive coordinator, said in 2002. "This guy could go live in a foxhole for a year by himself with no food."

Tillman and his brother Kevin last year won the Arthur Ashe Courage award at the 11th annual ESPY Awards.

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Gators are 2003 SEV Babe Ruth 16U CHAMPIONS!
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The Foothill Gators beat the Outlaws Thursday evening (11/20) to claim the title of 2003 SEV Babe Ruth 16U CHAMPIONS.

It was a total team effort with standout plays by: Roy Meeter, who pitched a complete 7 inning, 1 hit shut-out highlighted with 14 strike-outs. Eddie Robles was excellent behind the dish calling a great game and executing a critical throw-out at third base.

The eventual winning run came in the bottom of the 6th when Patrick Barnes led off with a sharply hit line drive to right field sending him all the way to second base. Next, Jon Stitzinger laid down a perfect infield bunt which also also sent Patrick to third base. Next came the score... The Reliable Billy Watson executed a perfect sacrifice bunt as Patrick Barnes came charging home on an exciting suicide squeeze play.

Congratulations to Patrick Barnes, Brian Franz, Collin Harmon, Brian Johnson, Brad Knight, Roy Metter, Chase Meyers, Nick Oliver, Mike O'Neil, Pat O'Neil, Devin Reginato, Eddie Robles, Jon Stitzinger, Billy Watson, The Gator Coaching staff, Parents and Fans!

Go Gators !


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