A Local Legend Heads For Wimbledon

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It’s been a rough first half for our Padres brother, A.J. Preller. So we have just the anecdote.

Preller lives near Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach, which will be rocking on Saturday. It’s the 11th Switchfoot Bro-Am and Rob Machado Bro Junior, a combination of concert, surfing and good vibes.

Not sure about Preller’s musical taste, although someone with the “Rock Star GM” tag should groove to Switchfoot’s tunes.

Not sure about Preller’s surfing skills, but if hits a water with the same confidence he launches his jump shot, he’ll be fine.

Not sure about Machado’s event, but if it’s open to juniors, maybe Preller can bring along Melvin Upton, Jr.

Although it’s more likely Preller and the Padres’ brain trust are in Texas, watching the Padres stumble against the Rangers. But after wiping out in the first half, Preller is due for some tasty tubes and gnarly rides.

Then again, we thought this Padres season would be an endless summer instead of an endless bummer.

Maybe a good surfing session will get Preller right before he tries to right the Padres’ sinking ship at the trade deadline.
Got any other ideas? …

 

Comic-Con is here and it’s my bad I didn’t catch on sooner.

Instead of folks dressed like super heroes, I thought Comic-Con was about the Chargers and San Diego negotiating for some new digs. Hasn’t it been comical the way the Chargers have changed their demands?

And you haven’t been conned enough to think the Chargers are serious about staying here, right? …

 

The Rose Bowl said thanks, but no thanks, regarding an NFL team. Seems having The Shield temporary in Arroyo Seco isn’t worth the trouble.

“We believe that a music and arts festival is more fitting with Pasadena’s brand and with the future stadium,” said Victor Gordo, of the Pasadena City Council.

Wow, music and arts trumps the NFL’s dog-and-pony show. …

 

Congrats to Benito Santiago and Garry Templeton for their induction into the Padres Hall of Fame.

If ever wanting to win a bar bat, bet someone which Padre has the franchise record for the longest hitting streak?

Slam dunk: Tony Gwynn.

Nope. It’s Santiago as he hit in 34 straight games in his 1987 rookie season, the longest for any rookie and any catcher in Major League history.

The smooth-fielding, switch-hitting Templeton was a treat. Former Padres teammate Goose Gossage once told me he was the best shortstop to ever play behind him.

But this close to the All-Star Game one can’t dismiss Templeton’s classic line about the mid-summer classic. When he was overlooked as a All-Star starter while with the Cardinals, Templeton didn’t hide his disgust. “If I’m not starting,” he said. “I’m not departing.” …

 

A local legend has left for Wimbledon, so keep an eye out for him.

Carlsbad’s Rod Laver, the owner of two Grand Slams, is in the Royal Box for this weekend’s matches at the All England Club.

Rancho Santa Fe’s Taylor Fitz may grace Wimbledon’s Centre Court someday. The 17-year-old who made the French Open juniors final is into the fourth round at the juniors Wimbledon event. …

 

Tennis a bit closer arrives Sunday at the Omni Resort & Spa as the San Diego Aviators of World Team Tennis open their season. When the Aviators were the San Diego Friars in 1976, one of their players was named the rookie of the year at the age of 38: Rod Laver. …

 

Betting on Rancho Santa Fe’s Phil Mickelson this week at the Scottish Open?

 

+ Contact Jay Paris at jparis@bcaradio.com. Follow him Twitter @jparis_sports.

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