Thursday, July 30, 2009

Freddie Sanchez Traded To The Giants

BASEBALL: After weeks of speculation, the Burbank High graduate is delt from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
By Gabriel Rizk, Burbank Leader
Published: July 30, 2009

BURBANK— Persistent rumors that swirled around baseball since prior to the All-Star break regarding a likely trade of Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants were finally validated on Wednesday.
The three-time All-Star and former National League batting titlist was swapped for Double-A starting pitcher Tim Alderson in a move announced shortly after Sanchez’s new club completed a three-game sweep of his former one with a 1-0 10-inning victory at AT&T Park.
"It’s crazy," Sanchez, who played at Glendale Community College, told of the surrexperience of saying farewell to his Pirates teammates in the visitors’ clubhouse, then walking down the hall to the Giants’ clubhouse to join his new team. "I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s a little crazy, a little hectic. I’m here for a reason."
Sanchez, 31, who is under contract through next season, is expected to slide into the No. 2 hole in the Giants’ batting order as the everyday second baseman.
San Francisco continues its seven-game homestand with the first of four games against the Philadelphia Phillies today, but it may be some time yet before Sanchez makes his Giants debut.
An inflamed left knee has kept Sanchez off the field since Sunday and nearly prevented the trade from happening. But the Giants medical staff reportedly examined the knee again on Wednesday before completing the trade and found noticeable improvement. He is currently listed as day to day.
"It’s tough coming to a new team not knowing if you can play or not," Sanchez said to "That’s the last thing you want to do is come to a new team and be in the trainer’s room. I want to get there as soon as I can, but I also want to be smart about it."
Sanchez batted .344 to win the National League batting crown in 2006, when he also notched his first All-Star selection. An All-Star in 2008 and 2009, he has been one of the most consistent players on a Pirates team that has not had a winning season since 1992, batting .304 in 2007 and .296 with six home runs, 34 runs batted in and 45 runs scored this season through Wednesday.
Sanchez struck an optimistic tone about his sixth season in Pittsburgh during spring training this year, but as the organization began to trade away its most accomplished — and highest paid — players in exchange for prospects, his name began to come up as one of the pieces to be traded.
Failed attempts between Sanchez, who will be paid $8 million next season, and the Pirates to negotiate a contract extension over the last few weeks only intensified the speculation he would be dealt ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Sanchez initially turned down an extension offer on July 21 of $10 million over the next two seasons. That proposed deal would have also required him to waive the incentive clause in his current contract that would earn him $8.4 million due in 2010 if he makes 600 plate appearances in 2009, a milestone he stands a good chance of reaching at his current pace.
The counter-offer of $6.5 million next year, $6.5 million in 2011 and $7 million in 2012 made by Sanchez and his representatives was rejected by the Pirates.
"I’m human," Sanchez, who joins Nate McClouth, Nyjer Morgan, Adam LaRoche, Jack Wilson and Ian Snell, the last two also being traded Wednesday, on the list of prominent Pirates to be traded this season, told the Associated Press. "You try to put things in the back of your head and be professional about it, but we’re all human.
"It just feels good that it’s over with. There was a little uncertainty. Now I can just concentrate and go play and help these guys win."
Sanchez, who has never appeared in a playoff game in his eight-year career, which began in 2002 with the Boston Red Sox, joins a Giants team that holds a one-game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the National League wild-card race.
As the Pirates seem intent on scrapping their roster, the Giants appear to be in the mode of shoring up their lineup for a stretch run, having dealt for first baseman Ryan Garko from the Cleveland Indians just a day earlier.
"I think [the Sanchez trade] is great news," said Bill Hertz, a Glendale resident who represents San Francisco starting pitcher Barry Zito. "I’m really happy for Freddy. I’m really happy for the Giants."

Burbank High Field Construction Update 7/30

The Artifical Grass has been laid down and things are moving pretty fast. I feel sorry for the construction workers working in all this hot weather.

The white lines are also already added.

Another shot of the field.

A closer shot of the grass.

Some leftover grass piled up on the side.

This is shot from the narrow field entrance before going into the field area. The baseball field is in the background.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Burbank High Class of 68 Facebook Group

The Burbank High School, Burbank, California Class of 1968 is now on Facebook. The creator is Sallie Shelton Thomas BHS 68 and so if you graduated with the Class of 68 and is a member of Facebook here is the BHS 1968 Facebook Group. So far they have 19 members.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Coach Jack Loutensock

Former Burbank High Coach Jack Loutensock has been diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs and just got out of the hospital. If anyone wishes to call him or send him a get well card the address is below.

Jack Loutensock
182 S. 70 West
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 226-2329

Burbank High School Alma Mater

Alma Mater

Hail, Burbank High School

The Blue and White wave high;

To our own dear high school

We raise it to the sky;

All honor to thee we sing,

Oh, long may our praises ring.

Hail, Burbank High School!

Hail! Hail! Hail!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Girls Baseball Scores Home Run....

Check this video out from CBS Evening News about a Burbank High Baseball Pitcher who happens to be a girl at;photovideo

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Burbank High Field Update 7/09

Both ends of the track are now with asphalt along with the track it's self.

Paved end of the track.

Center part of track is all leveled and with gravel.

A better view of the field with the stadium seats in background.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Freddie Sanchez Is Snubbed at All-Star Game!

Burbank High graduate Freddy Sanchez didn't get into Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis.

BASEBALL: Burbank graduate doesn’t see action in the American League’s 4-3 victory.

By Grant Gordon, Burbank Leader
Published: July 15, 2009

GLENDALE — When New York Yankees star closer Mariano Rivera induced a popout by Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada, the American League clinched the Major League Baseball All-Star Game with a 4-3 win over the National League and Freddy Sanchez ended the game where he began it — on the bench.Amid trade talks and injury problems, the Burbank High graduate and former Glendale Community College standout also found himself snubbed from any playing time for the NL squad, which saw the American League improve to 12-0-1 in the last 13 Midsummer Classics with its win in St. Louis on the strength of Detroit Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson’s game-winning run in the eighth inning.

“You never want anything to be your last,” said Sanchez during a Monday All-Star press conference about the possibility of this being his last All-Star appearance as a Pirate. “That doesn’t get in the back of my head at all. I consider Pittsburgh my home. Although I got drafted by Boston, I never really got to play up there much. I got traded over early enough to where I consider this my home. To be able to represent the fans of Pittsburgh and the organization, that means a lot to me. That’s real special to me.”Unfortunately for Sanchez, though, there wasn’t anything all that special about his third All-Star appearance.

Along with Astros outfielder Hunter Pence, he was one of two National League field players that didn’t get playing time.Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel was unable to get in Sanchez’s Pittsburgh teammate Zack Duke, either, as Duke, was one of three available pitchers who didn’t get playing time. It was the same for the American League, however, as Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, making his first All-Star appearance, was perhaps the most notable American Leaguer not to get action.

Sanchez, who is the first Pittsburgh infielder to become a three-time All-Star since Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, is still hitless in All-Star games, having gone a combined 0 for three in three appearances.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Freddie Sanchez In Third all-Star Game

BASEBALL: Burbank graduate selected to the National League squad as a reserve.
By Jeff Tully
July 8, 2009 - Burbank Leader

BURBANK — The honor doesn’t get old for Freddy Sanchez.Having been chosen to take part in two previous All-Star games, the former Burbank High and Glendale Community College standout was hoping to be considered this season after putting up solid numbers for the first half of the season.

Sanchez, 31, received good news Sunday, as he was selected as a reserve by Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel to be a part of the 33-player National League team. “Obviously, it’s an honor to make the team,” Sanchez told about his selection this season. “To be chosen by Charlie, Tony [LaRussa] and Joe [Torre], those are some Hall of Fame managers. For them to even consider me was an honor. It’s an honor to be able to represent the Pittsburgh Pirates.

”It is Sanchez’s third All-Star honor, as he played in his first game in 2006. He also made the NL squad in ’07 — making both teams as a reserve. The 80th All-Star Game will take place July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. Philadelphia’s Chase Utley was voted the starting second baseman by the fans. Sanchez will be one of three second basemen for the NL team, as they are joined by Los Angeles Dodger Orlando Hudson.

Sanchez is Pittsburgh’s lone representative. He is the first Pirates player since Jason Kendall to be a three-time All-Star. He is also one of 20 Pirates in the history of the organization to make three All-Star appearances, joining standouts Arky Vaughn, Paul Waner, Roberto Clemente, Smoky Burgess, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker and Barry Bonds.

After struggling last season with a shoulder injury and eye ailments, Sanchez came into spring training healthy for the first time in two seasons. He has been able to thrive, becoming the Pirates’ most consistent hitter. “I feel like I worked to get my shoulder right, to get my body feeling good,” Sanchez told “It’s definitely rewarding that much more, knowing the effort that I put into the offseason and that I’m still putting in as the season goes on. ”Sanchez missed three games last week after experiencing lower back spasms. However, he said he expects the symptoms to subside this week and he should be ready for next week’s game.

Coming into Monday’s game, which he also didn’t start, the eight-year veteran was batting .316 (96 for 304) — the best among second basemen in the majors — with 33 runs batted in, 25 doubles and six home runs. His doubles total ranks second in the league and only Houston Astros’ Miguel Tejada has more multi-hit games. He is a career .302 hitter. In addition, he is one of two players to have six hits in a game this year, accomplishing the feat May 25 against the Chicago Cubs. Along with his offensive success, Sanchez — who has also played third and shortstop in his career — has been a stalwart on defense. He has committed just one error in 365 total chances, and his .997 fielding percentage leads all second basemen.

Sanchez has the distinction of being the only player to have played second, short and third in the All-Star Game. With his versatility, he gives Manuel some options on defense.Sanchez has been able to enjoy success in baseball since breaking into the majors in 2002 with the Boston Red Sox. His most prosperous season came in 2006 when he hit .345 and won the National League batting championship. Sanchez had 200 hits and led the NL with 53 doubles.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Josephine (Robins) Bailey, 1907 - 2009

Josephine (Robins) Bailey passed away at home Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

A native Californian, she was born December 13, 1907, in Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. In 1920, after having lived for a time in Bishop, CA, the family moved to Burbank, and in 1925 she graduated from Burbank High School and began working for the Burbank Public Library. She married Robert L. Bailey, a designer and advertising executive, in 1936. He passed away in 1982. They had one daughter, Carolyn.

Jo's passion for travel, bridge, reading and her family filled her life. She was a member of Chapter U, P.E.O., La Providencia Guild of the Children's Hospital, Zonta, the Burbank Historical Society, Burbank Friends of the Library, and the Burbank Senior Bulldogs. She also was involved in supporting the Burbank Sister City Committee and the Burbank YMCA as well as PTA and Girl Scouts. Many of the Robins/Bailey artifacts reside at the Burbank Historical Society where she was a docent. Last fall she was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Burbank High School Centennial Parade.

Jo (or "Nana" as she was known to many the past 30 years) balanced work, motherhood, family, and community service with grace. She filled her life with interesting activities and wonderful people who kept her vital and happy for over a century. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Grogan; granddaughter Tracey (Martin) Grogan-Collazos and great-grandson Liam; grandson Christopher (Karen Escalante) Grogan; niece Mary (Robert) Taddeo and their daughter Taryn; and other cousins and family. Her siblings, Don and Tom Robins and Carolyn (Robins) Donnet preceded her in death.

A gathering in her honor will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Holiday Inn Carousel room, 150 Angelino Ave., Burbank, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burbank Historical Society, Senior Bulldogs, La Providencia Guild of the Children's Hospital or Friends of the Burbank Library.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by theBritish Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: Freedom is Never Free!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

S40 John Burroughs Jr High Graduation

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Bottom Row: Richard Longyear, Merwin Chew, John Weil, Roy Hunter, Al Sweetman, Leo Armstrong, Melvin Heywood, Walter Langley, Bob Heck, Raymond Diaz, Richard Kyker, Junior Cole, Gorden Heninger, Dick Baylis, Shigero Matsushita, Jimmy Wallace, Jack Riggio, John Conway, Stanton Shinn, Mickey Tuttle, Charles Mozley.

Second Row: Marilyn Davis, Shirley Miller, Jean Colon, Betty Sellers, Connie Curry, Gloria Epstein, Retta Watson, Janet Perry, Charlotte Pogue, Delma Burton, Dorothy McNabb, Gwen Harrison, Helen Skinner, Francis Wilburn, Marilyn Madden, Beatrice Longyear, Lorraine James, Betty Martin, Mary Jane Cole, Peggy Shewbert, Willa Blevins, Patty Monahan, Deborah Bennington, Ernestine Zwayer, Claudine Silengo, Izola Kelly, Margaret Fido, Lois Wilson, Barbara Campbell, Sally Dunlap, Irene Baer, Marie Riitter, Hanako Shishido, Doris Groff.

Third Row: Jack York, Ray Holcomb, Joe Morris, Morris Speaks, Loren Noyes, Robert Rohde, Pat Regan, Gorden Hezmalhalch, Bill Hutchison, Jack Fleming, Floyd harries, Bernice Neisler, Evelyn Hadford, Pauline Riddell, Bonnie Conkwright, Lorraine Abdalian, Gladys Young, Betty Fauskee, Barbara Carnes, Katherine Richardson, Leona Lefley, Alice Markham, Dorothy Ray Kline, Carmeliita Lollis, Ted Hetzer, John Trump, Charles Chase, Robert Vorhies, Don Williams, Robert Steele, Bill Henry, Jack Shafer, Al Land, Wesley Dowhen, Lawrence Findley, Dick Steele.

Fourth Row: Tom Campbell, Kenneth Howell, Lee Stoddard, Clyde Hughes, Albert Stolpe, Reed Monson, Dick Wheatley, Kenneth Mayer, Bud Fisher, Phil Nare, Harvey Kerns, Ray Swenson, Kenneth Rice, Carl Wolfe, Bob Way, Keith Baldwin, Ronald Pelligrini, Esmond Smith, Oran Branscombe, James Carter, Bob Thomas, Bob Duckworth, Glen Collier, Don Shields, Roy Swenson, Miles, Gardner, Vernon O'Brien, Walt griffiths, Joe Fantozzi, Ernest Eitner, Darrell Carver, Fred Luedtke, Frank mattison, George Cordon, Dick Ricks, Wallace Stevens, Bill Payne, Bill Majors, Albert Lehman.