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Baseball: Something for the alumni to get excited about

May 23, 2010 |  1:24 pm

I don't think there's anything more exciting than when alumni from the same high school get to face off in the major leagues.

That's what happened the other night when Trevor Plouffe of the Minnesota Twins hit against pitcher Jeff Suppan of the Milwaukee Brewers. Two Encino Crespi grads going at it. Plouffe struck out and hit a double. I'd say he's going to let Suppan have it when they see each other in the off season.

Just think of the pride from Granada Hills Kennedy grads when San Diego Padres pitcher Jon Garland goes against Garret Anderson of the Dodgers. And who are Westminster La Quinta grads going to root for when it's pitcher Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks against Ian Stewart of the Colorado Rockies?

And what are Woodland Hills El Camino Real grads going to do when Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf faces Conor Jackson of the Diamondbacks?

I got to cover each player when they were in high school, and it's fun to see their development, and even more fun when two players from the same high school compete against each other.

-- Eric Sondheimer