Posted by paulrivas on:
Colorado Rockies outfielder and Santa Barbara super-loc Ryan Spilborghs is widely known to be one of the nicest people on Earth. Here he is after giving my wife a batting practice ball before playing the Mets in New York.
When Spilly was a redshirt sophomore in the midst of a 35-game hitting streak for the 2001 UCSB Gauchos, I was the team's official scorer and media guy. At the Long Beach State series, he lent me a glove so that I could shag balls during batting practice and feel like something more than a stat geek.
Had I asked, he would have done me the same solid when the Gauchos made the NCAA Regionals at Notre Dame. Then I would have shagged balls in the outfield during batting practice instead of jogging around the perimeter of the field and eventually getting brained by a Dave Molidor warning track shot.
Ryan Spilborghs is contemplative, hilarious and socioculturally astute, as can be heard in my interview with him for Real Gauchos, which airs Sunday at 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara. Shortly thereafter, like 2:30pm, this epic conversation with the big leaguer who was once knocked out of a Little League majors game by the Life Artist Bubba Ray Robison will available to listen to and download on Real Gauchos and iTunes.
And yes, we will talk about the time he faced Bubba.