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Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Funny Giants video, stirring Peguero audio, Ken Griffey Jr. flying high (literally), Dodger mess, and other Thursday tidbits

This video, featuring Brian Wilson and Cody Ross of the Giants lip-synching along with internet sensation Keenan Cahill to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”, is hilarious in its own right. The facial expressions of Cahill are priceless (and thanks to buddy Ryan Divish for e-mailing me of the video).

But I did a little snooping, and turns out there’s a nice story behind the video, well-told here by Yahoo’s ‘Duk. Cahill is 16 and has a rare disorder named Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome that leads to stunted growth and other problems. His medical travails are enormous and enormously expensive; Wilson and Ross will be hosting “Dynamite: A Fundraiser for Keenan Cahill” during the Giants’ game against the Florida Marlins on May 25.

Since I’m nothing if not a multi-platform dude (I don’t even know what that means), here’s an audio sent to me of the radio call of Carlos Peguero’s first Triple-A home run. He hit it in Fresno last week while playing for Tacoma. Making the call is Fresno announcer Doug Greenwald, an old friend (and up-and-coming radio man) I got to know while covering the San Francisco Giants years ago. His dad, Hank Greenwald, was part of the Giants’ broadcast team and a very popular long-time announcer in the Bay Area.

Doug told me in an e-mail:

“There are not too many who have homered over the swimming pool in Fresno. It’s probably 430 feet that way. Our pool is behind the grassy berm in left-center field.”

(I’ll be happy to post Mike Curto’s Tacoma call if someone sends it to me).

Here’s a story and video of Ken Griffey Jr detailing his hobby of flying airplanes (including one with a built-in parachute). On a couple of occasions, I listened to Griffey in the clubhouse tell great stories about his flying exploits.

I’ll be commenting in depth in Sunday’s column on the Dodger situation and the ramifications of Bud Selig taking control of the team away from Frank McCourt. By then, we might know the identity of the “trustee” Selig will put in charge of the team. I’d like to see Peter O’Malley, whose dignified ownership of the team is in stark contrast to the McCourt train wreck, get the gig. As someone who grew up in Southern California bleeding Dodger blue, I know first-hand what that franchise used to stand for. McCourt has managed, in seven years, to turn it into a laughingstock, and I fully support Selig’s efforts to effect a regime change. This is something MLB badly needs to accomplish, ASAP, to restore one of its flagship franchises.

Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of one of the most famous games in Mariners’ history — Ken Phelps’ two-out homer in the ninth inning to thwart Brian Holman’s perfect game bid in Oakland. Here’s the story I did last year in conjunction with the 20th anniversary in which I tracked down both Holman (who has been through much travail) and Phelps (who discusses his “Seinfeld” celebrity status).

The percentage of African-Americans in baseball has declined again, according to an annual survey.

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