Opinion: Bringing the Human Factor Back to Baseball

New book on Pedro Gomez shows why he should be a model for reform in the sport

ESPN's Pedro Gomez interviews American League All-Stars David Ortiz and Miguel Cabrera during the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2010 in Anaheim, California. PHOTO: MICHAEL ZAGARIS

Editor's Note

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I know a lot of baseball fans in Santa Cruz will remember Pedro Gomez, the illustrious sportswriter who got his start at the Mercury News and covered the A’s for years before going national as a baseball reporter for ESPN. In the world of sports reporting, he’s a legend, having covered 25 World Series and found fame covering the A’s “Bash Brothers” era and Barry Bonds’ pursuit of the home-run record. But Steve Kettmann’s cover story this week shows an entirely different side of Gomez, and better explains why so many around the beloved media figure were devastated when he passed away in February at age 58. It wasn’t just his stature as one of the greatest in his field, it was also the way he touched those around him on a personal level. It’s words like “warm,” “direct” and “open” that keep coming up to describe him—which explains why Kettmann sees him as sort of a beacon of hope for bringing a much-needed “human element” back to baseball.

Kettmann will be on KSQD’s reporter-roundtable show Cruz News and Views tomorrow (3-4pm, 90.7FM, talking about his cover story.

Also, you might have seen GT’s latest magazine, the new edition of Explore Santa Cruz, around town. It’s a guide for visitors and locals to Santa Cruz’s attractions, dining, shopping and more, and it’s on stands now. Check it out!



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Re: Live Music’s Return

Even with the need to show vaccination status (which will make entry slower) I will be planning to start going to shows (in fact I’ve hit a couple in the last month). When the Freight, Kuumbwa and SFJazz reopen I will definitely be there.

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What’s the point of reopening any surviving live music venues if the same protocols still exist? Personally, I will not be attending any live music events until we return to business as usual.

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