For the second straight year the San Gabriel Valley high school all-star baseball game will be held at Alhambra High School, an all-star game put on by Nogales coach John Romano and Alhambra coach Steve Geiwecke. The game will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m.
Fred’s reaction: The all-star game is not at Mt. San Antonio college anymore because Mt. SAC baseball coach Stacy Parker complained that his Mounties baseball team is not getting enough of the proceeds from the gate or snack bar, according to SGV all-star officials. I spoke with Romano about it earlier this month, and he was upset and said he preferred to play at Mt. SAC, but the school’s continued bickering over money made them move to Alhambra. Romano said he would be open to a reasonable split of the revenue, but he did not like being approached a day prior to the event about it and the manner in which he was approached. It’s not the first time Parker has complained about not making enough money. At the RJs Foundation charity game between Bonita and Bishop Amat last month, Parker approached tournament officials on the day of the game about how money would be split at the gate and snack bar, even though Bishop Amat already had a contract signed for the use of the field. At one point Parker even threatened to cancel the game, which obviously never happened, avoiding a Public Relations nightmare for the school. Eventually, Parker backed off and the proceeds from the gate and snack bar went to charity with Mt. SAC collecting money from parking. I spoke with Parker the day after the RJ’s charity game to confirm all information, but he didn’t want to be quoted. Maybe Mt. SAC could take a page from Citrus, who generously offered their facility free of charge for the softball game in the honor of the RJ’s Foundation a few days after the baseball game. Hopefully Mt. SAC gets this right next year, having an all-star game and charity game with the amount of fans that attend is good publicity for Mt. SAC, it should not be complaining over a few dollars, especially when money benefits charities like the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In terms of the all-star game, I got the impression from Romano and Geiwecke they would still love to play at Mt. SAC, which is where the game should be. It’s a great facility named after the great Mazmanian. Hopefully Mt. SAC officials revisit and become more gracious hosts in the future. Like I mentioned, having an all-star game of seniors is great publicity for Mt. SAC. They already make money from all the parking, why bicker over a few more dollars?