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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Baseball legend to be honored locally by OCYSF

TomJohnsonMy friends at the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation have announced plans to honor Hall of Fame baseball great Rod Carew as their 2018 Sportsman of the Year. The dinner will be held Tuesday, April 24, at the Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach.

Carew is a seven-time American League batting champion and an 18-time All-Star during a career that spanned from 1967 to 1985 with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.

There’s no doubt that Carew’s name belongs on the list of previous OCYSF honorees, that includes the likes of Jim Nance, Pete Carroll, Peter Ueberroth, Dick Enberg, Jerry West, John McKay, Bill Walsh, Mike Scioscia and Tommy Lasorda, to name a few.

Take it from someone who’s emceed this event a number of times, it’s a fun dinner. OCYSF invites a dais full of sports celebrities and others just show up…it’s kind of fun rubbing elbows with people you cheered for.

There’s also an auction…silent and live. As you can imagine, both are heavily sports oriented.

One year the honoree, broadcaster Jim Nantz, donated his Final Four tickets to the auction on the spot; and then there was the time Scioscia took the microphone from Olympic gymnast great Peter Vidmar in the middle of the auction and raised the entire event to new heights.

Great stuff. 

Check them out at ocysf.org

And, if you want to go to the event or even buy a table, reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll put something together.

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As long as we’re in the world of sports, we’ll bring you to the Dennis Rodman show.

First off, Rodman will not, I repeat, will not, be honored by OCYSF this year, or any other year for that matter. 

That being said, Dennis is doing something good for himself. And that’s great news!

We reported last issue that the Newport Beach Police Department had arrested Rodman last Saturday for a DUI.

Although driving drunk is not funny, my first reaction was “there goes Rodman again” kind of makes you chuckle, until you realize that he, like many, is struggling with alcohol.

The good news is that reports have Rodman entering Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, N.J., yesterday. He previously spent three weeks there in 2014 after returning from a trip to North Korea.

He’s had previous DUIs in 1999 and 2003.

Let’s all wish our neighbor good thoughts.

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Hey folks, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say get out there and dine! Newport Beach Restaurant Week is alive and well, running now through January 28.

Best place to go to find participating restaurants and make reservations is DineNB.com.

Get out there and enjoy!