Scottsdale Scorpions

Owner/Manager: Richard Grossman

History:

The Huntington Beach Surfers have enjoyed several seasons of “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat” in the DDL.

Originally founded in Highlands Ranch, CO, the Surfers migrated to So Cal. Beginning in Huntington Beach, a relocation to Seal Beach and a return to Huntington Beach, this vagabond franchise has still yet to drink from the championship cup.

As the team continues its overall improvement plan it has once again relocated. This time it has moved to AZ and will now be known as the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Favorite Baseball teams:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 1965-1997, 2016-present
  • AZ Diamondbacks 1998-2005
  • CO Rockies 2006-2015
  • ASU Sun Devils 1983-the rest of my life

All-Time favorite baseball players:

  • Steve Garvey – I wore his number 6 on all my uniforms throughout Little League and into high school.
  • Sandy Koufax – he is every Jewish person’s favorite
  • Claude Osteen – he was the player liaison to the Dodger Youth Fan Club, of which I was an enormously proud member.
  • Hank Aaron – I still remember watching him hit 715 off Al Downing, with Bill Buckner trying to scale the wall and Tom House catching the ball in the bullpen. Very excited to be in Hank Aaron division of the DDL.
  • Nolan Arenado – I do not remember Brooks Robinson, but I do remember Mike Schmidt and Arenado is the best I have ever seen at the hot corner. As a side note, Graig Nettles had the best defensive WS performances I can ever recall.
  • Juan Soto – hoping he is the greatest draft pick in franchise history. With a lot of inner strength and encouraging from the sage S Schley, the thought to trade him has been overcome with the long-term possible remorse of watching a potential future HOF player dominate for another franchise.

Greatest baseball moments in person:

  • Every time I walk into a stadium and see the green turf
  • Game 7 of the D-Backs/Yankee 2001 World Series and watching Luis Gonzalez hit a ball over Jeter’s head off Mariano to walk off the series. I was a D-Back season ticket holder t that time.
  • Gm 1 of the ’74 World Series where Reggie Jackson hit a HR off Andy Messersmith. Also, watching Joe Ferguson uncork a throw to nail Sal Bando at the plate. Sal Bando later in life became consequential to me as I will explain later
  • Gm 2 of the ’74 WS when Mike Marshall (the pitcher) picked off designated runner Herb Washington
  • Gm 5 ‘77 WS – Reggie again went deep off the Dodgers. This time he was a Yankee.
  • 2007 Rockies improbable run and being at several playoff and WS games
  • Willie McCovey’s last plate appearance at Dodger stadium before he retired in ’80 when he hit a sac fly.
  • Watching Arizona State pursue a college World Series title in 1984, when Barry Bonds wasn’t even the best player on the team. Oddibe McDowell was the Golden Spikes winner that season in the NCAA
  • Seeing a scrape on Steve Garvey’s chin when getting an autograph and knowing he had a clubhouse scuffle with Don Sutton the day before. I still do not like Sutton and want him removed from the HOF.

Alma Mater – Arizona State University ’83-‘88

Proud member of the Fiji fraternity. This was the same fraternity Sal Bando was a part of when he was at ASU.

Greatest All-Time Sun Devil team

  • C – Paul LoDuca
  • 1B – Bob Horner
  • 2B – Dustin Pedroia
  • SS – Hubie Brooks
  • 3B – Sal Bando
  • OF – Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday
  • P – Larry Gura

Strat-O-Matic career

Began playing Strat in 1975. I was the Dodgers, my buddy was the Reds and my brother was the Red Sox.

  • In college I used to replay past seasons from the 1960’s with a person who went on to become and still is the official scorer of the D-Backs and a high school mate of the DDL’s own Brian Werner.
  • 1990 I joined a league in No Cal and enjoyed several years of playing with the DDL’s former owner Sparky Atkinson when he also lived in No Cal.
  • All-Time favorite Strat players I have had on my team over the years
    • C – Mike Piazza
    • 1B – Eddie Murray
    • 2B – Ryne Sandberg
    • SS – Tony Fernandez
    • 3B – Mike Schmidt
    • OF – Juan Soto, Rickey Henderson, Andy Van Slyke
    • SP – Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens