Debut on the MLB mound Sports, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:41 am
Former Pleasanton resident Brad Bergeson made his first trip to the Major League Baseball mound Tuesday night, only allowing one earned run in 5-2/3 innings, elevating the Baltimore Orioles to a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox and cutting their five-game losing streak.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 2:10 PM
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm
I had the pleasure of coaching Brad in football. A finer young man you're never going to meet.
Dreams do come true!
You may pitch in the Majors for another 20 years (Why should Randy Johnson represent the Tri-Valley and have all the fun?) but I'll always remember the opening play of the second half against our cross-town rival, when you took a 111 Trap behind the block of Mark Gaulden and went 68 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown!
Congratulations Brad! You're an inspiration to us all...
Posted by D W, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm
I find it hard to believe that no Pleasantonian had reached the majors until Bergeson debuted at Camden Yards and impressively cooled off a White Sox team that had won 3 of 4 against the defending AL Pennant winning Rays in St Pete.
While I'm aware that of the four major team sports - football, soccer, basketball, and baseball - baseball has produced the fewest results for Pleasanton, if there are any Pleasanton high school sports historians who can tell us who among Amador's 3 EBAL Champion teams had the best chance to reach the bigs or if we're missing anyone else, please feel free to share. It will remain especially rare for us in baseball thanks to Danville's amazing Little League history producing so much talent at Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley plus De La Salle now in the league, never mind Livermore & Cal High producing decent players as well.
Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of another community, on Apr 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm
Wasn't John Vukovich the first Pleasantonian to make it to the bigs after attending Amador Valley? He attended American River for college and then was drafted by the Phillies in the 1st round back in 1996. He also coached and managed a couple teams.
Posted by Dublnmike, a resident of Dublin, on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm
As a citizen of the Tri-Valley since 1956, I am happy ANYONE from Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and Sunol make it to the big time!
Our Tri-Valley has been blessed with many that came to the area or were raised here. To name two, Max Baer, Sr. and George Foreman. For the born & raised, there are scores and I wish someone would put in time to research and published their names. I personally know of several in Livermore that made it to the NFL, if only for one year.
And there are those individuals who made it to college but were first stringers and/or helped their schools make it to the championships.
Posted by SportsFan, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:04 am
What about Nick DeBarr (AVHS grad-baseball) and Scott Peters (AVHS grad-football). Scott played briefly in the pros before being sidelined with an injury. Nick played for a minor league team although I can't recall the team name.