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Lodi GrapeSox's successes on field are overshadowed by the controversies off it

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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2008 10:00 pm

The Lodi GrapeSox were an indisputable success story between the base lines in their inaugural season, as evidenced by their championship-clinching victory over the Nor-Cal Longhorns last Sunday night at Zupo Field.

However, what transpired off the field was an entirely different story.

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  • posted at 4:16 pm on Fri, Aug 15, 2008.


    IMHO, the BOBS has gone down hill since Ron Williamson retired. Many of the members and "chiefs" have myopic ego, and are trying to live through their kids. Once a con man always a con man.

  • posted at 9:24 am on Wed, Aug 13, 2008.


    Lodian, I'd be curious why you feel you should be entitled to see the Grape Sox "expense sheet". Are you willing to post yours?

  • posted at 4:29 am on Tue, Aug 12, 2008.


    I'd be curious to see an expense sheet for the GrapeSox.

  • posted at 2:53 pm on Mon, Aug 11, 2008.


    .It also disturbs me that the people in this article most critical to the GrapeSox organization are good ole boys who have their roots at Lodi high.

  • posted at 2:52 pm on Mon, Aug 11, 2008.


    .Here is my concern.I personally know of a person here in Lodi that has tried to establish an independent youth sports program, and has had nothing but obstacles put up by the BOBS organization - including having BOBS complain to Lodi Parks and Recs about letting them use facilities.BOBS believe they should control all youth sports in Lodi, and my fear is that they mistakenly believe they can take over a "GrapeSox-like" program here in Lodi and make it successful.But first, they have to run the current ownership out of town.

  • posted at 2:48 pm on Mon, Aug 11, 2008.


    .Mr. Souza should know that there is a thing in the business and financial world called "due diligence" which is usually a period of time (before you write a check) during which you research the background of the people you are doing business with, and their business character.Apparently you did not do your due diligence, and the consequence of that (typically) is you get taken - or the business venture you invest in loses money.What's the old saying? A fool and his money are soon parted?

  • posted at 10:13 am on Mon, Aug 11, 2008.


    Females? The GrapeSox are men.

  • posted at 8:09 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2008.


    Why wasn't a criminal check done? Have any of these participants been checked? If they're working with young females, each and everyone on the payroll should've undergroung shoould've undergone a background check. Or are the good ol' boys always given a free pass?

  • posted at 3:50 am on Sat, Aug 9, 2008.


    So, the good ol' boys that lost a couple bucks are now disgruntled and are angry because they didn't make a profit? Those are pretty heavy charges fired at Mac, and it sounds like everyone played a part and were more interested in making a profit than keeping the team solvent. It sounds like they should be questioning Mr. Gallaudet as well. Didn't he run the team when Mac was in San Luis when the financial problems were addressed? Why does one say that checks were bouncing and the other says they weren't? I think this is where your problem lies, too many chiefs and not enough indians. And with all these good ol' boys involved, there's surely got to be plenty of jealousy and blame to go around for everyone. Looks like the real blame here is plain old Lodi greed!

  • posted at 2:55 am on Sat, Aug 9, 2008.


    My kids and I watched our first GrapesSox game with only a week left in the season. It was an exciting game and my kids wanted to watch more. IF the Grapesox are back next year I think my family will be out routinely to watch the games. If you have young ones who like to play baseball, there is nothing like a live game to coach them on how to play.

  • posted at 2:53 am on Sat, Aug 9, 2008.


    Stevie Mac is a CON MAN... he's no better than a celebrated carni.

  • posted at 1:38 am on Sat, Aug 9, 2008.


    This was a fun team to watch,but attendance expectations where wrong.I took a lot of heat from the forum last year when I said there would be no way they would average the amount of fans they needed to make money,,if I remember right I think they were talking about getting 600 or more people,,instead we get 150.I hope they stay,,and I wish them luck ,,but if they need to average 300 a night to break even ,,,they're in trouble,,because this will never happen.



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