Local sports stars walk this way
By Forrest Lee, Correspondent – The Daily Breeze
The seven new inductees into the Sportswalk to the Waterfront are, from left, Jim O’Brien, Joseph Bleymaier, Shannon Boxx, Jerry Rodich, Mike Gillespie, Steve Garvey and Gerald Zar. Mike Lansing, A representative of the Boys & Girls Club of San Pedro, is at right. (Steve McCrank, Staff Photographer)
The one-liners flew from Jerry Rodich as easy as the light ocean breeze blew through downtown San Pedro.
“This is a big deal for me because usually we were running from something,” said Rodich, referring to youthful indiscretions. No one could have been happier than Rodich. A former football and baseball star at San Pedro High and Harbor College, he was among the new additions to the city’s Sportswalk to the Waterfront during induction ceremonies Monday. Additional inductees included former Dodger Steve Garvey, three-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Shannon Boxx, UC Irvine baseball coach Mike Gillespie, former Mary Star High football standout Joe Bleymaier, golfer Gerald Zar and ex-coach Jim O’Brien. In addition, Arizona baseball coach Andy Lopez, who grew up in the community, and the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club were honored.
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