Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, August 8, 2000
Grid practice opens under cool skies
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Aug. 8, 2000 -- Cloudy skies and cooler temperatures made things a
little easier on the Pecos Eagles' football team Monday, as they began
preseason workouts with an evening/night workout session at the Pecos High
School practice field.
A total of 64 varsity and junior varsity players turned out for
the first of four days of non-contact practice. Workouts in full pads
will begin at the end of the week, which will also give the Eagles a
chance to try out the new blocking sled the school district purchased
during the summer.
"I'm excited about the attitude of the kids," said head coach
Gary Grubbs. "This is the best number of kids we've had in a while.
Grubbs said overall, the Eagles should have about 100 players
on the varsity, JV and freshman teams by the time the first regular
season games are played on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. "We've still got several
on vacation," he said. "Of the varsity kids we only had three absent
and I'm sure two of them will be back tomorrow."
Most of the team went through a 2 ½ hour practice session
outside, followed by 30 minutes in the field house weight room, but
several players also had an extra session, as running backs, quarterbacks
and receivers worked on the new option offense the Eagles plan to run
"They did a good job with it," Grubbs said. "We pretty
much threw what they had down in the spring (workouts) on them and
they got it back pretty fast."
The Eagles are trying to improve on their offense, which was the
main problem last season, when Pecos went 5-6 and finished third
in District 2-4A, losing in the opening round of the Class 4A, Division
I playoffs to El Paso Ysleta. The Eagles do return the
second-highest number of starters of any of the six 2-4A teams, but at least
in the first pre-season poll out, by Texas Football Magazine, are
only picked to finish fourth in the district standings.
"I'm real excited about our chances," said Grubbs. "We did
all right conditioning-wise for the first day, and all the kids have
While this week's workouts are being held on the PHS practice
field, with the freshmen working out on the baseball field, Grubbs said
the team would hold a practice session on Saturday night at Eagle
Stadium, starting at about 7 p.m., after individual and team pictures
are taken. The Eagles will then scrimmage Carlsbad's varsity
the following Saturday, after the JV scrimmages the Cavemen,
Jal Panthers and Loving Falcons starting about 10 a.m.
Regular season play for Pecos starts Aug. 31 for the freshman
and junior varsity teams and Sept. 1 for the varsity, all against the
The Pecos Eagle Athletic booster club also has a
concession stand set up at the practice field this year, and is planning to sell
burgers and sodas during the scrimmage again this year. The boosters
also are offering helmet-shaped yard signs for sale to the parents of
the Eagle football players this season.
Yanks' role for Canseco is unsettled
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2000 — The New York Yankees wanted Jose Canseco in previous years, yet never were able to acquire him.
They didn't particularly want the slugger now, but ended up taking
him to prevent their rivals from getting him.
"I'm stunned," manager Joe Torre said Monday after New York
claimed Canseco off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. "I don't get
surprised too often, but I was surprised. Hopefully, he will help us win a game."
That wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement.
Canseco, who has been an every-day player — when healthy — for
his entire career, also was a bit confused.
"I don't know how I'm going to fit in," he said. "I really don't know
what they want me to do. I don't know my role yet."
It appears like the Yankees were more interested in blocking
Oakland from adding a needed right-handed bat than adding Canseco to
their crowded left field-DH rotation.
Canseco was placed on waivers Thursday, and Yankees GM
Brian Cashman put in a claim, one day before Oakland acquired Mike Stanley.
"We are very aggressive on the way we claim players," Cashman
said. "Essentially, we got a player for nothing."
The only other AL teams the Yankees could block were
Chicago and Seattle, which both have entrenched designated hitters.
And NL teams likely had no interest.
The Yankees, who paid Tampa Bay a $20,000 waiver fee, will
be responsible for the remainder of Canseco's $3 million contract
this season, about $900,000. The Yankees hold a $4 million club option for
next season with a $500,000 buyout.
"I was happy in one sense and depressed in another
sense," Canseco said. "I made a lot of
great friends here in Tampa, and in that sense I'm sad I'm leaving. I'm
getting an opportunity to play for a team in contention right now."
Torre will try to fit Canseco — who has a feared bat to go with his bad
back — in with David Justice, Glenallen Hill, Luis Polonia and Ryan Thompson.
Either Polonia or Hill will likely be let go to make room for Canseco
when he arrives Tuesday.
"My job is to manage the players who are in uniform," Torre said. "I have
no opinion of the move. I know what Jose is capable of. There's no question that
he's a threat, but this was a surprise."
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