It’s the end of a tremendous era for me. I almost didn’t see it coming, but it is sadly over.
I realized in watching Tyler Bates play in Thursday’s baseball playoff game, that I will never again have the pleasure of seeing a Bates play for Madera High.
There has not been a year, or even a season, in the past decade that I didn’t have a Bates to watch play for the Coyotes.
When I took the job as sports writer for the Tribune in 2002, I had never covered high school sports. Heck, I had never written anything as I was a former commodities broker who lived a nine-iron from the beach in Santa Monica...