Billy Messina was on our team as a back up pitcher, 3b, 1B players.
I had picked up Billy after Jim Lamb asked me to take a look at him..I invited him out and fell in love with his attitude and potential.
About two months into the season Billy and I are talking on the phone and he tells me about this young kid with great hands and an unbelievable work ethic..and says Ron Whittleton has asked him to play on his A team but he thinks I would love this kids game and I should check him out.
I called Ron and asked what he thought.. Ron says, Tim he is a great up and comer and I would hate to loose Dennis but I have a rule I stand by...and the rule is...anytime a player has a chance to move up and I think it’s to a good program I WILL NEVER HOLD THEM BACK.
Ron VOLUNTEERED to talk to Dennis and with Billy’s help Dennis agreed to meet with us during the Alhambra major
tourney.. to meet me.
We met up, I shared what we had to offer as for and commitments and what our season game plan was (NO MONEY) ..and Dennis says let’s do it.
Dennis’s first tourney with us was the Salt Lake major...We won the tourney Dennis was MVP... he batted 18-20... he also took some of Billy Messina playing time..Billy ones this was most likely to happen but you gotta understand..that’s just the type of man Billy is.