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  • Chris Hardy / San Diego Padres

    Clay Hensley did the Padres proud by joining a group of players to visit Children's Hospital.  It appears that the Pads infected the hospital with smiles.  You don't know how badly I wanted to Photoshop Emmanuel Lewis into this photo.  But alas, it wouldn't be appropriate.

  • Dave Winfield is scouting players in Ghana.  He brought a bunch giveaway items like ball caps and trading cards.  The kids pretty much jumped him, probably going after those Gwynn Russian Nesting Dolls.
    He emerged from the melee sweating but smiling.

    "I tell these kids, they think soccer stars are big, but imagine being the first -- the Jackie Robinson of Ghana -- the first from their country to play major league baseball. Nobody forgets the first," he said.

    Winfield (former Yankees Left Fielder) apparently saw some talent:

    "The kids are much further along than we thought," said Winfield, a former Yankees left fielder, now the vice president of the San Diego Padres.

    Didn't he play for the Padres at one point?

  • Bud Black weighed in on his inexperience in his new Management position:
    Inexperience, he said, is overrated.

    "When you talk about managing, obviously you hope to have the qualities to lead a team, to lead men," he said. "Hopefully my career as a player and as coach has given me those opportunities to get those skills in order to manage. You have to start somewhere. Fortunately, I'm starting at the top."