I'm in a unique position to gloat, or even admonish those naysaying Durangotangs that complain about not having any live sports to watch in this town.
If you read my previous column in this space last Sunday, you'll know I have a fondness for the talented coaching staff at Fort Lewis College.
Too many times I've heard, "You've got to drive to Denver to see any good athletics live."
Au contraire, as I mused with Fort Lewis College assistant men's basketball coach Bob Pietrack at our softball game the other night, basketball in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is some of the best brand in the business.
Just watching DeAndre Lansdowne jump is worth the price of admission alone.
I wish more people would show to see firsthand what I'm braggin' about.
I digress, however, from FLC, because the high school down the hill and its Southwestern League counterparts isn't too shabby, either.
In case you missed it, the SWL graduated three players to Major League Baseball in last month's draft - two Grand Junction High School alumni and one Fruita Monument High School alumnus.
Fruita infielder Shaver Hansen, who just finished his junior season at Baylor University, was taken in the sixth round by the Seattle Mariners.
"I'm 99 percent sure I'm going to sign," Hansen told The Grand Junction Sentinel after the draft. "We'll start working out a deal with the Mariners when I get back to Texas and figure out things from there.
"Things didn't work out the first day, and I fell a little more than I thought. Talking to people, I had heard possibly third round, but people didn't fall off their board. I'm still happy to get picked where I was. The sixth round isn't too bad."
Grand Junction first baseman Geoff Baldwin, who was committed to the University of Nebraska but signed a major league contract three days after the draft, was taken in the 10th round by the Kansas City Royals, where he will join Ignacio High alumnus Derek Rodriguez in the minor league system.
Baldwin, who played first and pitched, played against Durango High School cum college products such as Chas Tabone, Will Benoit, Trey Stastny, Tyler McKnight and Aaron Coats (forgive me if I have forgotten anyone) the last couple of years.
"My approach is pretty simple, I'm going to come in and get better," Baldwin told the Sentinel. "It's a process, I'm not going to shoot up like a college guy might, I'm going to have to work my way up."
Dane Hamilton, who manned shortstop and the mound for the Grand Junction Tigers against the likes of DHS cum college products such as Logan Sansoni, Taylor Lau, Max Allen, Ty Wojcik, Ian McKnight, T.J. Stastny and Sam Phippen (forgive me if I have forgotten anyone), was one of a school-record six players chosen in the draft from the University of New Mexico.
Hamilton, 22, played mostly outfield, third and first base for the Lobos but was drafted in the 41st round by the San Diego Padres as a second baseman.
"I have played every position since I have been at New Mexico," Hamilton told the Sentinel. "They can put me anywhere, and I'll be ready to play."
Put 'em in coach, they're ready to play, today.