Dream Catcher: Andrew Knapp’s pursuit of a dream

Mike Knapp chased a dream of becoming a Major Leaguer and fell short. His son Andrew pursues that same dream nearly 30 years later.

Mike Knapp was in the kitchen when the phone rang in February of 1997. On the other end was Expos general manager Kevin Malone, calling to negotiate Knapp’s contract for the upcoming season. Once upon a time, Knapp was a promising prospect. A defensive specialist and reputable leader, he rose
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Poor pitching dooms Cal baseball in series loss at UC Irvine

Last weekend, pitcher Michael Theofanopoulos was a beacon of consistency in an otherwise scattered and wild performance from the rest of the starting rotation. Against UC Irvine on Sunday afternoon, the word “consistency” and Theofanopoulos didn’t belong in the same Zip code. After the Bears’ offense went down quietly in
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Cal baseball clashes with UC Irvine in four-game series

Small sample sizes do not faze Cal baseball coach David Esquer. Despite kicking off the season with a 3-0 record after a sweep of Michigan, Esquer declined to renege on his preseason worries about the lack of consistent starting pitching hampering the Bears’ chances at lasting success. “No, (my expectations)
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Cal baseball begins season with trio of walk-off wins

Even three consecutive walk-off thrillers over Michigan at Evans Diamond this weekend to begin the 2013 campaign were not enough to quell the Bears’ starting pitching uncertainties. The Bears’ top two starters, Justin Jones and Kyle Porter, both struggled in their first starts of the season. In Friday’s season opener,
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Cal baseball opens season at home against Michigan

Evans Diamond is getting a facelift this season. The Cal baseball team is hoping for a similar rebirth this year after a disappointing season last spring. The inexperienced and young Bears have a lot to change after last season, and it all begins with a three-game home series against Michigan
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Renda, Krist among seven taken in 2012 MLB Draft

Encompassing 1,238 picks, 40 rounds and three days, the MLB First-Year Player Draft is the longest draft in American professional sports. For every Cal baseball player drafted except Tony Renda, the wait for their names to be called was a long one. Renda was one of seven Cal players drafted
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