San Francisco Golden Seals
Manager/Owner: Pete DeStefano
AIM Screen Name: GiantFanPete
Strat-O-Matic Fan Forum Name: GiantsFan
Hometown: Danville, CA (25 miles east of San Francisco)
Strat-O-Matic background: I learned SOM baseball from Pete Pryor in the summer of '78. Pete and I grew up together in East Brunswick, NJ.
Most memorable Strat-O-Matic moment: In the summer of '79, Pete's pitcher (I believe it was Gaylord Perry, not sure) threw a 1-hitter against me. Following a walk, my only hit was a 2-run homer by Al Oliver. I went on to win that game 2-1. A close second was J.R. Richard's no-hitter in "That 70s League" (1975 season)... a netplayed game vs Todd Hopkins' Browns.
Favorite Baseball Team: San Francisco Giants
Did You Know? I'm married with one daughter. My wife, Sheila, finished the 2003 San Francisco Marathon in 3:33 to qualify her for the Boston Marathon. She finished her first IronMan Triathlon on June 27, 2004 in 13:18:58.
I enjoy card games (Poker, Hearts & Cribbage especially), softball and hiking. I played in Event 45 at the 2010 World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas. Olivier Busquet was at my table in my bust-out hand. Olivier has a WPT victory under his belt and has also done some very good poker commentary for ESPN.
My brush with fame came in 1989 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York. I sat down and had a drink with Harry Kalas. Harry is the Phillies' hall of fame announcer and we chatted about various Phillies' moments over the years. The Phils were my favorite team growing up in NJ.