Friday, April 17, 2009

Baseball fan Phil Mickelson turned down an offer to buy an ownership share on the San Diego Padres, he told The San Diego Union-Tribune this week."I was approached by the new ownership group several times," Mickelson said. "I took a look at it and thought it could be a great deal for someone. But at this point I'm just not interested in being a part of any sports franchise."Talk of Lefty getting involved with his hometown team started Wednesday when Padres GM Kevin Towers told reporters that Mickelson was considering a share in the team. It made sense since Mickelson loves baseball so much he tried out as a pitcher for the Toledo Mud Hens in 2003. ("Lefty" actually throws right-handed.) While he didn't have a big-league fastball, Mickelson was not a dilettante either, according to MinorLeagueNews.com."He did have a very good curveball and had a very good split," admitted Mud Hens pitching coach Jeff Jones. "The velocity was not what you would see at this level, but I think if he would locate his pitches he would get some people out."If he does ever decide to buy the Padres, Mickelson especially will enjoy beating the Dodgers, favorite team of you-know-who.

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