Editor’s Note: Coach McSween is a former Denver Bronco defensive back and continues to play sports at San Quentin.
In the world of sports, we have certain individuals who have the ability to turn a game around instantly. These individuals are called “Game Breakers.” Here at the “Q” I have had the pleasure to witness some “Game Breakers.” Here is a sampling:
Dwight “Sleepy” Kennedy: On the gridiron, “Sleepy” can take a three-yard slant pattern to the house at anytime with his speed and quickness. On the baseball field, he can get on base via a walk and reach third base three pitches later.
Ron “Dalton” Martin: Your softball team is up by three runs and “Dalton” is at bat with two runners on base. You know he can hit one over the trailer, and it’s a whole new ballgame.
Adrian “Red” Casey: The “franchise,” as he’s respectfully called around the “Q,” has repeatedly changed the outcome of so many San Quentin Giants Baseball games with a clutch late inning hit or homerun.
Marvin “Mitch” Mitchell: Aka Randy Moss: Mitch is blessed with exceptional athletic ability. Mitch constantly gets behind defensive backs and scores touchdown after touchdown. And then goes on defense and shuts down the opposing team’s best wide receiver.
Nghiep “Ke” Lam: Can beat you with his glove or bat on the baseball or softball field. Lam’s great fielding plays are a constant that leaves opponents frustrated but are just normal catches to his teammates, plays that he makes on a daily basis. “Mighty Mouse” has also been known to go yard at clutch time. It’s no accident “Ke” Lam was named San Quentin’s Athlete of the Year.
Mike Ware: The quiet “Assassin” prides himself on getting his teammates the ball; but come clutch time, he will break your heart with the trey. Time after time, with the game on the line, and whether it is a lay-up or one from behind the arch, Mike seems to deliver at a high percentage.
Kevin Driscoll: Kevin has the ability to always come up with a clutch hit, be it a single or a homerun, a when the game is on the line. As a starting pitcher for the San Quentin Giants, his teammates know with him on the mound they are in the game.