Peninsula Beacon Kids Page December 16, 1999
by Danny Stricker
Stricker: How did you get the nickname "Boomer"?
Wells: In my rookie season.. .there was a guy, Greg Wells, that
played there so they decided to start calling me "Boomer" from there.
Team: Toronto Blud Jays
Position: Pitcher #33
6'4", 225 lbs.
Birthday: May 20, 1963
Stricker: Did you play Little League?
Wells: I played Little League in Ocean Beach at Peninsula. .1
didn't know how to catch. All I knew was how to throw the ball harder and
farther than anybody else. But I started my career with Peninsula Little
League in Ocean Beach.
Stricker: Was anybody else on your Little League team better?
Wells: Yeah, there were a few guys that were better than me,
better hitters. I don't think there were any better pitchers.
Stricker: Who were your coaches?
Wells: The one that really gave me a lot in inspiration was
Steve Allen, he was my coach and taught me the game of basehall...and I
give him a lot of credit, he was a good coach.
Stricker: Where did you live when you were growing up?
Wells: I grew up in Ocean Beach, I think I lived on every street
possible down there. We moved around a lot but we stayed in Ocean Beach.
That's my roots and one place that will always stay in my heart.
Stricker: Why don't you play for the Padres?
Wells: [Laughs] I tried, they didn't want me so I had to go
elsewhere and it came back to haunt them very much. I've always wanted
to be a Padre as a kid growing up in San Diego. It's still possible, you
never know. At least I got to play here against them.
Stricker: Have you ever hit a home run?
Wells: In the Major League no. I came close last year in Atlanta
but I got robbed. As a pitcher you like to see those happen for you when
you're giving up the long ball. But no I never have. Only in Little League.