MARK PATTON : Sports are about more than games

Tis the season when UC Santa Barbara turns into UC Santa Claus. Each year this month, Gauchos from every sport turn into Christmas elves — 7-foot-3 basketball player Greg Somogyi included — in such guises as the “Holiday SWishes and Baskets of Fun” and “Adopt A Family” programs. And so a Westmont College alum decided that it would be a good time to jot out one of those letters to Santa and send it to UCSB baseball coach Bob Brontsema. His Christmas wish was for baseball equipment that might help the cross-town Warriors replace some of the things that were destroyed in the recent Tea Fire. more

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