Rough Riders strike out administration

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By Steve Fox

The Luna Community College Rough Riders baseball team routed their bosses and administration last week, without putting on the cleats.

In fact, the Rough Rider players hit a grand slam last week without picking up a bat. What they did was join together and put their names on the line to stop the years-long shameful drinking on the job by their coach, Peter Ortiz.

It’s not easy being a whistle-blower. Some misguided people blame whistle-blowers for upsetting the apple cart. Some blame those who make justifiable complaints about superiors for “ruining a man’s (or woman’s) career.”

That’s bass-ackwards. Whistle-blowers like the Luna Rough Riders usually have endured long periods of abuse before they decide they have to go public with their charges.

In this case, the student ballplayers and their parents tried repeatedly to get a competent response from Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, who is also Luna’s president.

Ex-player Will Wilson, who now attends UNM in Albuquerque, gave details to reporter Vince Kong of the Albuquerque Journal. Wilson reported that he saw Ortiz apparently intoxicated at least 10 times during the two years Wilson played for Luna.

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