Richard had a number of exciting guests who were all participants in a fundraising event for The Training Center held at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club. Highlighting the guests was the guest of honor at the fundraiser, former San Diego Padre and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage. They talk about the Training Center and its exceptional work as a drug and alcohol treatment facility for men transitioning back into society as well as some great stories, insite and opinions about baseball and football.
The Training Center was established in 2005, California State licensed and recognized nationwide as a highly effective drug and alcohol treatment center for men transitioning back into society. It meets all state and federal requirements for mandated rehabilitation parolee’s as well as the individuals coming from the street.
Richard’s first guest was Dennis Martinez, founder of the Training Center. Dennis Martinez started The Training Center because it in his heart to help people overcome addiction. Two Detectives invested in Dennis and saw something in him that he couldn’t see. He was forgiven for much and given a second chance and today feels much is required of him. “From prisons to the streets I believe people’s value is priceless. Today we’ve seen thousands of lives changed because of love.”
Richard was then joined by Gene Locklear, the organizer of the fundraising event for The Training Center. Gene Locklear played professional baseball from 1969 until 1977. He started in the farm league for the Cincinnati Reds and later played in the Major Leagues for the Reds, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees. After Locklear’s professional baseball career, he transitioned into a new career as a successful commercial artist and painter.
Following Gene, Richard interviewed Willie Buchanon, a previous guest of the show. Willie was born in Oceanside where he resides presently. He went on to have a prolific career in the NFL then returned to Oceanside when his children were old enough to go to school. He built a real estate business, Buchanon and Associates. Willie is the founder of The Buchanon Youth Foundation dedicated to serving the youth of America and a community activist serving on many boards and committees in California and Wisconsin.
Richard also talks to Mark Rodondino, an on-air personality at FOX Sports, ESPN, NextVR, Pac 12 Networks, and the LA Football Club.
Richard then speaks to Clef Irby, Serving USA’s Vice President of Transformational Programs and Jon Lowry Serving USA’s Reentry Director for Transformational Programs. Serving USA brings hope and change to prisoners, women in recovery and military veterans. They support a network of exceptional partner organizations with funding and other management resources to create, enhance and expand high-quality, evidence-based, transformational programs.
Goose Gossage is one of only six relief pitchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played 21 seasons for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres before retiring in 1994. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Goose Gossage was one of the earliest manifestations of the dominating closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball. One difference between Gossage and more recent closers is that Gossage often pitched as many as three innings to finish a game, while modern closers typically pitch the ninth inning only.