Mike Gillespie's retired number is unveiled. (Shotgun Spratling)


Gillespie Honored In Perfect Fashion

At The Ballpark

IRVINE, Calif. — “Screw you,” Mike Gillespie said as he walked down the steps of the dugout.

But this wasn’t a barb hurled at an umpire, an insult yelled in retaliation for a disagreeable call. The retiring UC Irvine head coach wasn’t upset at a call. He wasn’t even angry. Instead, it came with a smile and was directed at his successor Ben Orloff.

Irvine had honored Gillespie with a video presentation and framed jersey before the start[…]