Valley Forum: What is a Stomper?

Quick question – what is a stomper?

Did you answer someone who crushes grapes or perhaps one of the performers from the Transcendence Theater Company?

Let me tell you what I think of when I hear “stomper.” I think of baseball. A Stomper is a member of Sonoma’s independent professional baseball team, the Sonoma Stompers.

I know what a Stomper is because I am a proud host family to two of the players. I am also a fan of independent baseball, having been a season ticket holder of the Sonoma County Crushers. I took a leap as a host family, as there was an unfulfilled need for housing these players. I opened my house to host and ended up with two players.

My two players are not “just” baseball players, they are working toward making it to “the bigs.” They have chosen the path of independent baseball as their opportunity to play, and perhaps be seen by a scout. I won’t take up words explaining what a host family is expected to provide a Stomper player, but it is very little.

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