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Happy Mother’s Day!  Today is bittersweet for me, but we took care of that in an earlier post. My hope is you enjoy your day with your mom and tell her you love her and how much she means to you.

As always, baseball makes the connection with a series of stories around the league of players and their moms. My favorite is:

  • New York Post: Alonso credits mom for his success … Michelle Alonso told the Post, “I would throw all kinds of balls at him, all sizes — Super Balls, golf balls, water balloons, oranges and grapefruits that fell off the neighbor’s trees. He always wanted to hit. My husband used to say, ‘If he could hit his mother’s junk, he could hit anything’ … I was never the type of mom to force my desires on what he should do for a career, but I gave him the tools to develop what was internally there.”

  • David Cone shares the experience of pitching a perfect game in 1999. Cone told the New York Post: He recalls a sweaty and weary-faced man staring at his own reflection in the bathroom mirror, mentally preparing for the ninth inning and telling himself, “Please, just get three more outs. I think that insecurity exists for even the greatest of pitchers. Even if you have a 95 mph fastball, and a nasty slider and a splitter that drops six inches, that doesn’t mean you always go out there feeling unstoppable.” Cone’s memoir, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, is out on Tuesday.
  • David Ortiz was the commencement speaker at Regis College in Boston on Saturday. After speaking, Ortiz left the stage to the familiar chants of “Papi! Papi!”

  • How should a team respond when a player admits to faking an injury? San Francisco Giants pitcher Derek Holland did just that, according to a report in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. Holland said, “I did a fake injury so I’m not happy about that. But at the end of the day I’m going to do what they ask me to do. I’m going to be here for my teammates. That’s what it’s all about.” The Giants deny the injury was “fake.”

  • Pretty cool story on Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl’s wife, Jacquelyn Dahl. She has created a sports marketing firm 1UP and has already signed some of the biggest names in the NFL as a clients: Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman. “There’s a lot of big dogs in the industry — a lot of men with 30-plus years experience — but I think my competitive advantage is that I am evolving with the industry. I used to run a zillion social media accounts, and half these endorsement deals have digital and social components to them. That’s like a second language to me.”
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    Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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    Hi. My name is John Strubel. I am a storyteller. I love to write. My writing is predominantly related to my greatest passion in life: baseball. Thanks for visiting my website.

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