For the Mets, the name Tommy John is uttered so often that you begin to wonder if the former left-handed pitcher is making a comeback. At least it feels like the name is mentioned every fifth day in the team’s Port St. Lucie clubhouse.
Spring Training comes with its own measure of swagger. Optimism is the size of a grapefruit. Predictions of an October pennant race sound as sweet as a sun-kissed Florida orange. From Florida to Arizona, managers and coaches spew sweet accolades on the crop of prospects while players gush giddy gibberish sweeter than the citrus of a pomelo.
It took Alex Rodriguez 216 words to utter three meaningful words: I am sorry.
On Christmas morning I pulled up to the curb at my father’s house knowing well what I was about to face. Over the past decade our family has watched our father slowly slipping away. He suffers from what doctors call dementia. I, on the other hand, am confident it is Alzheimer’s disease.
On paper, Tom Seaver’s professional baseball career is remarkable. The man known in New York as “The Franchise” won the 1967 Rookie of the Year, compiled 311 career wins, recorded 20 or more wins in a single season four times, 200+ strikeouts 10 times (including nine straight seasons between 1968-1976), led the National League in strikeouts five times, won three Cy Young Awards, tossed a no-hitter and was voted to the All-Star team 12 times. Seaver’s career was cemented in 1992 with his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, recording a record 98.8% of the vote.
Ryan Dempster dropped by the annual Cubs convention last week. If you’re a baseball fan, you know Dempster is a character. During his career he would often pop up during games imitating Harry Caray, the late Cubs broadcasting legend. On Friday, Dempster unleashed his inner David Letterman, serving up the Top 10 Reasons the Cubs hired Joe Maddon. Enjoy the Hot Stove laughs …
If you’ve never played Major League Baseball then you have no idea what Dillon Gee is going through right now.
The New York Mets pitcher has received more media attention this off-season than he’s had at any time over his five seasons in the majors. Unfortunately, all everyone is talking about is where and when he will be traded.