Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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From Junior To Jered: The Tragedy And Jubilation Of Sports

I was in my car on my way to work yesterday afternoon when I heard the news about Junior Seau. I was listening to Jim Rome around 11:45 a.m., near the end of his show, when he usually takes the time to recap what he talked about for the previous hours. But yesterday, of course, the final fifteen minutes took on a somber and chilling tone.

He relayed that Seau was being reported as dead from an apparent suicide. As he read from different sources, it became clear to him and his listeners that this terrible tragedy had actually happened. Continue reading

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Fourteen-Year-Old Middle Schooler Chris Lewis Offered Two Basketball Scholarships

The ramifications of the one-and-done rule were never more prevalent than in early April, when the entire starting five (three freshmen and two sophomores) of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats decided to declare for the NBA draft. Usually when so many youngsters leave for the NBA, there are critics saying that they should have stayed in college, but you didn’t hear much of that about this crew. Continue reading

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