from Raw Japan:

Throwing good money after…

June 22, 2009


Daisuke Matsuzaka's second trip to the disabled list this season is making some forget the Japanese pitcher's heroics and wonder if he has been worth the investment of his Boston Red Sox team.

Pittsburgh – the champion of Champion Cities?

June 16, 2009

Penguins fans take to the streets on Pittsburgh's Southside to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup victory

Pittsburgh held a parade on Monday to celebrate the Penguins’ Stanley Cup triumph along the same route that the Super Bowl trophy was carried in triumph by the NFL’s Steelers in January.

Market correction needed for rookie MLB contracts?

June 11, 2009

Stephen Strasburg has hit the lottery. He just isn’t sure how much he has won yet. His agent Scott Boras will handle those pesky details. And therein may lie one of the largest problems facing Major League Baseball, and by extension all rookie contracts for US sports.

House That Ruth Built up for sale — brick by brick

May 12, 2009

yankeesSitting on a huge rock outcropping in Macombs Dam Park across the street from the new Yankee Stadium, one can see the stately old home of the Bronx Bombers, which will begin to be torn down in June.

More than just a case of Manny being Manny

May 7, 2009

BASEBALL/“Manny being Manny” was the shrug-it-off saying coined by Red Sox fans when sweet-swinging outfielder Manny Ramirez would do something flakey on the field, like disappear into the old-time scoreboard built into Fenway Park’s Green Monster wall to relieve himself during a game, or step in front of another outfielder’s throw and cut it off, or decide he needed to take a day off for an ailment and then forgot what specifically was hurting.

Manny Ramirez suspended for 50 games – update

May 7, 2009


Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games by Major League baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

Same old Red Sox-Yankees rivalry in new stadium

May 5, 2009

The last 773 games in the Bronx between the Yankees and bitter foes the Boston Red Sox had been played across 161st Street in a building that came to be known as “The House That Ruth Built”.

Taiwan limps along with fallen baseball hero

April 30, 2009


People are praying in Taiwan for baseball pitcher Wang Chien-ming.

The guy isn’t dead, despite a few alarmist banner headlines, but over the past month he has pushed Taiwan’s collective sadness to code blue levels.

Fans will love new Mets stadium

April 4, 2009

After visiting the Yankee Stadium earlier in the week, Larry Fine takes a trip to New York’s other newly-built baseball home.

Smith and sport laid the groundwork for Obama’s rise

February 13, 2009

John Carlos and Tommie Smith receive their "Arthur Ashe Courage Awards" at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, REUTERS/Danny MoloshokTommie Smith in retirement is relaxed and friendly. He speaks without rancour of the harsh years after he outraged white America by raising a black-gloved fist and bowing his head on the victory podium at the 1968 Olympics in protest at his country’s treatment of its blacks.