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.
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.
“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.
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.
Tommie 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.