It’s two hours before the first pitch on a sweltering late June afternoon at Nationals Park. Temperatures in Washington, D.C., are in the mid-90s with a heat index in the low 100s. The Nationals warm up for the second of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans hustle from ticket gates into the shade, looking for something cold to drink and some time in front of the strategically-placed fans blowing a cool mist.
But in an instant, everyone pauses. The Nationals’ Racing Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt — have just emerged from a nearby elevator. The goal has become: Get a photo with the 11-foot-tall icons.
“They do know how to stop traffic,” one fan says to no one in particular, a smile as wide as the Potomac stretched across his face.
as told to Shehan Jeyarajah
I got Astro in 2009 when I was called up from Triple A Durham to the Tampa Bay Rays. One of my teammates, [pitcher] Scott Kazmir, and I talked about how we both wanted to get a dog. He had gotten his dog, Rico, from one particular litter.
After that I watched the litter's cameras for two days and picked out Astro, a French bulldog. He was just different. I liked his color, he didn't have any spots, and he was just a big ol' ball of muscle. I liked that.
Tony Romo owners will searching through the waiver wire this week, hoping for a suitable replacement for the Cowboys QB, who's set to miss eight weeks with a broken collarbone. Luckily, there are still a few serviceable quarterbacks who they can get their hands on. Somehow, there is one in particular who has turned in top-10 performances in both weeks this year and yet remains available in far too many leagues. That guy kicks off our look at the players, (quarterbacks and otherwise), to grab off the waiver wire heading into Week 3.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
I don’t feel that I have to spend too much time on this one. Dalton is still available in about 70% of leagues. He already has 483 yards and five touchdowns against zero interceptions this season. He has a cache of weapons nearly any quarterback would trade for in a heartbeat, as well as a line that has played very well through two games. If you just lost Romo, or if you just need another quarterback, Dalton should be right at the top of your list.
NEW YORK (AP) — The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over.
The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.
Berra, who filled baseball's record book as well as "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum.
Berra played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer, and was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player.
For many, though, he was even better known for all those amusing "Yogi-isms."
"It ain't over 'til it's over" is among eight of them included in Bartlett's.
Over the past couple of years, Major League Baseball has placed more importance on analyzing and ultimately speeding up the pace of play. One group of people plays a surprisingly large role in the flow of a baseball game. It’s not the players. Or the umpires. Or even the coaches or the fans. It’s the most overlooked people on the field: the bat boys.
Bat boys do more than just fetch bats from home plate. Their responsibilities are many, all of them essential to the pace and flow of the game. Bat boys must be hard-working, alert, and on their toes at all times, for not much pay. But they are rewarded with something other than money: They get the best view in the stadium of the game they love, have an intricate role in it, and get to work with some of the players they grew up watching.
Once upon a time, boys and girls, college football was stable. The Big Ten had 10 teams, as did the Pac-10. The Big Eight had eight teams, and the Southwest and Atlantic Coast conferences truly focused on the Southwest and the Atlantic Coast.
But college football has done its best in the last three decades — the last five years specifically — to blow that stability to smithereens.
Conference realignment is the art of conference commissioners sitting down and rearranging college football’s carefully crafted order. And in recent years it has dominated the headlines. It seems to be quieting down, with only two teams (Navy and Charlotte) moving leagues this season. But, just for fun, let’s stroll down memory lane and remember the joy (and sadness) conference realignment brought us.
The Anderson Monarchs achieved notoriety last year when seven players — including 2014 SportsKid of the Year Mo'ne Davis — were part of the Taney Dragons all-star team that advanced to the Little League World Series. This summer they took their act on the road. For 23 days the Monarchs traveled around the country on a barnstorming tour. They played games against local teams and visited several major league and minor league parks. But baseball wasn't the main purpose of the trip. The kids were on the road to learn, so when they weren't in their bus or on the field, they could often be found visiting civil rights landmarks.