I always believed Pete Rose to be the little boy who keeps touching the hot stove, even though he has been warned countless times that such a decision will inevitably result in pain. I just don’t think he gets it. Or ever has.
Greatness has been attached to Bryce Harper since he first hacked at a fastball from the left side, the expectation that one day he would be considered the game’s best. He is now.
He signs autographs, poses for pictures, is considered about as unassuming a young major league baseball star as one might hope for but never really believes exists. Kris Bryant is also this today: National League Rookie of the Year.
UNLV baseball forges ahead in the wake of coach Tim Chambers being arrested earlier this month in connection with driving under the influence and being put on administrative leave by the university.
So this is sports in the Windy City: Just outside Wrigley Field at the corner of Addison and Clark, a short toss from the iconic red marquee over the main entrance to where the Cubs have broken hearts for the better part of 100 years, is a guy who hawks T-shirts.
The line was three people deep outside the Cashman Field box office, and two were typically intelligent Dodgers fans from Oxnard, Calif., searching for a way to make their money last longer than a few hands at the tables. The other person was my Review-Journal colleague, Ron Kantowski.
Rob Manfred this week said his primary focus since assuming the head chair at MLB’s dinner table was to indeed improve ways the game might reach young minds. He wants to inspire them, compel them to follow baseball and have them fall in love with the game. Is he fighting a losing battle?
The disaster that for weeks now was predicted to stain the Major League Baseball All-Star game in terms of which American League players might start never occurred.
I suppose the only thing left now is a nationally televised sit-down with Oprah, because it appears Lance Armstrong was just keeping the chair warm for Pete Rose.
The Little League World Series U.S. champion banner that arrived this week and reportedly will be officially presented to Mountain Ridge on July 6, to hang somewhere in the city where locals and victors alike can view it, has no reasonable place here.