April 5, 2013 |
Pianist Van Cliburn, who died of bone cancer Feb. 27, did not go in for routine blandishments -- no matter that he was a paragon of Southern gentlemanliness. “But I'm a great audience,” he told me some years ago, explaining how he would rather “sit back and enjoy the artistry of others” than perform himself. Indeed, that desire did not go unrequited. Days before his death and an hour before their Fort Worth recital, Joshua Bell and his piano accompanist Sam Haywood visited Cliburn at his home near the Bass Performance Hall, knowing the end was near.
February 25, 2013 |
If a cap that was spotted in Arizona last week is any indication, some "lucky" fans in the future might be the beneficiary of an Angels giveaway during the season. Unfortunately, what the Angels gave away was something you'd want to give right back. As you can see in the picture above, there is a Mike Trout-themed baseball cap out there, featuring a trout bursting out of the front of the cap, with Mike Trout's signature on the bill of the cap. You can often find fine caps like this on sale at truck stops throughout the country.
February 15, 2013 |
PHOENIX - His face is shadowed under an oversized baseball cap. His gaze is often averted to the ceiling or floor. His handshake is distant, his voice is small, his sentences trail off into awkward silence. The first impression of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is that, despite having just signed a $147-million deal with a team in baseball's second-largest market, he simply wants to run away and hide. It is a daily act of courage that he does not. "I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," he said Friday.
September 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Chairs went flying through the air and Andy Murray's baseball cap blew right off his head. And that was the good-weather portion of the U.S. Open on Saturday. For the fifth consecutive year there will be a Monday men's final at the final major of the year. With severe weather all around the National Tennis Center, the men's semifinal between second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded David Ferrer was postponed until Sunday with Ferrer leading 5-2. About 33 minutes into the match, fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium and the players were told that play was ending because severe storms were approaching.
August 16, 2012 |
OXFORD, Ohio - He can rouse large crowds to giddiness, ascend private jets two steps at a time, and catch a baseball with one hand, sign it, and throw it back to an adoring fan. Can Paul D. Ryan leap tall buildings in a single bound? Not yet, though his swarms of adoring fans might find it plausible. It was only a week ago that Ryan was a congressman from a district of 700,000, known - if he was known at all - for his controversial budget plan. Now, he drives in motorcades that close down miles of highway and can't walk down a street in Iowa without being cheered.
March 29, 2012 |
I asked the Lakers to set up an email account to make it easier for you to pass on your apologies. You really do need to say you're sorry, after all; you have to admit you've been quite the fool for piping up without knowing any better. At the very least it would be the grown-up thing to do, wishing him well at: firstname.lastname@example.org . And while I look for an appropriate place where the Jim Buss statue might stand at Staples Center, you might want to ponder how you could have been so wrong about somebody.