September 30, 2012 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If this was Zack Greinke's last start for the Angels, he gave them the shirt off his back. In the fifth inning, that is, and only because they asked. Of the two jerseys hanging in his locker on Sunday, Greinke picked the one that misspelled his last name. He took the mound wearing "Grienke" on his back, and the Angels finally noticed and gave him a replacement jersey halfway through the game. “I didn't care,” he said. “They wanted me to switch it.” On the other hand, he gave up all four runs with "Grienke" on his back.
April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- If you watched the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, you might have wondered how the league had ready-made No. 1 jerseys with the players' names across the shoulders. Were they Velcro nameplates? Were the picks made far in advance? No, it was a little NFL magic, with an assist from Nike. For the second consecutive year, the NFL had a hot jersey press backstage at Radio City, the nameplates of all 23 players in attendance at the draft, and a Nike employee at the ready to produce a newly minted XL jersey.
June 19, 2005 |
The $38,000 that Clinton Portis coughed up to wrest jersey No. 26 from one-time Washington Redskin teammate Ifeanyi Ohalete may have set records in terms of cost and aggravation. The previous high, after all, was believed to be the $25,000 Rickey Henderson paid to get No. 24 from Turner Ward in Toronto, followed by the $15,000 Rolex that Roger Clemens handed over to Blue Jay first baseman Carlos Delgado for No. 21.
June 9, 2011 |
Kobe Bryant's silence regarding the Lakers' hiring of Mike Brown as Phil Jackson's replacement is off-putting. … It would seem that he's miffed about the hiring, unhappy he wasn't consulted about it beforehand or stubbornly playing it close to the vest simply to keep everyone in suspense. … This week, when asked about Brown at a news conference to launch a charitable foundation, Bryant defiantly told reporters, "Right now is not the time nor the place. " … If it's all good, why not say it?
April 2, 2012 |
The Lakers have already showed appreciation for Jamaal Wilkes' induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by planning to retire his No. 52 jersey at some point next season. They're also doing so in words, releasing a statement on behalf of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. "Anyone who truly knows and loves the game of basketball surely recognizes what a special and gifted player Jamaal Wilkes was. A rare combination of selflessness and grace, Jamaal made the game look effortless.
July 15, 2012 |
Hall of Fame keeps things fresh As baseball takes up again after the All-Star break, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is taking a few artifacts from the first half of the season. While the Hall of Fame primarily is about the game's greatest players over time -- Barry Larkin, a 12-time All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds, and the late Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs are being inducted this year -- it also has a "Today's Game" exhibit. That's where the Hall, in its words, celebrates the game's "newest heroes and freshest moments," and this year that includes the jersey and a game ball used by Angels ace Jered Weaver when he threw his no-hitter May 2 against the Minnesota Twins.
August 12, 2006
In light of Floyd Landis' now questionable victory, perhaps a few new jersey categories should be up for grabs in the Tour de France. Along with the leader's yellow and jerseys for best rookie, best sprinter and best climber, might I suggest a scarlet jersey with a big "C" for cheater to be given to those who find doping an acceptable alternative to hard training and being satisfied with one's natural ability. I might also suggest a white jersey offered to all those who have never used performance-enhancing drugs.
October 31, 1996 |
For almost two months, Jim Pierce spent his evenings and weekends searching for something, anything, with an autograph of baseball superstar Ken Griffey Jr. It was to be a gift for his son Ronald's 10th birthday. Finally, at a swap meet in Arlington, Va., Pierce found the perfect gift: a Seattle Mariners baseball jersey with Griffey's name scrawled across the back. He excitedly laid out $250 for the prize.
November 9, 1987 |
San Diego State will will retire the jersey No. 8 of quarterback Todd Santos, who on Saturday became the most prolific passer in major-college history. Still miffed over the refusal of BYU to recognize Santos after he set the record during the game here Saturday, SDSU Athletic Director Fred Miller announced Sunday in San Diego a plan to honor Santos after the final game against New Mexico Nov. 21 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium.
August 12, 1987 |
They took away Lester Hayes' right to commit mayhem upon receivers all over the field in 1978, and his stickum after his 13 interceptions in 1980, but this time they may have gone too far. The National Football League has decided to start enforcing its on-field dress code. Anyone who has ever seen Hayes in a game knows that whatever the code might be, it isn't his. His entire professional wardrobe is null and void.