October 24, 2006 |
On the afternoon between World Series games, Detroit Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers stood at his locker and explained why his pitching hand was stained with a yellowy-brown substance the night before, and then wasn't. He rubs his own bullpen baseballs, he said, with the loose ingredients of "mud, resin, sweat and maybe some spit." Those balls are not used in the game. At the same time, St.
October 11, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis — Not only has the momentum swung St. Louis' way in the National League Championship Series, but so have the mind games. The Cardinals go into Game 3 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium tied with Milwaukee at one game apiece, and ace Chris Carpenter will be on the mound with some revenge possibly on his mind. Carpenter gets his chance to reply to Brewers ace Zack Greinke, who said before the series that the Cardinals right-hander has a "phony attitude.
April 24, 1997 |
In defense of their National League Central title, the St. Louis Cardinals have weathered a 0-6 start and a wave of injuries that put eight players on the disabled list. "I just think we'll get better and better until the end," Manager Tony La Russa said. "I think we're going to have a very good year." Appearing at fan luncheons before the club left for spring training, La Russa guaranteed another title.
February 12, 2012 |
Reporting from St. Louis -- There are certain numbers related to Albert Pujols that should concern the Angels. The first is 32, the slugger's age this season, the first in a 10-year contract. Then there's the set that shows a steady decline in production the last two years in every major offensive category. And finally, there are the figures at the back half of his $240-million contract. Starting in 2017, when he'll be 37, Pujols will make $26 million, with million-dollar raises due in each of the final four years of the deal.
October 15, 2002 |
SAN FRANCISCO--Mike Scioscia as a manager? San Francisco Manager Dusty Baker said the thought never crossed his mind when the two were wearing Dodger blue together. "He probably never thought about me being a manager," Baker said of the man who has managed the Angels into the World Series. "At that time, we were just trying to play. You don't think about managing while you're playing, especially when you're an everyday, regular player."
June 22, 1996 |
Dwight Gooden pointed a gun at his head and thought about pulling the trigger nearly two years ago during his drug suspension, the New York Yankee pitcher has revealed. Gooden considered suicide a day after he was suspended by acting Commissioner Bud Selig in September 1994, he told the New York Daily News in Friday editions. "I was sitting in the bedroom with a gun in my hand," Gooden told the newspaper.
December 19, 1998 |
Bernie Lincicome writing in the Chicago Tribune: "Judging by the Sports Illustrated cover, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are not only the Sportsmen of the Year but Caesars Palace greeters of the year or day-spa towel boys of the year or at the very least most- embarrassing-posers-for- someone-else's-dumb-idea of the year. "Sure, the honor is great, but I'm betting SI didn't ask Dean Smith to wear a tablecloth last year. Cal Ripken? Tiger Woods? Joe Montana?
February 11, 2006 |
Gold-medal gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner announced this week that they're expecting a baby, a boy, due in July. It's the first child for Comaneci, 44, and Conner, who turns 48 next month. Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times, suggesting a name for the baby, wrote: "What could be more perfect than Ten?" Trivia time: Which Boston Celtic Hall of Famer was chosen most valuable player of the 1955 NBA All-Star game? A proud moment: In a game against Seattle on Dec.
May 28, 2006 |
Three Days in ... San Diego The San Diego Padres led the NL West for a few days in mid-May, the Colorado Rockies for most of April and May. Now look at them. After showing some life on the road for the first time in franchise history -- they had at least 51 road losses in each of the previous four seasons -- the Rockies had lost nine of 11 away from the humidor after last week's sweep by the Dodgers.
October 10, 2011 |
St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa has had many adjectives attached to his name and not all of them good. And now comes "prophetic. " Before Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night, La Russa talked about his struggling slugger, noting, "I think he could be the hitter star today, and nobody should be surprised. " Albert Pujols was indeed the star, driving in five runs as the Cardinals crushed the Brewers, 12-3, evening their best-of-seven series at a game apiece.