Benjamin Hochman: Meet 'Juice' — he's made more Cardinals look good than Pirates' pitching
JUPITER, Fla. — He’s cut more Cardinals than a general manager. His name is Hugo Tandron, but no one knows that. He goes by Juice. He’s renowned around Major League Baseball, and he’s a Cardinals spring training staple. Once a week, he’s here at camp, cutting the hair of your favorite players.The coolest hair on the team? “Dex, man,” Juice said of Dexter Fowler. “Also, I used to have a lot of fun cutting Marcell Ozuna. Yadi – he always has different styles. Waino switches up his style all the time. He was like, ‘Don’t give me the boring white guy haircut.’ So I spice it up a lot. Waino’s aweso...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Why Madison Bumgarner's rodeo hobby should concern Diamondbacks so much
Madison Bumgarner was able to keep his identity more or less a secret while competing in rodeo, but there’s no hiding the dangers associated with the former Giants pitcher’s preferred hobby of roping calves.Using the alias of “Mason Saunders,” Bumgarner has been surreptitiously participating in team roping events — and doing quite well, even winning $26,560 in a December competition — The Athletic reported Sunday. Not that the man who signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Diamondbacks needs the extra cash — roping runs much deeper than that for Bumgarner, who said “it’s just part of wh...
The Mercury News
Derek Jeter thinks the Astros are 'paying the price' for sign-stealing
Derek Jeter shared his hope that baseball is ready to move on from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.The Yankees great turned Marlins CEO spoke at Miami’s spring training camp on Monday about the fallout from Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scandal.“You hope at some point people can just move on,” Jeter told reporters. The first-ballot Hall of Famer also described the cheating scheme as “a black eye for the sport.”Jeter explained that people have long sought an edge in sports, but the Astros “took it way too far. And there are penalties for it.”According to the Captain, Houston has been “payin...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: Kobe's death and its harsh lesson about our obsession with youth sports
When Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna arrived at the private aviation section of John Wayne Airport on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 26, the waiting lounge was not empty. It was filled with passengers whose flights had been delayed by the fuzzy blanket of coastal fog that had moved onshore overnight across Southern California.The Los Angeles police department and county sheriff had grounded their helicopters because visibility, a spokesperson later said, “did not meet our minimum standards” of 2 miles and an 800-foot cloud ceiling.Commercial jets in the air were flying on instruments.“It was ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Phil Rosenthal: More Mark Grace, please — but fewer sponsor plugs and Harry Caray impressions: Winners and losers from Marquee Sports Network's 1st Cubs broadcast
More Mark Grace, please.During his too-short, three-inning visit to the Marquee Sports Network booth during the channel’s debut Cubs game Saturday night, Grace called the Cincinnati Reds baseball’s equivalent of the NFL’s underperforming Cleveland Browns.The former Cubs star rhapsodized about how, as a player, his diet featured jelly doughnuts, Philly cheesesteaks and Tootsie Rolls.He reminisced about playing first base during Kerry Wood’s storied 1998 20-strikeout game.“I could have put my glove on my head,” Grace said.The Cubs beat the Athletics on Saturday in their exhibition opener, 12-2, ...
Mike Sielski: No, the Flyers should not trade Shayne Gostisbehere. Unless …
PHILADELPHIA — Back in 2016, in a situation that could and should have informed the Flyers’ thinking ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline, Justin Braun and the San Jose Sharks had a good run, finally. They’d missed the playoffs the season before, and over the 10 seasons before that, they had never advanced beyond the Western Conference final despite finishing either first or second in the Pacific Division nine times. But they broke through in ‘16, reaching the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. It wasn’t a championship, but it was as close as the franchise...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
7 questions — and answers — with Len Kasper about Marquee Sports Network and his national plans for 2020
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Len Kasper is entering his 16th year as play-by-play man for the Chicago Cubs, matching Harry Caray’s 16-year run on the North Side from 1982-97.And at the age of 49, Kasper doesn’t look much different than when he replaced Chip Caray in 2005, with the exception of a gray hair or two.As he begins a new season as the voice of the Cubs for Marquee Sports Network, where he’ll team with longtime partner Jim Deshaies and a rotating cast of co-analysts, Kasper answered a few questions about what we can expect from him in 2020.———How has the transition to Marquee Sports Network been...
Dave Hyde: This Wade-a-palooza is self-indulgent — and reminds us why he was so great
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Friday, Dwyane Wade was celebrated with a basketball chorus. Saturday, he was celebrated with his Miami Heat jersey retired to the rafters. Sunday, he’s celebrated with a self-made documentary called, “D. Wade: Life Unexpected.”What’s on tap for Monday?Is there a Wade book celebration Tuesday?This is the longest, loudest, Dwayne-Wade-iest goodbye you could have. Some people roll their eyes at the self-indulgence of it all. OK, let’s be honest: A lot of people are rolling their eyes at it. Three days of arranged applause? After last season’s 82-game goodbye?Someone pinne...
Matt DiBenedetto thought he was done with NASCAR. Then he got the opportunity of a lifetime.
When Matt DiBenedetto lost his ride with Leavine Family Racing in August, it wasn’t the first time he had to share tough news about his job with his parents. But it was the worst.“I don’t think I’ve ever in my whole life actually seen my parents at a point that low in their lives,” DiBenedetto said, “just because of how much we all care about this.”As a California transplant without a legacy in the sport, DiBenedetto said he and his family have had their “teeth kicked in many times” trying to navigate the world of NASCAR teams, contracts and sponsorships. The odds, he said, have been stacked a...
The Charlotte Observer
Mike Bianchi: Ryan Newman's toughness reinforces why we should all watch more NASCAR
In the wake of Ryan Newman’s thrilling, chilling, car-flying, death-defying wreck on the final lap of the Daytona 500, this column is a rallying cry for all of my fellow sports fans.Watch more NASCAR.Turn on the TV Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and watch the race out in Vegas. And the week after that, watch ’em run SoCal. And the week after that, they’ll be in Phoenix.Watch them. Applaud them. Admire them.These awesome, audacious athletes deserve your attention and your eyeballs.And, yes, I said “athletes.” I hope seeing Newman walk out of the hospital with his pair of adorable young daughters in tow ju...