Spring training is a time of optimism for Major League Baseball fans, players, management and even media. It’s a fresh start, with new hopes and new dreams. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising — at least in Arizona and Florida — and optimism is bursting at the seems.
You may have heard the phrase, “A tiger can’t change his stripes.” Simply put, the intrinsic heartbeat cannot be changed, but no one said a few grooming tips can’t be offered.
Honestly, I expect to see near that same number following Saturday’s tournaments. This year, though, could produce the area’s first individual state champion since Greenville’s Jordan Thomas (189 pounds in Division 2), Lakeview’s Jordan Betham (152 in Division 3) and Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber (103 in Division 4) all won state titles.
Walking into Fifth Third Ballpark that August evening, the buzz was hard to ignore. With 8,000-plus fans crowding into their seats, the West Michigan Whitecaps prepared to move a step closer to their playoff push.
The Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball team from Chicago this week became just the third team in Little League Baseball World Series history to have wins and/or a championship vacated for rule violations. JRW was last summer’s sports sensation after winning the United States championship to reach the Little League World Series.
When you hear the words, “Pour then, winter, with your damp; storm and freeze outside. Drive your light flakes around in front of my closed windows,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Believe it or not, the writer wasn’t channeling a typical Michigan winter day.
Sunday’s Super Bowl was one of the rare times when the game was actually a game throughout. The 28-24 win by the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks was close, which helped the game get an overnight television rating of 49.7, according to Nielsen Media Research
With the weather forecast showing bitter cold next week, it’s time to start thinking about warmer things. The Detroit Tigers’ spring training is just around the corner, right? Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19.
Watching the Detroit Red Wings prepare to take the ice at the Joe Louis Arena that evening, Ray Ferraro couldn’t have hidden the smile across his face, even if he wanted to. All those trips to the ice rink with his young son Landon had suddenly come to fruition for the 18-year hockey veteran, as his son made his way onto the rink for his NHL debut in the very arena that the elder Ferraro played his final game as a professional.
Lane Ledford made a move he has done several hundred times in his basketball career. On Friday, the Central Montcalm senior drove to the basket, along the baseline. Colliding with a Chippewa Hills defender, Ledford fell to the court with his left arm extended.