There was a time when Gary Brown was considered the Giants’ top prospect – their center fielder of the future. Hype was never higher than in 2011, when the fleet-footed 22-year-old set a franchise record with 188 hits in 131 games, earning California League Rookie of the Year honors with the San Jose Giants in his first full minor league campaign. “I feel like I let my emotions get the best of me in the years after that (2011 season),” Brown told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive phone interview. Brown never matched his magical .336-season in High-A ball with 14 home runs plus 53 stolen bases, and then struggled finding a routine with the rigors of the Pacific Coast League’s travel schedule once he reached Triple-A. Despite three hits in his seven at-bats as a September call-up with the Giants in 2014, Brown was designated for assignment on March 31, 2015.
The Broncos did something no other team has done in the 17 games Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have played together. Now comes the ridiculous notion that the Broncos have provided the “blueprint” on how to stop the Cowboys, as if defensive coordinators didn’t know before Sunday. In beating the Cowboys twice last season, the Giants held Elliott to 51 yards on 20 carries in the season opener and limited Prescott to 165 passing yards and intercepted him twice on Dec. 11.
Now that the Boston Red Sox officially are headed to the playoffs, it’s time to talk tickets. With Boston’s victory over the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angels Angels’ loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, the Red Sox clinched a spot in at least the 2017 American League Wild Card Game. And tickets for that game, as well as any potential AL Division Series games that might be played at Fenway Park, go on sale Friday at noon, the team announced Thursday. Fans will be limited to four tickets each, and no tickets will be sold at the Fenway Park box office. Tickets will be available on the team’s website. Any fans with disabilities will be able to purchase accessible seating by calling (877)