Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed." With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become a saint, according to the Catholic Church. The pope's official blessing came after Clemente apparently met the requirement to perform a miracle. The alleged miracle happened last month when former Olympian Jamie Nieto, who once played Clemente in the film "Baseball's Last Hero," managed to walk again after a back-flip accident in April 2016 rendered the high jumper partially paralyzed from the neck down.
No real theme this week. Unless you consider no theme a theme. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Los Angeles Dodgers (85-34; Previous: 1): Dodgers will take rest of regular season for some “me time.” 2. Houston Astros (74-46; Previous
From the day my dad took me to my first baseball game - yeah, in the live-ball era, so put a sock in it - I have been enthralled by the concept of nine men in one uniform trying to outplay nine men in the other uniform and put a bigger number of runs on the scoreboard. Yeah, I know. It's the object of baseball, right? Sometimes I wonder. Fantasy sports has become so ingrained in all sports, the concept of winning and losing is diluted. I can tell someone, "Wow, the A's had a great comeback in the eighth inning last night" and hear back, "Really? How did Matt Chapman do?" I have nothing against people who enjoy fantasy sports. Whatever floats their boat.