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.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler had not felt fully healthy for quite a while. But nothing was ailing him when St. Louis faced Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Fowler's two-run triple sparked the Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pirates. "(Fowler is) fitting into those spots in big situations," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's coming up with those big hits that we keep talking about that are so pivotal to a team going on a good run." With the Cardinals trailing 5-4 with one out in the seventh inning, Fowler tripled down the right field line off reliever Joaquin Benoit to give St. Louis a 6-5 lead. Yadier Molina followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5 and
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.