In March 1976, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and manager Billy Martin instituted a rule forbidding players from having beards, mustaches or long hair. When outfielder Lou “Sweet Lou” Piniella arrived with hair almost to his shoulders, he was told he wouldn’t be given a uniform until it was cut. As he shares in his new memoir, “Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball,” written with sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella protested the rule to Boss George. “I don’t understand, Mr. Steinbrenner, what long hair has to do with your ability to play baseball,” Piniella said. “I’m a Christian. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had hair down to the middle
Logan Forsythe returned to the Dodgers lineup Tuesday for the first time since April 18, when a wayward fastball from Colorado pitcher Kyle Freeland broke Forsythe’s right big toe. The infielder’s rehabilitation was slowed by hamstring tightness, which Forsythe indicated began the day before his toe got hit. “I’m just happy to be back,” Forsythe said. “The toe thing was unfortunate. It was just one of those injuries that’s out of your control. It’s part of the game, but it’s tough because you work hard to stay on the field, and things like that can take you off it.” With Justin Turner nursing a hamstring strain, manager Dave Roberts installed Forsythe as the third baseman. Forsythe will play
On Tuesday night, those two players were Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson, outfielders for the Los Angeles Dodgers who were giving their all in an extra-innings game. The Dodgers were tied 1-1 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the game was in the top of the tenth inning. With two outs, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina came to the place and smacked a long fly ball to center field, and Yasiel Puig started running in from right field to catch it.