"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
American League Wild Card game on ESPN
Houston Astros @ New York Yankees
Dallas Keuchel is pitching on three days rest and Masahiro Tanaka goes for the Yankees.
"The lousy teams are good this year."
I've always suspected that Yogi Berra's "unintentional" aphorisms betrayed an incredible wit. And his cultural status distracted folks from awareness of what a wonderful catcher he was.
We'll miss you, Yogi. The future ain't what it used to be.
Pretty good recruiting run for Erik Bakich and his Michigan baseball staff over the last 10 days, picking up their first two commits in the 2018 class and two more 2017 commits, bringing the total for that class up to five. It may seem a bit early to be talking about 2018 recruits, who won't play for Michigan until the 2019 season, but (1) early commitments have become the norm in baseball and (2) I can think of only two players who committed to Michigan during the Bakich era and then decommitted, so any worries about players not sticking with their pledge seem overblown.
Here's a quick rundown of the four players who committed:
Riley Bertram: 5-11, 165-lb. SS/3B, Zionsville HS (IN). Prep Baseball Report (PBR) has him ranked #5 in Indiana and #41 overall in the 2018 class.
Jack Van Remortel: 6-2, 205-lb. 3B/1B, Carmel HS (IN). Not currently ranked by PBR in the 2018 class, but their page on him has some scouting reports.
Jeff Criswell: 6-2, 175-lb. RHP/3B, Portage Central HS (MI). Ranked #5 in Michigan and #151 overall in the 2017 class by PBR. Perfect Game has him ranked #213 nationally for 2017 (relevant tweet embedded below).
Isaiah Paige: 6-2, 170-lb. RHP/OF, Damien HS (La Verne, CA). Perfect Game page (PBR doesn't yet cover California). A brief Prep Sports Bulletin item reports that he also visited UCLA, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, and the University of the Pacific, with his finalists being Michigan and UC Irvine. Also says that he grew up a Michigan fan, which is never a bad thing.
Bernie is reporting as breaking news that a team official has confirmed that Avila and Illitch want a new manager and Ausmus will be fired at the end of the season.
I would have been more surprised if he stayed.
The USA isrepresented by the team from Pennsylvania and Japan in representing the international half of the bracket. It's currently airing on ABC and in the bottom half of the first inning with Penn taking an impressive early lead 7-2 with 2 outs. Almost 50k in attendance!