FEELING A LITTLE PATRIOTIC TODAY, what with the U.S. opening World Baseball Classic play and all. I know, I know. Nobody cares. But I do! The Americans will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound against Mexico at 9 p.m. on MLB Network.
To inspire you, I present a link to this fabulous All-American story on Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison, a millionaire who still clips coupons because he hasn’t forgotten his humble roots growing up a doublewide trailor on a North Carolina farm.
“Everything we ate, we grew, except for the meat,” Harrison said. “Everything we grew had to be picked by hand. I had to split the wood every morning before I could play baseball. It was tough growing up. We didn’t have much. I remember [now-wife] Meghan paying for my lunch in high school because I didn’t have enough money.
“My dad was very old school, a lot of ‘yes, sirs’ and ‘no, sirs,’ ‘speak when you’re spoken to.’ We always said blessing at every dinner. He wasn’t book smart, but he is common-sense smart. He was a mechanic for awhile, a construction worker. Whatever needed to be done, he would fix it himself. He wouldn’t pay anybody to do it for him. What his dad passed down to him, he passed down to me.”
U-S-A! U-S-A! OK, I probably should mention that Harrison turned down an opportunity to pitch in the WBC because of workload concerns. Still a cool story. Anyway, here’s who is playing for the U.S. That outfield of Ryan Braun, Adam Jones and Giancarlo Stanton ought be pretty stout.
-Damaging loss last night for Virginia, which sees its late rally go for naught in a 53-51 defeat at Florida State. Doug has the details here.
-Denny Hamlin says he’s “the most upset and angry I’ve been in a long time” with a $25,000 fine NASCAR gave him for criticizing the Gen-6 car. He says he’s not going to pay the fine.
-VMI beats Longwood 90-86 in the Big South quarterfinals and will meet Charleston Southern at noon today.
-Radford’s boys beat Essex 54-40 to secure a spot in the Group A Division 2 finals.
-Floyd County’s girls play George Mason in the Group A Division 2 semifinals today at 10:30 a.m. Ray has a feature on Alan and Travis Cantrell, who coach the squad.
-Parry McCluer’s boys fall to West Point 62-53 in the Group A Division I semis.
-Virginia Tech women score eight points in the first half en route to a 45-39 loss in the ACC tourney, ending their season at 10-20. UVa women also get bounced, by BC.
NAME THAT TUNE
Cheat the odds that made you
Brave to try to gamble at times
Well I feel like dirty laundry
Sending sickness on down the line
Tell you why