A Hall of Fame poster on social media
Carew is a hit with his messages
Good morning all. I hope you are well.
If you are a baseball fan and on Twitter, you should be following Rod Carew. The 76-year-old Carew, inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, posts regularly and usually offers some great commentary.
Carew was an 18-time All-Star and won seven American League batting titles, performing for the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels. And those are just some of his many big league accomplishments.
These days, Carew shows up at spring training as an instructor in the Minnesota Twins camp. All of this activity is the result of the lease on life he received, after undergoing a heart transplant in 2016.
On Saturday morning, Carew posted a great message and picture on Twitter.
That post led me to post this picture I took of Carew back in April of 1973 at the old Yankee Stadium, before a Twins-Yankees game.
Carew is one of the greats to play the game and it is inspiring to witness how much of his knowledge he continues to share via social media.
Gene Michael and Bruce Kison
I have rebranded my baseball podcast to Baseball Discourse.
Over the weekend I came upon two interviews I did in 2002 with Gene Michael and Bruce Kison. Michael, the former player and manager, was the architect who rebuilt the Yankees dynasty of the 1990s. We talked about his career and the trade for Paul O’Neill, which helped remake the Yanks. Kison, the winning pitcher in the first World Series night game, talked about that, the ‘71 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, Danny Murtaugh, Gene Mauch and much, much more. I will be posting both interviews soon.
You can subscribe to the podcast via Apple or Google with links to those apps on baseballdiscourse.com.
The hottest team in basketball?
Don’t look now, but after their win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 134-112, on Sunday, the Boston Celtics remain the hottest team in the NBA. The Celts, under first-year coach Ime Udoka, started out 16-19 and were 11th in the Eastern Conference standings. Since Jan. 6, they are 29-7 and have won 22 of their last 25 games. They are also tied for first with Miami in the conference standings at 47-28. Now that is a turnaround
Cha-ching for St. Peter’s
What did St. Peter’s miracle run in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament mean for the school? A lot, obviously, as they became the first-ever number 15 seed to advance to the Elite Eight, before bowing to North Carolina.
According to Pete Thamel of espn.com, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which St. Peter’s is a member, will receive millions of dollars to divide among the member schools, because of the Peacocks’ run.
Not counting coaching salaries, the team’s annual operating budget is $250,000. They will be receiving a lot more than that now and they will need it, as St. Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway is about to depart to become the new head coach at Seton Hall. In other words, it is going to be a payday all around.
That is it for this week’s newsletter. As always, thank you for your support and pray for peace!