LONG SHOTS, MLB, MINOR LEAGUE PROMOTIONS, THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT

April 13, 2009

 

Dwight Perry sent reports that said:

“Looks like you can’t beat a dead horseplayer, either. Danny Shea, dying of kidney cancer, left his family in Eston, England, a fine parting gift five months after his death — a $30,000 windfall — after persuading his wife to lay a bet on 100-to-1 longshot Mon Mome to win the Grand National.” We could not believe it,” widow Pat Shea, 63, told the London Daily Mirror. “He was generally pretty useless at picking winners, but he liked to put a bet on.”                                    The minor-league West Michigan Whitecaps unveiled their much-anticipated Fifth Third Burger — a 4 ½-pound, 4,889-calorie monstrosity — at Thursday’s home opener, and 17 of the 107 purchasers downed the whole thing. Snack-bar sabrematricians immediately declared it the most impressive .159 batting average in baseball history.”                                                                         Then Barb Landis weighed-in (oof) in the Detroit Free Press with her thoughts about her son Steve (16) winning the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Burger eating challenge- ‘I wasn’t quite sure. Should I be proud of him or not?”

Bruce Jenkins gives us a little more than we need to know: Gary Peterson, Bay Area News Group: “The Tigers have been suspiciously mum regarding Dontrelle Willis’ condition, citing privacy concerns. Since when is anything in baseball kept private? Before last season, Houston infielder Kaz Matsui had surgery to repair anal fissures. If ever there was a time for privacy, that was it. Instead it was widely reported and ubiquitously inserted as an aside every time his name appeared in a game story during the early weeks of the season.”

Mike Bianci gave his impressions about Phil Mickelson: “I’m glad I’m not the only one who got annoyed when Phil Mickelson blew the Masters Sunday and still managed to put on that goofy grin of his and act as if he’d won.  Phil, you gagged on two easy putts on the back nine and hit the ball in the creek and double-bogeyed No. 12.  Why are you smiling? You just lost the Masters, you big lug.  “It was fun,” Phil said afterward. Tiger was asked if his performance Sunday — he started the day seven shots off the lead and got within one stroke before bogeying the last two holes — was satisfying or devastating. He went with devastating. ‘Just terrible,’ he said. Mickelson didn’t win the Masters either — but it wasn’t obvious. He emerged from the scorer’s cabin with a smile. He wasn’t angry. He was relieved. ‘It was a fun, challenging back nine,’ Mickelson said. ‘I love the fact I shot 30 [on the front] to give myself a chance to win.’  Mickelson finished fifth and loved Sunday. Woods finished sixth and hated it. Now do you understand why one of them is the most successful player of his time — and why the other is the most frustrating?”

 

Thomas Boswell talked about Kenny Perry: “And this week, right up until the very last, he believed he could win the Masters. In the cruel vernacular of games, Perry blew this tournament. After taking a two-stroke lead to the 71st tee, he finished bogey-bogey, hitting some alarmingly poor shots, to fall into a playoff, which he lost, with another bogey, on the second extra hole to Angel Cabrera. But afterward, without trying, simply by being himself, Perry showed both the best of himself and, in some sense, the best in sports. Perry showed that a completely committed effort, especially in pursuit of things we have been told exceed our reach, sometimes transcends results. Or, at least, rivals them. Thirteen years ago, Perry came to the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship, made bogey, then hashed up the playoff. On Saturday evening, he talked openly about seeking a kind of golf redemption in this Masters. ‘I wish I could redo that one,” he said. “The 72nd hole is the one that cost me that tournament, not the playoff. You know, that stings. That one is still with me today. I’ve carried that a long time.’ On Sunday, he did almost the same thing. Instead of a redo, he got a replay. At the 72nd hole, just like Valhalla in ’96, he hit a drive that he thought was excellent, except that his adrenalin gave the ball extra juice. Both times he ended up in trouble, this time in a fairway bunker. So, both times, after the swing that he thought had sealed the deal, he discovered that he’d lost. Imagine how deeply that must burn. Yet Perry faced it, conceded its truth and talked about it in detail as his wife, his three children and a new son-in-law listened just 10 yards away. I’ve got two to think about now,’ he said. ‘I was young at Valhalla .Here, I thought I had enough. I thought I had enough experience. I thought I had enough to hang in there, I really did. I have a lot of memories. It just seems like when I get down to those deals, I can’t seem to execute. Great players make it happen and your average players don’t. And so that’s the way it is,’ Perry said, adding a few minutes later that, ‘Angel got it done. This is the second major championship that he’s won. I’ve blown two. The only two I’ve had chances of winning.’”                                                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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