Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Then 35 and a third-year manager in the Chicago White Sox organization, Francona showed up for spring training looking to post his second-straight winning season with the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The Barons would go 65-74 in the Southern League’s 1994 season, but hardly anyone remembers the record.
What Francona and many others do remember is the Barons right fielder: Michael Jordan. Yep, that Michael Jordan.” [Jackson/FSO]
“The story of the game was Anthony Davis, the electrifying 2nd year power forward from Kentucky. He dominated Tristan Thompson and whoever else the Cavaliers tried to put on him. At 20 years old, it will be a shame if he doesn’t get an All-Star nod this season. He did it all in this game and finished with 30 points on 17 shots, 7 rebounds and 8 blocks. I am both frightened and excited by his potential. He could be one of the all-time greats.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword]
Want to own a piece of history? “Here’s a piece of baseball memorbilia for the collector who doesn’t want just another home-run ball or game-worn jersey: Heritage Auctions is selling the bat shard that Roger Clemens threw at Mike Piazza during the 2000 World Series.
Surely, you know the moment and have watched the replay numerous times. After that broken bat was picked up my Clemens, flung at Piazza and the benches cleared, the bat shard ended up in the possession of Jeff Mangold, the New York Yankees head strength and conditioning coach at the time. He’s kept it under wraps since 2000 and recently turned it over for auction.” [Oz/Big League Stew]
“Football players from Northwestern applied Tuesday to be officially recognized as a labor union. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed paperwork in Chicago at the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If approved, it would be the first time in the history of college sports that collegiate athletes are recognized as a union entity.” [Watson/Dr. Saturday]