Tommy John shows the scar from his namesake surgery while manager of the Bridgeport Bluefins in May 2007. John underwent the first ligament-replacement surgery in 1974 as a 31-year-old lefty pitcher with the Dodgers. John had won 124 games in his 12-year career until that point and he returned in 1976 and pitched 14 more seasons, winning 164 more games while making three All-Star teams and finishing as the Cy Young runner-up twice. Dr. Frank Jobe, the first to perform the Tommy John surgery that would save the careers of countless major league pitchers, died yesterday. He was 88. (Michael J. LeBrecht II/SI)
Wilson Chandler #21 Randy Foye #4, Ty Lawson #3 and Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets pose for photos wearing the uniforms from the 1993-1994 season on March 4, 2014 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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The C’s finish up their road trip tonight, looking to go a perfect 4 for 4, and 3 for 3 against fellow Tankapalooza ‘14ers with a loss to the Jazz after dropping games to the Lakers and Kings. These are the games they need to lose if they want a chance at a good pick, and they’ve done well so far.
The Lakers Friday night was fantastic. Bill Simmons doing color here for CSNNE and MarShon Brooks staring down the C’s bench while he lit them up in the fourth quarter. The only year in the history of the league that the C’s and Lake Show both didn’t make the playoffs was the ‘93-‘94 season, but I think the C’s need a good pick more than the Lakers do because at least free agents like to go there.
Then on Saturday Brad Stevens was tossed for the first time in his coaching career, more due to the ref having a bad night than Stevens being obnoxious, but still, another four-pointer as they say in hockey with the C’s losing to the Kings. The fact that Brad Stevens seems like such a great guy and such a great coach has made this season and having to root for my team to lose to get better so difficult. On some levels Green Teamers like Tommy and Max being all smug about how the team needs to win to get better and how us Tankapalooza folks don’t know anything about basketball make me want to root for them to lose more, just to shut them up, but with Stevens it’s like “come on Jeff Green show up tonight and get 30 for Brad”. Like those post game interviews with Abby that Brad has to do after a loss are so soul-crushing.
Tonight’s a big one though, with the Jazz losing three straight and 7 of ten, the C’s need to dig deep. The Sixers have thrown down the gauntlet: they’re coming for the Bucks. On the other hand, the C’s couldn’t get rid of anyone at the deadline and this line-up might be too good in a down East to carry them to a 4th or 5th overall pick. Maybe they’ll just get that kid from Creighton in the draft.
(And yes, I know my Parish jersey has two “r’s”. I think that version versus the correct one I have is better for this post.)
Born 140 years ago today, Honus Wagner was a member of the first class at Cooperstown and winner of eight NL batting titles, but his accomplishments with the Pirates in the early 20th century have been overshadowed somewhat by his famous baseball card. The T206 card, which Wagner demanded be discontinued after not wanting to be associated with the tobacco company that made it, sold for $2.8 million in 2007. (Chris Hondros/Newsmakers via Getty Images)
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