Charlie Manuel has two rules. Two. Hustle, and be on time. In about seven weeks, Jimmy Rollins has broken both rules. What happened yesterday morning apparently was this: Rollins opted against taking the team bus from Manhattan to Shea Stadium, in Queens, for the final tilt of the three-game series. The first pitch was scheduled for just after noon, an unusually early start that was meant to accommodate children from camps who got to attend the game. Rollins decided to drive to the ballpark, and he said he had left 10 minutes after the team, figuring he could outmaneuver a slow bus in traffic and beat it to Shea. He was wrong. Rollins apparently arrived about 11 a.m., and rather than give Manuel a heads-up that he was going to be tardy, as he had once this season, he decided to deal with the consequences whenever he did make it into the clubhouse. Manuel called Rollins into his office, stuck to his rules, and benched the shortstop. Rollins pinch-hit with two outs in the top of the ninth. By that time, it was way too late. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Comment
Lakers reserve guard Sasha Vujacic, a restricted free agent, is prepared to leave the team and accept an offer from a European team in the next few days if the Lakers don't make him an offer he deems fair, according to a source in the Vujacic camp who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. The source said Vujacic is seeking a multiyear deal from the Lakers averaging about $5 million a year. Vujacic was hoping for a six-year deal, but anticipated it could be a shorter contract.(Los Angeles Times) Comment
Melvina Lathan didn't politic to become the new chairperson of the New York State Athletic Commission. It was the politicians who came after her. Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez first asked Lathan if she might be interested in the job. Today, Gov. Paterson will make the appointment official. Lathan, a professional boxing judge for 18 years, succeeds Ron Scott Stevens, who has served as chairman since 2003. Lathan has been involved in boxing for 20 years, serving as a judge for 18 years where she scored 86 world title fights. Lathan seems supportive of getting mixed martial arts regulated in New York. Approval must first come through the legislative process. "I'd like to encourage more conversation about MMA," she said. "I love boxing, but there's room for both." (New York Post) Comment
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun watches as his two-run home run leaves the park during the ninth inning of the Brewers' 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
So that's how China built its new Olymoic stadium.
1961 -- Yankees slugger Rogers Maris hits four homers in doubleheader. 1979 -- Pete Rose sets NL record by hitting in 38th straight game. 1993 -- Seattle OF Jay Buhner hits 479-foot home run at Yankee StadiumMets pitcher Anthony Young loses record 27th straight game.
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