Add young Russell Wilson of the Seahawks to the list of athletes who didn’t make it in baseball but went on to be impact players in another sport.
Among others, former Skins/Raiders QB Jay Shroeder played minor league ball in the Blue Jays system before being a success in the NFL. Danny Ainge made it to the bigs with the Jays. He played one season there at third base, hitting .239 without power. Then went on to become a good guard on some great Celtics teams.
Of course there are the two-sport guys — Bo Jackson, Neon Deon, and Gene Conley from back in the day. But I can’t think of a player who didn’t make it in the NFL or NBA but then went on to star in MLB. There may be one, but a name doesn’t come to mind.
One of the world’s most gifted athletes, Michael Jordan, tried baseball after NBA sainthood (admittedly at an advanced age) and couldn’t do it. It’s tempting to draw conclusions about how slowly and grudgingly the Grand Old Game yields up its manifold skills compared to other sports.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?