Twenty-two years ago today I attended a Cubs-Mets game at Shea Stadium that saw the Mets blow the lead in the top of the ninth, tie it in the bottom of the 9th, lose the lead in the 11th, tie it again, and then win it on a Kevin McReynolds HR in the bottom of the 13th. Twenty-two years later and I still haven’t forgotten that game.
Wooden in Grave Condition
Reports from ESPN say that former UCLA Head Coach John Wooden is in grave condition in an LA hospital. Coach Wooden was one of my idols when I coached high school basketball in the 1990s. I have a letter that he mailed to me after I had contacted him. That was back in 1999. I looked at that letter this morning. It is one of the most treasured things I own. If you really want a good book to read, purchase “Wooden: A lifetime of observations and and reflections on and off the court”. It’s a great book and will help people to prioritize things in their life.
Lakers grab 1-0 lead of Celtics in NBA Finals
Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson passed Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson last night for the most combined playoff wins for a player and coach by winning their 111th game. Kobe scored 30 points and Pau Gasol had 23 in the win for the Lakers. Game 2 is on Sunday at LA.
Most Postseason Wins By Player-Coach Combination NBA History
Kobe Bryant & Phil Jackson 111
Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson 110
Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson 105
Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson 105
Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich 105
Braves win again and other notes around MLB
The Braves won their ninth straight game last night, defeating the Dodgers 4-3 and are now a MLB best 23-8 since May 1. During their 9-game streak the Braves have tied a franchise-high by not allowing more than 3 runs in any of those games.
Josh Johnson’s streak of scoreless innings ends at 31, but the Marlins defeat the Brewers, 3-2 taking 3 of 4 from them. The Marlins now travel to Citifield where they have taken 6 of 7 games from the Mets this season (they are 2-1 at Citifield).
Most Consecutive IP This Season Allowing 0 ER
Josh Johnson FLA 31
Mike Pelfrey NYM 27.1
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 26<
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 25.1
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Oakland A’s last night, 9-8 despite collecting 18 hits and 10 extra-base hits. It was only the second time in Red Sox history that they lost a nine-inning game in which they had 18 or more hits and 10-plus extra-base hits.
In Kansas City, Zack Greinke fell to 1-7 overall this season as the Royals lost to the Angels 5-4. Greinke’s 1-7 start is the worst in MLB history for a previous years Cy Young Award winner.
Mets start 3-game series with Marlins tonight
The Marlins take their 6-1 mark vs the Mets to Citifield tonight. The Marlins have now won 5 straight games vs the Mets. Dating back to last year the Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs the Fish. At least the Mets won’t have to face Josh Johnson, who pitched last night in the Marlins 3-2 win over the Brewers. Since losing on Opening Day to the Mets, the Marlins have won 6 straight vs them, averaging 6 runs per game in those wins.
Oh, how the Marlins, especially Jorge Cantu and Hanley Ramirez, love to hit at Citifield
Most RBI for visiting players – Jorge Cantu: 13
Highest BA for visiting players – Hanley Ramirez: .389 (min 35 PA)
Most HR for visiting players – Jorge Cantu: 4 (tied)
Most hits for visiting players – Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu: 14
Another disturbing trend for Mets fans is how badly outplayed Jose Reyes is whenever Hanley Ramirez is in town. While Ramirez LOVES to beat up on the Mets, Reyes seems to disappear.
Reyes vs Marlins; Ramirez vs Mets
Last 2 Seasons
Games 10 23
BA .130> .356
Runs 4 13
RBI 4 14