Joe Lapointe Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EDT Jul 12, 2019 Forty years ago today, when Dan Petry was a rookie pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, his second road trip took him to Chicago’s Comiskey Park for a scheduled twi-night doubleheader against the White Sox on Disco Demolition Night. He didn’t expect the explosion of vinyl disco records, the fire in center field, the fans storming the field, the clouds of marijuana smoke, the clods of turf kicked up, the cops with billy clubs clearing the field or the forfeit of the second game. “I was still a young kid and I was like `Really?’ ” said Petry, now a TV baseball broadcaster for Fox Sports Detroit. “ `This is what happens in the big leagues? They blow stuff up in between games and fans charge the field and police have to come out?’ ” Petry — perhaps with tongue in cheek — recalled how naïve he was when a youthful, partying crowd, far larger … [Read more...] about Disco Demolition Night draws LGBTQ backlash, 40 years later
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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. On opening day of the 2019 season, March 28, one of the most multicultural fan bases in Major League Baseball will once again fill Chavez Ravine to cheer on their Dodgers. This year, however, when their beloved Blue and White take the field, there will be a whole lot more white. That’s because the franchise that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson in 1947, and has been a model for diversity in baseball for decades, will field a starting team that is nearly all white. Gone are longtime fan favorites Adrián Gonzalez and Matt Kemp. Gone is the mercurial Yasiel Puig. Culled from their 25-man opening day roster, the Dodgers starting lineup will feature only one person of color, second baseman Enrique Hernandez. The relationship between the Dodgers and diversity has always been complicated. Chavez Ravine, the arid canyon on which … [Read more...] about Why is this iconic sports franchise in one of America’s most multicultural cities so lacking in diversity?
ATLANTA — Thirteen thoughts on the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Rams to win their sixth Super Bowl . . . 1. The exact time the Patriots’ offense showed up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was 9:26 p.m. Sunday night, in the third quarter of Super Bowl 53, with the score tied at 3, and 9 minutes and 26 seconds remaining. It was a late arrival for Tom Brady and the other 10 men in the huddle, stunningly and unexpectedly late, but it was not too late. 2. Taking the ball at their own 31, Brady got out his scalpel. He found Rob Gronkowski for 18 yards, then Julian Edelman for 13, then Gronk again on a picturesque, vintage throw and catch for 29 yards down to the Rams 2. Four plays, four completions, without a run, an incompletion, or much time for the Rams defense to ponder what was happening. 3. One 2-yard Sony Michel burst later, and the Patriots had the first touchdown of the game, 6 points that went a long way to delivering their sixth championship. The points were … [Read more...] about 13 thoughts on the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory
By Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle Updated 1:18 pm CST, Friday, January 11, 2019 Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (55) strikes out Boston Red Sox Andrew Benintendi (16) to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Houston. less Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (55) strikes out Boston Red Sox Andrew Benintendi (16) to end the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on ... more Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (55) strikes out Boston Red Sox Andrew Benintendi (16) to end … [Read more...] about Source: Astros avoid arbitration with relievers Ryan Pressly, Brad Peacock
The Celtics lost to the Heat in Miami on Thursday, 115-99. Also, the Bruins fell to the Capitals, 4-2. The Patriots play on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Chargers. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. Will Middlebrooks is retiring from playing baseball: Infielder Will Middlebrooks, who played for the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, is retiring from professional baseball. As Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported, the 30-year-old – who suffered multiple injures, including a broken leg, in spring training with the Phillies last year – has decided to call time on a Major League career that began with a call-up by the Red Sox in 2012. Middlebrooks played parts of three seasons in Boston from 2012-2014. He also helped the team win the World Series in 2013, swatting 17 home runs in the regular season. Middlebrooks was traded to the Padres in 2014 for catcher Ryan Hanigan. During his time with the Red Sox, Middlebrooks began … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: Former Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks is retiring