If you have even basic cable TV you get March Madness games from 9am until around 10pm. On top of that we have the countdown to MLB season, and the NHL & NBA stretch runs to fill out the fields for those respective championship tournaments. Sprinkle in some serious NFL off season news and notes and you have a paradise for sports nuts.
Had an opportunity to see Washington Nats rookie flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. Hitting 100 mph on the guns is impressive and will woo the scouts and land a guy as the #1 draft pick. What will make him a great big leaguer is the devastating curve. He threw an inning ending hook that was measured at 81 miles an hour and left Tiger rookie Brent Dlugach standing. It was what he did to one of the best pure hitters in the game, Miguel Cabrera, that made me do a double take. After freezing him with one of those eye popping curves, he just blasted one past a guy who hit .324 last season with 34 homers and more than 100 ribby's.
Former Red Sox shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra has announced his retirement. Never tested positive or came clean, but I think we all know he juiced. He's the ultimate eye test, production drop-off once testing hit player, like Brett Boone. During the 2004 season, he was traded by Boston and it might have been the most significant in year move in franchise history. The arrival of Orlando Cabrera solidified the Sox infield, plus he was a clutch player. The curse ended and the rest is history. His best productivity came at the peak of the steroid era, and no, no a thousand times no, he's not a Hall of Famer.
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In 1997 Garciaparra was the American League Rookie of the Year. Who was the runner-up that season in the A.L?