Nancy De Gennaro , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee | 2:59 p.m. CT May 6, 2017
It was a home run that kicked off the inaugural ball game Saturday at the grand opening of Murfreesboro Miracle Field, funded in part by Project One Four, a David Price Foundation.
“Atta boy, Joey,” yelled Tommi Stephenson, whose son, Joey Doherty, was the first at bat for the opening game of the Miracle League. “This is a pretty amazing thing for the special needs community,” Stephenson said as she continued to cheer on her son, member of the Miracle League’s Boston Red Sox.
Miracle Field features a custom-designed, special rubberized baseball field built for children and adults with special needs and accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices. A buddy system pairs able-bodied peers with the Miracle League athletes.
In addition to the ball field, the complex includes an inclusive playground that benefits all children with More >
Major League Baseball should make it easier for teams like the Phillies and mandate expanded protective netting0
John Harper | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Slowly, change seems to be coming on the issue of fan safety in baseball, specifically additional protective netting in ballparks. Unfortunately, it’s not being driven by Major League Baseball but individual franchises, and some perhaps only as a reaction to serious injuries and/or bad publicity.
On Friday the Phillies announced they are extending their netting to the far end of the dugouts at Citizens Bank Ballpark, thus becoming the fifth of 30 MLB teams to protect fans sitting in the areas behind the dugouts.
It’s the right thing to do, and they should be applauded for it, but would they have done it if shortstop Freddy Galvis hadn’t lambasted the team — and MLB — for not having such netting in place last August after his foul ball hit a young girl in the face?
The Phillies declined More >
What Russell, Rizzo, Bryant, pitcher Jon Lester and the rest of their teammates did was end a century-plus of heartbreak and give Cubs fans around the world a reason to celebrate. Ben Zobrist smacked a tie-breaking RBI double in the 10th inning and Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross homered to power the Cubs to an 8-7 victory over the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
For the first time since 1908, the Cubs are World Series champions. Believe it.
“Nothing’s been More >
By RICHARD SANDOMIR | OCT. 3, 2016
Vin Scully’s final game on Sunday was something close to a miracle in sportscasting — an 88-year-old man performing a solo act, conversing with us for more than three hours, keeping track of the game while telling stories, invoking memories and reminding us that he did this single job for 67 consecutive seasons.
How many men or women his age have ever performed so ably, so publicly, with no safety net? Think of two announcers often thought of as baseball’s greatest before Vincent Edward Scully succeeded them.
Red Barber, Scully’s mentor, was 58 when he was fired by the Yankees. Mel Allen was 51 when the Yankees broke his heart by dismissing him. Imagine if they had worked for 30 more years — would they have maintained their More >