| Jul 24, 2012
| 8:50 PM
PASADENA, Calif. — His career is dwarfed by his incision.
"It's the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction while using the Palmaris longus tendon," he said. "That's why they call it Tommy John surgery."
But it is actually the Frank Jobe surgery....
| Dec 27, 2007
"She looked at me with this look, like, 'Mom, are you dumb or what?' She said, 'These are my friends. I want to be with them.'"
Deborah McFadden, whose wheelchair athlete daughter, Tatyana, has challenged the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic...
| Mar 14, 2007
"I want to show you something."
Johnny Holliday is standing in the front hallway of his home in Kensington. His graying hair is parted, as always, perfectly to the left, not a single strand out of place. He grins, flashing his immaculately white upper...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 8:20 PM
Mike Piazza would never exist today. He would have to be created by the Hollywood machine that once embraced him.
He was taken in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft. There are no longer 62 rounds in the draft.
He was given a private tryout at a...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 5:00 PM
PHOENIX — We might picture Mark Ellis' 2012 Dodgers season as a smooth road, with giant bumps at each end.
The statistics mostly reflect the smooth part.
The veteran second baseman, as reliable as your garage door opener, hit .258, with 62...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 7:00 PM
I'm always looking to make new friends, which is the way I approach a youth baseball draft — new coaches, new buddies. Twenty guys in a community room of the local church, in creaky chairs the preschoolers usually use. Someone jokes, "Who brought...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 6:28 PM
Gio Gonzalez was 20 when I watched him pitch for the first time. He was at the Phillies' complex in Clearwater, Fla., and it didn't take long to see why Pat Gillick had insisted on him when the White Sox traded for Jim Thome.
You don't have to be a...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 8:22 PM
A deep sadness has shadowed me concerning the death of Huell Howser.
I am so grateful that Huell was able to hear what I wrote about him a month ago. His assistant called me and said that when he read the piece to Huell, it moved him to tears, and that...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 9:00 AM
For the past week a deep sadness has shadowed me concerning the death of Huell Howser. I am so grateful that Huell Howser was able to hear what I wrote about him in the Crosby Chronicles a month ago. His assistant called me and said that when he read...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 9:30 PM
I lost my dad decades ago.
But then this guy comes along who likes to sing as he walks, a jolly Irishman who laughs and cracks wise with a hint of the devil in him and I remember that guy.
We become friendly, but then who isn't a friend of his? He...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 12:16 PM
The Kansas City Royals have been absent from the playoffs since the day Billy Butler was born. They've barely had a winning season in the last two decades. They've often lost 100 games in a year.
And yet, buoyed by the best record in spring training,...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:40 AM
Josh Hamilton jumped into a cab, headed to Great American Ball Park and got all nostalgic.
The Los Angeles Angels newcomer saw Cincinnati fans packed downtown and remembered making his big league debut in the same spot a while ago.
"People are lined...