Never cared for Bryant Gumbel… now I have one more reason why. He implicitly accused Jeff Bagwell, Nomar Garciaparra and Ivan Rodriguez in an open letter to Mark McGwire that he read on his show, “Real Sports”:
“In closing, guys, please feel free to share this letter with Bagwell, Nomar, Pudge and all those others who went from hitting homers to power outages overnight. Tell ’em fans are ready to accept what happened. Tell ’em we’re ready to move on. Tell ’em that most of us get it…even if they, like you, still don’t."
I’m not prepared to say one way or another if these players did or didn’t. But a person in Gumbel’s position should know better than to throw names around without proof.
Gary Bedingfield maintains a baseball blog with a special bent. His site, Baseball in Wartime focuses on the history of baseball during wartime and baseball players who served in the military. It’s a unique idea for a blog and Gary seems to have a lot of info on the topic.
Finally, those who follow Illinois Baseball Report know this already but we are less than one month away from regular season. If you’re talking about college baseball, that is. Usually, that’s not big news as normally teams from the north travel south to play colleges in the warmer climates.
The catch this year is that University of Illinois will be starting their season at home in chilly Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. They will be playing host to the Bradley Braves on February 20-21. It’s the first time I know about that Illinois has had a home season opener in February.
Now, if Mother Nature lets this series happen will be another thing.