Here’s a quick synopsis from the U.S. Geological Survey, if you’re into that sort of wonky nerdy stuff.
Former Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has officially joined the Boston Red Sox and a few hours ago tweeted a thanks to the Rangers fans:
I have to admit that the “NAP-O-LI” chant was one of the best things of the club’s playoff run in 2011. It was loud, and Napoli was really thankful for that kind of support.
But Napoli can play more in Boston than he would in Texas. If he can play well, he can turn that into a bigger deal in the future. Count me among those wishing Napoli the best. If he can get that swing going again, Fenway Park could suit him well.
By the way, Napoli’s Twitter account still shows him clapping in a Rangers uniform (I’m pretty sure it’s after his big double in Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, isn’t it?).
by DeMario Davis
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with DWI early Tuesday morning. (Grapevine Police Department)
A very credible witness informed me that Ratliff was last seen at a bowling alley in Euless, Texas, before his black Ford F-150 truck struck an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas.
The bowling alley in question does serve alcohol, as allowed by TABC permits.
Ratliff was the only occupant of the vehicle, and was not injured in the crash. He was arrested after officers who responded to the scene determined he was intoxicated. Raliff was arraigned, and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning.
A breath sample to determine intoxication was refused, according to Grapevine Police Department senior officer Sam Shemwell. A search warrant was requested, and allowed to draw blood, but toxicology results still are pending. Police did determined that Ratliff was at fault in the crash.
Will update as more details become available.
From Hardball Talk
That Mike Napoli ended up accepting a one-year, $5 million guarantee from the Red Sox after originally agreeing to a three-year, $39 million contract suggested that something pretty bad was going on with his hip. The details came out today, courtesy of Napoli’s agent: Napoli was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both of his hips.
Avascular necrosis is pretty much what it sounds like: the death of bone due to a lack of blood supply. According to Wikipedia, it’s most common in the hip, though it can also take place at the shoulder, knee and other joints.
The 31-year-old Napoli has experienced no symptoms as a result of the condition. According to his agent, it was caught at the very early stages, having been revealed in the Red Sox’s original physical. While people with avascular necrosis of the hip often end up needing a total hip replacement, that appears to be many years off in this case, if it ever proves necessary at all.
Bo Jackson’s is the most famous case of avascular necrosis, with his developing after he injured his hip in an NFL game. He later returned to baseball and the major leagues, but he was never the same kind of athlete.
Brett Favre was also diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip in 1992. He never required surgery and did OK for himself playing football for a couple of decades.
The Red Sox are planning on Napoli being their everyday first baseman this season after finalizing the contract. Playing the position should definitely be easier on his body than catching. Napoli said he’s on medication to help stave off any symptoms and that he’s really excited for the season to start up.
From USA Today
CONCORD, N.C. — How do you say “redneck” in German? Don’t ask Clint Bowyer.
Bowyer, asked by a German reporter Tuesday to comment on his upcoming stint in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, spun the topic around in typical Bowyer fashion and wondered aloud if he’d fit in with the European drivers at the race.
by DeMario Davis
Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen was named among 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame modern-era finalists on Friday. Former Cowboys defensive lineman Charles Haley, and former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells are also finalists again, after not making the cut last year.
Even though Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett rose to his current job by calling his own plays, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said it wasn’t a demotion to have those duties taken away.
Jones said earlier today that Garrett will no longer call plays, with every indication that offensive coordinator/line coach Bill Callahan would take over those duties.
“It’s not a step back for Jason. It’s actually a step forward for Jason in my mind,” Jones said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “Make no mistake about it, when I hired Jason to come into the organization as a coach he was hired specifically for his skills for his abilities to call the plays. When he became the head coach, it was at my insistence that he continue to call the plays. It was not at Jason’s insistence.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is talking to a group of reporters at the Senior Bowl as we speak, and he said he’s taking a bit of authority from head coach Jason Garrett.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Jones said that Garrett would no longer call offensive plays, and that offensive coordinator/line coach Bill Callahan would.
Garrett’s position seemed far from secure already, especially with his brother John leaving his staff to take a lateral move in Tampa Bay.
Coupled with the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and interviewing guys such as former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt for unspecified positions, it would be hard for anyone to feel safe for the long-term in Dallas at the moment.
Last year, my friend Sheryl Millar encouraged me to apply for the ultimate prize. Living and writing for MLB Fan Cave. I never applied. I just had too much going on in life to concentrate on it. That has changed. I am officially throwing my hat into the ring for 2013. It would be fun. Here are the rules:
- Reside in a location provided by MLB in New York City
- Participate in all aspects of MLB Fan Cave activities, including but not limited to, watching every game of the 2013 MLB season, taking part in media events, interviews, etc.
- Share thoughts regarding games and topics of MLB and pop culture interest via daily blogging, vlogging and through social media platforms
- Adhere to all policies and procedures as required by MLB
- Grant all rights in all aspects of his/her participation in the MLB Fan Cave program to MLB for MLB’s use, worldwide, in all media, forever.
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