The wait is over for Cubs fans: Kris Bryant is set to debut today, playing third base and batting cleanup. Meanwhile in Arizona, another rookie is already impressing. Learn about those players, watch video of two ridiculous home-run-robbing catches, and more in my latest for CBS Local.
On the heels of Duke’s national championship, I spoke with Kevin Cullen, the program’s director of information technology. In his role, he’s responsible for opponent scouting, which includes analyzing data provided by SportVU cameras.
I’ll be writing a weekly Major League Baseball recap each Friday for CBS Local. My first one has been published, and includes notes on Adrian Gonzalez’s historic start, Matt Harvey’s dominant return, and some of the big-name players who changed teams this offseason.
He’s not even the third best freshman on Duke, but that doesn’t mean Grayson Allen isn’t a talented player with the chance to make an impact on tonight’s national championship game against Wisconsin. He’s my latest Rising Star for CBS Local.
As much as I was looking forward to a Kentucky-Duke final, Wisconsin absolutely deserves its spot in tonight’s national championship. The Badgers have one of the best offenses of all time and proved it against Kentucky’s historically dominant defense. In Saturday’s other game, Michigan State cooled down after a hot start and couldn’t stop Duke. I recapped the action in my Five Things column for CBS Local.
“There was no rush hour in New York that evening,” wrote Roger Angell about Game 6 of the 1986 National League Championship Series, being played by the Mets and Astros in Houston. “So many office workers stayed in their offices to follow the game that the buses and avenues in midtown looked half empty.” He mentions a New Jersey Transit train that just happened to have “signal difficulties” before a long tunnel that would have prevented the game’s radio transmission from coming through, but resumed service as soon as the Mets scored three runs in the top of the 16th. A man running in Central Park was stopped by a “strange, all-surrounding noise…It came from everywhere around the Park, he said, and it wasn’t a shout or a roar but something closer to a sudden great murmuring of the city: the Mets had won.”
It may be hard for anyone under the age of 30 to believe, but there was a time that the Mets, not the Yankees, were New York’s team. The Mets were younger, more entertaining, and better. That hasn’t been the case, at least not the “better” part, for 20 years. That may be changing.
Tom Izzo, the pride of Iron Mountain, Michigan, has somehow taken Michigan State to another Final Four. Don’t get me wrong, this team has some good players, but at no point in the season did it look like it was capable of this kind of run. How do these Spartans compare to the previous six teams Izzo has brought to the Final Four? Check out my story for CBS Local to find out.