Stephen Strasburg and the 14 K’s of Time

Posted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

(Charles Dharapak – AP)

Strasburg’s LeBron like start will be remembered forever no matter what happens

There are debuts where a kid from a small town has a 5 year minor league stint and out of necessity somehow finds himself on a major league mound to start a game. As he makes his way through the club house to well wishes and spots his crying Mom and proud Dad from the bullpen, he’s both anxious and appreciative.

Nothing is really expected of the kid and he makes it into the 5th before he finally gets his first K. The inner smiles of “Yes! I made it!” consume him and subsequently the next batter hits a bomb he knew was gone before he tipped his pitch in overconfident measure. Before the umpire reaches in his bag to retrieve a new ball, he sights the manager, who called him the wrong name, place his foot on the bottom step and heads out of the dugout.

“Damn!” he says disgusted in himself because his Pop just this morning warned about tipping his pitches. Still, he’s appreciative and exits to a warm ovation led by his proud Mom and crying Dad.

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The Los Angeles Lakers Out Vet the Boston Celtics 91-84 in NBA Finals Game 3: Derek Fisher Stars As Mr. Clutch!

Posted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

The drive for five continues…

Just when the Celtics were playing as if a furious comeback would be complete, Derek Fisher stepped up, put the franchise he loves so much and represents so well on his back and willed the Los Angeles Lakers to a critical 91-84 Game 3 win. The Lakers lead the best of 7 NBA Finals series 2-1 with Game 4 Thursday in Boston at 9 pm EST on ABC.

Fisher’s most poignant words in the presser were “It’s like being a kid…man you never get tired of that candy.”

His full court drive…the bucket plus the bump and subsequent three point play with three Celtics defending and Los Angeles clinging to a 4 point lead with a little less than a minute remaining was the dagger.

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