Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that a 108-year-old woman, Evelyn Jones, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners-Angels game.
When she does, Jones will become the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who did it last July in San Diego.
Jones was born in 1907. Here’s what else happened in 1907:
- The first Cubist art exhibition took place in Paris;
- Oklahoma became the 46th state;
- The Lusitania made its maiden voyage;
- John Wayne was born. John Wayne has been dead for 36 years; and finally and most amazingly,
- The Cubs actually won a World Seres!
How does one get to be 108-years-old? From Dutton’s story:
Jones credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances.
I really hope I live to be 108 and someone asks me that question. Instead of the real answer for all super old people — good genetics and good luck — I’m going to list a series of vices and the ingestion of copious harmful substances and say that that, my friends, is how I got here!
Then I’m going to turn my attention to one of the world’s greatest mysteries.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.