Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki reached the 3,000 hit milestone at long last on Sunday afternoon, driving a triple off the right field fence at Coors Field in the seventh inning. During Suzuki’s postgame press conference, he was asked by a reporter how it felt to get the milestone “out of the way after a long wait.”
Suzuki responded through a translator, “You know, my first three at bats my body felt like Justin Bour‘s. I was just so heavy, but after that hit the burden was lifted off.”
Bour, listed at 265 pounds on the Marlins’ website, didn’t seem to mind the ribbing:
Bryan Curtis of The Ringer linked to a profile of Alex Rodriguez from the Orlando Sentinel in 1996. In retrospect, it’s quite funny.
In a sporting world loaded with disconcerting images of egomaniacs, whiners and social misfits not worth spit, Alex Rodriguez casts a wholesome profile, projecting Richie Cunningham values with a Hispanic accent.
The young man drinks nothing stronger than milk, is a devout Christian, still lives at home in the off-season and loves to unwind with an inspiring game of chess when leisure time beckons. It gets worse (parental discretion is advised here): Rodriguez is consistently kind to that evil breed of humanoid known as the sports writer.
An exhaustive search through Rodriguez’s personal and professional files failed to document any peccadillos, though there was a brief moment of flirtatious anticipation on Sept. 1, when Baltimore Orioles manager Davey Johnson confiscated one of Rodriguez’s bat for inspection.
The bat was not corked.
Not that George Diaz could have foreseen Rodriguez’s fall from grace, but it’s a good reminder not to have heroes.
A few weeks ago, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower back injury. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game and later said he “didn’t feel right.” The next day, manager Dave Roberts said that back surgery was a “possibility” for Kershaw.
The Dodgers received some good news on Sunday as Kershaw played catch for the first time since that setback, MLB.com’s Jack Baer reports (no relation). Roberts wouldn’t commit to Kershaw returning in August, saying, “Whenever he feels ready to go, then we’ll pencil him in and get him going. All along, we’ve expected, and a little bit of it is being hopeful, but we expect him to make starts for us this year at some time.”
Given that Kershaw will still need to ramp up his throwing before going out on a rehab assignment, it does seem rather optimistic to think Kershaw would be back by the end of the month. The Dodgers are 62-49, one game behind the first-place Giants in the NL West. An early- or mid-September return would still allow him to make an impact on the pennant race.
Prior to the injury, Kershaw owned an MLB-best 1.79 ERA along with an 11-2 record and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.