It’s Saturday so that means it’s time to share some of the most interesting and/or entertaining stories I have read over the past week. It’s always hard to choose what I want to share. There is so much good writing out there. Let’s stop wasting time.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
Sports journalism doesn’t get much better than this. Rustin Dodd has moved on from the Kansas City Star to be a features writer for The Athletic New York but he still gets to write about Kansas City sports from time to time and this feature is terrific.
Kansas City was crazy about the Chiefs fifty years ago just as the city is today. The difference between then and now is that fifty years ago it led to the arrest of a crime boss. If you don’t have a subscription to The Athletic do yourself a favor and at least start a free trial to read this. After that, read as much as you can during your trial. If you do that you will subscribe and be happy you did.
Christian Braun is becoming an important piece of the Kansas rotation. He, along with his brother Parker who plays for Missouri and a former high school teammate, Max Johnson, did something a lot of people wouldn’t do. When faced with a life-threatening situation they took action. The result of their action was that a man’s life was saved to live another day.
Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou wrote about what happened one night when Christian was visiting Parker and Max at Missouri. He described what they saw and how they took immediate action to do what others wouldn’t. This is a story that doesn’t matter if you are a Missouri or Kansas fan. You will feel good about what these boys did.
Did you think that the Houston Astros were the only team in Major League Baseball cheating by using video to let their batters know what pitch was coming next? Of course, they weren’t. We learned recently about how the Red Sox did it in a different way and how they were caught. Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic wrote all about what was going on in Boston in 2018 and what Major League Baseball does to try to prevent it.
Bill James wrote about each decade in baseball history in his popular book The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Bradford Doolittle of ESPN jumped ahead ten years to write about what happens in the 2020s and what he sees happening is both interesting and entertaining. The Rays move to Montreal (possible), new stadiums have a smaller capacity (maybe), expansion and realignment to eight 4-team divisions with no wild cards (love it), and more. Give it a read. I think you will enjoy it.
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