Forget Matsui and Ichiro, writes Joel Sherman of the
New York Post, the best import from Japan is Alfonso
Soriano. Rarely mentioned is the fact that major
leagues scouts missed the teenager when scouring the
Dominican for baseball talent. He was found instead by
the Hiroshima Carp, who put him in their baseball
academy near San Pedro de Macoris. His long, strange
trip to the majors began soon thereafter.
Joe Posnanski has some advice for Royals fans: don't
be so quick to jump off the bandwagon. Just
because they've lost two games in a row for only the
second time this season, it's no reason to give up
hope just yet. Fans need to keep doing the silly
things fans do to show support for their team, he
writes in an amusing column in today's Kansas City
Today's topic for Dick Heller of the Washington Times
is Johnny Oates, the former catcher and manager who is
battling brain cancer. The whys and wherefores of such
a terrible illness afflicting a person of Oates'
character are especially vexing but Heller reports
that Oates has drawn strength from his faith and does
not appear to be bitter about what fate has in store
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