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Al Meau served in World War II, worked as a prison guard and raised 13 kids. He also hit a home run in 1947 that they’re still talking about in Bluefield, W.Va.

“There’s a long history of these kind of things in Boston. I’ve spoke with various players of different eras, and a lot of things they’ve told me, I can’t say.”

As a player, I was only warned about two stadiums where racially motivated comments could occur..Fenway was one…#TruthSucksSometimes

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, among others on social media, called for fans at Tuesday’s game to stand and applaud Jones during his first at-bat. Jones says he’s fine with heckling from fans as long as they don’t cross the line.

“Boo me. Boo the Orioles. But don’t bring in demeaning comments based on race,” he said. “I don’t want no love, no support. I don’t need all that stuff. I just want the fans to be normal. I’ve got two little boys. I don’t want my kids to hear this. I’ve got nieces and nephews that are 10 and 11. How do I explain things?”

“Things like this, they don’t have a place in the game,” Jones continued. “I thought we moved past that a long time ago, but obviously with what’s going on in the real world, people are outraged and speaking up at an alarming rate. It’s unfortunate that I had Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL to be involved with it.”

Jones was one of just 62 African-American players on opening day rosters, and has been outspoken about race in baseball before. Last year, Jones said to USA Today, “Baseball is a white man’s sport,” referring to the low number of black players in the majors.

Mets already feeling the pain in spring training, and that can only hurt them

The Mets didn’t even wait until the end of February to show how fragile they are. That tenuous relationship with health is the main stumbling block in their road back to the National League playoffs.

Half their infield is already down because Cheap Jerseys NBA Jerseys of spring training ailments. Third baseman David Wright is doubtful for opening day with an impingement in his throwing shoulder. First baseman Lucas Duda, who like Wright had back surgery last year, has received cortisone shots in both hips.

Cutler has thrown for 32,467 yards over his career with 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions. He has 154 TD passes and 109 picks with the Bears, who are 51-51 in games started by Cutler.

The Bears had just one playoff appearance since acquiring Cutler, losing to the rival Packers in the 2010 NFC championship game. And some of Cutler’s worst games have been against Chicago’s arch rival.

Cutler has thrown 16 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions while completing just 56 percent of his passes in 13 career games against the Packers. The Bears have won just two of those games. The Packers, conversely have reached the playoffs in every season since Cutler joined the division, winning the NFC North five times and the Super Bowl after beating the Bears in that 2010 NFC title game.

The Bears tried last month to find a trade partner for Cutler, who signed a seven-year, $126 million contract following the 2012 season, but could not find any takers even though his $38 million in guaranteed money had already been paid.

Tim Tebow arrives at Mets camp ready to prove he belongs

The newest arrival at Mets minor league camp held a news conference Monday, and that in itself was quite a departure from the norm.

Tim Tebow, of course, said all the right things as he fulfilled his media duties, a process that comes much more naturally to the part-time television commentator at this point than baseball does.

Houston (23-11) got a quality start from Joe Musgrove, who allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to get the win. RBI doubles by young superstars George Springer and Carlos Correa were the difference in Wednesday’s win.

The Astros have all the makings of a World Series contender with a solid lineup led by Springer, Correa, Jose Altuve and veteran Carlos Beltran. Dallas Kuechel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, is 5-0 so far this year and heads a pitching staff that is second only to the Dodgers in team ERA.

The Yankees and Orioles may get more attention in the American League, but the Astros should be right there with them as contenders in October.

Robinson Cano went 4 for 5 with a home run and Cheap Jerseys For Sale three RBIs to lead the Mariners to an 11-6 rout of the Phillies. The Mariners scored 21 runs in a two-game sweep of the Phillies and pounded out 15 hits in Wednesday’s win.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia probably wants to pretend Wednesday never happened. Familia entered in the ninth inning of New York’s game against the visiting Giants with the Mets holding a 3-2 lead. Familia then proceeded to give up four runs, three earned, as the Giants avoided a sweep with a 6-5 victory.

Yankees legend Derek Jeter and wife Hannah are expecting their first child

Legendary Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and his wife, Hannah, are expecting their first child together.

In a contributor piece on Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune, Hannah, who modeled as Hannah Davis, wrote a first-person story about meeting the former baseball player. She kind of buried the lede but eventually made the announcement that the couple is expecting.

“Now, pregnant with our first child, Derek and I are looking to the future,” she writes.

“I don’t know,” Baker said when asked about his future beyond next season. “Tell you the truth, the way I look at it — between my family, my hunger, between, you know, the prayers that I send up looking for answers and looking for clues — it will come to me, you know? Some of it’s in your control, and some of it’s out of your control.

“If it was in my control, I wouldn’t have been out two years in the first place, but you can’t hire yourself.”

The Nationals lost to the Dodgers in the NLDS last season in a thrilling five-game series. Ace Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young and Trea Turner established himself as one of the best young players in the game.

Baker got even more help this offseason when the club made a huge splash trading for center fielder Adam Eaton. The Nationals were originally expected to spring for Chris Sale, but opted to bolster their outfield and lineup instead.

The report states Baker and the Nationals haven’t begun extension talks yet, but the Cheap Jerseys Baseball discussion could come soon.

Tim Tebow records third multi-hit game — could he earn a promotion?

Tim Tebow seems to be getting into his baseball groove.

The Heisman Trophy winner has been on a hot streak the past few days, including hitting his first career triple Wednesday while going 3 for 4 for the Columbia Fireflies.

The result? Tebow’s batting average is up to .246. However, In the past six games, Tebow has had three multi-hit games while batting an impressive .450 (9 -for 20).

“There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger said, via The State. “Then there are guys that get taken away really early. It is hard to predict when it happens. A lot depends on what is happening in the level above. Whenever they decide it, he will be ready. He is just working hard, and we are going day by day.”

However, Betts maintained that there are no hard feelings from the two sides not being able to reach a mutual agreement on a contract figure.

“There’s is nothing bad, nothing going on,” Betts said of his new deal. “I still love everybody the same.”

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski put the decision on Betts: “That was Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada his choice, and we just couldn’t come up with a number that he thought was the right number for him.”

Betts, 24, is coming off a breakout 2016 season in which he hit .318/.363/.534 with 31 homers, 113 RBIs and 26 stolen bases and, interestingly, finished second to Trout in AL MVP voting.

His was one of 18 one-year contracts the Red Sox announced Thursday.

Blue Jays nearing deal with Jose Bautista, report says

Jose Bautista could soon find himself back in Toronto.

The free-agent right fielder is nearing a deal that would bring him back to the Blue Jays, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com first reported the details of the contract that are still being negotiated, and a physical is pending. While the club has yet to comment, a deal is expected to be finalized soon.

Bautista, 36, rejected in November a one-year qualifying offer from the Jays worth $17.2 million but hasn’t found many suitors since, in part because of his high asking price and the deep power-hitting market. However, the Blue Jays are eager to retain the franchise icon, especially after losing first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Bautista, who has hit above .300 only once in his career, played in only 116 games in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract with the Blue Jays. He hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.

When you look at the initial haul of GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, it isn’t all that splashy. But this group is building a foundation for finding that franchise QB, and molding offensive personnel similar to what Shanny had in Atlanta. Garcon is the Mohamed Sanu-like No. 2, Goodwin is the speedy Taylor Gabriel-like cog, Juszczyk is the sneaky swingman, a la Patrick DiMarco, and Hoyer is the Matt Schaub, a pure backup well-versed in the system.

With Kirk Cousins now likely off the table and Jimmy Garoppolo looking like a very difficult trade target, the focus will be figuring out the right franchise passer to draft and pairing him with Cheap Euro Jerseys a young No. 1-type wideout. The latter still could come in free agency, in the form of Terrelle Pryor.

It seems odd to target the potential Defensive Player of the Year

That point I made earlier about teams scheming away from Kawhi Leonard’s shutdown wing defense didn’t come out of thin air. Here’s a perfect example on a crucial possession late in the Grizzlies’ Game 4 victory:

Portland emerged with a bold plan early on: Ditch the long windups of their Flow offense and attack with their guards off the dribble, even if it meant going right at Green.

It seems odd to target the potential Defensive Player of the Year, but there’s some sense in the approach. If you had to rank Green’s defensive skills, No. 1 would be his ability to read the other nine guys on the court, No. 2 is his shot-blocking, No. 3 are his hands, and No. 4 is his ability to shut down anyone one-on-one. No. 4 is still a special trait, but it’s not quite as dominant or unique as Nos. 1-3. By forcing Green to actually guard their best offensive player, teams negate strength No. 1 and limit the impact of strength Nos. 2 and 3.

So what changed in the other 13 quarters? After a half to process Portland’s approach, the Warriors remembered that the Blazers play three self-checks on the wings in Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Evan Turner. They grew more daring at leaving those players open to flood help to Lillard and McCollum. Even when the Blazers tried to target Green again, he didn’t need to actually stop those guys as much as funnel them into the other Warrior defenders.

Bradford was on track for success after being handed the keys to one of the worst teams in franchise history (1-15 in 2009) and holding his own. During one stretch, he set a record for most passes without an interception for a rookie. The Rams, though, never improved as a franchise, and Bradford was plagued by injuries.

Tebow started the last three games of his rookie season but was used Plain Cheap Jerseys often in the Broncos’ wildcat package. It wasn’t until his second season, after Kyle Orton was benched, that Tebow mania arrived.

The Knicks would simultaneously be bummed to see Fultz and Ball off the board and thrilled to jump up from No. 7 to No. 3.

So the Ball Hogs’ captain is Brian Scalabrine and the coach is Rick Barry. Their roster also lists a “PLAYER X.” That tells me no one else wants to play with Scal and under Barry or that BIG3 has a perfect Scal complement in mind but is waiting for some reason to announce. Paul Pierce could be playing his final NBA game on Sunday, should the Clippers lose. HMMMMM?

Just another league for Ivan Johnson to get banned from. (Please don’t tell him I said that.) The Three-Headed Monsters (seriously guys?) has Jason Williams and Rashard Lewis, and Gary Payton is coaching, so this is already my favorite team.

Finally, a team without the NO. 3 in its name! Power, led by Cuttino Mobley and Corey Maggette, can’t pick Elton Brand because he’s not participating. So they get the best young-ish big man in 34-year-old Warrick.

The Knicks would simultaneously be bummed to see Fultz and Ball off the board and thrilled to jump up from No. 7 to No. 3. The next best thing to a franchise point guard is a young two-way wing like Jackson. He can set the tone defensively and also give the Knicks someone to attack the rim when they have Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids the ball. If he continues to grow as a ball handler and passer, Jackson could be a borderline All-Star talent.

The Celtics showed how much they value two-way potential when they picked Jaylen Brown at No. 3 last year. Isaac would be another move in that direction. He has quick feet for a 6’11 forward and can hit a catch-and-shoot jumper. His defense should be a safe bet and his offense could make him a star if his skill set continues to develop as he gets older and stronger.

All indications suggest being in a winning situation is what matters.

Utah needed another wing at the time, and Jazz coach Quin Snyder understood Rivers’ situation. The Clippers wanted Ingles, but needed another point guard. That wasn’t Snyder’s problem, though. He just hit the jackpot.

“He’s a settling influence (with) his ability to pass the ball,” Snyder said when Utah signed Ingles three years ago, according to Genessy. “He’s obviously a good fit for our group.”

In two weeks or so, as Utah reflects on a plan gone right and a dream season, the uncertain future will come into view. Until it’s resolved, we cannot count on the Jazz remaining a fixture at the top of the West. Until Hayward and Hill make decisions, we can’t rely on Utah.

Such is the cruelty of sports. You get a glimpse at success, you think you can grab onto it and hold tight, and it slips away. Perhaps Utah will be able to hang onto it. Perhaps not. In two months’ time, the Jazz will be subject to the whims of a 27-year-old millionaire. Such is life in the NBA.

Reading the tea leaves on Hayward seems impossible. All indications suggest being in a winning situation is what matters. Utah is winning now, but it’s been a long seven years. As a restricted free agent in 2014, Hayward met with several teams, eventually signing an offer sheet with Charlotte. (LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland derailed Hayward’s Cavaliers recruitment.) Utah matched Wholesale Jerseys From China the offer sheet — they likely would have matched a Cleveland offer, too — and Hayward rejoined the Jazz.

The lockdown corner has the size and speed to contribute his rookie year.

“Conley performed well at the annual showcase in Indianapolis, running a 4.4 second 40 yard dash (14th among DB’s), jumping 37 inches in the vertical (11th), while showing good change of direction in the 3 cone drill, posting a 6.68 second time (5th). It was his performance at the combine that earned him first round buzz for the first time during the draft process. He measured out at 6’0, 195 pounds and fell mid-range with 33 inch arms and 9.5 inch hands.” — Read More at Land-Grant Holy Land

The lockdown corner has the size and speed to contribute his rookie year. He was a big reason the Ohio State pass defense ranked seventh nationally in 2016. He added 20 pounds since high school, which has helped his production. Conley has coveted length — 6’0 with 33-inch arms — and also plays long, helping him excel in outside coverage.

As one of the many talented cornerbacks in this year’s loaded class, Conley needed a big performance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indy to set himself apart. He ran an official 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was a top performer in the 3-cone drill at 6.68 seconds, surpassing expectations and drawing attention from many teams.

It will be the highest draft selection since the franchise moved to Dallas, surpassing the 5th overall pick in 1996 that was used on defenseman Richard Jackman. You’d have to follow the organization’s lineage back to the Minnesota North Stars days to find a time when there was a selection even higher still, all the way back in 1988, when a young phenom named Mike Modano was taken 1st overall. You may Echl Cheap Jerseys have heard of him and the long, impressive career that he would go on to have.