Catchers wear a lot of protective gear -- some in delicate arenas, others just to cover their face from foul tips. I was injured many times in high school and college, and often in the most stupid of ways. In short, it is a miserable job.
Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.
I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.
Explorers Emigrants Citizens steps way back to tell the Italian-American saga from first contact with the Americas, with Christopher Columbus being only one of many explorers. The book then focuses on the huge waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century.
One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
Sure, you could admit that you aren't into sports. It's fair. Understandable, even. You could also say that you don't like U2, or pizza, or puppies, or that you just couldn't get into "Breaking Bad." But sometimes honesty isn't the best policy.
Knowing there is a problem is not enough. Rallying around a common goal to produce the desired result is the way to go. While Bayless's passion is clearly evident it's not enough to solve complex problems.
How we each can lift ourselves above the fray -- life's circumstances, negativity and excuses -- is the true message of Thanksgiving that I see. Because, if we're truly thankful, then we will know that our lives have a higher purpose, and our expression of gratitude is to live out that purpose.
I have been thinking a great deal about what it takes for athletes to achieve what I consider to be an essential goal in all of their efforts. In doing so, I have come up with my Three Steps to Sports Success.
Refusing to call it a retirement, St-Pierre created an instant shockwave of speculation that his 2,000-plus day reign as the king of the UFC's 170-pound division was over, his non-committal remarks about his ultimate departure from MMA igniting the flames of controversy.
Statistics aside, the holidays can be a great time to practice self-control around the buffet and get creative about sneaking workouts in amongst all the craziness. It can also be an opportune time to ask your loved ones to give you gifts that encourage a healthy lifestyle.