Financier John Canning Jr., who had been a serious bidder to purchase the Chicago Cubs, on his secret loyalties:
“The only thing that I was able to come out of the closet on was I’m actually a White Sox fan. God, what a relief not to buy the Cubs.”
The WSJ on why Manny Ramirez would probably be good at cricket:
In cricket, the “bowler” will usually throw the ball so that it bounces off the ground before reaching the batsman. By that logic, says John Aaron, secretary of the United States of America Cricket Association, “any baseball player who hits the sinker or low fastball would enjoy a greater percentage of hits.”
The NYT on the slow rise of club cricket in American colleges and universities:
After the championship match, in which South Florida could not handle Montgomery’s firepower, the local fans — three Jamaican retirees sitting in the shade — nodded in approval, clapping politely.
Rob Neyer wonders why publicly funded stadia, despite being economic non-starters, continue to get approved and built:
Is it because the ballpark proponents contribute money to — i.e., bribe — the local politicians? Is it because the politicians are driven to make their mark on things, and building a huge concrete playground for millionaires is one of the biggest marks one can make? Is it because the voters really do want to spend their tax dollars on those huge playgrounds?
Huff Po on Chicago’s hopes that President Obama will show up when they make their final pitch to host the 2016 Summer Olympics:
“Anyone who’s met him senses he has the charisma and chemistry to work well with people,” said Bob Ctvrtlik, the USOC vice chairman for international relations. “If he can come and stay for an hour, we’ll appreciate it. If he can stay a few days, we’ll appreciate it even more.”