Welcome back to the third installment of the King’s Court. I have a lot of sports-related topics on my mind this week. I’ll share my take on Grant Hill and Jason Kidd announcing retirement this past weekend, the PED scandal and other MLB topics, as well as the Dallas Cowboys recent attention from the media.
Yasiel Puig Watch
The latest player to be added to the potential future superstar list is 22-year old Yasiel Puig. The Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder made quite the impression in his first two career games. In his MLB debut he went 2-4 and showed off his arm as he caught a ball at the warning track and quickly fired it to first base to double-up the runner to end the game. The very next night he went 3-4 with two home runs and a double. Puig is a Cuban defector who signed a $42 million contract with the Dodgers in 2012. We may be witnessing a star in the making.
Happy Retirement Jason Kidd and Grant Hill
Two storied NBA careers came to an end this past weekend as Grant Hill and Jason Kidd both announced their retirement. Hill announced he was retiring on Saturday and Kidd followed suit on Monday. They were picked number two and three overall in the 1994 NBA Draft and named co-Rookies of the Year. Unfortunately for Hill, his career was never what it panned out to be, dealing with nagging ankle injuries his entire career, which led to him missing a whopping 484 career games. In his career, he played for the Detroit Pistons–who drafted him–the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. He also participated on the 1996 USA Olympic gold medal team
Kidd was able to enjoy much more success in the Association. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 when they defeated the newly-assembled Miami Heat. He finished his career second all-time in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684), both behind Hall of Famer John Stockton. Kidd was drafted by the Mavericks, spent time on the Phoenix Suns after being dealt there, was shipped to New Jersey, where he led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances, then spent some more time with the Mavericks before calling it quits as a member of the New York Knicks.
I applaud both of these players and will certainly miss watching them play. They’re two guys who have been linked together since the time they were drafted and have spent their careers playing the game the right way, especially in the later stages of their careers where they became role players. It’s only fitting for these two to go out together after coming in together. Happy retirement.
The MLB PED Scandal Resurfaces
Earlier this week it was reported that Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis of America, has agreed to cooperate with MLB in revealing names of players who have bought and used performance enhancing drugs from his clinic. The most notable player is New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. In another report, Rodriguez was reportedly asked by Bosch to help him financially after MLB filed a lawsuit against him, with Rodriguez refusing to provide assistance. Ryan Braun is another notable player who is caught up in this mess. The former-MVP failed a drug test in 2011, but later had it reversed due to a still-questionable technicality. These are two of 20 players who have been linked to Bosch, with many of them facing potential 100-game suspensions.
If MLB wants to truly clean up the game, it should send an eye-opening message to those who intend on using PEDs. They have to bring the hammer down in this situation and bring the lifetime ban topic to the table. This will send the message that MLB needs to send. Players around the league have said similar things. Get rid of the cheaters and punish them. If they don’t, players will always find a way to taint the game with performance enhancers.
Downtown Domonic Brown
There has been no hotter hitter in recent weeks than Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown. This kid has been sensational. He has 10 home runs in his past 12 games with 15 RBI and has raised his batting average from .243 to .291. In the month of May, he cracked 12 home runs and drew zero walks. The other players in MLB history to do so? None. He is the first. The Phillies had plenty of question marks heading into this season. One of those was not knowing who would provide a big bat in the lineup. They have found their answer for the time being. Philadelphia currently sits at 30-30 and are in second place in the National League East, due in large part to Mr. Brown.
Dallas Cowboys Getting Too Much Attention
The Dallas Cowboys have been in the news a lot lately and it just doesn’t make much sense. This team has been mediocre at best over the past 15 years, with only one playoff win in that span. One. That is terrible. They are known as “America’s Team,” but they don’t deserve it. We saw this week that Bill Callahan will be calling the plays for the Cowboys this season, yet there was no confirmation of such things occurring from Head Coach Jason Garrett. I don’t care who calls the plays, because this team has been 8-8 the past two seasons and have not made the playoffs since Garrett became head coach three seasons ago. We’ve heard that owner Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to be more like Peyton Manning, living in the film room and possessing the ability to call his own plays on the fly. While Romo gets a lot of heat for not winning or getting his team to the playoffs, he isn’t the only one who should be blamed. At the end of the day, I’m sick of hearing about a team that has not done much the last 15 years.
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