Here are some interesting Major League Baseball scheduling situations, considering all the chatter revolving around the Astros’ sign-stealing controversy.
One of the most outspoken critics of the Astros has been the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger. Many of his teammates also have been vocal, because it was the Dodgers that lost the 2017 World Series against the Astros, apparently when they cheated.
Well, guess where the MLB All-Star Game will be played this summer? You guessed it.
Just how loudly will the Astros all-stars be booed at Dodger Stadium? Wouldn’t it be tremendous if Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Bellinger all make it?
And perhaps you read about the Braves’ normally low-key Nick Markakis mouthing off about the Astros, essentially saying they all should be “beaten.”
Well, have you looked at Atlanta’s final home series this season? It’s against the Astros (Sept. 25-27). In fact, the Braves’ final homestand looks absolutely juicy.
Before they play the Astros, the Braves host the defending world champions Nationals for a four-game set (Sept. 21-24).
By now, I’m sure, the Astros are fed up with hearing all this stuff. My advice to them comes from the classic movie, “Animal House.”
Tell everyone, “You (messed up) up, you trusted us. Make the best of it…”
• The Marshall-East Carolina game, previously scheduled for Sept. 5, has been rescheduled for what’s called “Week Zero” on Aug. 29. It will pay tribute to the 70 passengers and five crew members who lost their lives on Nov. 14, 1970, while returning to Huntington on a charter flight from Greenville.
I remember that like it was yesterday, but that’s 50 years ago folks.
• I was asked last week – when the SEC Football Media Days schedule was released – which day I would consider must-see. I picked the third day, Wednesday, July 15, mainly because new Mississippi State coach Mike Leach is third on the agenda, and it doesn’t hurt that Nick Saban goes first that day.
The Tide coach in recent years has made news at this event.
After Saban on Wednesday, there’s new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman, Leach and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt.
Auburn’s Gus Malzahn kicks off the final day (Thursday, July 16). He’s followed by South Carolina’s Will Muschamp and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.
There will be a lot of interest the first day as well. The lineup on Monday, July 13, has Florida’s Dan Mullen, returning national champ LSU’s Ed Orgeron and new Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz.
On Tuesday, new Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin goes third. First is Georgia’s Kirby Smart, then Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Kiffin and Vandy’s Derek Mason.
Day 2 will be very popular, too, and not just because of Kiffin. The event this year is being held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
• Last week, former Pitt basketball coach Kevin Stallings received a three-year show-cause from the NCAA (Pitt’s current football coach, Pat Narduzzi, also was sanctioned).
But the penalty on Stallings, who was fired on March 8, 2018, is all the more interesting because his team lost all 18 ACC games it played that season.
• Congrats to Troy University alum Melanie Newman for being named to the the Baltimore Orioles broadcast team. She is one of five women in the country calling play-by-play in professional baseball.
• Not sure if you’ve seen the flyer for Cherokee Ridge’s inaugural Two-Man Best Ball Classic scheduled for April 18-19, but one thing I noticed in particular was the hole-in-one shootout to win a $500,000 home in the Cherokee Ridge community.
I’ve looked at it five times now and that’s what is says. Shootout rules will be provided at registration.
I know I’m at least interested in watching.
Register for the tournament by calling 256-841-4551, or email Barkley@cherokeerridge.com by April 15.