The day I attended Dodgers spring training to interview Clayton Kershaw back in 2011, he was just coming onto the scene and hadn’t risen to the level of fame he holds today. That day was also skipper Don Mattingly’s first day on the job. I gathered with a handful of other reporters for the first casual diamond-side “presser” of spring training. And realizing the enormity of that moment, I decided to have the guts to ask this crusty fellow his very first question as manager. I honestly didn’t care about making a fool of myself.
I remember reading that early scouts had compared Kershaw to Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax (my dad’s favorite pitcher!). So I blurted out, “Coach, Kershaw is looking to be a solid pitcher on the roster this season. He’s being compared to a few pitchers from the past. Is there someone from your playing days that he reminds you of?” He looked at me and said, “Shoot, hell if I know. Hadn’t thought about it.” I tried not to laugh. I think he was expecting, “How’s your first day on the job going?!” Sorry to see Mattingly leaving L.A., and couldn’t help but recall that unforgettable moment. Now all future pitchers are praying they get compared to Kershaw! Very proud of all he and his wife, Ellen, do off the field to minister to their community and other countries like Zambia. www.kershawschallenge.com
There’s something quite special about the football program at Texas Tech. It’s known as “Quarterback U” because of the amount of quality QB’s coming through the system, and I had the privilege of covering the team for a season back in 2004. I was Graham Harrell’s first college interview when he entered his freshman year at Texas Tech, and was so proud that he went on to play in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers. Now he’s being included in a documentary about the Quarterbacks of TTU. Here is a link to my article, which includes some ironic foreshadowing! The Young Guns>>>
I’ve never met 14-year-old athletes up for such a daring challenge! At midnight on Sept 12, they’ll begin swimming from Catalina Island to the California coast (over 20 miles), all for a good cause. This piece is for a local beach town magazine. Ocean’s Seven>>>
Ian Desmond (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Looks for these two guys in the next issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine: Padres’ Ian Kennedy and Nationals’ Ian Desmond. We’re heading into the dog days of summer, sports fans. What better time to head to the ballpark! Go Pads. Go Nats.
With the “Disney” gals!
I volunteered as the event writer at one of Tim Tebow’s special needs proms that took place across the US and overseas this past Valentine’s Day weekend. What a fun night getting twirled on the dance floor, enjoying hugs from these sweet kiddos, and stopping by the “Disney” photo booth! My pre-event tweet made the news (random?!) http://www.inquisitr.com/1771462/want-to-know-how-football-hottie-tim-tebow-is-spending-valentines-day/ Here is the short little piece I wrote for them to use: http://www.crossroadschurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/A-Night-to-Shine.pdf
“Write What You Love” (May/June 2015) by Jean Ann Cantore
I’m humbled that someone would ask to do a story on my sportswriting career. This month marks 10 years! My mom, a spelling bee champ in her tiny East Texas hometown, had to quit college to raise us three kids. She taught me how to read and write, and has always been there for a late night call when I was stuck on an article. This is for you, mom! Thank you for everything! #IAmARedRaider
Sophie working Team USA’s Abby Wombach.
Look for Team Canada’s Sophie Schmidt to play big at this summer’s FIFA World Cup hosted by Canada! I interviewed the inspiring midfielder and 2x Olympian for Canada’s “Living Light News” May/June issue. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9…be strong and courageous! She is both. SOPHIE SCHMIDT>>>