The long and winding Woods

I recall when I was working for CNN Sports, pitching a well known magazine that I wrote some stuff for in those days. It was about this kid out of Stanford and Cypress, California, and what he was accomplishing and certain to accomplish in golf. Well, they turned it down. I have that rejection letter…

Pioneer closer Lee Smith finally gets due

Now headed to Cooperstown, big Lee Smith was a likable, consistent pioneer out of the bullpen, and you can see in this story why the Angels wanted him around late in his career.

12-year-old youth baseball teammates make the most of spring break

Charlie Downey and Kendall Hailey have played together at Toluca League Youth Baseball since they were five. As their first trip to baseball’s spring training bears out, the 12-year-olds take their hardball seriously.

Making the most of their spring break, the two Los Angeles kids, with some willing navigation from Charlie’s father Jake, visited seven Cactus League games in four days. They even made time to go a Phoenix Suns NBA game, play paintball and have lunch at BankOne Ballpark, home to Arizona’s Major League Diamondbacks.