JOHNNIE B. “DUSTY” BAKER, JR.

Johnnie B.

Johnnie B. Baker, Jr.

Who?

Dusty Baker.

Oh…Dusty Baker.

You mean the 72-year-old ‘kid’ from Riverside, CA. with the toothpick hangin’ from his right lower lip?

Yup.

That’s just who(m) I mean.

The one with the pretty hip specs?

(And shades).

The fellow…

WANDA SYKES

She defies logic.

Reason.

And all that may be rational.

To some.

To others???

Including the writer?

As Ali self-proclaimed, [she] is, “The Greatest.”

Pure and simple.

Wanda Sykes is the greatest.

And this is so, because she’s real.

Wanda Yvette Sykes is an American actress, stand-up comedian…

TONY REALI

Formerly, “Stat Boy.”

Now, “Stat Man.”

Or simply, “The Man.”

43-year-old Tony Reali is a seasoned TV veteran today, ESPN’s sharp MC of “Around the Horn.”

In April he signed a new multi-year contract, upon entering his twentieth year at the network.

20 years.

Reali was a fresh-faced…

MO’NE DAVIS

Remember Mo’ne Davis?

I do.

I certainly do.

Because she was a serious ballplayer.

A baseball player.

She.

Mo’ne Davis shattered national consciousness and achieved well-deserved notoriety, even before the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS).

That was when she was the first girl to earn a win…

MARCUS SEMIEN

It’s a shame that Marcus Semien and his Toronto Blue Jays got aced out of the American League Wildcard sweepstakes on the last day of the regular season, October 3rd.

Despite winning their season finale against the lowly Orioles by a 12–4 score, Toronto (91–71) finished one game…

ANGELO DUNDEE

Who was greater, Muhammad Ali or Angelo Dundee?

Who was “THE GREATEST?”

Did Muhammad Ali make Angelo Dundee, or did Dundee make Ali?

Not so easy to figure out.

On any number of levels.

Let’s try.

Angelo Dundee may have been the greatest boxing trainer and cornerman in…

RYAN LAVARNWAY

I love baseball.

And believe me, I get it.

But how much can one person take?

I mean, you really gotta love it…

I must assume that Yale-educated Ryan Lavarnway is one of those folks whose love for the game — playing the game — knows no bounds.

TED SIMMONS, JOHNNY BENCH…AND SALVY PEREZ???

Ted Simmons is erudite, scholarly, in fact.

Johnny Bench, aka “Corkhead,” is no scholar, but he is deceptively smart.

He knows what he knows, and what he knows, he knows well.

There are nineteen catchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bench and the…

MAYA MOORE IS THE DEFINITION OF ‘PRESIDENTIAL TIMBER’…AND THEN SOME

Maya Moore must have had the most profound and deeply impactful guidance ever.

From God.

From her family.

Or from, I don’t know where.

She so far surpasses whatever a human being should be, it’s incomprehensible.

Unfathomable.

Or, she’s just…

WANDER FRANCO

Wander Franco is a twenty-year-old.

I have suits older than that.

Shoes too.

Good ones — in each case.

High quality.

Well-made.

Expensive.

Wander Franco is better than all that, at what he does.

Way better.

Franco is a switch-hitting rookie shortstop for the AL East-leading Tampa Bay…

Peter J. Kaplan

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