The stakes: The Cubs held the Nationals to one run through the first 16 innings of the series before the Nationals erupted for five runs in the eighth inning of Game 2 to rally from a 3-1 deficit and even the series. Now they have to face the likely Cy Young winner in Scherzer, who will be pitching on eight days of rest after tweaking his hamstring in his final regular-season start and getting pushed back to this game.
Delhomme started Super Bowl 38 for the Carolina Panthers.
What happened? Delhomme was a shell of his former self by the time he joined the Browns. Although he beat out Seneca Wallace to open as Cleveland’s starter in 2010, ankle injuries quickly drove Delhomme to the bench and fast-tracked rookie Colt McCoy into a first-string role.
Fortunately, baseball is a small world sewn together by interpersonal relationships — like the 108 double red stitches that keep the two pieces of cowhide on a baseball together. When Dave Roberts reported to the Buffalo Bisons back in ’98, their pitching coach was Buddy Black.
Twelve years later, Black was starting his fourth season as manager of the Padres. He asked Roberts to join the Padres as a special assistant to coach baserunning, outfield defense and bunting.
And that job led to Roberts getting a physical at the Padres’ spring training camp in Peoria, a routine that proved fateful. Tests showed that Roberts had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Stage 2, he says. But the good thing about it is that it’s treatable if you go after it.