1Prince Fielder, only 32 years old, will no longer play baseball due to a life-threatening risk of severing his spinal cord after successive neck surgeries...
Interesting statistical note: Cecil and Prince, father and son, both end up with 319 career homers.
2Ichiro passes Clemente with hit 3001...
Hilariously, old Dick Enberg later runs on about his disdain for the lack of honesty (integritty?) in public American pleasantries, like, "how we all go around asking each other how we're doing -- 'Oh, I'm fine thank you' -- when in fact I'm doing awful. I'm cranky."
And suddenly the stereotypes converge: the cranky oldwhiteguy broadcaster bitching about life and the dejected latino ballplayer who lollygagged his way up the line are one and the same in having exposed similar shades of their vulnerable, human frailties and failures in front of thousands of strangers who probably couldn't care less.