The Nats played Houston on Tuesday, which meant lots of interviews with former third-base coach Bo Porter, which meant at least one fascinating revelation: He is part of an online inspirational book club that many of his former players still belong to. Via the Houston Chronicle:
“Quite a few of those guys are actually on the book club e-mail, so we actually communicate with each other every morning with the book club and there were some responses back….It’s a long list. From Harper to Desmond, Tyler Moore, Lombardozzi, Clippard, Storen, LaRoche. It’s about 23 guys. I would sit here and be naming names for a long time….It started with probably like 20 people and it’s now over 700 people in the book club.”
A 700-person book club, featuring both Bryce Harper and Bo Porter? Add me to the list. Last year they read Tony Dungy’s “Uncommon Life,” and this year they’re on to an unnamed “spiritual-devotional” work. Have to figure they’ll next follow in Oprah’s footsteps and select “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.”
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
* Eric Fehr plays the hero, everyone rejoices, pixels rain down from the skies like non-existent snowflakes.
* Boz says Bryce Harper will be “amazingly good and very soon, probably this season.” Boz is excited.
* Wise on the Terps: “Turgeon is still waiting for all the promising parts to consistently add up to a genuine whole.”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Dan Haren, on throwing two good innings followed by one rocky inning:
“In spring training, if you do good, you feel great. If you do bad, you’re just working on stuff. I was just working on things in the third inning, you know?”
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT, II
Terps Coach Mark Turgeon, to former Washington Times’er Patrick Stevens:
“I was reading about Gonzaga and I look and your name’s on it. You’ve gone big-time on me all the sudden. So are you too important to ask the first question anymore?”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards are in Minnesota at 8 on Comcast SportsNet. The Terps host North Carolina at 7 on ESPN. Georgetown is at Villanova at 7 on ESPN2. Richmond is at VCU at 8 on CBS Sports Network. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Not a bad look at Eric Fehr’s miraculous overtime goal.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
— John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) March 6, 2013
New to me: Fehr’s nickname is Big Easy E?
FEHR GOAL IN GIF FORM
Here’s a mega-compilation of GIFs celebrating Fehr’s game winner.
TROUT GIVEAWAYS PLENTIFUL
The Angels’ 2013 promotional schedule includes a Mike Trout fish hat, Mike Trout bobblehead, Mike Trout pint glass, Mike Trout blanket and Mike Trout kids jersey. More Harper giveaways, please, Nats people.
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