(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in the TEN)
1.) “If you’re going to burn the flag, don’t do it around me. I’ve been to too many veterans’ hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it.”—Then Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday after rescuing an American Flag from being burned on the field at Dodger Stadium on this date in 1976
2.) NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah says he’s hearing the St. Louis Rams will take Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the 13th pick in the first round.
3.) “If you have your back to a tv and watch the game through a mirror the lefties look like righties and the righties look like lefties. It’s so cool!!!”—MVS commentor “theurenaexpress”
4.) ”Put it on your hat, put it on your pants, your belt, put it on your glove, whatever you have to do. You just can’t do it that blatantly. That was what the biggest issue was. No one has an issue with him doing it. It’s just more of the fact that it’s so blatant.”—Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on New York Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda getting popped for pine tar on Wednesday night.
5.) Gabrielino’s playoff appearance last November against San Dimas was its first since playing South Hills in the first round in 2004.
6.) On this date in 1901 Chicago beat Cleveland, 8-2, in the first ever American League game. The contest was played at the Chicago Cricket Club.
7.) Warren “Bad Dude” George Wickens turns 18 today.
8.) ”We have a dream of winning it all. We’ve got to be much more tougher than that. I don’t think it’s there. Our toughness is questionable right now.”—Indiana Pacers forward Paul George after his team fell to Atlanta on Thursday night and now trails in the first round series two games to one.
9.) “Can we have someone who just didn’t have surgery holding the bag please?”—Baldwin Park HC Daniel Al-gattas during last Saturday’s workouts.
10.) “Wilson is old how many games does he have to blow before they stop pitching him with the game on the line. Their whole bullpen has been a huge disappointment this year.”—Yahoo commenter “Billy O” on Dodger reliever Brian Wilson. Wilson in 1/3 of an inning allowed three hits, one walk, four runs, all earned, as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles 7-3.