PHOENIX – Some sporting thoughts before the scorching sunrise …
>> My meeting with the Clemente family was aimed primarily at writing a column about how they should not give up the effort to retire No. 21 across baseball, but it turned out to be so much more when they shared with me their way-too-perfect Plan B. As you’ll see this morning, I absolutely love it.
I hope you enjoy reading this half as much as I enjoyed learning about it.
>> Joel Hanrahan looked last night like he’ll be thrilled to pitch Friday night in Houston or anywhere else. My All-Star Game coverage this morning gets into all that. And I’d strongly advise reading to the end for the stuff that the Giants’ Brian Wilson told me about Hanrahan and the Pirates.
>> That’s it for me on this trip. Spending the day trekking back home, so I’ll be out of touch, out of sight, out of mind and, most especially, out of commission.
Thanks to all for the input here, as always.