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Hometown Series: Will Smith

January 31, 2020

The collage of Kentucky Derby winners plastered along the diner walls of Wagner’s Pharmacy leaves no uncertainty of its location across the street from Churchill Downs. To get to the restaurant in the back, one must walk past the sign advertising horse parking for 5 cents and the schedule of

Hometown Series: Walker Buehler

January 13, 2020

As leaves throughout Kentucky are turning shades of red and yellow, the coniferous trees at Ecton Park remain a vibrant green in the November sunlight, towering over the parking lot and beyond the outfield fence where Walker Buehler first made a name for himself in Lexington. It was here, more

From the Mag: Won't Back Down

Max Muncy was motivated to show that he was more than a surprise success story
August 14, 2019

Father and son would arrive at the Keller High School baseball field in the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 4:45 p.m., about 45 minutes after dad checked out of work for the day. They’d fill a bucket full of baseballs and sit them down at an unusual distance -- nearly half

From the Mag: Freese's Perfect Fit

August 14, 2019

First to second, no problem. The next 90 feet, just fine. “I’ve got 180 feet in me,” David Freese says with a chuckle. “And after that, I don’t know what’s going to happen.” The infielder’s 36-year-old body, lumbering as he barreled toward home, started to tilt and stumble forward around

The Love of the Game

An appreciative Clayton Kershaw is enjoying 2019
August 14, 2019

The advice from now-University of Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson, then a coach at Navarro College in Texas, seemed simple enough for the intriguing high schooler who had never before received formal pitching lessons: Pretend your hands and legs are on a string. “Hands go up, your legs go up.

From the Mag: The Batboys

July 21, 2019

The evening of March 19, 2018, conjures up an infamous moment for most Dodger fans, when a Cactus League pitch from Oakland’s Kendall Graveman ran too far inside and fractured Justin Turner’s wrist. Turner, however, chooses to remember the night for its more nostalgic moment hours prior. In a career