NEW YORK — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.
Lloyd McClendon figures it took him the entirety of spring training, plus 55 games of the regular season, before he really knew his Mariners team — who to pat on the back, who to kick in the rear, and who to leave alone altogether.
With many eager to point out the calamities that befall those teams trying to defend their Super Bowl championship, we may presume that the Seahawks should prepare to scheme against plague, pestilence and famine as well as Niners, Cards and Rams.
Maybe it’s the easygoing personality where he never seems to be in a hurry about anything. It could be the mischievous grin/smile that leaves his face only once in a while and never for extended periods of time. Perhaps it’s the swagger of knowing what he’s accomplished in the game.
PHILADELPHIA — Mike Zunino lifted his elbow and showed off the red mark like a brand-new tattoo. The area was pink from an ice pack. In the middle of the uneven circle of cold skin was the distinct red marking from the seams of a baseball that had struck him.