He was electrifying. Just electrifying, Ozzie Smith told Sporting News before his annual Play Ball with Ozzie Smith fundraiser in Cooperstown on Friday morning. He could beat you in so many different ways. He could beat you with his speed. He could beat you with his bat. He could beat you with his arm. When you think about all the things he could do, it was just amazing.
If you get a guy like Timmy who doesn’t strike out a lot, there’s always pressure on you to play the ball cleanly.
Smith knew first-hand the challenges of playing against Raines, when his Cardinals and Raines’ Expos were rivals in the long-gone configuration of the NL East. The folks he shared a clubhouse with loved talking about Raines, too.
Rock, he was an outstanding teammate, Wade Boggs said between holes at the annual golf outing for Hall of Famers on Saturday morning at Leatherstocking Golf Course (Boggs and Raines were teammates on the 1996 Yankees World Series championship club). I’m so happy for him. It’s well-deserved. It took a long time for him to get in, but when you look at his stats alone, he deserves to be here. Great teammate. I love him to death.
The victories by Spieth and Thomas in consecutive majors was a milestone of sorts, the first time two players under the age of 25 won back-to-back since 1923, when Bobby Jones won The Open and Gene Sarazen captured the PGA Championship.
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Thomas, who began the final round 2 strokes behind Kevin Kisner, played the last 12 holes in 4 under par with his only bogey coming at the 18th, a meaningless one that meant a 2-shot victory over Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen.
Game Mens John Randle Jersey Reed, another young American who has starred in two Ryder Cups and won five PGA Tour titles, finally cracked the top-10 in a major, his rally coming up short.