Saturday, June 04, 2011
By Cam Inman
Contra Costa Times (MCT)
Giants general manager Brian Sabean veered out of the proverbial basepath when he went off on Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins during a KNBR radio interview earlier this week.
He belittled an opposing player beyond what even an overprotective Little League parent might yell, much less a Major League Baseball executive. There was no excuse for him to say "we'll all be happy" if baseball never again sees Cousins, who thrashed catcher Buster Posey's left ankle in a collision at home plate May 25 at AT&T Park.
National outrage ensued over Sabean's remarks during his radio show. On Friday, Sabean was phoning the Marlins and Cousins to make amends, and embarrassed members of the Giants' brass found themselves defending Sabean's emotional nature.
There is no doubt that emotions were a factor in Sabean's outburst. So is a loyalty to Posey. The star catcher's inability to return for the Giants' title defense has broken the hearts of many inside and outside of AT&T Park's brick walls.
Cogwagee (Thomas Charles Longboat) (June 4, 1887 – January 9, 1949) was an Onondaga distance runner from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Indian reserve near Brantford, Ontario, and for much of his career the dominant long distance runner of the time. When he was a child a Mohawk resident of the reserve, Bill Davis, who in 1901 finished second in the Boston Marathon, interested him in running races.
He began racing in 1905, finishing second in the Victoria Day race at Caledonia, Ontario. His first important victory was in the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton, Ontario in 1906, which he won by three minutes. In 1907 he won the Boston Marathon in a record time of 2:24:24 over the old 24-1/2 mile course, four minutes and 59 seconds faster than any of the previous ten winners of the event. He collapsed, however, in the 1908 Olympic marathon, along with several other leading runners, and a rematch was organized the same year at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Longboat won this race, turned professional, and in 1909 at the same venue won the title of Professional Champion of the World in another marathon.
Learn more about Tom Longboat.