SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Funeral services are being planned for Oscar Taveras in his hometown in the Dominican Republic following his death in a weekend car crash
Aaron Lewis has apologized for botching the lyrics of ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' during his performance before Game 5 of the World Series. The lead singer of the metal band Staind turned country singer published a note on his website Monday after stumbling during his rendition of the national anthem the night before in San Francisco. ''The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.'' After starting with ''O say can you see by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed,'' Lewis diverted from the lyrics.
The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: ''When in doubt, sit it out.'' From the World Series to the NFL, from hockey to youth sports, concussions are a major topic at all levels of athletics. They shaped part of the postseason for the San Francisco Giants - first baseman Brandon Belt returned from one, backup catcher Hector Sanchez didn't. Torre, the former catcher and Hall of Fame manager who's now a Major League Baseball executive, taped public-service announcements that appeared at ballparks in October, reiterating that head injuries need to be checked. The wild-card Oakland Athletics lost catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry before the playoffs because of concussion effects.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday he was stunned by the death of 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras in a car accident and his players were struggling with deep anguish after losing a young teammate. ''I was asked last night to give some words regarding the tragic death of Oscar Taveras, but I just simply couldn't,'' Matheny said. ''To say this is a horrible loss of a life ended too soon would be an understatement.'' Taveras died Sunday in his native Dominican Republic. He was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the capital of Santo Domingo, said Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency.
Hall of Famer Juan Marichal mingled in the San Francisco clubhouse and waited patiently for his chance to share a kind, congratulatory word with Madison Bumgarner. What Bumgarner did to pitch the Giants within one victory of another World Series championship certainly was. The Southern southpaw tossed a four-hit gem in his latest brilliant postseason start, and the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday night to reach the cusp of a third championship in five years. ''It's what you set your sights for before you go out there, you want to finish the game,'' Bumgarner said.
Robin Williams' smiling face, in a variety of his most well-loved characters, adorned the big screen at AT&T in a stirring tribute to the late award-winning actor. Zak Williams, the oldest son of the beloved Academy Award winner and comedian, lofted an emotional ceremonial first pitch to Billy Crystal to start Game 5 of the World Series between Williams' San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night.
This is not the first time the Kansas City Royals have been in trouble this season. A .500 team after 100 games, the Royals turned it on down the stretch to earn their first playoff berth in 29 years. Down four runs in the eighth inning of the AL wild-card game, Kansas City rallied to force extra innings and then overcame another deficit in the 12th before beating the Oakland Athletics. Now, after being blanked 5-0 by San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday night, the Royals find themselves on the brink of elimination again as they head home trailing 3-2 in the World Series.