WBEZ | MLB http://www.wbez.org/tags/mlb Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cubs looking to rally from 3-0 NLCS deficit http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/cubs-looking-rally-3-0-nlcs-deficit-113447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sad cubs AP David J. Phillip.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cubs have been known all year for their power. But it was the little things, things like defense, and plate discipline, that got them to the NLCS. Those little things were missing from Tuesday night&rsquo;s game, and now the Cubs find themselves in a very deep hole. It&rsquo;s so deep that only one team in history has climbed out of it.</p><p>WBEZ Sports Contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> was at the game, in the rain.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-21/cubs-looking-rally-3-0-nlcs-deficit-113447 Cubs looking to launch themselves into the playoffs http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/cubs-looking-launch-themselves-playoffs-113217 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs Flickr Steve.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This season, the Chicago Cubs exceeded nearly everyone&rsquo;s expectations. And now it all comes down to one game with the Pirates. If they beat Pittsburgh, the Cubs will advance to the post-season and a series with their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.</p><p>WBEZ sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> talks about some of the thinking and strategy going into tonight&rsquo;s big game.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/cubs-looking-launch-themselves-playoffs-113217 Cheryl Raye Stout goes 1-on-1 with Cubs Jake Arrieta http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-cubs-jake-arrieta-113179 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jake arrieta ap file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It all comes down to Wednesday night in Pittsburgh: the play-off wildcard game between the Cubs and the Pirates. If the Cubs win, it&rsquo;s on to their rival the St. Louis Cardinals. Leading up to Wednesday&rsquo;s game, we&rsquo;re bringing you excerpts of extended interviews sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> did with some of the team&rsquo;s biggest stars.</p><p>Cheryl takes us one-on-one with pitcher Jake Arrieta. His teammate Jon Lester was the big name big money acquisition last winter, but Arrieta has had a breakout year worthy of the Cy Young award for the best pitcher in the National League. Here are some numbers: 20 wins and more than 200 strikeouts &mdash; he&rsquo;s only the 3rd Cub to do that since 1900.</p></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-05/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-cubs-jake-arrieta-113179 Are fans allowing themselves to get excited about Cubs clinch? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/are-fans-allowing-themselves-get-excited-about-cubs-clinch-113085 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cubs flickr Rob Pongsajapan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For four years, Cubs President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer have been trading, picking, buying, re-trading and stocking up on young talent. This year was supposed to be the year when the Wrigley faithful would finally see the team pull themselves out of the cellar and play halfway decent ball. But the Cubs defied expectations, and have secured a shot at playoffs.</p><p>The question is, with 107 years of frustration and disappointment on their minds...are Cubs fans excited about a one-game playoff? We hear from listeners. And WBEZ sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> joins us.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-28/are-fans-allowing-themselves-get-excited-about-cubs-clinch-113085 Bears perform as expected, Cubs close in on wild card http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-21/bears-perform-expected-cubs-close-wild-card-113008 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/cutler Mike Morbeck.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You waited all week, you listened to three hours of pre-game and then you watched the game. And then you wondered if you could sue the Bears to get all those wasted hours of your life back.</p><p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> won&rsquo;t say &ldquo;I told ya so,&rdquo; but two games in, the Bears season is turning out about as bad as the experts predicted, and it could actually turn worse.</p></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-21/bears-perform-expected-cubs-close-wild-card-113008 Discussion builds around adding more netting to keep baseball fans safe http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/discussion-builds-around-adding-more-netting-keep-baseball-fans <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/baseball fans ttarasiuk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Each baseball season, more than 1,700 fans get hit with balls and shattered bats at Major League parks. In June, a woman sustained life-threatening injuries in Boston. This past Sunday at Wrigley Field, a woman was stretchered off and sent to the hospital. Last Friday, a woman in Detroit was seriously injured by a foul ball, prompting Tigers star Justin Verlander to tweet about the need for additional safety measures. Some believe additional measures aren&rsquo;t necessary. Major League Baseball says it&rsquo;s looking into the matter. Veteran Chicago baseball analyst Bruce Levine from 670 The Score joins us to talk about the many sides to the story.</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/discussion-builds-around-adding-more-netting-keep-baseball-fans Baseball honors Jackie Robinson http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/baseball-honors-jackie-robinson-106641 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_jackie_robinson.jpg" style="height: 332px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="File: Jackie Robinson. (AP)" />Baseball is a game of numbers, but today there is only one that is important: 42. Major League Baseball in 2004 designated April 15&nbsp;as the annual celebration of Jackie Robinson&rsquo;s first appearance as a Brooklyn Dodger.</p><p>Sixteen years ago, Robinson&rsquo;s number was officially retired by the MLB. It&#39;s one of the most distinctive tributes to what he did for baseball and society. Part of the celebration includes all players, coaches and managers wearing the number 42 on their jerseys as all of baseball honors the man who bravely became the first African-American player in MLB.</p><p>Since the Cubs are off today, they will honor Robinson tomorrow night when they host the Texas Rangers. Two Hall of Fame Cubs will be part of pre-game ceremonies: Ernie Banks and Billy Williams. Banks was the first African-American to play for the Northsiders and considered Robinson as a mentor. Williams joined the major leagues shortly after Robinson and Banks.</p><p>Hollywood is also spotlighting Robinson with the recently released movie <em>42: The True Story of an American Legend.</em></p><p>It&#39;s not the first cinematic version of the icon&#39;s story. In 1950, Robinson starred in the biographical film, <em>The Jackie Robinson Story</em>. There have also been three television versions of his story and a Broadway production about his life and legacy. The timing of the recent biography will help younger generations be aware and informed about the difficulties that Robinson, and to some extent Dodger executive Branch Rickey, went through to break the color barrier in baseball. It was a defining moment not just for sports, but a reflection on the racial divide in America.</p><p>Cubs players Dave Sappelt, Scott Hairston and hitting coach James Rowson reflected on Robinson&#39;s legacy.</p><p>This is Sappelt&rsquo;s first time celebrating Robinson in the major leagues. He recalled his grandparents telling him stories about the famed player. However, the Cubs outfielder remarked the sport&#39;s racial struggles lasted decades beyond that 1947 season. Sappelt believes wearing the 42 jersey will show appreciation to Robinson and the others who followed and played the game the right way under tremendous pressure.</p><p>Tomorrow will also be a first for Rowsan. In his first full season as a major league coach, Rowsan says wearing 42 is &ldquo;a great level of honor.&rdquo; Even though the league celebrates Jackie Robinson once a year, Rowsan says he and other African Americans celebrate everyday they step on a baseball field. Growing up in New York, he said he learned the lessons of that era from his father.</p><p>Hairston comes from a long line of baseball players. He and his brother Jerry Jr. followed in their father Jerry and Uncle John&rsquo;s footsteps and they were preceded by Sam Hairston, who played in the Negro Leagues with Robinson. Hairston said Robinson may not have been the best player from the Negro League, but he was the best to withstand the challenges of breaking the color barrier. Hairston said it is &ldquo;mind blowing&rdquo; to think about Robinson being the only black player that first year.</p><p>As a young man, Hairston heard stories from his grandfather about the problems players in the Negro League dealt with on the road. Hotels often turned them away, forcing players to sleep on buses. But Hairston said his grandfather never lost the love for the game. And he says players should never lose that appreciation of what those players went through. With two young sons age 5 and 7, Hairston had murals of Sam Hairston in action painted on their bedroom walls. Tuesday night, Hairston says he will think of his grandfather as he and the rest of baseball honor Jackie Robinson.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_top">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a>&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/baseball-honors-jackie-robinson-106641 What does 2013 look like for the Cubs and White Sox? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/what-does-2013-look-cubs-and-white-sox-106386 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_spring_training_gene_j_puskar.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Spring training is just about over. (AP/File)" /></div><p>Both the White Sox and the Cubs have left Arizona and played their final spring training games. Opening Day is Monday with all its splendor and hopes that the day brings for baseball fans. Here are some news and notes about the impending 2013 season.</p><h2><strong>New Faces for the Cubs</strong></h2><p>The one major free agent signing by the Cubs was often-traded pitcher Edwin Jackson. The 29-year-old right hand starter inked a 4-year, $54 million contract. Jackson had &ldquo;a cup of coffee&rdquo; with the White Sox a few years ago and will pitch plenty of innings for second year manager Dale Sveum.</p><p>Veteran Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa will be part of the bullpen. The Cubs signed the 32-year old pitcher for need and to possibly replace Carlos Marmol if he is traded. Of course, if the team tanks this year, Fujikawa may have trade value at the deadline.</p><p>In right field, the Cubs brought in Nate Schierholtz with a one year deal. He played for Philadelphia and San Francisco.</p><p>The Cubs also signed a few veterans to the pitching staff: Scott Baker (former Twin), Carlos Villanueva (former Blue Jay/Brewer) and Scott Feldman (former Ranger). Baker&rsquo;s surgically repaired elbow flared up in his first spring training appearance. The Cubs are expected to shut him down for at least a month. Feldman was a reliever that converted to a starter six years ago.</p><p>Trying to stabilize the young starting catcher Welington Castillo, the Cubs brought in eight-year veteran Dioner Navarro.</p><h2><strong>Cubs departures</strong></h2><p>It was sayonara to Bryan LaHair. Last year he was an All-Star player who lost his starting job to Anthony Rizzo. He is now in Japan.&nbsp;The team also parted ways with third base coach Pat Listach.</p><h2><strong>Front and center for the Cubs</strong></h2><ul><li>Wrigley Field issues will loom over this team until an agreement is made between the team, neighborhood and the city.</li><li>On the field, the Cubs will try to avoid a hundred losses and continue the path to success with young players in the Cubs&#39; minor leagues.&nbsp; Darwin Barney&rsquo;s play at second earned him a Gold Glove in 2012; shortstop Starlin Castro hopes to improve on his defense too.</li><li>The Cubs front office signed many stop gap players to try to have a competitive team.</li><li>Despite what his critics think, Alfonso Soriano has proven to be a leader and did produce very solid numbers at the plate.</li><li>The star in the making is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He has all the tools.</li><li>Pitcher Matt Garza strained his left side but&nbsp;is expected to improve soon. Garza could be an important to help the club on the mound or a deal.&nbsp;</li><li>Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija needs to remain consistent.</li><li>Unfortunately for the Cubs this year, Houston is now in the American League. The NL Central cellar may be where the Cubs may finish.</li></ul><h2>New Faces for the White Sox</h2><p>The biggest change came in the front office. Rick Hahn is now the team&rsquo;s general manager as Ken Williams moves up the ladder. Hahn didn&rsquo;t make any wholesale moves. He did re-sign Jake Peavy to an extension.&nbsp; To fill a hole left by the departure of Kevin Youkilis (we barely got to know you), Hahn signed former Tampa Bay third baseman Jeff Keppinger to a three-year deal. He is a career .288 hitter. Keppinger makes contact and does not strike out. He is just getting back into action after injuring his shoulder during training camp.</p><p>Just before spring training, the Sox acquired 25-year-old third baseman Conor Gillespie from San Francisco. He has been fighting all spring to make the roster.</p><p>One more new face with the Southsiders is actually a familiar face: Bobby Thigpen. The former White Sox closer has been working with the minor league teams. He will now handle the bullpen duties after Juan Nieves departed to become the Red Sox pitching coach.</p><h2><strong>White Sox departures</strong></h2><p>Catcher and most hated player in baseball, AJ Pierzynski is now a Texas Ranger. Phillip Humber (remember he had a perfect game) pitches for Houston and third baseman Kevin Youkilis signed with the New York Yankees (not a big loss since he really didn&rsquo;t want to be here).</p><h2><strong>Front and center for the White Sox</strong></h2><ul><li>Last year under rookie manager Robin Ventura the team flourished and was competitive all year. The club ran out of gas, they had many young inexperience players that were tired at season&rsquo;s end. Also a so-so bench hurt them.</li><li>Alejandro DeAza developed into a nice lead-off hitter and played well in center field.</li><li>The young guns in the bullpen were a real strength: Nate Jones, Hector Santiago and Addison Reed. They learned quickly in the majors. With Matt Thorton, Matt Lindstrom and Jesse Crain (he is dealing with right adductor strain) the bullpen can be one of the best.</li><li>John Danks will begin the season on the DL as he continues to recover from his shoulder surgery.</li><li>Dylan Axelrod will be given an opportunity in the rotation.</li></ul><p>If Jake Peavy, pitching phenom Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Gavin Floyd (and eventually Danks) stay healthy and produce, the Sox have a chance in the competitive AL Central. The bats of Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alex Rios must anchor the offense. AJ&rsquo;s replacement Tyler Flowers is a better receiver behind the plate, it is yet to be determined if he can produce at the plate.</p><p>The White Sox may be bridesmaids to the Detroit Tigers again, but they should be a factor.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-03/what-does-2013-look-cubs-and-white-sox-106386 Get your scorecard ready: Baseball is around the corner http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/get-your-scorecard-ready-baseball-around-corner-105343 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_spring_training_morry_gash.jpg" style="height: 442px; width: 620px;" title="Spring training gears up next week. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" /></div><p>It&#39;s early February and I don&#39;t need a groundhog to tell me there will be six more weeks of winter or not. It is the sound of a ball hitting a mitt, the crack of a bat, fans cheering in the stands. Major League Baseball&#39;s spring training is next week, and that to me means winter is ending. Well, in Chicago we know it can last well into March and April, but in our collective minds it just makes you feel good knowing baseball is around the corner.</p><p>Both Chicago teams have their bags packed; the White Sox even provided a photo opportunity for the media as the equipment trucks head west. Next Tuesday, pitchers and catchers from both clubs will be reporting to Arizona. The White Sox will go to Camelback Ranch in Glendale and the Cubs to Hohokam Park in Mesa. It is year two for both managers, Robin Ventura for the Sox and Cubs skipper Dale Sveum. The first days of camp will be a contrast for the two Chicago managers, Ventura has a staff that has not had too many additions, one major subtraction, Sveum has several new pitchers to get acquainted with the next month.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a look at the some of the storylines for the pitchers and catchers of the Sox and Cubs.</p><p><strong>White Sox:</strong></p><p>When the Sox were able to bring back right hand pitcher Jake Peavy to the fold, it signaled a change behind the plate. Peavy will now be throwing to catcher Tyler Flowers, who replaces the colorful veteran AJ Pierzynski. Flowers had a deep respect for his former teammate and learned from him, but he is really excited to get the job full-time.</p><p>The Sox think they have enough arms to fill out their starting rotation. Peavy, Chris Sale (he said he gained 15 pounds), Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana and rehabbing John Danks. They also have Hector Santiago to use as a reliever or a starter. Minor leaguers Nestor Molina and Dylan Axelrod will see time in camp.</p><p>Ventura did lose one of his staff, bullpen coach Juan Nieves is now the pitching coach for the Red Sox. Former Sox closer Bobby Thigpen will now take over that role. He has been working in the Sox minor league system and is familar with the young arms brought up last season, Nate Jones, Addison Reed and Santiago. The first weeks of spring training is a careful process for Coach Don Cooper to prepare these arms for the 2013 season.</p><p><strong>Cubs:</strong></p><p>The Cubs young catching group of Wellington Castillo (projected starter) and Steve Clevenger will get some veteran leadership with former Red Dioner Navarro. He inked a one year deal and should help the young catchers.</p><p>Cub management spent time this off-season signing a few pitchers in an effort to shore up a staff that needs to have improvement after suffering through 101 losses. Former Minnesota Twin Scott Baker (coming off Tommy John surgery) and former Texas Ranger Scott Feldman signed one year deals. Edwin Jackson was given a four-year deal and this will be his eighth team in eleven years. Jackson will not be spectacular; he is durable and will pitch plenty of innings. During the Cub Convention, former Toronto Blue Jay starter/reliever Carlos Villanueva signed with the club. These new faces were added to Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood. &nbsp;In 2012, Garza was sidelined most of the season with an elbow injury.</p><p>The bullpen work horse was Shawn Camp, but the closer job may be a battle. The team has given the job to Carlos Marmol, but keep an eye on free agent Kyuji Fujikawa of Japan. If Marmol falters or gets traded, Fujikawa may land the job.</p><p>If the Cubs play like they did last season, you can expect trades will be entertained by management as they continue the rebuilding process.</p><p><strong>World Baseball Classic:</strong></p><p>Major League Baseball has to squeeze in the World Baseball Classic into the spring schedule. Games begin on March 8 and the &ldquo;championship&rdquo; will be in San Francisco on March 19. It is kind of baseball&rsquo;s way to trying to make this game more international. It never will be, since soccer is still the dominate game. However, Asia and Latin America have plenty of interest in the game.</p><p>The only Cub to participate is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He will play for Italy. He hasn&rsquo;t even been to Italy, but the Rizzo said he was looking forward to the experience. &nbsp;The White Sox on the other hand have a few players involved with this &ldquo;classic.&quot; Pitcher Jesse Crain will play for Canada, Alex Rios and Andy Gonzalez for Puerto Rico and Andre Rienzo will be on the Brazil team. Hector Santiago (smartly) rescinded his spot with the Puerto Rican club. Pitchers need to be under the guidance of their team during the spring. Since Santiago&rsquo;s role (as a starter or bullpen) with the Southsiders is undetermined, he needs to be under the watchful eye of the team.</p><p>With snow starting to pile up this week, thinking of baseball brings spring closer to my mind.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/get-your-scorecard-ready-baseball-around-corner-105343 The wonderful sports world of liars and cheats http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/wonderful-sports-world-liars-and-cheats-104974 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_2lance_armstrong.jpg" style="float: right; height: 223px; width: 300px;" title="Lance Armstrong has the sports spotlight for cheating...for now.(AP Photo/Laurent Rebouris)" />How many times has a sports headline screamed liar or cheat?</div><p>As recently as last week, it was the Baseball Hall of Fame results that casted a bright spotlight on the ugliness of the steroid users. The baseball writers decided no one should be given the honor &mdash; even when there were worthy candidates that were untouched by performance enhancing drugs. This week the whole ugly and draining saga of cyclist Lance Armstrong has dominated headlines because of an interview with Oprah Winfrey.</p><p>Armstrong decided to tell his story to Winfrey on her OWN network. Why? Who knows. The taping on Monday morning went two and a half hours, so there are two nights of viewing a man that lied and damaged many people along the way. It is hard to separate the multi-champion cyclist and the cancer fund raiser. He has millions of people torn over what he did. On the one hand, his endeavors raised millions of dollars for cancer research and buoyed the hopes of survivors because Armstrong was a man con brink of death. He used his personal tragedy and turned it into a multi-million dollar crusade to fight cancer.</p><p>This is where there is a separation in my mind: he used that stage of empathy and rode his bike to unparalleled heights. But it was a lie. He doped his way to seven Tour De France victories and lashed out at people that questioned how he did it.&nbsp; And his endorsements brought him huge financial riches.</p><p>It is difficult to decide which is worse: the lying or cheating? Both.</p><p>In the world of sports, cheating has become more normal that I care to know. Major League Baseball turned a blind eye to steroid use. It filled the stands because it bolstered the offensive numbers. The players and the owners all made money and then the dirty secret became a public outing. Now there is testing. But there are still other means to get an advantage like human growth hormones. Don&rsquo;t be fooled about football either, players figure out a way to cheat the system without getting caught. Some do get suspended, but the NFL and the fans don&rsquo;t put a premium on the issue of performance enhancing drugs.</p><p>The cheating and lying doesn&rsquo;t have to be about drugs. Betting on baseball has kept the All-time hit leader Pete Rose out of the game. He lied and lied with stacks of evidence that proved he bet on baseball.&nbsp; Rose thumbed his nose at the investigation and game he dearly loved. He may have been forgiven and if he could have mustered up an apology in a timely manner.</p><p>Initially, Tiger Woods&rsquo; problem was more of an issue for his wife. When it became a huge scandal publicly it destroyed a commercial image. His fall from grace affected the world of golf and his endorsement deals.</p><p>Olympian Marion Jones lied about her steroid use and landed in prison on a perjury conviction.</p><p>And nothing can more egregious than the Penn State cover up of Jerry Sandusky&rsquo;s criminal actions. That is in a class all by itself and continues to have ramifications.</p><p>Lance Armstrong and so many cyclists have been using drugs and knew how to get away with it for the most part. It was an epidemic in that world. Now Armstrong tells his story. Maybe he will be forgiven. In the world of sports, there are many opportunities for second chances.</p><p>Maybe a Hall of Shame should be erected so we don&rsquo;t forget the deceit and the lying. Put it in Las Vegas &ndash; a town known as &ldquo;Sin City&rdquo;.&nbsp; It would be a pretty huge crowd of inductees, Lance Armstrong, Pete Rose, Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriquez, Marion Jones, Ben Johnson a ton of other Olympians...</p><p>We may be adding another one, if the story about Notre Dame&rsquo;s Manti Te&#39;o proves he was not a victim, but did the duping about his late imaginary girlfriend. It is unthinkable the lengths people will go to have an image they are desperate to portray and how gullible we are accepting it. If he was the victim, then it is another example of how low people go to exploit a sports personality.</p><p>And another chapter of the ugly the world of sports will be written.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/wonderful-sports-world-liars-and-cheats-104974