Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
B2 BRANDON SUN, Monday, June 24. 2002 Sports__Cardinals try to carry on without Kile
Grief-stricken members of the St. Louis Cardinals hang their heads during a moment of silence observed at Wrigley Field in Chicago yesterday.Autopsy indicates blocked artery
Wcaused pitchers sudden death
By Nancy Armour
CHICAGO — Jim Edmonds leaned against a wall for support, his eyes red and watery, Darryl Kile’s No. 57 written on both his cap and the thick tape covering his right wnst.
As he listened to St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and teammate Woody Williams talk about Kile, he looked upward with a vacant stare, as if he still couldn’t believe the pitcher was dead at just 33.
“There isn’t anything you go through that gets you ready for what happened here yesterday,” La Russa said yesterday before the Cardinals lost 8-3 to the Chicago Cubs in a National League baseball game. “And I hope nobody for years and years and years in any sport has to go through it.
“You go through it in private life and it’s really difficult,” added La Russa, who lost his father two months ago. “But when you do it like we do it, one of the guys, it’s a different burden.”
But one the Cardinals have no choice but to carry.
Kile was found dead in his hotel room bed Saturday afternoon after teammates became concerned when he didn’t show up to Wrigley Field. An autopsy done Sunday showed he likely died from a blocked coronary artery, said Dr. Edmund Donoghue, the Cook County medical examiner.
Kile had “80-to-90 per cent” narrowing of two of the three branches of the coronary artery, Donoghue said.
For the Cardinals, the best way to move on was to play last night’s game — a game Kile was supposed to start.
Though there was some talk of postponing the game out of respect for Kile, the Cardinals voted unanimously to play in his honour.
His wife, Flynn, agreed when she met with the Cardinals after a 30-minute memorial service at the team hotel Sunday morning.
A fierce competitor, Kile spent almost 12 years in the majors without ever going on the disabled list.
“Basically she said she thought that Darryl would want them to play, also. And that certainly helped reinforce what their decision was,” said Walt Jocketty,
the Cardinals general manager.
“I think hopefully our guys will rally the way Darryl would want them to and make the most of it,” he added. “But it will be difficult.”
And no one will mistake this for a regular game in the middle of June.
There was a moment of silence before the game, and all of the Cubs and Cardinals stood in front of their dugouts, heads bowed.
The Cardinals wore small, black patches with “57” on their left sleeves, and two of Kile’s jerseys hung on either side of the dugout door leading into the clubhouse.
The U.S. flag at Wrigley Field was at half-staff, and the colourful pennants of
the NL teams that usually fly above the scoreboard were taken down.
Flags on the left- and right-field foul poles that usually carry the names of Billy Williams and Ernie Banks were taken down and replaced with flags of each team. Those, too, hung at half-staff.
Kile’s name and No. 57 were on the marquee outside Wrigley Field for the entire day, and the only thing on the park’s electronic message board was a bright yellow “57.”
There was no music at the park except for the national anthem. Even the traditional singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was cancelled, replaced by a mournful organ version of the
“All the support and all the love that we’ve seen from the Cubs organization as well as baseball has been overwhelming,” Woody Williams said, his eyes watering.
“It’s such a great loss losing a man and a husband and a father like we did. Darryl was something very special, someone who will be truly missed and not forgotten about.”
When Fernando Vina led off the game with a single, he pointed skyward as he returned to the bag.
Cubs catcher Joe Girardi patted Edmonds’ shoulder when he came up to bat.
And instead of Sammy Sosa’s trademark sprint to right field at the start of the game, he jogged slowly to the outfield. He gave fans a subdued chest thump.
“It’s something nobody thought could happen, especially a healthy guy, a great person. He was a warrior,” Sosa said before the game. “I had some trouble going to sleep last night, thinking about that.”
Even fans put aside the strong emotions that usually accompany a Cardinals-Cubs game.
Many in the crowd were dressed in Cardinal red, and when the pitchers went out to stretch before the game, fans standing along the right-field line gave them a standing ovation.
The entire Cardinal team, still mourning the loss of longtime announcer Jack Buck last Tuesday, got a standing ovation as they left the field after batting practice.
“The word ‘fraternity’ has been brought up a lot to us in the last couple of days. It’s something very special,” Edmonds said. “I know my team would just like to thank everybody that’s in it for understanding what we’re going through and understanding what the family is going through.”
Winnipeggers win Wheat City tourney
Doug DeVriendt and Kyla McNicol of Winnipeg were the singles champions at the first annual Wheat City Hard Court Tennis Championships held over the weekend.
DeVriendt defeated Jon Causon of Winnipeg 6-1, 6-0 in the men’s final yesterday at the Wheat City Tennis Club.
In the women’s final McNicol topped Brandon’s Jocelvn Funk 6-0, 6-2.
DeVriendt also teamed with Evan Mancer of Winnipeg to win the men’s doubles title 6-1, 6-2 over Causon and Geoff Kirbyson of Winnipeg.
In the mixed doubles final McNicol and Sean Lacap claimed the championship with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sybil Weekes of Brandon and Tony Weekes of Winnipeg.
The women’s doubles final was won by Tara and Lisa Graham of Portage, who defeated Sybil Weekes and Terry Gibson of Brandon 6-2, 6-1.
Lacap won the consolation side in men’s singles, downing Stephen Engelbrecht of Brandon 6-1, 6-0.
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Alan Luhowy drove in five runs to lead Huggy’s Young Guns to a 17-6 victory over the Melita Beavers as the Houstons Senior B and Southwest baseball leagues held a triple-header yesterday at Kinsmen Stadium.
Luhowy was 2-for-4 including a three-run homer for the Young Guns.
George McNeil went 3-for-4, driving in two runs and scoring four for Huggy’s.
Melita starting pitcher Evan Holden lasted just one inning, giving up four runs and three hits for the loss. He fared better at the plate, hitting a two-run home run.
Jesse Sinclair pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win. He didn’t allow a hit, but walked six batters and allowed three runs while striking out four.
In another game at Kinsmen Stadium Ryan Sinclair scored three runs to lead the Maple Leaf Titans to a 9-8 victory over Houstons Hitmen.
Sinclair hit two doubles in three at-bats for the Titans.
Cory Cote pitched three innings for the win. He have up two hits, walked six Hitmen and allowed three runs. Cote also struck out three batters.
Hitmen reliever Ian Chester took
the loss, pitching the seventh inning and giving up a run on three hits and a walk. He had one strikeout.
Len MacDonald went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Hitmen.
In the other game yesterday the Titans played to a 7-7 tie with Melita. • • • • •
STRATHCLAIR — The Birde Storm topped the Brandon Cyclone 4-1 yesterday in the Westman Women’s Soccer League.
Virginia Selby, Laura Tully, Caitlin Pringle and Jaime Lee scored for the Storm.
Michelle Snyder replied for the Cyclone.
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White opts to join Bisons
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Erin White of Melita, an honours student who was to attend St. Francis Xavier on a volleyball scholarship, has opted instead for the Manitoba Bisons program . . . The Dauphin Kings of the MJHL apparently traded Brandon Wheat Kings prospect Mitch Carefoot to the BCJHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks a few days ago, although it remains to be seen how they get around a recent CHA ruling prohibiting such interprovincial moves . . . The Central Hockey League team formerly known as the Ratders has changed its name to the Amarillo Gorillas. Kinda catchy, and very marketable . . . Most colourful names in World Cup: midfielders Papa Bouba Diop of Senegal and Slim Ben Achour of Tunisia . . . With the prospects of Grand Slam golf history being made, it should hardly be surprising that the PGA Championship slated for August at Hazeltine rn nearby Chaska, Minn., is sold out.
Mike Jones is the Sun sports editor.
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Mickelson defends title at Greater Hartford Open
Phil Mickelson wears a look of relief after sticking his approach shot close to the pin on 18.
By John Nicholson
CROMWELL, Conn.— Phil Mickelson had good reason to feel comfortable standing over a 108-yard sand wedge shot on the 18th hole late yesterday afternoon in the PGA Tour’s Greater Hartford Open.
The left-hander simply thought back to the seventh hole, where three hours earlier he drew screams of “Tiger who?” by holing out for eagle from the same distance.
“Same shot as I had on No. 7,” Mickelson said after following a 342-yard drive with the sand wedge approach to five feet to set up his winning birdie. “I had to take about IO yards off with the sand wedge because it was a little downwind.”
He became the first player to successfully defend his title in the 51-year history of the event, shooting a 6-under 64 for a 14-under 266 total and a one-stroke victory over Davis Love III and Jonathan Kaye.
“To be the first one to win it twice is something very special, but there’s nothing greater than the feeling walking up 18 and feeling the support from the fans,” Mickelson said of the 50,000 fans ringing the amphitheater hole on the TPC at River Highlands.
He overcame a five-stroke deficit in the final round, matching the largest comeback of the year on the PGA Tour after a sloppy Saturday finish that saw him drop three strokes on the final three holes for a 66.
“I fully expected to be in a playoff,” said Mickelson, who earned $720,000 for his 21st tour title. “If you give Davis and Jonathan that 18th hole again, they’re going to make birdie seven times out of IO.”
Glen Hnatiuk of Selkirk shot a final-round 72 to finish in a tie for 39th at 278, earning $14,446.
Mickelson, second last week in the U.S. Open, was on the putting green with wife Amy and their two young daughters when Kaye pushed a 13-foot birdie try to the right on the par-4 18th hole.
Longshot pulls off huge upset
TORONTO — T J’s Lucky Moon, an 80-1 longshot, pulled off a huge upset win in the 143rd running of the Queen’s Plate thoroughbred race at Woodbine Racetrack on a steamy, breezy yesterday afternoon.
T J’s Lucky Moon, who was among the leaders for most of the race, pulled away with Forever Grand in the deep stretch. Then, T J’s Lucky Moon held off a spirited charge by Anglian Prince, who caught Forever Grand for second.
T J’s Lucky Moon claimed the opening jewel of the Canadian thoroughbred Triple Crown before an estimated 20,000 spectators. The weather at race time was 32 C in humid conditions with a stiff 35 km/h wind blowing into the faces of the horses and jockeys as they made their way down the final stretch.
T J’s Lucky Moon won the I 1/4-mile race on a fast track in 2:06.88.
With the victory, T J’s Lucky Moon earned owner Molinaro Stables the $600,000 top prize in the race for three-year-olds foaled in Canada.
Thirteen horses went to the gate Sunday after Bravely was scratched earlier in the day because of an infection. Bravely, a 30-1 morning-line longshot, was slated to start from Post 11.
Among those in attendance Sunday were Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Prince Michael of Kent is the grandson of King George IV and the cousin of Queen Elizabeth.
Tigers planned to walk Castillo
MIAMI — The Detroit Tigers weren’t going to give Luis Castillo another chance to extend his 35-game hitting streak.
Castillo went 0-for-4 and was left on deck when the Florida Marlins finished off a four-run, ninth-inmng rally to beat the Tigers 5-4 in an interleague baseball game Saturday night.
Disheartened by the end of the streak, Castillo had a blank stare on his face as his teammates celebrated the victory. He might be relieved to know that a fifth plate appearance wouldn’t have changed anything.
Detroit manager Luis Pujols said yesterday that he and bench coach Felipe Alou had agreed to intentionally walk Castillo and take their chances against Erie Owens.
“Felipe and I said we were going to look bad in our country, but we had to walk him,” said Pujols, who like Castillo and Alou is from the Dominican Republic.
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