Hyun-Jin Ryu got the star turn in the media today. I likened him to a circus performer, the way he’s calmly and confidently performing these acts of non-pitching prowess under pressure. Here are three things about Ryu that I didn’t include in my story for today’s papers:
1. He’s really broken up about not pitching for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic. “One thousand percent — I really wanted to play in the WBC. But I felt obligated to the L.A. Dodgers,” Ryu said through an interpreter.
2. Ryu might have let Don Mattingly beat him at ping pong. “In their country it’s not polite to beat the manager, and he wanted me to tell him that,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “He couldn’t tell him but I could tell him.”
3. What did Sandy Koufax tell Ryu to do differently with the curveball? “Deeper into my hand,” Ryu said. “Instead of pushing with my thumb, deeper so then I can let the ball come out” over the index finger.
Here’s some of the buzz in spring training today:
• Two San Diego Padres were among the five new players linked to Miami PED dealer Tony Bosch in an ESPN.com report.
• Check out the recently-released book “Miracle on Grass” by David Fanucchi, the story of how
Cheech and Chong took the world by storm in the 1970s Tommy Lasorda led the 2000 United States Olympic baseball team to its only gold medal.
• This classic track by Venetian Snares bends several genres by sampling Igor Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces for Clarinet” and Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1. I’m not sure what to call it. Drum-n-bass, classical and electronic music never blended so seamlessly: