Found December 18, 2012 on Hugging Harold Reynolds:
If you are looking for a last minute holiday gift for anyone, might I suggest you look at Gregory Jordan’s biography on former Kansas City Royals slugger (and poster boy for 80’s-war-on-drugs mandatory minimum sentencing), Willie Mays Aikens.  The bio, Safe at Home, is a remarkable story of a guy who, despite the demons that derailed a promising career, was able to find both God and himself while incarcerated, and has come out with a proverbial new lease on life.  You may recall this incredible piece done by SB Nation’s Amy K. Nelson. I was lucky enough to have become a pen pal of sorts with Willie, as a part of an email group which he frequently keeps updated on his life, happenings and family. I was also fortunate to have been able to engage in a Q&A with him about Safe at Home. HHR:  How well do you think Gregory Jordan did in telling your story? Willie Aikens: Gregory did an outstanding job portraying me just like I was. He portrayed me as a stutterer in my book and he bou...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The wheeling and dealing this off-season from Royals general manager Dayton Moore has provided pitching coach Dave Eiland something he never had in his first year on the job in 2012 four legitimate big-league starters in the Royals rotation. Now, imagine if somehow Eiland is able to fix the talented but perennially perplexing Luke Hochevar, who is in the running...

FSKC to televise Royals marathon on Christmas Eve

FOX Sports Kansas City will replay five of the best Royals games of 2012 in a marathon of Royals programming on Christmas Eve. The 10 hours of baseball will start Monday, Dec. 24 at 12:30 p.m. with a replay of Royals Rewind: Season Review, a 30-minute look at the 2012 season. Replays of five of the most compelling games televised on FSKC in 2012 will start at 1 p.m. The full schedule...

Hall of Famer endorses Royals' moves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hall of Famer George Brett doesn't view the Royals blockbuster trade with Tampa Bay last week as a panicky move geared toward the present. Instead, Brett sees the trade as a deal that helps secure the Royals' future. "A deal like this," Brett told, "lets everyone on the team know and lets everyone in baseball know...
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