What we're watching (all times EST): Michigan State at Indiana (ESPN), Kansas State at Texas A&M (ESPN2), and Mississippi at Arkansas (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 7. Kings at Wild (NBCSN) at 7:30. Hornets at Bulls (NBATV) at 8. Duke at Wake Forest (ESPNU) and Florida at Vanderbilt (ESPN) at 9. Flyers at Sharks (NBCSN) 10:30.
San Quentin's Field of Dreams: "There are runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the first inning of the first game of organized baseball I've played in seven years, and on the pitcher's mound, a large inverted triangle of a man with thin eyes set deep in a bone-ridged face toes the rubber. His name is Mario. Behind him, the green hump of Marin County's Mount Tamalpais rises over a high concrete wall and one palm tree wavers. The wooden bat is a welcome, familiar weight in my sweating fingers, and the soles of my cleats are heavy, weighed down with clumps of infield mud. Gulls circle, and I can smell the sea. They made baseball for afternoons like this. The crowd, a group of about 150 inmates clad entirely in blue and positioned behind home plate, murmurs. Mario wears a permanent grin. Good pitchers don't grin. Good pitchers, the tired adage goes, are killers. Mario's fastball can't be faster than 75 miles per hour; his curve is a long, slow loop. He's not a killer. At least, I don't think so. 'Thanks for coming,' says a voice from behind me as I step into the batter's box. 'It's a real honor. My name's Johnny.' I look back. The catcher, a taut, wiry man, stares up with wide eyes. The tattoos on his neck appear to have tattoos on them. Johnny—now, Johnny could be a killer." [Outside]
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