MLB: Whatever critics in his home country had to say about Felix Hernandez, it all seemed millions of dollars and many miles away Friday when the star pitcher reported to Mariners spring training at Peoria, Ariz.
In the clubhouse and on the field, Hernandez didn’t have to hear or see the reaction from fans in his native Venezuela, who are unhappy that he has opted to skip the World Baseball Classic and stay with his team.
Hernandez was as happy-go-lucky as ever, sitting with clubhouse attendants early in the morning and smiling and gesturing with teammates and coaches before a small crowd of fans at the Mariners complex once the day’s workout began.
Lagat seeks another record
Track and Field: Bernard Lagat loves the thought of looking at the U.S. record book and seeing his name all in a row.
Indoor 1,500 meters, 1 mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, 2 miles.
“When you look back in history, when you look at the stats, you’re going to look at, ‘Wow, Bernard Lagat, bam, bam, bam,’ ” he said.
The former Washington State Cougar will seek to take care of the one hole on that list today at the 106th Millrose Games.
At the storied indoor track meet last year, he regained the 5,000 mark. But on the same day, Galen Rupp took his record in the 2 mile.
So Lagat, 38, will race the 2 miles today at the Armory looking to run faster than 8 minutes, 9.72 seconds