Nearly two months after the Cardinals released Adrian Peterson, the 11-year veteran has experienced an off-the-radar free agency stay. Unlike last offseason, he hasn’t been connected to any teams since his Arizona departure. But he’s not planning to retire.
For a time, Tiger Woods would embrace the destiny his father had forecast for him, paying homage to the history of the sport, to the lonely pioneers such as Lee Elder and Charlie Sifford, black pros who endured the insults and indignities of playing a game in a white world that could not have been more metaphoric of the impediments to the American dream for black people. As with Michael Jordan, the seasoned Nike ad machine was there, choreographing the legend that was being built on the course, the ads voiced over by the father (even after Earl Woods died in 2006), reinforcing his specialness, packaging his destiny.
Also signed were second-round choices Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis, fourth-round running back Nyheim Hines, fifth-round pick Daurice Fountain, sixth-round picks Jordan Wilkins and Deon Cain as well as seventh-rounders Matthew Adams and Zaire Franklin.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler re-iterated what he said after Friday night’s collapse against the New York Mets.
Hector Neris will close out games for the Phillies when he is the best option.
Neris is 1-3 with a 5.17 ERA. He has eight saves in 11 chances and has entered in the ninth inning in 16 of 17 chances.
Two of the blown saves came this week – the only two losses in a six-game stretch – and both of them were spectacular. He didn’t record an out in a 5-4 loss to Washington Sunday, giving up two hits, two walks, a hit batter and two runs.