August 3, 2011
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Jim Thome hits his 600th home run, at last. The Braves beat “The Beard,” otherwise known as Brian Wilson. The New York Stock Exchange opened on schedule Monday. With the game of golf, though, the PGA Championship was still trying to get its head back on straight, and asking itself, “Just who is this kid, Keegan Bradley?” And for that matter, just who was Keegan?
At that very same time Tiger Woods was about to tee off, emerging from his sabbatical, or whatever he chose to call his three months away from the PGA Tour.
Jason Day, the Australian with a game, had just checked in with an opening round of 63 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Easily the round of the day to that moment at Firestone, and so it would stand until twilight, when Adam Scott played out. In the press tent, the announcement was made, as is usual, “Will all interested in having Jason Day brought in to the interview room, please raise your hand?”
Always puzzled me that the leading executives of Major League Baseball get their jeans in a knot around the last of July about arming up for the stretch drive.