Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly, Times sports columnist

Martin Fennelly is a sports columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. He was born in New York City, raised on Long Island and was sitting in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium, minding his own business, when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in one night to beat the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. Prior to joining the Times, he worked as a columnist for the Tampa Tribune, St. Louis Sun and Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Martin graduated from the University of Albany, where he studied history, and attended the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Lutz with his wife, Siobhan, their children, Conor and Norah, and, at present, five cats.

The American League's Evan Longoria, right, of the Tampa Bay Rays, congratulates teammate Robinson Cano, left, of the New York Yankees, after Longoria scored on a sacrifice fly by Cano during the fifth inning of the All-Star Game in 2010. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tune into the only All Star Game that matters

Summer was for beach days and watermelons and shorty pajamas and fighting with my brother over who gets to sleep in front of the fan.And summer was for the MLB All-Star Game.They'll hold the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday night at...
Published: 07/16/18
France's Paul Pogba celebrates with the World Cup trophy after beating Croatia on July 15, 2018. (Associated Press)

World Cup was a blast, even without United States

Another World Cup has ended. They turned out the lights in Moscow on Sunday. Favored France winning its first Cup in 20 years by outlasting the comeback kids from Croatia in a virtual scoring orgy, 4-2. That's like 56-52 in American...
Published: 07/15/18
Nanci Donnellan ‘Fabulous Sports Babe,’ was voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in June 2018. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)

Fennelly: Still fabulous, the Babe reflects on her Hall trail

ST. PETERSBURG — The Fabulous Sports Babe, the one and only, sat in a restaurant booth Thursday. She was on a rant, just like old times, a dock riot going on in her head before coming out of her mouth. The Babe can still bring...
Published: 07/13/18
Here's our Mount Rushmore of Tampa Bay sports, illustrated in a sand sculpture rather than carved into granite (from left) Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp, Marty St. Louis and Derrick Brooks. [Illustration by Luke Brookes]

How Tampa Bayís Mount Rushmore compares to the rest

The original Mount Rushmore sits in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The four chiseled granite faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt look down on the gift shops.The memorial was conceived and sculpted by Gutzon...
Published: 07/13/18
Through 92 games, Rays manager Kevin Cash has used 19 position players and 24 pitchers -- not including three position players who have pitched. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

The question Rays manager Kevin Cash will be asked at the All-Star Game

ST. PETERSBURG  — Rays manager Kevin Cash was sitting at the desk in his Tropicana Field office Wednesday afternoon after his ever-exciting — and ever-changing — club came from behind to beat the Tigers to complete a...
Published: 07/12/18
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg leaves the podium after speaking in front of a packed audience during the unveiling ceremony of the new ballpark design held at the Italian Club in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

The question behind the Rays stadium plans unveiling

TAMPA — Tuesday was a tale of two franchisesIn Clearwater, Lightning star winger Nikita Kucherov talked about his new deal with the Lightning,
Published: 07/10/18
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) makes his way to the ice with teammates just prior the start of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Monday, April 30, 2018 in Tampa. DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Kucherov signing helps Lightning finish what it started

TAMPA — The Erik Karlsson sweepstakes hasn't ended for the Lightning.But the Nikita Kucherov sweepstakes is over before it began.The Lightning has locked up its star right winger. An eight-year extension that begins in the...
Published: 07/10/18
Phil Mickelson, left, and Tiger Woods are planning a head-to-head $10 million winner-take-all match at what Mickelson says is a date being worked on. (Associated Press)

Sure, Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson is fake sports, but itís must-see

First, let's get the ground rules out of the way.The champions dinner will be held at Perkins.And under no circumstance may a player strike more than one (1) still-rolling putt per 18 holes.And one more thing:I'll...
Published: 07/08/18
Erik Karlsson, with the Ottawa Senators, left, is joined by Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (86) while competing in skills competitions, including NHL Fastest Skater, NHL Passing Challenge, Save Streak, Puck Control Relay, Hardest Shot and Accuracy Shooting. during the second day of the All-Star Weekend events on Saturday (1/27/18) at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

The Lightning advantage in Erik Karlsson trade talks

He wants to be here.This is the place.In case you'd missed it amid the gloom and doom of a Lightning season that came up short again, there are still people who want to play in Tampa Bay.One of them is Erik Sven Gunnar...
Published: 07/06/18
Miami Marlins' Starlin Castro approaches third base safely as Tampa Bay Rays Miguel Rojas takes grounder in the second inning at Marlins Park Monday, July 2, 2018 in Miami. The Marlins won, 3-2. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)  1234908

Rays, Marlins and an idea for a Citrus Series trophy

Ah, the Citrus Series. Is there anything like Rays-Marlins in July? Well, yes, there is. They don't even hand out a trophy anymore to the season series winner, though they did when they began playing each other in 1998.It's easy to see...
Published: 07/03/18