On my first day at Shichahai Sports School, the elite athletic academy in Beijing, Coach Chang introduces me to his ping-pong class. “We have a new American student,” he says, peering out from behind the prescription sunglasses he wears indoors. As all eyes turn toward me, I feel a rush of nerves. It’s like day one of kindergarten again, only this time I have chest hair. “He claims he’s been playing for more than ten years,” Chang goes on, “but from what I’ve seen, it looks more like ten days.” The class erupts into high-pitched giggles.
That’s way harsh, dude.
Associate Professor of Economics, North Carolina State Univ.
Today, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson, who debuted for my Dodgers as the squared off against the Boston Braves.
Joe Posnanski: These are the 32 players who were elected first ballot with at least 86 percent of the vote.*
Basket-brawl: High school game ends in a massive, face off and shoving match – one student even smacks down a ref! [Video]
Well, at least it didn’t turn into a bloody, punching free-for-all as these games sometimes do… pulling in students and