What happened to critical ball from World Series?

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What happened to critical ball from World Series?

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Corvette he won as World Series MVP is waiting at home for David Freese to drive. Provided he can pry the keys from his dad, that is. It might take a GPS to locate another prize from last October. Freese already owns the ball he hit for the home run in the 11th inning that won Game 6. He'd love to add the ball from his two-out, two-strike, two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth that saved the Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. "To me, that hit was more memorable," Freese said this week. "Because of the situation, what it meant." "It'd be great to have it," he said. "But I don't know where it is. I don't know if anybody knows." In the commotion that followed Freese's tying triple off Texas closer Neftali Feliz, that ball seems to have disappeared at Busch Stadium. So far, no one has come forward with it. It might be fated to join some of the game's most elusive souvenirs -- the famed home-run balls of Bobby Thomson and Kirk Gibson are missing, too. Freese hit .397 with five home runs and a record 21 RBIs in the postseason. Pretty nifty, considering he's played only 184 games in the majors over three years. Freese is off to nice start in spring training, batting .280 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 10 games. He said he's been able to build off his accomplishments that helped rally the Cardinals past Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Texas in the final month. "Confidence is such a big part of the game. You're happy that you succeeded in that situation," he said. "You learn that the game isn't going to run away from you. You've got to learn to embrace those moments." Freese's reward was a 2012 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe, presented by Chevrolet to the World Series MVP. A model car was on the infield during the Cardinals' celebration, and a couple of weeks ago he claimed the real thing. Or rather, his father did. The car came to a dealership in suburban St. Louis where the Cardinals have ties, customized to Freese's taste. Black on the outside, with red stitching inside. "Cardinal red," he said. "After all, it's because of the Cardinals that I got my chance." With his son at spring training, Guy Freese is enjoying the new wheels at home in suburban St. Louis. "Wearing the tires off that thing, if I know my dad," Freese said.

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.