Sun Spots: Some More Lin

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Been going through some changes here at Rafu and haven’t had a lot of time to post these weekly links. And when I have, they’ve been pretty sparse. Here’s a few to hopefully tide you over. Enjoy!

Jordan Car of Fiat Lux blog writes about Jeremy Lin: Jay Caspian Kang over at FreeDarko has an interesting post on Jeremy Lin. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Jeremy Lin is a Palo Alto High School alum and senior over at Harvard, where he plays basketball, and is a potential draft pick in this year’s upcoming NBA Draft, which would make him the first Ivy Leaguer selected in the draft since Jerome Allen in 1995. But what has people all abuzz about Jeremy Lin is the fact that he is Asian-American, and if he were drafted, would become one of very few Asian-Americans to play in the NBA since Wat Misaka became the first in 1947. There are currently no Asian-Americans in the NBA. Kang sums up the confusion and search for meaning in Lin’s rise:

An even more interesting look at Jeremy Lin brought to us by Jay Caspian King at FreeDarko.com: The lineage of Jeremy Lin isn’t found in racial pie charts or in the history of unlikely minorities in big-time sports. Yao, Ichiro, Wat Misaka and Eugene Chung are not his context. Neither is Hines Ward. Instead, to understand Jeremy Lin, we must look to Jin, the diminutive Chinese emcee from Jackson Heights who, for seven weeks, dominated the Battle Stage on BET’s 106th and Park.

Ai Miyazato and 2009 rookie of the year Jiyai Shin headline the LPGA Tour’s first American event of the 2010 season at La Costa Resort near San Diego. Check out who else is playing here.

Some baseball spots:

Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe writes about Daisuke Matsuzaka: At this point in their relationship with Daisuke Matsuzaka, it’s difficult to say that the Red Sox have confidence in the communication. Having been twice burned – when Matsuzaka made comments last summer about his training regimen in the United States, and a week ago when a Japanese magazine published an interview in which he disclosed an injury suffered prior to the 2009 World Baseball Classic – it’s understandable that pitching coach John Farrell shied away from definitive statements about whether this might happen again.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes about the Rangers signing of Colby Lewis, who for the past two years has been pitching in Japan: Texas officially announced on Tuesday the signing of pitcher Colby Lewis to a two-year deal worth $5 million with the intention of him being a part of a rotation that already includes Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. “We expect Colby to be one of five in our Opening Day rotation,” Daniels said at Tuesday’s news conference. Lewis rejoins the Rangers after spending two successful seasons in Japan pitching for the Hiroshima Carp. He was 26-17 with a 2.82 ERA over the past two seasons and twice led the Central League in strikeouts. In 354 1/3 innings, he struck out 369 and walked just 46.

by JORDAN IKEDA
Sports Editor

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