Thursday, June 21, 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.

Iceland's Hordur Magnusson talks to fans after the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing...
Published: 06/18/18
The Russian soccer team warm-up during the official training session on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Just as the World Cup prepares to go on without us, hope arrives

Every four years, it happens. People who hate soccer take a back seat for a month. The World Cup is at the wheel. Every four years, the rest of our planet, which pretty much surrounds us on all sides, goes gaga.Wait. Doesn't Gaga play...
Published: 06/13/18
FILE, 2006: Former San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou, left, sits in the dugout and talks with Barry Bonds. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Book chronicles Felipe Alou’s rise from poverty, past racism, into Major League Baseball

Long before America started building walls, there were open roads. Felipe Alou is one of the men who paved them.No foreign country sends more players to major-league baseball than the Dominican Republic. The Caribbean island nation is a...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) runs drills during mandatory mini camp on June 12, 2018 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Jameis Winston: ‘Winning games will make people forget a lot of things’

TAMPA — The Bucs began their mandatory mini-camp Tuesday, and even newcomer Jason Pierre-Paul's alarm clock worked. Then there is the mandatory Bucs quarterback. Jameis Winston is on his own clock. It's half past winning, and he knows...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/13/18
The Rays' Johnny Field takes some time to reflect after being easily thrown out at the plate against the Mariners to end the game at Tropicana Field on Sunday, June 10, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]

The losing might get worse for these young Rays, and that’s okay

ST. PETERSBURG — It's as hard to construct a losing baseball season as it is to build a winning one.Your Rays remain hard at work, Tampa Bay.Case in point was Sunday's 5-4 loss to the surprising, surging Mariners at...
Published: 06/11/18

Shohei Ohtani went down. On to baseball’s next best two-way player

PORT CHARLOTTE — Baseball's best two-way player, the sensational Shohei Ohtani, has been placed on the disabled list by the Angels because of a sprain to his ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery might very well be in his future.
Published: 06/09/18
Misty and Stu Bauers, the parents of Jake Bauers, await the start of their son's major-league debut at Tropicana Field on Thursday, June 7, 2018. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]

With stars in his eyes and parents in the stands, prized-prospect Jake Bauers arrives for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — It's about time.When he got the news, when his dream came true, the first thing he did was phone his parents in California to get them on a plane to be at Tropicana Field. Stu Bauers laughed from joy. Misty Bauers...
Published: 06/07/18
Tiger Woods' yacht,

Did Tiger Woods have to take the yacht to the U.S. Open?

Yeah, it's the yacht.Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water with Tiger Woods.There's the yacht.RELATED: More from Martin FennellyWonder...
Updated one month ago
Two lone Golden Knights fans stand among celebrating Capitals fans after the final goal in the 3rd period during the Washington Capitals defeat of the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell

The Lightning Effect on the Stanley Cup is about to strike again

Call it the Lightning effect.The Washington Capitals are a win away from ending years of frustration and winning their first Stanley Cup.As if we doubted them.
Updated one month ago
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy shows frustration during a game against the Saints last season. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

We’re still waiting for a return to glory, Bucs

TAMPA – A couple of weeks ago, I spotted Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in his jersey. He was on his way to a big game. It was at Amalie Arena. McCoy was in a Lightning jersey. It was hockey."I love my city," McCoy...
Updated one month ago