Christopher Van Tuyl Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 11:00 AM EDT Apr 7, 2019 University of Memphis freshman Hunter Goodman’s road to the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week award began at a somewhat familiar baseball venue. The former Arlington High standout and the rest of his Tiger teammates welcomed Ole Miss to AutoZone Park on March 26. “I’d always watched (the Pacific Coast League’s Memphis Redbirds) growing up, but I had never been on the field and seen it from that perspective. It was an awesome experience.” A peek at the box score proves as much. Despite dropping a 9-6 decision to the Rebels, Goodman was 4-for-5 at the plate, with two stolen bases. “I saw it well,” he said. “We had a good scouting report. I had a good sense of what was coming, so I was just able to perform. I gained a little bit of speed this year. Hopefully, I can steal some more bags.” Then, hosting Houston at FedExPark, Goodman … [Read more...] about Memphis baseball: Hunter Goodman shines brightly for Tigers
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Mark Giannotto Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 1:52 PM EST Feb 14, 2019 Is Memphis ready for the return of pro football this weekend? To answer that, you also might have to ask yourself if you’re ready for a silent disco. Because when the Memphis Express play their first home game Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium against the Arizona Hotshots, 500 people will be in the stands behind the north end zone, right near two party decks sponsored by liquor companies, wearing headphones, listening to music played by three DJs while football is going on in front of them. “They’re going to have a party during the game,” Express President Kosha Irby explained earlier this week. And then, he ran through all the promotions the Express have planned for their five home games during the Alliance of American Football’s inaugural season. There's the Mardi Gras game, and the MemFeast game, when the team will serve some fans a seven- to 10-course meal … [Read more...] about AAF: Is Memphis ready for the Express, and the return of pro football?
Mark Giannotto Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 10:57 AM EST Dec 31, 2018 Looking back on what 2018 meant for the Memphis sports scene, I’ll remember it for the hope it gave the city. Hope is what keep us watching through losing seasons, poor coaching hires, and disappointing finishes. It’s what drags us back even after we swear we’re done. It's Memphis Madness, and all the Tiger fans who came flocking back to FedExForum for one of the biggest family reunions you'll ever see. It's Penny Hardaway standing on the sideline coaching a Memphis basketball game and telling Rick Barnes to “Get the (bleep) out of here.” It's Jaren Jackson Jr. joining the Grizzlies and reminding us that a 19-year-old might have made the tanking worth it. It's Memphis 901 FC and the Memphis Express, and the imminent return of professional soccer and professional football to Memphis. It's one Memphis PGA tournament ending with a walk-off eagle by the world’s No. 1 … [Read more...] about Can hope be reality for Penny Hardaway, Mike Conley, Memphis in 2019?
Jason Munz Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 4:31 PM EST Nov 15, 2018 The two-time reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds will open their title defense on April 4. The team released its full schedule Thursday. First pitch for the season opener, against the Omaha Storm Chasers, is set for 7:05 p.m. at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds will host an exhibition game against their parent club, the St. Louis Cardinals, on March 25. First pitch is still to be announced. The 2019 season also signals a division change for the Redbirds. After winning the American Southern Division each of the past two seasons, the team will join the American Northern Division alongside the Storm Chasers, Nashville Sounds and Iowa Cubs. The Redbirds will also be sporting a new manager in 2019. Stubby Clapp, the back-to-back PCL Manager of the Year, was recently promoted to first base coach for the Cardinals. The final regular-season home game is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. … [Read more...] about Memphis Redbirds schedule 2019: St. Louis Cardinals exhibition in March
Jason Munz Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 11:26 AM EDT Oct 9, 2018 Craig Unger will always remember this September. Most recently, the president and general manager of the Memphis Redbirds rode the organization’s unprecedented wave of success all the way to the Triple-A national championship. Two weeks prior, Unger watched as the fruits of his — and many others’ — labor came to fruition when one of Memphis’ newest professional sports teams, Memphis 901 FC, unveiled its name and logo. The same day, a sold-out crowd of almost 9,000 filled AutoZone Park for a friendly between the Colorado Rapids and Tulsa Roughnecks. Unger, also the president of the 901 FC, admitted he took some time to revel in the triumphs. “There’s still a buzz about (901 FC),” he said. “I think the game on (Sept. 1) was a great coming out party for us. And we’ve had a great time celebrating that as well as the magical year (the Redbirds had). … [Read more...] about Redbirds, Memphis 901 FC have momentum as 2019 approaches