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A good reason to miss opening day

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets 2nd baseman, and his wife, Tori, pose for a portrait during her pregnancy (Credit: Tori Ahern-Murphy via Facebook)Daniel Murphy is a second baseman for the New York Mets baseball team.   He was drafted by the Mets in 2006 after playing college ball for the University of Jacksonville.  After a relatively short stint in the minors, he made his major league debut in 2008.  Since then, except for an injury-shortend 2011, he has been the Mets' every day second baseman.  Earlier this week, Daniel Murphy stirred the sports radio world into a frenzy that has spilled over into the non-sports world.   

Late last Sunday evening, the day before opening day (a big deal to baseball fans), Daniel received word that his pregnant wife Tori's water had broken. He had a decision to make: be there for the birth of his first son, or play the opening day game.

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Life lessons from hockey player's collapse

Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson (12) bows his head on the bench as defenseman Jordie Benn (24) takes a knee on the ice after play was stopped in the first period of an NHL Hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Dallas. Stars center Rich Peverly was taken to a hospital after a medical emergency. (Credit: AP/Sharon Ellman) Rich Peverley is a center for the Dallas Stars hockey team.  He had a procedure before the start of the season to correct an irregular heartbeat.  However, he "felt strange" after a game on March 3, then missed the Stars' game on March 4.  

On March 10, he collapsed while sitting on the bench waiting to return to the game.  A physician said later, "We treated him for a cardiac event successfully.  We provided oxygen for him.  We started an IV. We did chest compressions and defibrillated him, providing some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart."  He regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital.

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The day I met Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan in a photo shoot for D Magazine after being named Dallas-Fort Worth 2012 CEO of the Year (Credit: D Magazine) Nolan Ryan is the only player in baseball history to have his jersey retired by three different teams on which he played.  He is baseball's all-time leader in strikeouts.  He pitched seven no-hitters, three more than any other pitcher.  He is also the only player in baseball's Hall of Fame wearing a Texas Rangers cap on his plaque.

In February 2008 Ryan became the Rangers' 10th president in their history, adding the title of CEO in March 2011.  Under his leadership the team won its division and went to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, then lost in the wild card round last year and in a tie-breaker to enter the playoffs this year.  On October 17 he announced his retirement from the team, effective at the end of the month.

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