My drive from Kissimmee back to Tampa took about an hour and a half, and by the time I got to my hotel, the University of Kansas had been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament. This was obviously great news for a Missouri graduate.
For Yankees fans, the good or bad of the upset might depend on your thoughts on C.J. Henry.
Back in 2005, the Yankees made Henry a first-round pick in one of the best drafts in recent memory. They took him 17th overall, taking a chance on his athleticism. They soon traded him to Philadelphia but signed him back as free agent, only to watch him walk away to play to basketball with his brother at Kansas.
Henry averaged 3.1 points per game as a little-used guard this season. He hit 58.3 percent of his shots, but as we’re learning in spring training, there’s a lot to be said for sample size.
His basketball numbers aren’t impressive, but neither were his baseball numbers: .222 career batting average, 313 strikeouts and 57 errors, 38 of them during his one season at shortstop.