EM: I was five. I couldn't read yet. I couldn't even count yet. I didn't even know what 34 was or the names to go with it. That's why I kept to myself and was considered quiet. I wanted to talk, I just couldn't get involved.
• Ironman's Rx
Cal Ripken Jr. knows all about the pressure of approaching milestones and thinks Derek Jeter's pursuit of 3,000 hits caused the Yankees' shortstop problems early in the season. Ripken said Jeter benefited by going on the 15-day DL in June to get his head straight. "It gave him a chance to catch his breath and gain perspective," Ripken told me. "I saw him when he came back, and there was a certain sense of confidence." Ripken said it was very "Derek-like" to go 5 for 5 in the game he reached 3,000.
• Tough Love
New Ohio State coach Luke Fickell offered a candid take on the challenges facing his program. A former Buckeyes defensive lineman, Fickell has seen firsthand how players are treated in Columbus. "It's a love for the game," Fickell told me. "[The fans] don't understand NCAA rules. Our kids have to be held to a standard where they understand what they can and can't do. People are going to be looking for them and don't realize they would even be doing anything wrong."
• Line of the week
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers on the challenge of hosting this year's ESPYs: "With all due respect to work stoppages, they're not exactly a comedy gold mine."
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1. Joe Buck on letting Vin Scully sit in during the World Series.