By STEVE BRENNER
If Jurgen Klinsmann, the German coach of the United States national team, thinks he is at his lowest ebb, Cornelius Huggins can offer him a startling reality check.
When Klinsmann’s team begins the qualifying cycle for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Friday night, it will do so on the heels of a string of desperately disappointing results. Fans are grumbling, and faith in Klinsmann’s leadership seems to dim with each new unimpressive display.
Yet if Klinsmann ever fears that all hope is lost, he can always put himself in the shoes of Huggins, a man once known as the Outlaw who faces a much taller task.
FROM STEVE BRENNER AT CITI FIELD
It was sport – but not as America knows it.
There was loud, vibrant noise emanating from the stands of Citi Field . The action was ,at times, fast paced and enjoyably engaging.
Big hits boomed off the bat, acrobatic catches were held.
This , however, wasn’t the World Series.
It was cricket. Legends style.
FROM STEVE BRENNER IN NEW YORK
What a difference a week makes.
Just seven days ago, Citi Field was a cauldron of expectation as the New York Mets fought for the World Series crown, which was eventually — and dramatically — grabbed by the Kansas City Royals.
Yet on Saturday, top-level sport returns to the same arena.
This time, however, it’s the kind that will leave most locals scratching their heads with increasing confusion and bewilderment.