Features on the May 5 (7pm ET) edition of ESPN’s sports newsmagazine series E:60:
The Darkest Day in Polo — A few weeks ago, the genteel world of polo was rocked when 21 prized horses died during the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., the Super Bowl of the sport. Lechuza Caracas, one of eight teams in competition, was one win away from the semifinals and favored to win until the team’s horses became ill and started falling to the ground one by one. Spectators watched in horror as veterinarians, players, grooms and total strangers worked together in vain to try to save the horses. E:60‘s Rachel Nichols talks with witnesses and participants, including an exclusive on-camera interview with the team manager of Lechuza Caracas, who explains what really happened leading up to polo’s most tragic day.
Dustin Pedroia — In just two years, 25-year-old Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has already won four of baseball’s most prestigious awards, one of only eight players in history to win Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Gold Glove and a World Series ring. At 5 feet 8 inches tall, he is one of the shortest MVP’s in history and always has had to prove himself to the scouts who claimed he was too small, didn’t have any power and swung too hard. E:60’s Michael Smith chronicles Pedroia’s rise to stardom and the obstacles he faced along the way — providing insight into Pedroia’s drive to silence his critics. Terry Francona, Derek Jeter, Brian Cashman, Cal Ripken Jr., Joe Morgan and Ozzie Guillen are among the well-known baseball personalities interviewed for the profile.
Also included are features on 45-year-old (and formerly 405-pound) college wrestler Terrance Haynes, and two-handed bowler Jason Belmonte.