Dusty Coleman and major-league debuts — have a heart

Big league debuts can be nerve-wracking: the new guy shows up and the carnival starts. He’s got to meet dozens of new teammates and coaches. Before the game starts everyone in the media wants a piece of him, the new kid on the block is a good story. Coaches are trying to cram information down the kid’s throat, there’s a lot he needs to absorb before 7:10. He might have family and friends flying in at the last second to see his debut; he’s got to get them tickets and make sure they’re taken care of. He might try to watch some video or read scouting reports, but how much is he absorbing?

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Fireworks, festivals and fun: Our guide to the weekend’s Independence Day events

The biggest July Fourth celebrations will be KC RiverFest at Berkley Riverfront Park, the Star Spangled Spectacular at Coroporate Woods in Overland Park and Jackson County’s Fourth of July Celebration at Longview Lake. But not all the celebrations will include fireworks, and they won’t all be on the actual holiday.

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