Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and star player Kemba Walker, the two faces of the Huskies team that won the national title, are extremely close but they do apparently have their baseball differences.
Just to get the opportunity to be honored by the Red Sox, Calhoun skipped out on going to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award ceremonies with Walker, who was one of the finalists.
From the Hartford Courant:
Calhoun said he hasn't decided if he will go to Yankee Stadium Wednesday when Walker, a Bronx native, throws out the first pitch. You may remember in 2004, Calhoun said he twice was called by the Yankees to throw the first pitch, but declined, saying he "couldn't step on that mound." The Yankees said they never called Calhoun.
"I'll talk to Brian Cashman, who I've gotten to be pretty friendly with," Calhoun said. "I'd love to see Kemba try to throw the first pitch.
"Kemba couldn't understand why I wasn't going to the Wooden Award [Andre LaFleur accompanied Walker for the ceremonies Friday night in Los Angeles, where Jimmer Fredette won]," Calhoun said. "I had to explain to him in Boston you're grown into Ted Williams … to all the guys I watched when I was a kid. Kemba's not really into baseball. He doesn't understand."
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has divided households before, but the relationship between Calhoun and Walker will be remembered for being a championship-winning one.