Good morning, I’m Dan Garland. There is no doubt what my favorite part of the MLB All-Star game is.
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🎤 Game sounds
⚾The man who helps Cuba’s top athletes
🌟 Kershaw takes it all in him
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This is the best part of the all-star game
The concept of the All-Star Game has lost a lot of its luster since its invention in 1933. At a time when the only way to see the best sports players was to wait for them to come to town, The All-Star Game gave fans a chance to see all the players worth watching at once. But in an age of national television, top YouTubers, the Red Zone and social media, we can watch the world’s best players whenever we want, so what’s the point of the All-Star Game?
Fox has found the perfect antidote to fans’ hatred of the game itself Making the MLB All-Star Game the Most Entertaining Baseball Broadcast of the Year. Since the game is pointless, Fox can do all kinds of fun things with players that they wouldn’t be able to do in an already important game. Sure, ESPN has started putting microphones on players and doing in-game interviews Sunday night baseballbut Fox put together a whole bunch of players during last night’s game — including hill shooters, which you’ll never see in a real game.
Yankees teammates Nestor Cortes And the Jose Trevino At the same time, with Curtis simply tells his mask What he was going to throw at him instead of giving Trevino the cues. Trevino kept the microphone on while his racket was at the top of the next inning and can be heard saying“Wow, I can’t believe I’m an all-star guy. That’s unreal.”
Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoh He also wore a mic while blasting off the second half, and although he was a little awkward at first, he finally got ready and let John Smoltz tell him what to throw. It was funny to hear Manouh shout “By you!” When he blew a fast ball into the hitter’s goal. (Could you Watch his entire role here.)
MLB has Upload a great 11 minute clip One of the best gaming moments from last night’s match to her YouTube channel and I can’t recommend her highly enough.
In addition to Manoah, Cortes, and Trevino, you can also hear from Aaron JudgeAnd the Giancarlo StantonRising Mariners Julio Rodriguez And the Liam Hendrickswho kept it clean after last year’s viral stain (and dirt).
Hendriks had the final of the eighth inning on the road to Rodriguez in the center, after which Rodriguez joked that he would throw the ball in the stands instead of giving it to the three-time All-Star. Hendrix shouted, “Julio!” Before both players ran off the field with smiles from ear to ear.
The charged players are the only thing that makes the All-Star game worth watching. If it aired like any other regular season game, it would be a complete draw. But Hearing players on the field offers a great window into their personalities. I understand why players might be reluctant to do field interviews mid-game, but MLB will be. Smart to start putting microphones on players and release videos after the fact As does the NFL. Fans will eat it. It would be like an All-Star game every week.
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For today’s cover of the day, Greg Bishop has been glossing over Billy Henderson, who built his career with the help of athletes defecting from Cuba:
When he leaves for an assignment, Billy tells his family, including his four children, ages 2 to 16, that he’s headed off to work with the athletes—which means he coaches them, which is partly true. He maintains that secrecy is not the reason for concealing the full nature of his work, but because he does not want anyone to tell him that he should stop.
Stephanie Epstein writes that Clayton Kershaw absorbed every moment of his debut All-Star game at Dodger Stadium. … Emma Batcheleri explains Rob Manfred’s ignorant comments about minor league salaries and the growing pressure on MLB to pay a living wage to prospects. … Avi Credits ranks the teams standing in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euro Championships.
About the world of sports
Hornets striker Miles Bridges faces domestic violence charges in Los Angeles. … NASCAR has announced its plans for its first street race, to be held in Chicago next year. … even though it allowed him to have the best season of his career with a championship-winning team, Andrew Wiggins says he regrets getting the COVID-19 vaccine. …the real-life Quidditch version is Changing her name to distance herself from J.K. Rowling.
The top five…
…things I saw yesterday:
5. Ryan Heelsley draws the corner at 103 miles per hour.
4. This video is from Brewers Pick Project Jurrangelo Cijntjea toggle thrower that can throw 92 mph as a left-handed and 96 as a fit.
2. Clayton Kershaw meets a young fan After the All-Star Game.
1. Andres Jimenez starts a double play With a back toss.
Rory McIlroy won the Open Championship on this day in 2014. How much money did his father make after betting a 10-year-old that McIlroy would win the championship before he turned 26?
- 106000 dollars
- 171,000 dollars
SIQ yesterday: Who defeated Tom Watson in a playoff match at the 2009 Open Championship?
Answer: Stewart Sink. But all anyone remembers about that tournament is how close Watson came to winning it. The 59-year-old Watson had nine months of hip replacement surgery removed. At the Masters in April, he fired 83 subs and missed the cut by 12 rounds. His close win, 26 years after his last major tournament, was unforgettable. This is what Michael Bamberger wrote In that week’s issue of SI:
That’s what it’s all about: losing. truly. You will win some and lose more. That was the starting point for last week’s British Open in Turnberry. Everyone pays more attention to the loser than the winner, right? Loser, old man – almost sixty years old! Loss of sophistication, heart, serenity and tired legs. Try to go back in time. It was a brave effort, and it almost worked.
The 2009 Open was held at Turnberry, the location of Watson’s famous “Duel in the Sun” with Jack Nicklaus. But while Watson Bird had made four of his last six holes in that famous tournament, he fizzled out at a critical time 32 years later, making him a bogey on the 72nd hole when a tie would have won him the tournament. This is the one who set up the playoff with Cink, and Watson wasn’t up to the task. While Sinek finished the four-hole playoff at a 2-under average, Watson was over 4, thus ending his fantasy novel in a wrenching fashion. The headline in Bamberger’s story summed it up perfectly: “Heartbreaker.”
From the vault: July 20, 1981
The Rams had a quarterback controversy on their hands in the early ’80s. Former USC star Pat Haden took over the starting role in ’77 but broke a finger late in the ’79 season, by which time Vince Ferragamo took over. Ferragamo led the Rams to a 4-1 season finish and won two playoffs to lead them to their first Super Bowl appearance. (They lost to the Steelers.)
Haden started the 1980 season as a start but was injured in the first game and Ferragamo took charge again. He played well, throwing 30 touchdown passes (tying for second place in the league), but Ramez’s management was putting pressure on him in extension talks. While Ferragamo made $52,000, $200,000 was paid to support it. The two did not agree, and Ferragamo complained when Hadden was brought into relief. This, along with other Rams players’ disagreements with the front office, led to December 8, 1980, article in Sports Illustrated About how the team succeeded despite the “squabbles”.
Ferragamo was quoted as saying in that story: “I consider myself at the top.” “I would get paid accordingly. But I don’t write the check. If they respect you, you get paid. If things don’t work out, we have Canada or the free agent market.”
It may seem strange that Ferragamo mentioned Canada before free agency, but it was expressive. In April 1981, he signed a huge contract with CFL affiliate Montreal Alouettes. (The Alouettes signed many other high-priced NFL players, too.) Jack McCallum story About Ferragamo’s French-Canadian foray, he tied his salary to $400,000 (the same amount the Steelers paid Terry Bradshaw), while New York times mentioned That deal is worth $500,000 in its first year, plus a $300,000 signing bonus. Meanwhile, the average CFL salary was only $40,000 and many players worked day jobs.
McCallum’s story ran after Ferragamo played two games for Montreal. He portrays him as a fish out of water, both in the field (110 yards) and in his daily life in Montreal. While Ferragamo’s wife complained about the lack of Mexican restaurants in Quebec, the biggest concern was Ferragamo’s sombre play. He struggled to read coverages against a 12-man defense and, as a traditional player, wasn’t a good fit for the Canadian game, where wider pitches are an advantage for moving midfielders.
The Als went 3-13 that season. Ferragamo completed 51.1% of his passes, with seven touchdowns and 25 interceptions inside 13 matches. After the failed CFL trial, Ferragamo returned to the Rams in ’82.
Jeff Perlman met Ferragamo For a brief item In the July 21, 1997 issue of Sports Illustratedlooking back on the cover of ’81. Ferragamo, a Southern California native, explained that the only thing that made him leave his hometown was money.
“It was a private business on my part,” he said. “The emotional stuff was taken out of the equation. I love California, but I was thinking about my career.”
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