13) Albert Pujols got his 2,000th career RBI when he homered Thursday in Detroit. 1,029 of his 2,000 RBI have come via home runs.
A 33-year old law student caught Pujols’ historic home run, but refused four offers to sell the keepsake baseball back to Pujols— both the Tigers/Angels made multiple offers to the guy.
“I don’t want money. I don’t care.” Alrighty then.
12) Pretty fitting that Billy Joel spent his 70th birthday doing a concert in Madison Square Garden; that must’ve been a great night.
Long time ago, back in the 90’s sometime, Billy Joel booked a couple of concerts here in Albany- they sold out in about a half hour. They added a couple more dates- they sold out, too. Don’t remember the exact number, but pretty sure he wound up with 8-10 concerts here that month, all sellouts. I went to one of them, just a terrific show.
11) Every baseball telecast should announce which umpires are in the replay center in New York City. Gary Cohen does it sometimes on Met games; never heard anyone else do it.
10) South Carolina appears ready to offer $120M in tax breaks to the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina, and into the Palmetto State.
Rock Hill, SC is only 15 miles from Charlotte, which is what makes all this feasible.
Must be nice to be rich; people line up to give you even more money.
9) Westgate SuperBook took 46 bets on Tony Romo to win the Byron Nelson at 10,000/1; he shot a 5-over par 76 in the first round Thursday, even with an eagle on one hole.
8) 76ers 112, Raptors 101— Game 7 is in Toronto Sunday.
Trailblazers 119, Nuggets 108— Game 7 is in Denver Sunday.
7) Baseball injuries:
— Giants put C Buster Posey on 7-day concussion list.
— Mets put P Steven Matz on the IL.
6) Watching Rangers-Astros game, being played in a dome, but there are open spaces in the walls in left-center field and it was pouring rain in Houston, so when they showed pitches from the centerfield camera, you could see a steady downpour of rain that wasn’t coming down on the field, but some of the fans were getting drenched.
5) Wednesday night, Orioles lost a tough 2-1 game in 12 innings to Boston; saw something in the boxscore that I don’t think I’ve seen before.
Baltimore hitters struck out 22 times, with zero walks. Thats really terrible.
Jackie Bradley Jr made an amazing catch to rob Mancini of a homer that would’ve ended the game. Tremendous catch.
4) Doug Eddings has umpired home plate in seven games this season; the underdog won all seven games.
3) Minnesota Twins’ new replay coordinator Nate Dammann spent the last 12 years as one of their bullpen catchers, an interesting change/upgrade in career.
2) Astros 4, Rangers 2— Hunter Pence has 17 RBI in his last nine games for Texas.
1) NFL recently cut $20M from the NFL Network budget less than two years from a potential work stoppage, which may be a bad omen for the 2021 season taking place.