13) In 2008, a guy named Sean Kazmar played in 19 games for San Diego, going 8-39 at the plate in his proverbial cup of coffee. Making the major leagues is a very big deal, but unfortunately he didn’t stay very long.
But Sean Kazmar never gave up; he kept playing at the AAA level— all in all, he’s come to the plate 6,619 times in minor league games and Friday, at age 37, the Braves brought him back to the major leagues. He got into the game Saturday at Wrigley; what a thrill that had to be.
12) Over his last five games, Steph Curry is 44-81 behind the arc, thats 54.3%. He’s scored 42.6 ppg in those games. This is an interesting argument, who is the greatest shooter in basketball history? Curry? Reggie Miller? Ray Allen? Rick Barry? Larry Bird? Klay Thompson?
I don’t have a strong opinion on this, but I do know that Steph Curry and the Warriors made shooting cool again— nowadays kids all over the country work their butts off on their shooting, which makes the game more fun to watch, because finding the open man and then making open shots is a lot of what makes basketball fun.
11) Cubs 13, Braves 4— Chicago was 5-11 with men in scoring position in this game; coming into the game, they had been 7-84 with RISP.
10) Dodger-Padre games this weekend have been unusually intense for April games; Dodgers pulled games out the last two nights, with a Road Runner/Wily Coyote feel to them. No matter what the Padres did, the Dodgers did better- they already lead the NL West by 4.5 games.
Friday night’s game got weird in extra innings:
— Once LA got ahead by three runs, San Diego brought in 2B Jake Cronenworth to pitch— he pitched some in college and the minors, but had never pitched in the majors. It was just weird, in such an intense setting, for them to wave the white flag like that.
— Pitcher David Price batted for LA and hit a sacrifice fly, his 2nd career RBI- he’s played almost his whole career in the American League.
— In Saturday’s game, Clayton Kershaw/Jurickson Profar exchanged words after a catchers’ interference call. No love lost between the two sides, but the Padres have a long ways to go before they’re at the Dodgers’ level.
— Mookie Betts made a GREAT diving catch in right-center field to end Saturday’s game; score would’ve been tied had he not made the catch.
9) Orel Hershiser was saying on the Dodger broadcast that he thinks the new extra-inning format will become a permanent thing. No inside info, just his opinion.
8) There is a high school in Tarpon Springs, FL where the school’s mascot is a “Sponger”, reflecting the town’s history of sponge diving— it is a guy wearing a big helmet, getting ready to go underwater to retrieve sponges.
7) Astros’ 1B Yuli Gurriel walked 12 times in 57 games last year; this year, he’s already walked 12 times in the Astros’ first 14 games.
6) In 1977, slugger Dave Kingman moved around a lot:
— 59 games for the Mets, hitting .209 with 9 homers.
— 56 games for the Padres, hitting .238 with 11 homers.
— 10 games for the Angels, going 7-36 with two homers.
— 8 games in the Bronx (4 of his 6 hits there were homers)
Back then, there were only four divisions in the major leagues, and Kingman played in all four of them that year. He was only on the Angels for ten days.
5) Red Sox 7, White Sox 4:
— Boston wore bright yellow jerseys with light blue hats; they looked like a cross between UCLA and the Oakland Invaders of the old USFL. No idea what that was about, but if a team is known as the RED Sox, maybe they should have some red in there.
4) White Sox are 6-8 under 76-year old Tony LaRussa; their bullpen has been a problem.
If you bet the Pale Hose in the first five innings of every game, you’d be 9-1-4, but overall, they are only 6-8. Managing the bullpen is this generation’s Rubik’s Cube for big league managers.
3) Looked into watching some Japanese baseball on TV late at night, but only thing I could find was a streaming service that charges $28 a month. Um, no thanks.
2) Jacob deGrom became the sixth pitcher ever to strike out nine guys in a row, in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Rockies in the first game of a twinbill Saturday in Denver. deGrom was supposed to pitch in Philly on Thursday, but that got rained out, then Friday’s game in Colorado got snowed out, so he had some distractions to deal with as well.
1) Before the Indiana Hoosiers hired Mike Woodson as their new basketball coach, they offered Celtics’ coach (and former Butler coach) Brad Stevens $70M for seven years, which he declined.