Thursday’s Den: Happy Armadillo Day!!!!

— 22 years ago today, we started this blog, had no idea what it would become, if anything. Lot of stuff has happened since then, mostly good, but some bad— that’s what life is, some good, some bad— if we’re lucky the good outweighs the bad.

We’re still here, which is a good thing; hopefully you enjoy the site and learn something once in a while. I’ve learned a lot just doing this every day.

Happy Armadillo Day!!!!

— Rough week for the TV networks, with NBA Finals and Stanley Cup finals both ending in five games. TV networks want these series to go 6 or 7 games; that’s where the big ratings are, in the 6th/7th games, which translate to more $$$$. TV networks love more $$$.

NHL Finals’ TV ratings were the worst since 2007. No bueno.

— On Sunday, Stanford pitcher Quinn Mathews threw 156 pitches in a Super Regional win against Texas. Complete game, 156 pitches; he saved the Cardinal’s season and now they’re in the College World Series.

College baseball coaches don’t practice load management; if a minor league manager let one of his pitchers throw 156 pitches in a game these days, he’d probably get fired. 119 pitches is the most anyone has thrown in the major leagues this season.

There was a time a while back where the Texas Longhorns had lot of pitches drafted, but before they got to the majors, most all of them had their arm operated on.

Not sure if Quinn Mathews will ever pitch in pro ball, but I’m sure that this week, his teammates and coaches freakin’ love him.

— Pat Sajak is retiring after the upcoming season of Wheel of Fortune; the 76-year old Sajak has been hosting the show for 40 years— this will be his 41st and last season.

Sajak was a weatherman at KNBC in Los Angeles when he was offered the job at Wheel of Fortune— he replaced Chick Woolery as host.

I felt kind of old typing all of that, but Pat Sajak seems like a good-natured guy who definitely doesn’t look like he is 76. Hope he enjoys his retirement; he’s provided us with an awful lot of entertainment over the years.

— Good news for Buffalo Bills’ fans: WR Stefon Diggs practiced at mini-camp Wednesday, so that brush fire appears to have been put out.

— Baseball injuries:
Astros’ 1B Yordan Alvarez (oblique) is out at least four weeks
Brewers signed free agent OF Raimel Tapia
Giants put OF Mitch Haniger (broken arm) on the IL

— Giants 8, Cardinals 5 (10)
Mike Yastrzemski hit a 2-out, 2-run homer to tie the game in the 9th inning.
Thairo Estrada had the game-winning hit in the 10th inning.
Cardinals lost 10 of their last 12 games. 

— Phillies 4, Arizona 3 (10)
Ranger Suarez threw 7 shutout IP for the Phillies.
Christian Walker tied the game with a 3-run homer in the 8th inning.
Nick Castellanos’ 10th inning sac fly scored the game-winning run.

— Tampa Bay 6, A’s 3— Oakland’s 7-game win streak comes to an end.

— Braves 10-6, Tigers 7-5— Atlanta sweeps a twinbill; Ronald Acuna hit a homer in both games. Braves lead the NL East by 4.5 games.

— Twins 4, Brewers 2— Milwaukee has lost six games in a row.

— Mets 4, Bronx 3 (10)— Brandon Nimmo’s walk-off double ended the game; Mets win for only the second time in 11 games. 

— Marlins 4, Mariners 1— Eury Perez threw six shutout IP for Miami; Mariners hit three balls of him that were caught at the fence, two by Eugenio Suarez. Seattle has a lousy hitter’s ballpark. 

— Movie of the Day— Little Big League (1994)— The owner of the Minnesota Twins dies, and leaves the team to his 12-year old grandson, who names himself manager of the team. Not the most realistic movie, but it is a good movie.

Jason Robards plays the owner of the Twins, Kevin Dunn is the team’s GM, Timothy Busfield is the Twins’ 1B, Ashley Crow is the kid’s mom. John Ashton is the Twins’ pitching coach; lot of former major leaguers appear in this movie. 

29 years later, in real life, Ashley Crow’s son is in the minor leagues with the Cubs, one of their top prospects (Pete Crow-Armstrong).

— One of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 22 years is that anyone can write; believe me, if I can do this, so can you.

Thanks for reading. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.