13) Red Sox 8, Rangers 4 (11)— Early candidate for Bad Beat of the Week; total in this game was 9.5. Boston led 3-1 in 9th inning, Texas tied it, then Travis Shaw walked it off with an 11th-inning grand slam. He does anything but hit a homer there, game ends 5-4.
12) San Diego Padres found a scapegoat for their current struggles; Monday they told pitching coach Larry Rothschild to take a hike. Padres have lost 9 of their last 11 games- they scored 3 or fewer runs in six of those nine losses, so by all means, fire the pitching coach.
11) Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th home run Sunday, the 28th big leaguer to do that; he’s having a Hall of Fame career. Marlins won the World Series in his rookie year, 2003, so long ago that the Marlins’ managers that year were Jeff Torborg and Jack McKeon.
10) Atlanta Braves won their last 13 road games; Cubs lost 13 of their last 14 home games.
9) Miami’s Sandy Alcantara has allowed only 3 runs in his last 22 IP, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates last week. In starts against the Braves/Reds, Miami scored a total of one run, losing both games 2-0/3-1.
8) Pirates 6, Arizona 5— This was only 7th time in 125 games that the Pirates were favored.
7) NFL has a labor dispute with its replay officials, who are separate from the game officials who are on the field. The replay officials are still working, but they want to get paid more.
6) If you’re an NFL quarterback and they replay one of your passes and TV analyst Dan Fouts says “I’m not sure what his intention was” that’s not a ringing endorsement of that QB. Fouts was obviously one of the best QB’s ever, and he’s usually not very critical.
5) Lot of rain this weekend; they had nine inches of rain in two days at Liberty National Golf Club, where the PGA Tour event was being played.
4) If they played a major league baseball game with aluminum bats, what would the final score be? You watch this Little League World Series and the kids use them. Exit velocity would go way the hell up with aluminum bats.
3) Trevor Bauer is on administrative leave, still getting paid his $28M a year as his legal issues play out. Bauer hasn’t pitched since June 28, doesn’t appear to have broken any laws, but he is on the sidelines and figures to be for the rest of the season. Dodgers have to be really thrilled about all this.
2) If the baseball playoffs started today (they don’t):
NL: Braves, Brewers, Giants. Wild Card: Cincinnati @ Los Angeles
AL: Rays, White Sox, Astros. Wild Card: Boston @ New York
1) You see people running marathons and it doesn’t seem healthy; 26 miles is a long way to run. Hey, if I drive 26 miles, I’m looking for a drive-thru window at McDonald’s or Wendy’s.
The idea for a marathon comes from the legend of an ancient Greek messenger who raced from the site of Marathon to Athens, a distance of 40 kilometers, nearly 25 miles, with the news of an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. After making his announcement, the exhausted messenger collapsed and died.
See what I mean?