Friday, Apr. 28, 2017

Briefly.

Trivia: On April 24, 1987 my brother Paul was celebrating his 25th birthday. Also on that day, Rickey Henderson became the first player in baseball history to hit a home run off two different 300-game winners in the same game. Who were they?

HIT THE #$%^ING BALL!!!!!

At 101 years old, Man Kaur was just over a minute short of beating Usain Bolt’s world record in the 100-meter sprint. Kaur, dubbed “miracle from Chandigarh”, won gold at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand last Monday. Though she was the only competitor in the 100-years-and-over category, the sprinter legged out victory in 1 minute 14 seconds. As an added note, Kaur only began her athletic career at the ripe old age of 93.

Houston’s George Springer sat out Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue. At the time, Springer was the active MLB leader in consecutive games played at 205! Why the exclamation point?? You may recall a guy by the name of Cal Ripken Jr. once played in 2,632 consecutive games.

“Saves” in baseball are so overrated. Take for example last Sunday’s Sox game. Craig Kimbrel pitches to one batter in a 6-2 win and picks up the save. That’s a joke.

A South Dakota man was arrested outside a Sioux Falls house fire on Sunday, though the arrest had nothing to do with the blaze. Rather, police say the man tried to push past police and fire personnel in an attempt to reenter his home and “save” his beer. Police say the man was told to stay outside but persisted in his attempts. “The incredibly poor judgement could have put many responders at risk.” Personally, I like the effort!

Though the Celtics have won three straight over Chicago after the first two losses, they’ve done so with Rondo on the bench (injured). What I would really like to see is for them to close out the series with Rondo on the floor for the Bulls. Then again if they advance with Rondo on the pine, well that works too!

If there was a bridge from the U.S. to the U.K., which side would we drive on?

How bad are the Red Sox hitting woes? They are 2-5 in their last 7 games with an ERA of 1.95. I’ll tell you, they better hit against the Cubbies!

I did watch some of the NFL draft last night. I didn’t really have interest but then again it is intriguing in many ways. The Steelers marched out Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis to announce their 1st round pick, as well as to give a nice tribute to Dan Rooney. That in itself was pretty cool. BTW, the Steelers selected J.J. Watt’s brother, T.J. Watt. DYK, their father is referred to as Hey Jay, mother is named B.J., they have a gay brother named Gay Jay and a cat named Blue Jay. OK, I made up everything after T.J….

If Chris Mortenson isn’t, or wasn’t sick, he sure looks it. Terrible.

Tough it is far too early to start mentioning Chris Sale in the same breath as Pedro Martinez, he really is the most fun to watch for the Sox since Pedro.

Trivia answer: Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Cleveland Indians

“Don’t let your meat loaf.” – Anonymous

“And you wake up in the morning

With your head on fire

And your eyes too bloody to see

Go on and cry in your coffee

But don’t come bitchin’ to me.”

Good night everybody!

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