I’m feeling a little nostalgic today, so I figured I’d do something a little different today and spend some time looking to internet past. It’s really crazy how the net has become such a part of our daily lives when not that long ago, it was completely different. No one seemed to know what it really was back then or how to actually use it. So people just made really insane and stupid videos that blew up and took over our lives. Kids are headed back to school soon, if not already, and I always love those lists that really puts it into perspective. Wanna feel old with me?
- There has always been a digital swap meet called eBay.
- They never heard Harry Caray try to sing during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.
- Elian Gonzalez, who would like to visit the U.S. again someday, has always been back in Cuba.
- The Ali/Frazier boxing match for their generation was between the daughters of Muhammad and Joe.
- They have never had to watch or listen to programs at a scheduled time.
- Vaccines have always been erroneously linked to autism.
- Laws against on-the-job harassment have always applied to parties of the same sex.
- They have no memory of Bob Dole promoting Viagra.
- While chads were hanging in Florida, they were potty training in all 50 states.
Rockies 1, Brewers 7 – Prof: Ryan Braun hit two home runs. Here’s a cool stat for you guys – Braun has now hit a home run off of two hundred different pitchers in his career. That’s actually a neat stat to have in your pocket. Impress nerds at trivia with that info.
Cubs 6, Padres 3 – Kyle Hendricks did what Kyle Hendricks does best.
Rangers 6, Reds 5 – Prof: Yu Darvish hit his first home run today against the Reds! Sadly, Yu gets a no decision on Texas’ win, but a guy’s first homer is a memory that will last forever.
Phillies 5, White Sox 3 – Prof: This game wasn’t even as close as it looks, and James Shields coughed up another one. But I’m choosing to talk about the big White Sox news of the day, which is they have finally sold the new naming rights to their stadium, since U.S. Cellular – the company who currently has the rights – has pulled out of the Chicago market and no longer wants to have their name on a stadium where they aren’t doing business. The new name of where the White Sox will play? GUARANTEED RATE FIELD. You are not hallucinating. Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. I was talking to Kevin S. and COPO today, and said the following – “The White Sox are already the off brand of baseball in Chicago, and now they have a stadium name that sounds like it was purchased at the Dollar Tree.” This season will be the last for The Cell. What will the new nickname be? G-Rate Field? The G Spot, as I saw on Twitter? Whatever, just call it New New Cominsky.
Tigers 9, Twins 4 – Tigers got home runs out of Cabrera and Upton which helped power a 5 run 3rd inning.
Braves 9, Diamondbacks 10 – Arizona wins this slug fest off a 11th inning walk-off sacrifice fly.
Yankees 5, Mariners 0 – Prof: Gary Sanchez is for real, y’all. 2-3 with another home run, his 9th in his first 21 career games. Tanaka had an excellent outing, going seven innings.
Giants 0, Dodgers 1 – Prof: Rich Hill made his Los Angeles debut last night, and it was a strong one. Six innings, no runs, five hits total. Did you know that this Saturday is Red Panda Day? It is. Did you know that Justin Turner looks like a red panda? He does. And Turner, the Red Panda himself, went 2-3 with a home run this evening. Celebrate yourself, Red Panda.
Astros 5, Pirates 4 – Prof: Astros win! Evan Gattis – known to this Braves fan as El Oso Blanco – hit his 20th home run of the year. Ken Giles gets the save. Jordy Mercer did his best for Pittsburgh but his 2-4, 1 home run performance just wasn’t enough to lift the Bucs.
Indians 1, Athletics 5 – Cleveland’s starting pitching fails yet again, giving up 5 runs in the second. Thanks for nothing Cleveland! You were the chosen ones! Now we have to rely on Detroit to keep KC out of the damn playoffs again.
Orioles 10, Nationals 8 – We have a doozy of a game here. Tanner Roark looked absolutely dreadful plunking 3 batters. Manny Machado went 4-6 with 4 RBI and a 2 run HR and a beautiful play at third. Matt Wieters went 2-4 with 4 RBI and a 3 run HR. Trea Turner looked to be the truth following a 4-4 with a 4-5 and an amazing play in center. Daniel Murphy went 3-5 with 5 RBI and a grand slam in the 9th. Zach Britton picked up the save, but gave up his first earned run since April 30th. His record of 43 straight appearances without allowing an earned run snapped after being forced into the game quickly following Murphy’s grand slam that turned a blow out into a save opportunity.
Angels 8, Blue Jays 2 – Both Trout and Pujols went yard as the Jays were silenced by Matt Shoemaker.
Royals 0, Marlins 3 – Prof: Jose Fernandez set the Miami franchise record for most strikeouts in a season today. This guy is consistently one of the best pitchers in baseball, and today his teammates showed up to help him out with a win. In other news, they also got veteran dreamboat and all around nice guy Jeff “Frenchy” Francoeur today in a trade with the Braves.
Red Sox 3, Rays 4 F/11 – Tampa wins on a pair of errors by the Sox. With a man on second, reliever Heath Hembree dropped a toss while covering first, and then catcher Sandy Leon couldn’t hold on to the throw to the plate.
Mets 1, Cardinals 8 – Prof: Oh, Jacob deGrom. You got wacked, son. deGrom only lasted 4.2 innings, gave up 12 hits and five runs, three of those home runs. St. Louis ended up with 19 hits altogether.