Yesterday we lost one of the all-time greats. Gene Wilder died yesterday, at 83 years old from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Wilder was the star of such classic films as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and of course Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
Today is indeed a terribly sad day. The world is a little less brighter. 2016 has been a terrible year for taking some of the best and brightest away from us, and for me personally, this one hits the hardest. If you have never taken the time, I can not more highly recommend you watch all of Wilder’s films, especially Young Frankenstein. The man was truly a legend.
Pirates 7, Cubs 8 – The Pirates bullpen did them in here, giving up all 8 runs from the 8th inning or later, including two in the 13th as they had victory snatched away.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0 – Prof: Tanner Roark went seven innings in a solid performance against Philadelphia. Jayson Werth wasn’t too great at the plate – 1-5 – but he made that one count with a two run homer.
Twins 0, Indians 1 F/10 – Prof: Lots of hits, but nothing to show for it. Jason Kipnis saves the day with the walk off.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 5 – Prof: Now, I actually watched this game and folks, let me tell you. The Redbirds started out strong, then suddenly the Brewers came out swinging. Then it became a cat and mouse game. Jonathan Villar was an error making machine, his last one – an absolutely horrendous throw to Scooter Gennett that completely missed his target and bounced off the turf – was the one that really sealed the deal for St. Louis. Zach Davies pitched his way out of several jams but ultimately gets a no decision, as does Carlos Martinez, who pitched extremely well but no credit for it.
Mariners 3, Rangers 6 – Yu Darvish struck out 9 batters as the Rangers picked up 5 runs in the first three innings.
Reds 2, Angels 9 – Prof: Los Angeles/Anaheim beat up on their visitors pretty badly. C.J. Cron and Mike Trout were terrible hosts; both went 3-4, and both hit home runs.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1 – The Orioles, who led the division for most of the season are fading fast. Even when they do get a rare decent outing by a starter, the bats can’t seem to do their part. At a time where the Red Sox and Blue Jays can’t seem to stop wining, the O’s don’t have the time for a prolonged slump.
Rays 4, Red Sox 9 – Rick Porcello gets victory number 19 and Mookie Betts hits home run number 30. Just another day in the life.
White Sox 3, Tigers 4 – Prof: Hey, Salty! He bangs in two runs to give Detroit the win.
Marlins 1, Mets 2 – Cespedes hits a walk-off solo home run to send everyone to bed.
A’s 0, Astros 6 – Prof: Jose Altuve (my choice for AL MVP, sorry Josh Donaldson) continues to lift his team on his small but mighty shoulders. He hit a homer that bashed against the video board in Houston’s demolishing of Oakland.
Yankees 5, Royals 8 – The Royals scored 3 in the first and 5 in the 7th in a battle of two of the hottest teams in the AL.
Dodgers 1, Rockies 8 – Jon Gray threw 6 shut out innings as he out dueled Kenta Maeda for the win. The Dodgers are now just a half a game up in the division.