As if yesterday’s tragic news about the terrible loss of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez wasn’t sad enough, today we learned that golfing great Arnold Palmer died at the age of 87 while awaiting cardiac surgery.
With his dominance in golf and distinctive style, Palmer helped turn the sport from a country club pursuit to one that became accessible to the masses.He won more than 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962.“He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself,” wrote Nicklaus in a statement.“Arnold always had my back, and I had his. We were always there for each other. That never changed. He was the king of our sport and always will be.”
We will be forgoing today’s musical selection, instead choosing to honor our version of a moment of silence in remembrance of these two men.
Braves, Marlins – Canceled, for obvious reasons. As far as I (Prof) know, they will not make up this game. The Mets will play against the Marlins today (Monday), but with heavy hearts. As are all of ours.
Cardinals 1, Cubs 3 – Prof: Ben Zobrist went 3-4, hit a double and scored two runs. David Ross – Grandpa Rossy to the Cubbie Faithful – hit a home run in the fifth inning. Love you Rossy.
Rockies 3, Dodgers 4 F/10 – Prof: Dodgers clinch the NL West title, Corey Seager continues to be awesome, and Vin Scully goes out on top. This might have been a terribly sad and upsetting day, but this made me smile. Vin deserved his last game to be a win, and such an important one at that. So long, Vin. You deserve a good rest, and may you continue to smile.
Phillies 0, Mets 17 – Prof: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam in this absolute demoralizing Mets victory. The damage was already done by the fifth inning, however New York lit up the hapless Phillies bullpen for five runs in the 7th and 6 in the 8th.
Angels 1, Astros 4 – Joe Musgrove allowed just one run over 7 innings and the Astros got home runs from Evan Gattis, Tyler White, and Tony Kemp to avoid the sweep.
Giants 3, Padres 4 – St. Louis is just a half game back as the Giants continue to play themselves out of the playoffs.
Reds 4, Brewers 2 – Prof: This was the Brewers’ last home game for the season. Even in defeat, the Brew Crew faithful gave a rousing standing ovation to Ryan Braun in the eighth inning (his last at-bat). Most people believe that this was Braun’s last game as a Brewer in Milwaukee, and the fans decided to let him know their appreciation, much as they did to Jon Lucroy in the days before he was finally traded to Texas.
Mariners 4, Twins 3 – Prof: The Twins have done it. They’ve lost 100 games this year and have a firm grasp on the number one draft pick. I honestly thought the Braves would have that honor, but hat tip to the Twins for really staying committed to being horrible. Let’s hope y’all get a really fine pitcher out of this pick, or can trade it for a couple of suitable farm hands. Also, a game happened.
Rangers 1, A’s 7 – All 7 runs for the A’s came in the 2nd, but it was the start of Jharel Cotton who gave up just 3 hits over 7 innings that was the most impressive performance of the game.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 4 – Toronto scored two in the 9th, including a walk-off single by Edwin Encarnacion as the Blue Jays prepare for the final big battle of the season against the Orioles.
White Sox 3, Indians 0 – Prof: Carlos Rodon whiffed 11 Cleveland batters in this Chicago victory. The boys from the Magical Land of Cleve didn’t do themselves any favors, either – three errors? Sheesh, guys.
Red Sox 3, Rays 2 F/10 – Prof: The Rays were going to have a ceremony honoring David Ortiz before the game, but Papi asked if they would cancel the ceremony and hold a moment of silence for Jose Fernandez instead. During the moment of silence, Ortiz was visibly broken up. Thanks to Papi’s double in the tenth inning, Dustin Pedroia was able to move to third, then scored on an error, which was the go-ahead run.
Diamondbacks 1, Orioles 2 – Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run home run as the O’s complete the sweep over Arizona. Zach Britton picked up his 46th consecutive save, and the Orioles head to Toronto in a must win situation to get into the playoffs.
Royals 12, Tigers 9 – The Tigers stumbled against the Royals, in a game that included 6 home runs, 36 hits, and 21 runs. The Tigers prepare to face Cleveland with the playoffs on the line and are in a must win and hope for a little help scenario.
Nationals 10, Pirates 7 – Prof: I guess there was a fake tag applied to Bryce Harper and people kinda got pissed about it. OK, so it’s a little more than that. Jung Ho Kang tried to apply a fake tag to Harper, who then injured his left thumb trying to beat it. This is the same thumb he injured previously in 2014. Harper left the game to get X-Rays. But that’s not where the fun stopped, nope. Nats starter A.J. Cole then threw behind Kang at his next at-bat, was thrown out of the game by our old friend Jordan Baker (not of Great Gatsby fame, to my sadness), and then the benches cleared. Former Buc Mark Melancon gets the save against his old bros.