Scouts: Let’s talk about the amazing new Thor trailer that dropped yesterday. If you haven’t seen it, click below. If you have seen it, watch it again! I’m going to be honest with you all here. Thor hasn’t been my favorite Avenger so far. It’s not that I don’t like Chris Hemsworth or I don’t think he’s doing a good job, it’s just that the character is so…..dull. And really I haven’t been able to understand why they continually write this guy as so dimwitted and boring. They have all this amazing Norse mythology to tap into but instead have come up with two movies that were incredibly boring and uneventful. I’m a huge Marvel fan and I honestly can’t tell you what happened in the second movie. If not for the absolutely outstanding Tom Hiddleston, I’m not sure any of the movies thus far would have any redeeming value. So to say that the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t exactly high on my radar would be an understatement. That is until yesterday’s fantastic trailer. You can see Marvel is really taking the lessons learned from Guardians of the Galaxy to heart. The trailer features plenty of action with a few well timed jokes all scored to Zepplin’s Immigrant Song. There is a very strong 70s vibe that is really punctuated in the ending titles. New director Taika Waititi wants to take us on a ride and for the first time with Thor I really want to go. A lot of people have been worried that Marvel has gotten into a bit of a rut lately with Dr. Strange basically being a copy/paste of the first Iron Man. Uninspired villains, strange white-washing, a hero that you just don’t really get into all that much, and a story that’s just the same you’ve seen a half dozen times now. Iron man was always the traditional action flick. Captain America was the spy thriller. GoG is the campy comedy, and it looks like Thor is finally settling into a place of it’s own, even if it’s basically living in GoG’s shadow. Personally, I’m okay with this. I want to see Loki flipping knives like a badass leading an army into battle. I want to see Thor with his chopped off hair shocking everyone with his pleasure at gladiator opponent. And holy shit does Jeff Glodblum look like he’s gonna nail the shit out of Grandmaster. For the first time, I’m actually excited for a Thor movie. Something I never thought would be possible. I don’t care if the trailer was half spoilers. I’m 100% in.
Mets 4, Phillies 3 – Jay Bruce, who the Mets were actively and publicly shopping with zero interest his hit a pair of home runs for 3 of the Met’s 4 runs. Bruce has now hit 3 jacks in his past two games.
Dodgers 2, Cubs 3 – The Cubs celebrated their banner-raising ceremony with a walk-off party! Anthony Rizzo hit the game winner after a two hour rain delay pushed the game into the wee hours.
Astros 0, Mariners 6 – Prof: What’s up, James Paxton? Maybe the Seattle pitcher is kryptonite for Houston, shutting down the Astros for the second time in this young season. Nelson Cruz hit a two run single in the fifth inning to put the Mariners ahead. But it wasn’t all roses for the M’s; Jean Segura strained his right hamstring and had to leave the game.
Cardinals 6, Nationals 14 – Bryce Harper went 4-4 with 2 walks and 3 RBI as the Nats put up a 7 spot in the 8th to absolutely demolish the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright is now 0-2 after giving up 11 hits and 6 runs in just 4 innings. It feels like it’s going to be a very up and down season for the Nats.
Reds 7, Pirates 1 – Tyler Glasnow lasted just 1.2 innings giving up 5 runs off 5 walks and 4 hits.
Rays 1, Yankees 8 – Prof: Did y’all hear that Michael Pineda threw a perfecto deep into the seventh inning? Well, he did. He got jinxed by Martha Stewart, though. If you believe in that sort of thing. Or, more likely, his slider met up with a sharp eyed Evan Longoria, who smacked a double with two outs. The Yanks got some heavy artillery from Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, and Starlin Castro.
Red Sox 1, Tigers 2 – Prof: A real gem was pitched in Comerica Park yesterday, with Chris Sale head to head against Justin Verlander. A slight misstep by John Farrell to keep Sale on the mound led to an Ian Kinsler homer, and a Tigers win. But even though Sale gets the loss, he still pitched an excellent game. In related news, the Red Sox are battling a flu epidemic. If the opposing team against the Tigers get sick, y’all know who to blame.
Athletics 2, Royals 0 – Prof: It was a rough day for Kansas City. This was their home opener after some rather funky games already in this short season. The pregame began with a tribute to their late ace and emotional team anchor Yordano Ventura, who was killed in an automobile accident during the offseason. After the tribute to Ventura, the Royals went on to play some highly anemic baseball. Oakland is reaping the benefits of Khris Davis, who hit his fourth home run of the year and gave the A’s all the leverage they needed.
Diamondbacks 1, Giants 4 – Prof: Scary moment in the first inning of this matchup when San Francisco star catcher Buster Posey was drilled in the helmet by a fastball and had to leave the game as a precaution. Nick Hundley took his place and the game continued. In the fourth inning, the Giants capitalized on some prime Gritty Snake behavior to earn three more runs (overthrown, passed balls, and two errors. What did I say? ‘Zona gonna zone).
Padres 5, Rockies 3 – Wil Myers decided to open the season with a bang, hitting for the cycle, just the second player in Padre history to do so. Do people not care about hitting for the cycle anymore? Seems like it’s never big news when someone does so.