Fun Fact of the Day: According to an analysis of historical data, 60% of professional baseball players were classified as normal weight for the first 120 years studied. But over the past 25 years, baseball players’ waistlines have expanded. Now only 20% are normal weight, 70% are overweight, and 10% of players are obese.
San Francisco Giants beat New York Mets (3-0). In last night’s NL Wild Card game, the highly anticipated ace showdown did not disappoint! Giants ace Madison Bumgarner aka “MadBum” continued his streak of shining in big moments, by outlasting the Mets’ Noah “Thor” Syndergaard. But MadBum shared the spotlight with Conor Gillaspie, who hit a clutch 3-run homer in the 9th inning. If you haven’t heard of Gillaspie, it’s because he was playing in his first postseason game and started at 3rd base for the injured All-Star Eduwardo Nunez. Next up. The Giants will move on to the NLDS, where they will play the team with the best record in the league and World Series favorites, the Chicago Cubs. But the Cubs better watch out, the Giants have even-year World Series magic on their side, having won in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Seen and Heard
Decision 2016. This upcoming election is causing a lot of tension in the locker room. Bleacher Report conducted a straw poll of 43 NFL players and found that 100% of the white players surveyed planned to vote for Trump, while 91% of the black players planned to vote for Clinton. All of the players interviewed asked to remain anonymous except white Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who said that he identifies with Trump’s “toughness.” That’s a trait with which Incognito is familiar. In 2014, he was suspended for severely bullying former teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the NFL and was treated for mental health issues.
Nobody wants to hear about your fantasy team. That includes New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk’s gotten off to a slow start this season. He didn’t play the first 2 games because of a hamstring injury, and he only earned 1 fantasy point over the next 2 games. Now, he can’t even go to the grocery store without fans harassing him to get them more fantasy points.
A student scare. Yesterday, a man with a machete was shot and killed at the University of Colorado football facility. The man reportedly got into a fight in the parking lot and then went inside the building. When he refused to drop the machete, Police shot him. No one else was injured.
Arizona Cardinals (1-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-3). Both these teams are off to a rocky start. Whoever loses this game will fall to the bottom of the NFC West division. So far, the Cards’ chances don’t look so good. Their QB Carson Palmer will be sitting out after suffering a concussion in last Sunday’s game. Instead, the Cards will be depending on backup QB Drew Stanton. After Palmer got hit in the 4th quarter last Sunday, Stanton went into the game and managed to throw 2 interceptions on only 11 pass attempts. 8:25pm ET on CBS
ALDS Game 1. The postseason continues tonight with the first game of the AL Division Series! Here is the current playoff picture and your preview on the each 5-game series:
- Toronto Blue Jays v. Texas Rangers. Will a fight break out in this highly anticipated ALDS rematch? When these two met in the ALDS last year, Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista disrespected the Rangers with an epic bat flip after a 3-run homer. The teams have been feuding ever since, including a fistfight this past May. If these games get close, be sure to watch out for the Rangers. They have a historic 36-11 record of winning one-run games, which means that they are great at closing out games. 4:30pm ET on TBS
- Boston Red Sox v. Cleveland Indians. Both of these teams have impressive offenses. The Red Sox averaged 5.42 runs/game this season, the best in baseball since 2009. But the Indians are right behind them with 4.83 runs/game, the 2nd best in the AL. This series is also going to be super awkward for both teams’ coaches. They are old buddies and each one used to work for the other team. That said, an Indians win would be tasty payback for their manager Terry Francona. He used to manage the Red Sox and led them to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 before he was let go in 2011. 8pm ET on TBS