Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, Miami Marlins CF Ichiro Suzuki reached 4,257 career hits, passing Pete Rose’s record! That includes 1,278 hits Suzuki made during 9 seasons in Japanese league. Congrats, Ichiro! And Pete, if you don’t have anything nice to say…
On the chopping block. The Colorado Rockies designated SS Jose Reyes for assignment (psst—that means he’s off the roster and the Rockies have 10 days to trade him, release him, or have him accept a demotion to the minors). Welcome back? Reyes just finished a 51-game suspension for grabbing his wife by the throat and ramming her into a sliding glass door while vacationing in Hawaii. “Reyes, who?” While Reyes was suspended, the Rockies gave the SS starting job to rookie Trevor Story, and he made Rockies fans forget all about that shady Reyes character. Story has really been making a name for himself, including hitting 17 home runs so far this season.
A Brave cycle. Last night, the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 in 13 innings. Both teams are pretty terrible this year, so this game is not the type of thing we usually write about, except that the Braves’ Freddie Freeman hit the first cycle of the season! (Hey you! That means he hit a single, double, triple, and homered all in one game.) Meanwhile in more noteworthy baseball games… The Washington Nationals got some redemption, beating the fearsome Chicago Cubs in 2 games of the 3-game series, after being swept by the Cubs in May.
Spotlight on the U.S. Open
Wondering why your dad is planning to sit in front of the TV all Father’s Day weekend? It's probably because the U.S. Open starts today! Here’s what you need to know to chat with your dad during the commercial breaks.
Why are all the players sweating through their polos? This year’s U.S. Open is at the Oakmont Country Club, which is considered the hardest course in golf. The last U.S. Open at Oakmont was in 2007 and Angel Cabrera won with a score of 5-over par. Yes, that was the winning score.
Will one of the favorites win? Everyone’s still excited about the big 3 youngsters: Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, who are ranked No. 1, 2 and 3 in the world, respectively. Day is the odds on favorite to win because he’s coming in hot, winning 7 of his past 20 events. He also has a great U.S. Open track record, finishing in the top-10 for his past 5 starts. That said, he’s fighting off a cold and is freaking out under the pressure of being ranked #1 in the world.
Should Jordan Spieth really be on the short list? Sure, Jordan choked epically in the final round of the Masters a couple of months ago, but he’s bouncing back. Last month, he won a PGA Tour event and didn’t even get distracted by a heckler who shouted, “Remember the Masters?”
What about good old Lefty? Phil Mickelson’s birthday is today and we know what he has on his wish list. Phil admitted that he cares the most about this championship, because it would complete his career grand slam of all 4 major titles. Unfortunately, he also said it’s the hardest course he’s ever played and he hasn’t won a title since the 2013 British Open.
Is that a Tiger hiding in the trees? Nope, Tiger Woods is still out recovering from last year’s back surgeries.
Seen and Heard
A feel good story. Tonight, sideline reporter Craig Sager will be covering the NBA Finals for the first time in his 34-year career. It is a well-deserved opportunity for the beloved reporter and sartorial genius, who has been battling leukemia for the past 2 years. Of course the question on everyone’s lips is “What will he be wearing?” Don’t worry, he ran to Neiman Marcus to get some new threads.
NBA Finals Game 6—Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors lead the series 3-2. Tune in to see if the Warriors can bring home the title, now that Draymond Green is back from serving his 1-game suspension for hitting LeBron James in his naughty bits. The Warriors will still be down a player with center Andrew Bogut sitting out the rest of the playoffs with a bruised leg. 9pm ET on ABC.
Copa America Centenario—Tune in to see USA v. Ecuador in the quarterfinals. 9:30pm ET on Fox Sports 1
U.S. Open Day 1—10am-5pm ET on Fox Sports 1, 5-8pm on Fox