It’s long been said that chicks love the long ball. Whether that is true or not, it’s become apparent that today’s game is built solely for the home run. Players take turns trying to ‘go yard’ every chance they get. But very few are able to do what Toronto Blue Jays 1B/DH Kendrys Morals has been able to do recently. After homering off of Philadelphia Phillies starter Vince Velasquez on Sunday, Morales has now hit a home run in each of his last seven outings. That puts him in first for most consecutive games with a home run in Toronto history. And if he is able to do it again on Monday against Baltimore, he would tie a record that is shared between Ken Griffey, Jr, Don Mattingly, and Don Long. What an accomplishment that would be.
In other baseball news, the Little League World Series has rapped up another year of play, and it is a very nice story indeed. The winning team is out of Hawaii, after they saw off South Korea in the Championship game by a 3-0 score line. Not only is it cool to see because much was feared about the recent Hurricane Lane that came through, but it was also nice to see Hawaii show respect and honor toward their opponents after the game with a Korea chant. It’s that kind of thing that reminds us that sports are at their most purest form at the younger age levels.
On to football now, where the Alabama Crimson Tide have an interesting decision to be made at the quarterback position. Coach Nick Saban, always a very talkative kind of guy in press conferences, has revealed that neither Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa will be his starter on Week 1. Instead, it appears, at least for now, that the two will be splitting time. Why is is a big deal? Well, Tagovailoa did happen to come in and save the day for the Tide in the National Championship last year. Surely it’s only a matter of time before something causes a real, clear choice to be made.
And lastly, we move on to professional football, where a decision has apparently now been made by the New York Giants to make Odell Beckham, Jr. the highest paid wide receiver in the history of the NFL. The star man, who has his face on various commercials and is a legitimate star in a league that has trouble making stars, now appears set to be ready to play come September 9th now that a deal is in place. It’ll be interesting to see if he can come back and be the same player he was before his unfortunate injury last season.