Major League Baseball had one of the most exciting seasons in a long time in regards to young players. There has rarely been this much excitement around the game as we had this season, and it was with good reason. That’s because we had a pitcher that also hit! And we also had a player that played with incredibly high energy that would crack home runs on the first pitch repeatedly. It’s fitting, then, that Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna, Jr. were crowned the Rookies of the Year on Monday. Ohtani won the AL ROTY, earning 25 of the 30 votes, and he becomes the fourth Japanese player to win the award. He hit .285 and smashed 22 home runs as a DH, all in limited appearances due to a combination of injuries and being rested for his pitching stints. On the mound, he was 4-2 in ten starts and had an ERA of 3.31, showing real potential in both positions. Acuna, the NL ROTY, got 27 of the first-place votes to dominate the voting. The 20 year old from Venezuela had an infectious energy from the beginning for the Atlanta Braves that helped carry them throughout a season few saw coming. Acuna had done well prior to the All-Star break, but he hit his stride after it when he was put at the time of the order. In those 68 games he played, he hit .322 with 19 home runs. Eight of them were leadoff home runs, which gave him the second-most in MLB history for a rookie. At one point he hit five leadoff homers in a row. It’s a great day for baseball to see these two do so well, and the hope is that they will be around for a long while to do so!
In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors lost on Monday night in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers 121-116. But that isn’t going to be the story the media talks about. Rather, it is the fact that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green- two of the key pieces of the puzzle- got into an argument with each other at the end of regulation when Green didn’t pass the ball. The team has quickly tried to downplay the argument, and it most likely wasn’t really a big deal. But that won’t stop the speculation. Some will opine that this indicates Durant will look to leave. Or maybe Green will try to leave. Who knows, but at first glance this just looks to be two competitive guys that just really wanted to win.
And finally, the New York Giants got a rare win on Monday Night Football by defeating the even-more woeful San Francisco 49ers 27-23 out west. The game was headlined by Odell Beckham, Jr, who caught two TD’s on four receptions, and then his subsequent celebration. But Eli Manning also had a big part in the game, leading a touchdown drive with less than three minutes left to give them a lead after Robbie Gould had put the Niners up 23-20. It’s just the second win of the season for the Giants, who remain essentially out of the playoff race barring a miracle.