A good chunk of the baseball-loving world would have taken a deep breath on Wednesday when it was confirmed by the Los Angeles Angels that pitcher Shohei Ohtani would need Tommy John Surgery for a UCL tear after all. The versatile Japanese star had just come back from injury, and there was real hope he would be able to pitch without surgery. Alas, that hasn’t come to be, and it looks like he will. Luckily for the Angels, though, he can still hit… at least for now. And hit he did. On the very same day it was said he would need surgery, the best two-way player since Babe Ruth hit two home runs as his team defeated the Texas Rangers 9-3. He’s an astonishing player, and it will be very sad if he is unable to play at all next season. There is some conjecture that he could play outfielder for just a year, but it remains to be seen whether that is true. Let’s all hope he can hit at least!
In other baseball news, the Atlanta Braves let a huge lead against the Boston Red Sox slip away on Wednesday afternoon in the getaway game in Atlanta. The Red Sox have simply had the young Braves’ number all season long, and that was only underlined in this game. The Sox won their fifth game out of six in improbable fashion having clawed back from a 7-1 deficit with only two innings left. In the eighth, they got six runs before Atlanta added one in the bottom of the inning. But the 9th inning was where the fireworks came in. Brandon Phillips, making his debut for the Sox, hit a two run home run to put them up 9-8. From there, it was academic as Craig Kimbrel shut the door on his former team as per usual.
In the NFL, we have more news of a player making a more fuss with a holdout. This time, it is Le’Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back, a former All-Pro selection, now looks all but certain to not feature in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. And he could be gone for much longer than that. This, as you’d imagine, isn’t sitting very well with his teammates. Many of them have taken hard-line stances against his actions, going as far to say that he has “f—ed us.” Getting paid is one thing, but doing so at the expense of teammates is never wise.
And finally, the dominance of Novak Djokovic at the US Open has continued for another round. The Serbian crushed John Millman, who had just knocked out Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the semi-finals to meet Kei Nishikori. The “Djoker” is looked upon as the favorite by many, and most will be anticipating a final between him and Rafa Nadal.