Pettitte, Rivera right Yankees ship, inspire the not-quite-middle-aged everywhere
Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:
1. Pitching like it's 1999
After losing two in a row to the Red Sox, the Yankees pulled out a win on Thursday in the Bronx. Veteran starter Andy Pettitte went eight strong while allowing only one run on eight hits, and the 43-year-old Mariano Rivera recorded his first save in almost a year. Age, what?
2. O my!
Baltimore's Chris Davis hit his third home run in as many games on Thursday and is now on pace to hit 162 this season. He's the first hitter in MLB history to record three or more RBIs in each of the first three games of a season.
3. The Lee's knees
Cliff Lee pitched the Phillies to their first win of the season against the Braves on Thursday. The southpaw struck out eight in as many innings while walking none and allowing just two hits.
4. Let me get some more cheese on that donut burger
Cheddar cheese, a slab of beef, bacon strips, a fried egg -- an oh yeah, the bun is a glazed donut with sprinkles. The Pirates have created the ultimate hamburger at PNC Park this season. Who's coming to Pittsburgh with us?
5. Happy anniversary!
On this day in 1993, the Rockies and Marlins played their very first games in the big leagues. Colorado lost 3-0 to the Mets and Florida beat the Dodgers 6-3. And if that wasn't notable enough, don't forget that 50 years from today, we will make our first contact with extraterrestrial life.
6. Bye Bye Bye Why?
Phillies Nation posted a mid-'90s photo of 'N Sync that left us bewildered. You could say it drove us crazy. Where was it from? Why was it being posted now? Where can we get chain wallets that be lookin' so fly?
7. Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez?
The former MLB sluggers had pretty good days on Thursday. Manny hit his first home run in Taiwan, while Vladdy signed with the Independent League Long Island Ducks. Can't ... stop ... ballin'.
8. RIP Roger Ebert
The world lost one of its foremost film critics on Thursday. In addition to his classic reviews of movies like The Shawshank Redemption and The Brown Bunny, Ebert also wrote about plenty of baseball movies. One of his favorites was Rookie of the Year -- where he talked about his experience playing right field as a kid.
9. Welcome ... to Jurassic Park
First, dinosaurs showed up at Citi Field yesterday. And today, Steven Spielberg's classic cautionary tale about messing with nature, life finding a way and no bathroom being safe rereleases in 3D. Go and see it, and wear those cool glasses for the rest of your already super-cool Friday.
-- Cut4 staff