Starting Nine: The Year of the Pitcher, redux
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:
2. Extra! Extra!
As in, innings. The fourth day of the season saw four walk-off wins, including a 16-inning victory for the D-backs in the longest game in Chase Field history.
3. This week in Small Sample Size Theatre
Michael Brantley and Freddie Freeman are hitting .714. 35 pitchers are tied for the Major League lead with a 0.00 ERA. The Yankees and Phillies are winless. This has been Small Sample Size Theatre.
4. Evan Gattis
Making his Major League debut, the Atlanta catcher homered off of Roy Halladay. And what makes it even better than that? He did it while his dad was being interviewed on the Braves broadcast. Pretty cool to have a proud parent's real-time reaction to one of the biggest moments of your life on video forever.
5. Piazza, New York catcher, dancer
Mike Piazza is appearing in a ballet. To recap: 400 home runs, 1,300 RBIs and a featured role in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue." Whatever. Big deal. I ate an entire Dominos pizza today. I think it's obvious who the real winner is here.
6. The Real Housewives of ... St. Louis?
Andy Cohen created The Real Housewives. You have him to blame for this. He, however, is a star and he's a big Cardinals fan. The Cardinals are a big fan of his too, giving him his own bobblehead day.
7. Carmelo Anthony is on fire
On Tuesday, 'Melo dropped 50 on the LeBron-less Miami Heat. On Wednesday, he followed that up with a 40 point performance against the Hawks. No, he's not the MVP (this man is), but he's certainly the second best player in the Eastern Conference.
8. Jaromir Jagr is still playing hockey?
Wednesday was the NHL Trade Deadline. Some notable players on the move included Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets, Jarome Iginla to the Penguins, Raffi Torres to the Sharks and Jaromir Jagr to the Bruins. That's right: Jagr, who won two rings with Pittsburgh in '91 and '92, is still playing.
9. Facebook is unveiling some sort of phone device today
Do you "like" this idea? Or would you prefer to "poke" knowledge of it out of your brain?
-- Cut4 staff