Freedom. Gotta love it. This weekend is set aside to celebrate our independence as a nation and the freedoms and protections of our Constitution. We might interpret some of these differently, but isn’t it great to be free to disagree?
The Angels were free from playing yesterday. For once we might’ve caught a break against the Yanks as the make up game will be at the Big A when we should have a healthy Mike Trout in the lineup.
The team needed the day off after the epic comeback Wednesday night. It is great I can still link that game just because you can’t ever have enough Yankee fan pain.
And speaking of Trout, he was very pleased with his teammates.
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were also named All-Star starters on Thursday evening. Trout will not be able to participate, but Ohtani was already named to the Home Run Derby and will be a candidate to start the All-Star Game.
Let’s not overlook the Milwaukee Brewers, who also gave up 7 runs in the first inning only to come charging back and win Wednesday. This was the first time in MLB history there were two games in which both squads scored 7 runs in an inning.
That had to be a blast to attend.
Why do I pay for The Athletic? Sometimes it has pieces of pure mastery such as this one on Ohtani. That and I’m on a promo for $1 a month for the year.
As much as we love him, Ohtani isn’t the only one bringing fireworks to MLB ballparks. Kyle Schwarber is having an epic summer as well. Remember when the Angels were linked to him and folks thought we already had too many outfielders? Good times.
In order to get to the 4th of July we had to wrap up June. What did we learn in June?
The 2021 (2020?) Olympics are around the corner and if there’s one sport we should hope to win it is baseball. After all, it is our game. This year’s squad is a little different than others as it has so many MLB veterans. Todd Frazier is having the time of his life playing for the national team.
That’s your long form reading if you cant get the Ohtani piece.
Of course we wouldn’t have our freedoms if men like Bob Feller hadn’t fought to preserve them. A major star athlete running to the military. Definitely a different era.
Back to the modern game, a new baseball might be the solution to MLB’s sticky goop problem.
Looking at the future, the MLB Draft is just over a week away. Kumar Rocker’s squad lost in game three of the College World Series. Did his draft stock drop enough to make him available at 9?
Congratulations to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, your 2021 College World Series champions! On a one hitter no less. Their ace, Will Bednar, was really impressive. I’m no scout, but here is one scout’s report on him. He looks to be a reach at 9 but probably gone by the Angels second pick. He certainly got the results on the big stage.
I always love shenanigans. Teams and players have gone to some interesting extremes leading up to drafts in the past.
Enjoy your weekend, your family, friends, and freedom. And if you happen to be at the ballpark on the 4th, look for me and my crew.
Happy birthday America!