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Short version today for a few reasons. Mostly, I’m still reeling because Bill used the word “boner” in a post and I can’t stop laughing. Hello, I’m a father of two in his 40s.
Anyway, here are the box scores. The results, which include the Tigers winning their eighth in a row, the Cubs winning on a walkoff wild pitch, some chippiness between the Mets and Yankees, the Rays beatin’ the tar out of the Royals, and Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson doing Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson things, are here:
Cubs 5, Marlins 4
Padres 12, Brewers 3
Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 3
Yankees 9, Mets 5
Orioles 3, Rangers 2
Phillies 5, Giants 4
Twins 13, Indians 5
Tigers 2, White Sox 1
Braves 8, Pirates 4
Cardinals 5, Reds 4
Rays 12, Royals 0
Blue Jays 3, Astros 1
Rockies 12, Dodgers 2
Angels 8, Athletics 6
Mariners 3, Red Sox 1
The International Olympic Committee decreed today that baseball and softball will be Olympic sports in the 2020 Olympics. Also added were skateboarding, sports climbing, karate and surfing.
Baseball became a medal sport for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics but was dropped for the 2012 London Games. It won’t be played this year in Rio de Janeiro, either. Japan is hosting the 2020 games, however, and host countries are given the opportunity to request the addition of new events. Baseball being what it is in Japan, it was logical that they’d at least ask for baseball, and today the IOC agreed. It will be in the form of a six-team tournament. It may only last for the 2020 games, however. It will not be approved beyond that. At least not now.
The question is who from the major leagues may play in it? A few weeks ago, when baseball was given approval in a preliminary vote, several major leaguers balked at the idea of doing so given that, you know, the Olympics tend to take place during the major league regular season. Japan and some other countries have discussed suspending their seasons for a couple of weeks, but it’s doubtful MLB would do that.
Which is not the end of the world if you’re pro-Team USA. In the past Olympic baseball teams consisted almost exclusively of college players. Indeed, Olympic baseball was the first place many of us saw some future stars. In 1984, in Los Angeles, baseball was only a demonstration sport, but Mark McGwire and Will Clark were introduced to many of us. U.S. won gold at the 2000 games, with Ben Sheets, among others, turning heads. The 2008 bronze medal winners featured Brett Anderson, Jake Arrieta, Dexter Fowler and Stephen Strasburg.
The 2020 Olympic baseball teams from the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and, perhaps, Canada may not feature the top possible talent each country can offer given that those guys are always big leaguers. But it can still be fun. Here’s hoping it will be.
Quite a moment in Baltimore last night as Zion Harvey, a 9-year-old from from Owings Mills, Maryland, threw out the first pitch before the O’s-Rangers game. But it wasn’t just any first pitch.
Last year Harvey became the first child in the world to undergo a bilateral hand transplant. He had lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was 2 and underwent hand transplant surgery in Philadelphia last year. Here is before his first pitch:
And go here is the first pitch, which he thew to Adam Jones.