Wow, this guy is good. Just another day at the factory today – three homers and seven RBI.

He went 0-for-8 in the previous two games, so he took all kinds of extra BP.

Pretty sure it worked.

Here’s something to think about: Yelich seems like the young upstart poised to someday wrest the “best player” crown from the established king, Mike Trout.

Except that Trout and Yelich are the same age! Trout, at 27, already has seven full seasons in the books, none of them less than excellent. The lowest he has ever finished in the MVP balloting was 4th – and that year he led the AL in both
slugging average and on-base percentage.

Of course Trout will make $36 million this year, and Yelich will make $9 million, so Yelich might be the best player per dollar. There must be a Brewer executive who knew Yelich would be that good, despite a 2017 season when he hit only .282 with a mediocre 18 homers. That person, whoever he or she is, is a baseball genius.

Government lawyers and “Supreme Court justices avoid saying F-word at heart of trademark case

The government and the Supremes are jumping through hoops to avoid saying FUCT. My favorite dodge: “The equivalent of the profane past participle form of a well-known word of profanity and perhaps the paradigmatic word of profanity in our language.”

(The case is about the right to register FUCT as a trademark.)

I’ll bet he would.

Laughably, he then goes on to say he wasn’t even in the room during the period of time when the non-existent pee tape was shot! (Say, when exactly was that time when it was shot? Just asking so we can check your whereabouts.)

I’ve mentioned before that I think the pee tape is probably real. My reason is that Trump asked James Comey to investigate it. If he had done nothing like the suggested action, then he would have been absolutely sure that no tape could have possibly existed, ergo there would have been nothing to investigate. By asking Comey to look into it, he was conceding the possibility that such a thing might exist.

The fire led to the collapse of part of the famed, symbolic spire. No cause has yet been identified.

As Macron so eloquently put it, “This is the place where we have lived all of our great moments, the epicenter of our lives. It is the cathedral of all the French.”

Or as Trump added. “I like landmarks that WEREN’T destroyed.”

The media did a bang-up job on this. CNN produced the stunning gallery linked above, and their photographer caught the spire at the moment it collapsed.

And the Independent caught the moment on video

Lilly Becker’s top fell off in the surf

Lilly is famous in Europe as a model, but you are probably more familiar with her ex-husband, who donated the surname “Becker.” That would be tennis great Boris Becker, the guy who won Wimbledon at 17, and remains the youngest man ever to do so.

They divorced quite recently.

It’s kinda sad to read about Boris. Once he was on top of the world, but …

like many extremely blond guys, he has not aged well, and it seems that his post-tennis life has not been a bed of roses. His marriage to Lilly seems to have been the best thing in his life, and now that’s gone.

Better luck to you in the future, BB.

There’s an article in today’s WaPo about Fleetwood Walker, a black man who played in the major leagues before Jackie Robinson, albeit in the 19th century.

I’m glad to see Fleet get the recognition he deserved, but I’m not even going to link to the WaPo article because it is basically wrong about everything. (Could Trump be right about “fake news”? I hope WaPo’s contributors know more about politics than they know about baseball.)

1) Fleetwood Walker wasn’t the first black man to play in the majors, although he was the first regular, as far as we know. The first one we are currently aware of was a star Brown University player named William Edward White, who played one game on June 21, 1879 when called into emergency service by an injury affecting the crosstown National League team, the Providence Grays. He had a single in four at-bats, two stolen bases, scored a run, and played errorless ball at first base, recording 12 putouts.

One of the very cool things about William Edward White is that he looks like a time-traveling Barack Obama!

2) Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first black man to play in the modern game, and therefore did not break the modern “color” barrier. His specific achievement was that he was the first African-American man to play in the 20th century. In 1944, however, three years before Robinson’s debut, an African-Cuban man named Tomas de la Cruz slipped under the radar as a regular starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. (De la Cruz’s achievement is doubly impressive, because he wasn’t even playing in a friendly home town. Cincinnati is just about a southern city, with suburbs in Kentucky! One must wince to think of the problems he must have endured.)

With WW2 raging, the majors were so desperate for players in 1944 that “Tommy” was barely noticed. Although he pitched respectably (9-9, 3.25 ERA), he was no longer on the roster once the first white guys started drifting back from the war. In an odd coincidence, de la Cruz also wore #42, the number Robinson would make famous.

3) De la Cruz was obviously a black guy, but even before him came at least three Latin-American players of mixed descent (some African included) who slipped under the racial radar: Roberto Estalella, Alex Carrasquel, and Hiram Bithorn.

4) Hi Bithorn also owns a claim to another bit of historical importance. He was the first Puerto Rican to play in MLB, and should also be called the first Puerto Rican star, easily preceding Vic Power and Roberto Clemente, because in 1943 he won 18 games for the Cubs and led the National League in shutouts. (Clemente was 9 years old at the time.)

His fifth green jacket was his first in 14 years, and his first major victory in nearly 11 years. Woods became the oldest Masters winner since Jack Nicklaus in 1986.

The bookies got killed on this. They set the odds quite high, and people love to bet on Tiger. As ESPN wrote, “Some bookmakers, from Nevada to New Jersey, didn’t believe Tiger Woods would win the Masters. It was an expensive miscalculation.”