weekend roundup with accompanying youtube clips because i am lazy

Hooray, the Mets swept the Nationals! Did you guys know that the Nationals have been one of the best teams since July 1st? For real! And with how poorly the Mets have been playing since June, did you guys know that they have the biggest division lead in the league? Imagine that! Pedro Martinez’s rehab has been going smoothly, Endy Chavez has been on a tear in the minors and should be back soon, and Joe Smith pitched two innings on Saturday, retiring all six batters he faced. Hurrah!

It’s not all sunshine and puppies, though. On Saturday, Damion Easley collapsed while heading to second on a wild pitch, diagnosed with a third degree ankle sprain. So with Delgado still hurt, Shawn Green is now entrusted with first base. Hm. Shawn Green is an outfielder, and throughout the season, the following outfielders have gotten injured: Alou, Beltran, Chavez, Gomez. Now Delgado and Easley. Someone must really like watching Green play defense. Whoever that masochist is, Green owes him a rugelach.

The Little League World Series is one of the best sporting events in the world. They always give good narrative, they showcase kids playing their hearts out (because, let’s face it, this will be the highlight of most of their lives oh god cruel sinking reality how dare you), and they always seem to showcase a starmaking moment:

Michael Rando is totally now on the fast track to white hat/cargo short/yahdood Massholery. He will be talking about this for the rest of his life, and good for him, but man how grating will he be when he’s 50?

While talking with Joe over burgers and beer, I realized that I can’t get into a sport when I’d much rather see violent outbursts rather than figure out the strategy of the game. Hockey being one example. In keeping with that sentiment, this is what it looks like when astronauts fight:

Oh, they’re car racers? I knew those uniforms looked a little too fabulous for NASA.

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