I know I am a few weeks behind here, but never too late for congratulations, right? I want to say congratulations to our local area teams that did such a great job this postseason in their respective sports. In High School Baseball, Notre Dame, Bell City, and Valle Catholic all came home with state championships. The Saxony Lutheran Girls Soccer team won 1st as well. I truly believe this area has some of the best athletes in the entire state.
The Major League Baseball draft took place this past week. I always enjoy seeing what players are picked by my favorite team (Cardinals) and what players are selected from our local area. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Nick Plummer a high school outfielder from Michigan. This guy has a ton of potential to go along with some great athletic ability. Hopefully we seem him moving up the ranks of the farm system like many other picks this year. On a local level, Alex Winkelman (SEMO) was selected by the Houston Astros in the 21st round of the draft. James Naile (Charleston, MO) was chosen by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round. Doug Still (Sikeston, MO) was selected by the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, this time in the 30th round. Again, reiterating that this area has a lot of great talent.
The St. Louis Cardinals have another injury. Lance Lynn goes on the DL following Matt Holiday. How much more can the Cardinals handle? What will be the breaking point? Thankfully it doesn’t seem like Lynn will be out for too long. He was placed on the 15 day disabled list this past week. It is pretty incredible to believe the Redbirds still have the best record in baseball (41-21). Let me leave this with you in hopes it may ease your mind. The Redbirds could go .500 the rest of the year and still end up with 91 wins. I say that to say the Cardinals need to focus on getting healthy for October. They have built a big enough lead to withstand some of these injuries. Stay afloat and they will be just fine.
I included a few lists in my last blog. I am going to include my Top 3 favorite Nascar Drivers.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Jeff Gordon
- Carl Edwards
Who are your favorite drivers? On Sunday the rain shortened the race at Michigan International Speedway. Only 138 of 200 laps were completed. Kurt Busch was the man leading the race at the end. Thus, Busch gets the checkered flag.
The chase is heating up. Right now Jimmie Johnson sits atop the standings. Still 11 races left before the Chase for the Cup. Who are you rooting for? A link to the Cup Standings below…
Another story that is a little late. American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in horse racing. The first time it has been done since 1978. According to reports 22 million people watched the race. That is a lot of people! Did you watch it? I did. But what baffles me is what little pub it garnered after the race. The Kansas City Royals made the playoffs for the first time last year since 1985. They didn’t even win the World Series! But I feel like they built more attention than the Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh. Why is that? I would say most of us were pulling for history during the race. Then, immediately following the race we could have been seen with a smile on our face, for witnessing the Triple Crown. We witnessed history, and a great feat. Just days later that feeling has left. Now it’s more like “meh” instead of “wow.” Maybe I am reading more into this than I should. However, I think it helps to explain our sports culture today. We love to live in the moment. But I don’t know if we have the same respect for history as we used to. Did we give it the respect it deserves? What are your thoughts?
NBA Playoffs continue tomorrow night. Golden State leads 3-2 in the series. Steph Curry stepped up on Sunday scoring 37 points including 7 threes. Not a big LeBron fan, but how good has he been this series? I honestly think we could see Lebron win the MVP, even though his team may not win the series. Nonetheless, been fun to watch.
Listen to the NBA playoffs on SEMO ESPN online or over the air. Next game scheduled for tomorrow night, Tuesday June 16th. I still have the Warriors winning it all.
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Stats and information gathered through espn.com and tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com