New York Yankees Recap: Field of Dreams game ends with Yankee crushing loss in the ninth

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Tonight one of the most iconic baseball games of the last decades was played in the cornfields of Iowa. The New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox played a game 30 years in the making in Dyersville, Iowa, on the movie site of the original Field of Dreams. It was a dream come true for a woman named Denise Stillman, who fought for years to get this game played on her land. Unfortunately, she passed away from cancer in 2018.  But tonight, the movie’s star Kevin Costner and Stillman’s husband and two children are in the stands to watch her dream come true.

Tonight Andrew Heaney 7-8 and Lance Lynn for the White Sox would take the mound in a very real game that will count in the standings. The New York Yankees are six games behind the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, and the Chicago White Sox comfortable lead the AL Central by 10.5 games. The Yankees are the underdog in this game, playing without key pitchers and minus stars in its lineup. The game ended for the Yankees with a crushing loss after the Yankees took the lead in the top of the ninth inning. White Sox 9 Yankees 8.

DJ LeMahieu took to the plate for the Yankees against former Yankee Lance Lynn and singled beyond short. Brett Gardner struck out on the seventh Lynn pitch. Aaron Judge struck out. Joey Gallo flew out to the 400′ mark in center just ahead of the corn. At the bottom, Tim Anderson hit the first pitch to Tyler Wade at short for the first out. Carlos Hernandez struck out swinging. Then, Jose Abreu homered to the corn in left. Eloy Jimenez hit a comebacker to Heaney, but the Sox took the one-run lead.

The second inning was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who struck out looking. Luke Voit struck out. Rougie Odor flew out to left to make it a 1-2-3 inning for Lynn. At the bottom, Yoan Moncada struck out. Andrew Vaughn struck out L. Robert flew out as Heaney got his put out in order. White Sox 1 Yankees 0.

Kyle Higashioka led off the third and popped out to the infield. Tyler Wade flew out to the 320′ line right on the left-field line. LeMahieu walked. Brett Gardner singled to left field. With the first chance for the Yankee’s to go ahead in the game, Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer into the corn beyond right field. Gallo struck out, but the Yankees took the lead in the game. At the bottom, Adam Engel walked. Seby Zavala struck out. Anderson doubled to left, bringing in Engel. Hernandez went down swinging. Abreu walked. Jimenez hit his own three-run shot into the corn in right. Moncada flew out to Judge in right. Chicago White Sox 5 New York Yankees 3.

Stanton led off the fourth inning by getting a broken-bat out to short. Voit flew out to the right-center. Odor ground out to right to end the half. Vaughn led off the bottom by flying out to Judge in right. Robert got a one-out double to right-center. Engel ground out to second as Robert advanced to third base. Zavala lined one into the rows of corn for the four-run lead for the White Sox. Anderson flew out to right. White Sox 7 Yankees 3.

Kyle Higashioka led off the top of the fifth inning by striking out. Wade struck out swinging. LeMahieu flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom, Hernandez ground out to third with Heaney still on the mound for the Yankees. Abreu walked. Jimenez got a long flyout to Gardner in left. Moncada ground out to second. Sox 7 Yankees 3.

Brett Gardner led off the sixth inning with his own corn shot into the right-field corn drawing the Yankees a run closer. Judge singled to short as he avoided the tag at first. Gallo walked. Stanton faced the new Sox pitcher Michael Kopech and ground out, but the runners advanced on the play. Voit struck out. Odor struck to blow a big opportunity for the Yankees. At the bottom, Vaughn walked against new Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta. Robert hit into the force out. Engel ground out to first. Zavala struck out to end the inning. White Sox 7 Yankees 4.

The seventh inning was led off by Higashioka, who ground out to third. Wade had a perfectly executed bunt single. He then stole second base. LeMahieu walked. Gardner faced new pitcher Aaron Bummer and hit into a force play for the second out. Judge who had been on base twice walked to load the bases for the Yankees. Gallo hit into another force out as the Yankees blew another opportunity. At the bottom, Anderson ground out. Hernandez struck out. Abreu struck out as Peralta had a 1-2-3 inning. White Sox 7 New York Yankees 4.

The eighth inning was led off by Stanton, who faced the ex-Red Sox Kimbrel ground out. Voit walked. Voit went to second on a wild pitch. Odor struck out. Higashioka struck out. Jimenez led off the bottom by singling to right against new Yankee pitcher Joey Rodriguez. Moncada hit into a double play. Vaughn singled to left. Robert struck out to end the inning. White Sox 7 Yankees 4.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees, they face the White Sox closer Liam Hendriks. Wade led off by hitting the first pitch for a single. LeMahieu struck out. Gardner struck out. Aaron Judge, with one out, left for the Yankees and one on, hit his second home run of the game, bringing the Yankees within one. Joey Gallo walked. Giancarlo Stanton homered for his 18th of the year, and just like that the game, the New York Yankees took the lead. Luke Voit struck out, but the Yankees took the one-run lead in the game.

At the bottom of the ninth, Zack Britton was charged with holding the White Sox down and getting the win for the Yankees. Danny Mendick led off and ground out to second. Zavala walked. Anderson hit a homer crushing the Yankees for a walk-off loss.

The final score was the Chicago White Sox 9, the New York Yankees 8. The winning pitcher was Liam Hendriks, and the loser, Zack Britton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Jets starters will get “a quarter, couple of series” on Saturday

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New York Jets fans shouldn’t be late to MetLife Stadium on Saturday if they wish to see Zach Wilson’s unofficial debut.

While it appears that the New York Giants will hold their young franchise thrower out of this weekend’s metropolitan showdown, their MetLife Stadium roommates are taking a different approach.

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh announced on Thursday that Zach Wilson and the primary offensive unit will play at least the first two series during Saturday’s preseason opener (7:30 p.m. ET, WNBC). It will mark the first unofficial action in a Jets game uniform for Zach Wilson and several others, including receivers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole.

“We’re thinking about a quarter, couple of series for all those guys,” Saleh said precisely when it came to Wilson’s time, per notes from the Jets. “(We) just kind of (want to) get him his first action.”

Speaking after a practice session on One Jets Drive, Saleh noted that between the incoming rookie class and last season’s young group, over 30 players will be partaking in their first NFL preseason game on Saturday. Last year’s exhibition slate was completely wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are a very, very young football team and they’ve got to be able to go through the process of pregame and prepping themselves mentally and getting in their own space and getting ready to play a football game and then going out there and playing a couple of drives,” Saleh said. “To me, this is a big deal. These moments are priceless, especially for this team.”

Though Jets fans will who venture out to MetLife Stadium for a sanctioned NFL contest for the first time since December 2019 will get to witness Wilson’s first game action, several other debuts could be delayed.

Saleh announced that receiver and second-round pick Elijah Moore would “probably” require an MRI after leaving practice with what he described as a quad issue. Fellow rookie Alijah Vera-Tucker will miss Saturday with a quad issue, but Saleh was optimistic that he would be ready to prepare for the following weekend’s tilt in Green Bay, labeling him “day-to-day”. Dan Feeney currently sits in the second slot behind last spring’s 14th overall pick in the left guard slot on the Jets’ opening depth chart.

Injured veterans like defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (foot) and receiver Braxton Berrios (groin) are set to join Vera-Tucker in the Packers prep, per Saleh.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

After UFC 265 performance, will Ciryl Gane be the favorite against Francis Ngannou?

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Last weekend at UFC 265, we saw a new interim heavyweight champion crowned. Ciryl Gane (10-0) took on Derrick Lewis (25-8, 1 NC) in front of Houston, Texas which is the hometown of The Black Beast.

Gane looked incredibly composed and confident as he walked out to “Still Tippin” by Houston rapper Mike Jones. The crowd erupted in boos as Gane made his way to the octagon with a big smile on his face.

It was almost like Gane had a secret heading into UFC 265. From the opening moments of the fight, it was very apparent how the fight was going to go. Gane used his sleek movement and speed to fluster Lewis.

Lewis could never get close enough to land a signature power shot on Saturday night. Gane completely dominated all aspects of the fight and in the third round, he really turned things on. The Frenchman unleashed a vicious combination that put Lewis down and crowned Gane the interim UFC champion.

Favored Over the UFC Undisputed Champion?

Being crowned interim UFC champion is basically having a belt and being the number one contender. Now that Gane has the interim title, he’s earned himself a matchup with the undisputed champion, Francis Ngannou (16-3).

Ngannou has been a freight train on his way to capturing the UFC heavyweight title. He became the undisputed champion back in March when he knocked out the great Stipe Miocic in the second round.

That win was the fifth straight knockout win for Ngannou. With a champion like that, you would think he would be the favorite against any man that he steps in the octagon with. I mean Ngannou was even the big favorite over Jon Jones when that potential fight was being discussed.

However, after UFC 265, the betting lines are dead even. If you ask most people in the MMA community, many are saying that Gane should be the favorite when he takes on his former teammate Francis Ngannou.

The argument is that the style and distance control of Gane is the perfect style to defeat the UFC champion. I can see the point, but I still believe that the betting favorite heading into title unification bout should be the undisputed champion. However, the odds in either direction should be incredibly close.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones sitting out preseason opener

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The New York Giants are set to open their preseason with a local rivalry against the Jets in only a couple of days, and we now have official announcement from Joe Judge that quarterback Daniel Jones will not appear.

Other notable names that will be absent include Lorenzo Carter and Saquon Barkley, who have both been ruled out. In the case of the latter two players, it looks like the decision was made because their recoveries from injury aren’t far enough along.

Of course, it won’t be a surprise to anyone that Barkley is sitting. It’s debatable whether he’ll even be ready for week one of the regular season, so most aren’t expecting to see Barkley suit up during the shortened preseason this year.

However, Daniel Jones might be more of a surprise absence as he has no injury and will head into the season as the team’s starter at the most important position.

Why is Jones sitting out the preseason opener?

Joe Judge explained a bit of his logic in keeping Jones out. It seems like Jones is being excluded so the Giants can get a better idea of the players behind him on the depth chart.

“I will say this, the priority for me is to treat this more like a traditional game four and when I say that, it’s more of a make sure all of the players that we really have to evaluate get an evaluation. Because of the rules this year, we have to cut five guys after the Jets game. I want to make sure that we don’t make any decisions that impact our or their future without a proper evaluation,” Judge told reporters on Thursday.

Jones’ absence means that Clayton Thorson and Mike Glennon will get more time on the field to compete for the backup job that Colt McCoy held last year. The position at stake may be a bigger deal than anyone can imagine right now.

After all, as recently as last year the Giants ended up relying on their backup when the offensive line couldn’t protect Jones and the QB was injured. There’s no telling if that will happen again, and the Giants have experience with neither backup starting a game.

The preseason has been shortened by one game to make room for the expanded regular season, so the Giants will have less time to make the kind of evaluations that Judge and the staff are looking for from this game.

With a lot of roster change this season and with the team signing some lesser known free agents who will fly under the radar, this evaluation game will probably have a fair amount of impact on the final cuts. And it may just help the Giants make the right decision in keeping a future breakout player on the roster. Even if it comes at the expense of the on the field result, it should be well worth it.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones will not play in first preseason game this Saturday

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants are preparing for their first preseason game of the 2021 season this Saturday. The Giants will face the Jets at 7:30 pm on Saturday after an exciting week of practice. The fans were finally welcomed back in MetLife Stadium on Wednesday as the New York Giants hosted Fan Fest, a fun-filled event that featured a team practice/scrimmage. Quarterback Daniel Jones has gone viral on social media for a head-scratching pass thrown during Fan Fest.

Some fans are not worried about this one throw made during a team scrimmage. But other fans are watching this play and becoming concerned that Daniel Jones will fail to break out in his “prove-it” third season. All fans are excited, though, to watch Daniel Jones suit up against another team in a game with some meaning. However, fans will have to wait a bit longer as head coach Joe Judge announced that Daniel Jones will not be playing in the team’s first preseason game of the season.

Daniel Jones will not play in Week One of Preseason

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge announced that starting quarterback Daniel Jones will not play in the team’s first preseason game this weekend. Judge’s game plan for this matchup is to treat it like a traditional Week Four preseason game from years past. Typically, in the final week of the preseason, the starters see minimal playing time if they see any playing time at all.

Daniel Jones will not play this week, but Joe Judge is not expected to take the same approach as the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers announced that their franchise quarterback Justin Herbert will not play at all in the preseason in an effort to prevent any injury risks. The Giants, however, are expected to let Daniel Jones and the rest of the starters play a good portion of the first half in their third preseason contest. The strategy here will be to get the players prepared to handle the speed of a full game.

Knicks: Inside Miles McBride’s ‘stay ready’ mentality

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With the game hanging in the balance, Immanuel Quickley attacked the basket but lost his balance. 

Luckily for the New York Knicks, Quickley’s pass, despite getting slightly deflected, went into the hottest hands of the night.

Knicks rookie Miles McBride drilled in his sixth three-pointer just before the shot clock buzzer to give the Knicks a five-point breather, 85-80, with 1:20 left.

Quickley and McBride scored the Knicks’ final 22 points to wrap up their second win in the NBA Summer League — a 91-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

McBride scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, including 14 in the final quarter, in what should go down as his signature game in this year’s NBA Summer League. He was brilliant on the offensive end — a perfect six for six from deep and 7 of 9 overall while handing out five assists.

“Honestly, it’s just about staying ready so you don’t have to get ready,” McBride told Cassidy Hubbarth after the game. “I mean, the ball is gonna find me. I just have to make open shots. That’s what I do. I’ve trusted (Immanuel) Quickley to make the right reads so I’m just gonna stay ready.”

McBride’s unbridled confidence comes from preparation — a Tom Thibodeau tenet. It’s no wonder why Thibodeau reportedly pushed for him in the NBA Draft.

“Obviously, he’s a very good player. He’s putting a lot of time in the gym and it showed today,” Knicks Summer League coach Dice Yoshimoto said. “You could tell he shot very well in college and he’s gonna continue to put his time in and he’s gonna continue to keep getting better. That’s who he is.”

It’s in McBride’s DNA growing up in a competitive household.

His father, Walter McBride, was a standout at Xavier in the 1980s before playing overseas basketball while his mother, Kim, lettered in tennis at Ohio State. His brother, Trey, played college ball at Northwood and is now playing overseas while his sister, Kristen, plays volleyball in West Virginia.

McBride has been killing it in the Summer League not only from the outside but also from the midrange.

Through three games, McBride is averaging 15.0 points in 26.4 minutes per game. His shooting splits of 63/62/88 have been oustanding.

“He’s gonna continue to shoot the right ones. If he’s open, I keep telling him to shoot it. If not, move it. Make the game simple. And that’s what he did today,” Yoshimoto said.

It looked simple but McBride went through a complex process trying to perfect his craft. It started at home where charity always begins.

“Honestly, my dad played back when there was no three-point line so it’s nothing but midrange. So he’s always been the guy who really taught me, just pass it down to me and my brother. A lot of time in the backyard, you know, until the street lights are coming on. We’re out there in the park, in our backyard just shooting midrange shots,” McBride revealed.

The unseen hours have made McBride confident with his shot. From the backyard, to park, to school, to film room, and the NBA court, McBride always leans on his competitive edge to learn and grow.

“It’s just about taking shots in the flow of the game. In the first game, I kinda rushed a lot of shots. I just went back to watch the film with the coaches and try to understand the game more and just find where the best shots are gonna come from. That’s what I felt I did today,” McBride said.

His shot was also inspired, in part, by his new teammate and future backcourt mentor Kemba Walker.

“He’s a killer from the midrange and I feel like that’s one of the things I’m very good at as well so, I’ve watched a lot of Kemba films,” McBride said.

He was excited when he heard the news of Walker coming home to New York even if that meant less chances for him to earn minutes on the floor in his rookie year.

“I was really excited. I mean, you got to play with guys like Kemba, Julius (Randle), Derrick Rose. Those are the guys I grew up watching. To get to be alongside them is a dream come true,” he said.

While his shot and playmaking had inspired excitement, it’s his defense that he thinks would be his ticket to playing time under Thibodeau.

“This is a league about creating opportunities. I feel like one of my strengths is defense so, that’s the best way I can create opportunities for myself,” McBride said.

McBride was equally impressive on the defensive end against the Lakers. His seven rebounds and one steal didn’t do justice to how he defended well. He picked up opposing guards full court and contested shots.

His competitive fire was lit up by nine-time All-Defensive Team and the 1996 Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton.

“We’re definitely going through a lot of rookie transition stuff, and Gary Payton was talking like, you know, obviously, he’s a Hall of Famer, he’s the best [guard] defender probably to have ever played in the league. So he was talking line nobody can pick up the full court, so I want to come out here and show him I could do that,” McBride said.

McBride is as good as advertised — the 3-and-D guard prospect that the Knicks were lucky to have stolen in the second round.

In these summer league games, the Knicks have experimented playing him off the ball alongside Quickley, and the proof is in the pudding.

“It starts with his defensive tenacity first. [Deuce] can defend multiple positions. He can play on the ball. He can play off the ball on the defensive end,” Yoshimoto said of the versatile rookie guard.

But his path to rotation minutes in the regular season is unclear.

Tony Coleman, a freelance NBA scout, has seen all the Knicks games in the Summer League, and he came away impressed with McBride. However, with the Knicks backcourt depth, he has tempered expectations on McBride breaking out in his rookie year.

“[Deuce] is very talented, athletic, good shooter from 3. He passes well, good on-ball defender. Overall, he’s well rounded and a good value pick,” Coleman told Empire Sports Media. “However, playing time is going to be another story. With Quickley, Kemba, Rose in the fold, when will Deuce get any minutes? We’ll have to see how things play out.”

With NBA returning to its 82-regular season calendar, Coleman believes McBride will carve out a role at some point especially given the health risks attached to Walker and Rose. And his Summer League play showed his versatility.

“I really like Deuce a lot. To be able to shoot the ball the way he can, he could also be used as a spot-up deep threat on the perimeter. Those moments both he and Quickley were in the games together, that particular scenario actually happened here in summer league play. Knicks have some decisions to make,” Coleman said.

McBride is showing a total package in the Summer League. He can catch and shoot, pull up, and create off the dribble. But it’s his defense that will be his calling card.

“Defensive energy, I mean, that’s where I get my offensive game going. It’s all about want. Get after guys,” McBride said.

With a body built like a tank, McBride was a double varsity until he broke his leg during his junior year in high school. He focused on basketball, but his quarterback experience had made him a better playmaker seeing the floor like the football field. On top of that vision, football also made him tough.

That’s why when he was picking where to go in college, he was drawn to West Virginia. He fell in love with coach Bob Huggins trademark “Press Virginia” — a smothering pressure defense.

“That’s one of the main reasons why I played for coach [Bob] Huggins is to play defense and learn more from him. I feel like it’s just a lot about of want — just having that mentality that I want to play to play defense, I want to stop guys from scoring instead of you know [playing like] it’s just part of the game, and I’m just out there to play,” McBride said.

For McBride, that shot clock beating three-pointer in the clutch came a long way. He was always ready to take that big shot because of his long, tedious preparation that started in their backyard. Him becoming a Knick to play behind one of his idols, Kemba Walker, to play under Thibodeau, who is as competitive and tough-minded as his father and Huggins, is a dream come true.

“Honestly, it’s been a long journey, hard work, and dedication, so, signing with the Knicks, I’m more than happy,” McBride said.

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PFL books Claressa Shields – Abigail Montes

The greatest female boxer in the world has her next PFL fight set. Today, the promotion announced that Claressa Shields (1-0) will be returning to the cage this fall. Shields will be taking on Abigail Montes (2-0) in her next matchup.

The two ladies will square off at the PFL Championship event that is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th. Shields will be making her second appearance for PFL and she’s hoping for an easier outing this time around.

That said, she’s not getting an easy fight in her next matchup. Abigail Montes is very young in her career just like Shields is. Montes just competed in her second professional MMA fight back in April when she got a TKO victory.

This will be her first fight with PFL. In her two wins thus far, Montes has shown good ground skills and some pretty decent kickboxing. Granted, competition needs to be taken into consideration here.

Second PFL appearance for ‘The GWOAT’

When Shields makes the walk on October 27th, it will be her third combat sports event of the year in 2021. Back in March, Shields defeated Mare Eve Dicaire by unanimous decision to win another world title in boxing.

After that victory, Shields shifted her focus towards her MMA debut with PFL. Shields made her debut back in June when she took on Brittney Elkin. Elkin entered the contest at just 3-6 professionally. However, Elkin was big and she had a jiu jitsu brown belt.

The first two rounds really showed Shields’ inexperience. While Shields had a couple of moments of success on the feet, Elkin was able to get the fight to the ground and control her at PFL 4.

In the third round, Shields was going to need a finish and that’s what she got. After hurting Elkin on the feet, Shields was able to stuff a takedown and she ended up on top. Once on top, Shields rained down punches and elbows to get the finish.

You have to imagine that Shields has been continuously working on her ground skills and takedown defense leading into this next PFL matchup. If she can keep a fight standing, there’s virtually no woman in the world that can beat her. However, she’s got her work cut out for her in terms of keeping it standing.

Vicente Luque continues to rise after UFC 265

This past Saturday at UFC 265, we saw a pivotal matchup in the welterweight division. Top six welterweights went head-to-head as Vicente Luque (21-7-1) took on Michael Chiesa (17-5).

Chiesa was unbeaten in the UFC‘s welterweight division heading into Saturday night. Luque on the other hand has been one of the top welterweights in the division over the last few years who has just stumbled twice since his promotional debut.

Vicente Luque looks like he can become a UFC champion. He has tremendous striking, a fun style, and he’s very slick on the ground. However, his ground skills are rarely talked about considering how good he is on the feet. Well, at UFC 265 we saw how good his grappling was.

In the first round, Michael Chiesa landed a big takedown. Once he got on top of Luque, he was able to get to his back. Chiesa tried to lock in a choke and for a moment, it appeared that Chiesa was going to get the win at UFC 265.

However, Luque powered through and ended up on top. Both men started a scramble and Chiesa left his neck exposed. Luque locked in a d’arce choke and shocked everyone by submitting the ground specialist in the first round.

What’s next after UFC 265?

This was another huge win for Luque who has won four fights in a row. In his last 16 UFC fights, Luque holds an astonishing record of 14-2. The only two losses he’s had have come against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Leon Edwards (19-3).

In thinking about what comes next following UFC 265, there’s one fight that stands out for me. That’s a fight with Leon Edwards. In reality, Edwards has done enough to earn himself a UFC title shot.

That said, if he wants to fight for the title next, he’s going to be waiting a while. Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are fighting in November for the title. If Edwards wants a UFC title shot, he’s likely not going to get it until spring of 2022.

With how inactive Edwards has been, he needs another fight. Luque is currently ranked fourth in the welterweight division and a fight between the two men would give the division a clear number one contender after Covington. Neither has fought for the title either so it would make a ton of sense.

These two did fight back in 2017 with Edwards picking up the decision win. This is a great matchup and I think the UFC would be wise to try and book this one.

Mets could reportedly target Theo Epstein to take over baseball operations

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The New York Mets, who held the NL East’s top spot for months but now find themselves struggling and on the outside looking for a playoff spot, may overhaul things in the not so distant future, according to recent reports.

Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (link to the NJ Advance Media article here), Steve Cohen, the Mets’ owner, “remains interested in executing his original plan from last offseason to hire a big-name president of baseball operations above his GM.”

Rosenthal explains that Cohen’s search could end up in a well-known executive, responsible of breaking two curses in his career: Theo Epstein.

Epstein was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2004 when they erased a 0-3 deficit in the American League Championship Series against the Yankees and broke an 86-year long drought without World Series wins in Boston by winning the Fall Classic against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Could the Mets convince Epstein to join?

Epstein is currently working for the commissioner’s office, but the report states that his interest in the Mets’ position would undoubtedly grow if Cohen were to give him an ownership stake and full control of baseball operations.

Epstein, besides the 2004 title, won another one in 2007 with the Red Sox, having laid part of the foundation for a third one in 2013. The executive, who would definitely help the Mets take the next step and opt for their first title since 1986, joined the Chicago Cubs as the president in 2011 and won a World Series in 2016, breaking another curse in the process (they hadn’t lifted the trophy since 1908.)

After nine years with Chicago, he left last season and joined the MLB office as a consultant. Would an approach by Cohen and the Mets be enticing enough for him to leave the Commissioner’s office and rejoin a baseball organization? Only time will tell.

 

Zack Scott is currently acting as the Mets’ GM.

Islanders legend Denis Potvin stoked for team’s new home

The Islanders are nearing the completion of their new home at UBS Arena, and one of the team’s icons couldn’t help but contain his excitement.

Denis Potvin, the franchise’s captain during the dynasty years and a Hockey Hall of Famer, was a guest on the Talking Isles podcast when he was asked about the building as the next chapter for the organization.

“It was unreal,” he said at the end of a 40-plus minute interview. “It was terrific.”

Potvin acknowledged he took a tour of the new facility when he and several other of the franchise’s alumni were back on Long Island during the Islanders’ run in the playoffs. He even noted that the guide pointed out why the seats in the first row are a certain level above the penalty box. Which Potvin was told was purposely constructed that way so that there would be no obstructed view of the ice and be as close as possible. Isles fans might take that as a jab at another previous home that had those difficulties (cough, cough, Barclays Center).

Another element Potvin enjoyed was being told how the building’s outlook has been made to keep the noise. As the first face of the franchise, he knows a thing or two about how loud it was during the Coliseum’s heyday and how much it played a role in the team’s success.

“You know how the Barn ‘Fort Neverlose’…it would just rock,” Potvin said. What they did was measure the space between the ice and the top of the ceiling. Apparently, the Coliseum is 92 feet. UBS Arena is going to be 93 feet. So they have tried to get everything that makes the Coliseum such a great building to play in  and bring all of that to UBS. I was just super impressed.”

Potvin went on to praise owners Jon Ledecky for how much of the fan-input went into the thought process of how the arena was shaped. Beyond that, he gave a ringing endorsement to Ledecky and Scott Malkin for the job they’ve done in bringing back the alumni from the organization like no one ever has before.

“That makes us all quite grateful to be a part of the growth of the team.”

You can listen to the full interview with Potvin here: https://www.nhl.com/islanders/news/talkin-isles-denis-potvin/c-325944096

While Potvin, a former captain of the team, wasn’t a physical specimen back during his playing days, the Islanders’ current captain, Andres Lee, most is.

We’ve all gotten know that Lee’s absurd-looking legs have become a popular topic among the fanbase, but now other NHLers are in complete awe of just how freakish they are.

Lee had his season end this past year with an unfortunate ACL injury, but based on the clip above, it looks like those tree trunks that are his legs are in top shape and he’ll be ready to go come training camp next month.