Another week in the books as the summer winds down (no!) but the action and pitcher winds up! Sorry about that one...
Yes Kris Bryant is here (see him smiling down there?!) and he's had a fantastic week in the West. Definitely a strong candidate for MVP, not only for home runs (35!) but also for other types of offense (AVG:.303!). Is he who we endorse for the MVP? Well, we're not quite sure yet but we're not opposed to seeing him win the award.
Oh my! And that Dyson catch was what baseball was made for! That picture makes it look as if the ball is too far gone but as you can tell by his feet, he's ready to spring up and snatch the ball. If you have not already seen the highlight, do yourself a favour and look it up. It's great.
P.S. That dog is so cute. I hope your week is as happy as that dog.
What. A. Week.
This week started off on a high note with Ichiro joining the 3000 hits club and doing so with a triple (the second player to do so!).
Then the Orioles were rolling and Machado hit three home runs in his first three at bats that were in all three innings! Talk about a clicking offense that is close to winning the division but Toronto is still on it for now.
And then we also said goodbye to a major figure in baseball, Alex Rodriguez. He had a long and complicated relationship with New York but he was able to get a nice ceremony and retire from there on Friday. The Yankees seem to doing fine since their two call-ups hit back-to-back home runs, the first time in history (not pictured).
We also had to say a sad and early goodbye to Prince Fielder. We hope everything feels better for him because neck surgery and walking away from the beloved game because of pain are hard pills to swallow. We will miss both Prince and Alex as they leave the game.
What a week in baseball! The race in the AL Central is still hot as ever with the Tigers gaining some ground while the Indians made some deals and are serious about the postseason. Did you think this would happen before the season started?
Meanwhile the defending champions are in fourth place behind the White Sox. Again, did you see this coming?
And then in the NL Central, the Cubs are kicking butt like they did towards the end of last season except this time they are dominant all season.
The Cardinals still have a fighting chance but unfortunately our underdogs in Pittsburgh may have to just be happy with that Stanley Cup (that's a fantastic consolation prize). We all wanted them to win a playoff game since it took them so long to get there but we will probably wait until next year.
P.S. We are sorry to Rockies fans on the loss of Trevor Story, a potential Rookie of the Year candidate, for the rest of the regular season. May he get well soon and maybe we'll see him the postseason.
Also, Happy 25th Birthday to Mike Trout!
Summer isn't complete without baseball.