There's nothing better for a kid than going to a baseball game and having seats where you might be able to catch a foul ball. You watch every swing intently hoping for a ball to shoot off the end of the bat and into your section, where you're ready to battle anyone around you for that free souvenir. But that kind of excitement was no where to be found at Thursday's game in Miami where the Marlins were taking on the New York Mets. In the fifth inning, Miami's Jake Marisnick fouled one into the stands and it landed right in the lap of a young boy. But he barely even cracked a smile! He thought about throwing it back, then the kid next to him tried to take it which got no reaction. Then he tried to hand it off to the nearest adult. Maybe he didn't quite understand the situation, or just isn't into free souvenirs. Or perhaps he was teaching us all a lesson in how to be very nonchalant about doing something cool. Either way, the Marlins beat the Mets 3-0.
When PGA Tour journeyman Ken Duke pulled his approach shot into the trees on the tenth hole of Sunday's Travelers Championship, he had to think his chances of winning the tournament were diminishing quickly. But much like golfers can catch a bad break after hitting a good shot, he caught a good break after hitting a bad shot when his ball emerged from the tree and landed inside six feet from the hole. Capitalizing on the good fortune, Duke drained the birdie putt, and then looked up as if to thank the tree, on his way to shooting a closing round 66 that found him in a tie with Chris Stroud. No trees were needed later when he hit an impressive approach shot just feet from the pin on the second hole of the sudden death playoff, as the 44-year-old went on to win his first tournament on the PGA Tour.
San Antonio’s Danny Green showed his clutch-shooting mettlein Game 1 of the NBA finals. In a recent viral ad campaign for the restaurant chain Burgerfi, he proved he’s a clutch napkin shooter as well. The video shows some patrons laughing at Green from across the restaurant after his botched attempt to throw away some trash at close range. He responds by shooting a crumpled up napkin across the room right into someone's cup of soda. There is a debate around the web as to whether the ad is a true viral video or something set up to promote the burger chain. It's also being debated whether or not he actually shot and made the napkin or if it's just a camera trick. What we do know is that it's awesome either way. And after seeing him go 4 for 9 from beyond the arc in Miami Thursday night, it's hard to doubt the guy.
It's one thing for an umpire to blow a call, allegedly, and then toss a player for arguing that call. But umpire Tony Randazzo took that one step further Tuesday night in New York. After Cleveland's Mike Aviles made what he thought was a check swing with one out left in the 9th inning, Randazzo called it a foul tip even though it only hit off the catcher's glove. After flying out to end the game, Aviles approached Randazzo and argued the call further, but the umpire wasn't having it and responded by tossing Aviles from the game, even though it had ended! He continued to give Randazzo a piece of his mind, with some help from Indians manager Terry Francona, but the damage was done and Aviles was heading to the locker room... along with everybody else. The Yankees won the game 4-3.