Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky proved she’s more than a one-sport star on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, fired a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. Removes all her medals 1st and hands them 1 at a time to Bryce Harper.
Yesterday’s announcement that U.S. Cellular Field — itself a terrible name for a ballpark — would be renamed Guaranteed Rate Field was met with widespread joking and derision. As I wrote yesterday, we have come to accept that we live in an age of corporate naming rights but, sheesh, some of them are just sooooo tacky, and that one is probably the tackiest one yet. But it’s certainly not the only tacky one in Major League Baseball. For every simply named park which elevates history or descriptive utility over crass commercialism, there is some bank or beer or something. Some are better than others, both cosmically and aesthetically. So, in the best Internet tradition, let’s rank ’em! 1. Dodger
A weird month for the Oakland A’s got even weirder last Friday in Chicago when Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in a clubhouse scuffle over the latter’s cleat endorsement deal. The physical altercation resulted in Billy Butler sustaining a concussion, which landed him on MLB’s seven-day concussion list earlier this week. Speaking for the first time since the incident on Wednesday, Butler said he’s progressing well and hopes to return as soon as he possibly can. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve this,” Butler said.