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Odds & Ends-Volume 95


MayweatherPacquiaoI am one of the ones that did not see the overhyped,overrated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight nor did I pay $99.99 for it. No,it wasn’t because I didn’t have the cash and it also wasn’t because nobody invited me,but I had a feeling that Mayweather would be the victor no matter how well Pacquiao did.

This fight to me had predictability written all over it. No matter how many times Mayweather ran away or landed a punch or even what Pacquiao did in the ring or the times the two locked arms in what looked like too long of a man hug, Mayweather was going to be victorious. Furthermore, if you really think about it,the real big winner was capitalism. All this fight was really about was making money. The real winners were the ones charging ridiculous amounts of money for tickets, for the broadcast, and even the two fighters came out way ahead.

It really didn’t matter what kind of fight you were going to get on Saturday night, everyone involved in it came out ahead. Well,everyone except the Pacquiao supporters who shelled out a C-Note to watch it.

I think this year’s running of the Kentucky Derby was without a doubt one of the best races in years where you didn’t know Horse Racing: 141st Kentucky Derbywho was going to win until it was down to the finish.

American Pharoah, the race favorite, narrowly beat Firing Line down the stretch to cinch his victory at the 141st annual race. The horse is trained by Bob Baffert,who three weeks ago suffered a heart attack in Dubai. Owner Ahmad Zayat netted $2.1 million for Pharoah’s win in the race.

I always enjoy watching the Derby no matter if we get a horse who challenges for the Triple Crown, no matter if it’s a good race or a bad one, no matter if the favorite wins or if it’s a longshot. It is the most exciting two minutes in sports, and Saturday’s race was further proof. American Pharoah and Firing Line provided some drama in that race that hasn’t been seen in some time.

StephenCurryStephen Curry will be named MVP today and I don’t think there was any other choice for the honor this season.

Curry has been amazing this season,leading the Warriors to 67 wins and their first division title in 40 years. He’s also been lighting it up with the three-point shot. It seemed like every game he played in was a big one for him and for this team. Sunday,he and the Warriors won the first game of the Western Conference Semifinals 101-86 over the Memphis Grizzlies.

On the prospect of winning,Curry said, “I honestly have no idea. It’s obviously just … in the middle of a playoff series, it’s hard to kind of separate yourself with other things that may or may not happen. Obviously I know what the situation is, and just trying to focus on the game. And if I get a call tomorrow, I’ll definitely be happy, and there will be a lot of people that can be proud of that moment, as well, and we’ll enjoy it. But right now I’m happy we won Game 1. I’ll wake up tomorrow a fresh new day, and we’ll see what happens.‎”

Well,kid,you’re getting the call,and it’s well deserved! I’m excited to see what you and the Warriors will do the rest of the postseason.

There’s been a lot of talk lately surrounding the National League and the designated hitter. This time Max Scherzer was the guy bringing up the idea.scherzer2

After getting injured in the batting box recently as well as Adam Wainwright’s season ending injury to his Achilles, Scherzer told CBS Sports that it’s time for both leagues to utilize the DH.

“If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit: Big Papi or me?” Scherzer said. “Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules. If you look at it long-term, I think eventually there will be a DH in the National League.”

BumgarnerBattingAnother National League pitcher had something to say about that.

Madison Bumgarner, who won the Silver Slugger award last season as the NL’s best hitting pitcher, was critical about Scherzer’s comments.

“He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for — what did he get, again? — he didn’t have a problem signing his name,” said Bumgarner, referring to Scherzer’s $210 million, seven-year free-agent deal he signed with the Nationals in the offseason. “He didn’t have a problem with hitting then. I’m sure he had his pick of anywhere he wanted to go.”

Bumgarner also pointed out the many ways players can get hurt other than being in the batter’s box.

“What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can’t pitch anymore?” Bumgarner said. “I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don’t think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?

I am in agreement with Bumgarner. While pitchers aren’t exactly great with the bat, they are apart of a nine-man lineup and should contribute at the plate. It’s part of the reason why I love National League baseball. Sure, we’re not exactly fawning over the plate appearances of a pitcher, every once in a while when they are good with the bat, it’s pretty cool to see. I dare you to tell me how you weren’t entertained when Bumgarner hit two grand slams last season.

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