Touch ’em All – September 21, 2017

Sports stories and hot takes.

The Royals have a new Home Run King. Last night, in the top of the 6th inning with two outs and a 2-0 count, Mike Moustakas pulled a ball over the right-field wall at Rogers Center in the Royals 15-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. With this home run, he broke Steve Balboni’s 32-year-old franchise record.

Sporting KC of the MLS won the 2017 US Open Cup last night at Children’s Mercy Park in a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. This is the third time in the history of the franchise.

Sasha Banks shares her thoughts on gender equality in the WWE. 

“I want it to become something that’s normal when people go ‘man, that was a good match’ and I don’t want it to be ‘that was a good women’s match,’ I just want it to be ‘a good match,’ period. And I think it’s great that we’re talking about women all the time but I just want it to be completely equal where it’s just like ‘hell yeah, they kicked ass, not because they’re women but just because they can do it.'”

High school swimmer Alex Liu accidentally outed himself to his swim team. It might have been the best thing he could have done.

I know it isn’t always a positive event for other people but for me, it was one of the best things to happen. Had this event not happened, I might still be struggling to come out to my teammates. I feel more comfortable now and I don’t have to hide who I am.

England Women’s National Team have fired their head coach among accusations of racism and inappropriate sexual behavior.

The allegations that caused Sampson to lose his job are unrelated to accusations by two black players that he made racially insensitive comments towards them. Sampson is accused of asking Drew Spence how many times she has been arrested and telling Eni Aluko that her Nigerian relatives should be careful not to bring the Ebola virus with them to England.

A young girl was injured in the stands of yesterday’s Minnesota Twins v. New York Yankees game at Yankees Stadium after a liner off the bat of Todd Frazier went foul and hit her in the face. The young girl was treated by stadium staff and then taken to a local hospital. According to early reports from her father, she is “all right” but he asks for thoughts for his daughter and states it’s too early to determine if she will need surgery. This has become an all too familiar scene at ballparks across the country sparking debates about protective netting and the MLB’s responsibility to their fans. Protective netting from dugout to dugout is clearly the answer, hell, take it all the way to the foul poles. Fans should not be left with lifetime scars or risk their lives to enjoy a baseball game. Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has many thoughts on this I felt needed to be shared.

The only argument against netting extending toward the dugout is that it’s the slightest of inconveniences, and you’re not used to it. It’s different, and it protects people at the cost of the tiniest slivers of your potential enjoyment, which you aren’t willing to give up, especially if it means changing something.

If that’s your argument, reexamine your life. Really take a long look into your soul and examine how you value living, breathing human beings you’ve never met. Because you’ve never met them, because you’ve never bounced that girl on your knee, they are worth less to you than the tiniest sense of familiarity and comfort on the rare occasions you’re lucky enough to get seats that good.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots believes the secret to avoiding sunburn is hydration. Not protective clothing, not staying out of the sun, not SPF, but drinking a lot of water. Good thing he’s good at football. Also, PLEASE DON’T FOLLOW HIS ADVICE.

Current and former NFL players have written a lengthy memo, as reported by Yahoo News, asking Roger Goodell and the league for clear support, including recognition of activism awareness month, in their efforts campaigning for racial equality and criminal justice reform. It was endorsed by four players; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, former Buffalo Bills wideout Anquan Boldin, and Eagles wideout Torrey Smith.

“To be clear, we are asking for your support,” a portion of the memo reads. “We appreciate your acknowledgement on the call regarding the clear distinction between support and permission. For us, support means: bear all or part of the weight of; hold up; give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act. We need support, collaboration and partnerships to achieve our goal of strengthening the community. There are a variety of ways for you to get involved. Similar to the model we have in place for players to get involved, there are three tiers of engagement based on your comfort level. To start, we appreciate your agreement on making this an immediate priority. In your words, from Protest to Progress, we need action.”

Former MLB OF, Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to 8 years in prison in the Dominican Republic on a corruption conviction from his time as the mayor of San Cristobal.  His son, Raul A. Mondesi is an infielder for the Kansas City Royals.

Aaron Hernandez was a horrible human being. He murdered at least one person. It has also been found that he suffered from CTE. He may have been a horrible person with or without the traumatic brain injury caused by football, but CTE may have contributed to how horrible he was. CTE does not excuse his actions in any way but now knowing that he had stage 3 CTE it does underline how dangerous football is.

Hernandez’s CTE findings are a significant addition to the growing list of former football players found to have the disease. A recent study found CTE in the brains of 110 out of 111 brains of former NFL players donated to the BU CTE center. However, those results should not be assumed to extrapolate across the full population of football players; the brains the center receives are usually donations from families who suspected CTE while the person was alive.

Today in Sports History:

1956 – Yankees set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500′ plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway

 

 

 

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