Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sports this 'n' that

This is how the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rewarded C. J. Cron after he hit his 1st home run of the season on Sunday in a 12-5 win over the Mets. The Angels optioned Cron to their AAA affiliate in Salt Lake City on Monday. Why? Cron is hitting .232 on the season, and manager Mike Scioscia is looking for offense. Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols missed the series due to a hamstring injury, and the Angels salvaged themselves on Sunday with the win to avoid being swept. 

Add the Mets. They'd snapped a 7 game losing streak on Friday. Their bullpen needs help from being overworked the first two months of the season. The Citi Field injury curse returned with a vengeance this season, and won't let up. Ya wonder if someone in Washington is responsible, fearing that the Mets at full strength could challenge the Nationals, who are threatening to run away and hide in the NL East.
I've got two words for LaVar Ball: Shut up.

Less than a month before the NBA Draft, and after the Lakers wound up with the #2 pick, Ball apparently will hound them until they agree to draft his son, Lonzo. He's living vicariously through his son, we all know that, but he's already become a stale act.
Lacrosse season is over at Troy High and LaSalle.

Both teams were defeated Monday in the Class B sectionals. LaSalle dropped a heartbreaker, 9-8, to Burnt Hills. Troy, meanwhile, was blown out by Ballston Spa, 15-4. The Flying Horses trailed 9-1 at halftime, and 11-3 after three quarters. You can say that they were outplayed, and they were, but six days off between games, despite practices virtually every day, may have been too much. Coach Brian Benner's club finishes 6-11 for the season, an improvement over 2016, but one wonders how they'll fare next year.

The softball sectional in Class AA between Ballston Spa & Troy was rained out, but they'll try again today, knowing that the winner moves on to Malta tomorrow for the semi-finals.
Live professional wrestling returns to the home district in July. Northeast Wrestling has landed a booking at Joe Bruno Stadium for "Wrestling Under the Stars" on Saturday, July 15. WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, newly inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, will be on hand, along with WWE alums Ryback (who otherwise bills himself as The Big Guy) and Cody Rhodes, who goes by Cody, the American Nightmare since WWE owns the trademark on the Rhodes name. Rhodes, though, is also coming off a pair of appearances on the CW series, Arrow, the most recent one being three weeks ago. An autograph session precedes the card, which begins at 7 pm. Tickets went on sale last Friday, starting at $20. It's been over a year since there's been live wrestling in Troy (Dynasty Pro Wrestling is running other parts of the state after an apparent falling out with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Albany & Troy last year), so figure on the crowd size being about as big, if not bigger, than the average Valleycats game.

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