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Friday’s Hot Clicks: LSU Pitcher Hits Clutch Double After Lying to Coach About Hitting ‘Bombs’ in HS

Todd Peterson drove in two runs in the 12th after exaggerating his hitting bonafides to his coach. 

Major heuvos

LSU pitcher Todd Peterson is my new favorite baseball player. 

Peterson didn’t have a college hit when he stepped to the plate in the 12th inning of yesterday’s SEC tournament elimination game against South Carolina, but he was dealing on the mound and coach Paul Mainieri didn’t want to take him out. So the coach told him to just stand at the plate with the bat on his shoulder. Peterson, however, convinced Mainieri to let him take a hack, because he used to hit “bombs” in high school. 

Mainieri’s trust paid off when Peterson stroked a double down the leftfield line to push the Tigers’ lead to three runs. 

But it was all based on a lie. After the game, Peterson came clean and admitted he didn’t actually hit “bombs” as a high school. In fact, he didn’t hit at all—not in a game, at least. 

love Mainieri’s reaction upon learning Peterson duped him into being allowed to hit, but I shudder to think how he would have responded if the game turned out differently. 

Draymond keeps getting embarrassed

What is up with Draymond Green? The Warriors’ old secret weapon has looked like trash in these last two games. On Wednesday, James Harden dunked all over him and then he got rejected by the rim on a dunk attempt. Last night was no better. First, Harden breezed right by him for another dunk, then he got rejected in a big way by Clint Capela.

Green did hit a clutch three with 1:15 to play, but the worst part of his night was when he cost the Warriors the game with two awful errors. Draymond collected the rebound after a missed free throw in the final seconds but instead of calling a timeout—which would have allowed Golden State to advance the ball to midcourt for a potential game-tying possession—he passed to Kevin Durant, who called the TO. 

The Warriors were forced to go the length of the court and Green couldn’t handle Stephen Curry’s pass.


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