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Run, big man, run

Willians Astudillo is one of the most interesting players in baseball. After spending nine seasons in the minor leagues, he finally made his MLB debut this season. He’s a 5'9", 225-pound catcher, mostly, with the ability to play several other positions. In his big league debut on June 30, he played centerfield. So he’s reasonably athletic, at least for a short, stocky catcher. 

In the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, Astudillo scored a key run by hustling all the way from first. He had pretty good downhill speed, though he didn’t actually turn the corners as well as you’d like. The 270-foot sprint left him absolutely winded. 

But he wasn’t just running to score. He was running to prove something about husky people everywhere. 

Humboldt Broncos hit the ice again

Five months after 16 people were killed and 13 more injured in a bus crash, the Humboldt Broncos played their season opener in front of a sold-out crowd and national television audiences in Canada and the U.S. The place went absolutely nuts when the Broncos scored the first goal of the game.

After the game, the team revealed 16 banners honoring the victims that will go up in the rafters of the rink. 

They really packed the house in Queens last night


By the time the five-and-a-half-hour rain delay was over, fans barely outnumbered players at Citi Field last night. The Mets and Marlins were supposed to play a doubleheader, though the rain forced them to reschedule the second game as part of a doubleheader this afternoon. 

Scrolling through the Citi Field tag on Instagram, you find a lot of pictures of empty seats and a lot of fans who took advantage of the empty seats to take some foul balls home.

Anyway, the official attendance was 20,423. Sounds about right. 

Can you blame the Raiders for fleeing Oakland?

Add a new problem to the list of things wrong with the Oakland Coliseum. Even though it’s been about two years since the last sewage backup, the stadium is still dealing with overpowering stenches. 

I guess it’s only fitting after the Raiders stunk it up in Week 1 against the Rams. 

Bits & Pieces

Georgia State’s football coach tore his bicep celebrating last week, just like the basketball coach tore his Achilles celebrating an NCAA tournament bid. ... A woman working the deli counter at an Ohio grocery store faces theft charges for eating a few slices of ham every day for eight years. ... Here’s a look at every goalie mask in the NHL’s Western Conference this year. ... Dez Bryant and Jerry Jones went to a Beyoncé concert together. ... It sounds like David Wright might see his first MLB action since May 2016.

Facing the storm with the fearlessness of Tom Brady

Never leave us, Dirk

Jon Gruden is one game into a 10-year contract and already publicly trashing his QB

Yea or nay on these new M&M flavors?

Power move to keep a straight face when meeting LeBron and Channing Tatum

A different kind of triple play

The dog has skills

Preach, Cube

Usain Bolt is unbeatable in any conditions

Of course Steph is money from 60 feet

New Coen Brothers movie coming to Netflix

A good song

Stay safe if you’re in the Carolinas. 

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