They weren’t saying “Bruuuuuuuce.”
Not his best performance
The bad celebrity first pitch is nothing new or surprising. In fact, even former top MLB draft picks aren’t immune to the jitters that come with lobbing one in while standing in front of a massive crowd. But there’s one city where you really, really don’t want to do a bad job: Philadelphia.
Bruce Willis, a Philly-area native, was at Citizens Bank Park last night to throw out the first pitch before the Phillies’ game against the Brewers. The 64-year-old short-armed it terribly and threw a one-hopper from about 55 feet—and the Philly fans really let him hear it.
I see dead arms.
But let’s not be too hard on Willis. As you can see at the end of the video, he also took batting practice with the Phillies earlier in the day and had some pretty solid knocks. I guess he’d make a better DH, then.
Huge controversy in overtime
The Sharks took a 2–1 series lead on the Blues thanks to a major blown call on Erik Karlsson’s overtime game-winner.
That’s a clear hand-pass by Timo Meier, but that’s not a reviewable aspect of the play. The replay crew in Toronto can’t (for some reason) wave off the goal by saying a hand-pass occurred in the offensive zone, it has to be one of the four officials on the ice who spots the illegal pass. Since no one did, the goal counted.
Let me explain why this is an amazing celebration
The EFL Championship playoffs are going on right now in England to determine the final team that will be promoted to the Premier League for next season. It’s truly one of the most exciting and high-stakes tournaments in sports, with the final nicknamed “the world’s richest game” due to the nine-figure prize that comes along with going up to the Premier League.
Leeds United and Derby County met yesterday in the second leg of their semifinal, with Derby securing a victory to advance to the final. After the match, the Derby players celebrated like this.
If you know the backstory, this is hilarious. In fact, even just the backstory itself is hilarious.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was fined £200,000 earlier this season for illegally spying on opponents by sending people to watch their practices. Rather than fight the accusations, Bielsa made a PowerPoint presentation in which he admitted that he spied on every team he played.
And not only was Derby the club that exposed the scheme, it was also the team that sent Leeds packing. That deserves a mocking celebration.
Please read Chris Long’s Game of Thrones recap
If only you had any idea how hard Chris Long works on this. He was seriously agonizing over it since Monday morning, and Jimmy Traina had to meet him at his hotel to help him out yesterday before it was finally finished. As always, it’s fantastic.
The best of SI
Khadrice Rollins totally predicted The Brook Lopez Game. ... The Jets are on their way back to being a laughingstock after they suddenly fired their GM. ... The biggest star in lacrosse decided to upend the whole sport and found his own league.
Around the sports world
One of the most popular places for Yankees Triple A players to live is above a funeral home. ... The photographer who captured that classic Kawhi Leonard photo explains his process. ... With the Grizzlies reportedly already deciding to Ja Morant, the top two picks in the NBA draft seem set. ... An Australian cricket player went into excruciating detail about the time he almost crapped himself on the field.
Speaking of Leeds...
Pascal Siakam with the FEROCIOUS jam
Making it to the majors is hard. Like, physically making it.
Mike Tauchman will be today’s 26th man. Tauchman said he had just driven to Indy to join SWB... when he introduced himself to manager Jay Bell... Bell told him he has a flight in 3 hours to NYC. Tauchman said Tyler Wade offered to drive his car to Toledo where he will meet team— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) May 15, 2019
Zion is already making money for the Pelicans
The Pelicans, I'm told, have sold in the neighborhood of 3,000 season-ticket packages for next season in the wake of winning last night's NBA lottery and the chance to draft Zion Williamson No. 1 overall— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 15, 2019
Not what you want
"How is your PGA Championship preparations going Pat?"— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) May 15, 2019
Pat Perez looks bemused on the range ahead of the #PGAChampionship as the clubhead on his driver disappears into the distance!
Watch all four days live on Sky Sports: https://t.co/BqgqDmlDZi pic.twitter.com/ZhKpizstFQ
No one has played for more teams than Edwin Jackson
Cart. Cigarette. McDonald’s cup. Jon Daly is a legend.
If you know, you know
(That’s ballhawk clown Zack Hample finally getting a taste of his own medicine.)
Tacko Fall is freakishly huge
UCF's Tacko Fall official measurements at the NBA Combine: 7'5 1/4 without shoes, 7'7 with shoes, 289 pounds, 8'2 1/4 wingspan, 10'2 1/2 standing reach, 6.8% body fat. Tacko just broke every figure in our database for height, wingspan and reach, dating back to the 80s. 😳😲 pic.twitter.com/xNNwRuKZcK— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 15, 2019
Not everyone can be as smooth as Bartolo
A highway in Indiana was shut down after a truck crashed and spilled 20 tons of honey. ... The food at this year’s Calgary Stampede will put any American state fair to shame. ... A trove of 1930s New York crime scene photos was recently discovered.
We’re going back to the moon?
Halle Berry’s training for John Wick: Chapter 3
Keanu Reeves is so zen
A good song
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