1. Only Major League Baseball can be this ridiculous.
Thanks to horrific umpiring, the kerfuffle surrounding Alex Bregman and Juan Soto has become a secondary story. The truth is, it should be a non-story. Two men carried baseball bats to first base after hitting home runs. That's what happened. Nothing more, nothing less. Yet, baseball purists are offended and outraged.
Just look at these embarrassing tweets from two players:
Bregman is a douche because he carried a bat? Someone deserves to get hurt because Bregman carried a bat? What the hell are we doing here? Why would you take someone carrying a bat 90 feet so personally? Why would this anger you so much? I just don't understand it at all.
Sadly, Bregman must have caught wind that crazy people were mad about this and he offered an apology after the game. If you did not know what he was apologizing for and just saw this video on its own, you would've thought he committed a felony.
"It's not how I was raised to play the game?" Bregman has nothing to apologize for. He's one of the best young players in the game. He plays hard all the time. He loves the sport. He has a personality (which is sacrilege in baseball). And he's been charitable since coming into the league.
This is the guy we're going to turn into public enemy No. 1 because he carried a bat?
It's just remarkable to see so many fans and people associated with baseball get so hot and bothered by someone getting caught up in a great moment and having fun.
2. Regarding the horrific umpiring I mentioned, Kate Upton weighed in on the big controversial interference call, but since she's not exactly objective given that she's married to an Astros player, her mentions turned into a disaster.
3. One of Traina Thoughts' favorite people and SI Game of Thrones correspondent, Chris Long, has launched his own podcast and it's outstanding. The man even has opinions on strip club chicken!
4. The LeBron James haters will hate, but having the whole Lakers crowd chant "Taco Tuesday" at the end of Tuesday night's blowout win against Memphis was pretty amusing.
5. Russell Wilson and Ciara as Jay Z and Beyonce... not bad, not bad.
6. The latest SI Media Podcast features a great conversation with High Noon co-host Bomani Jones. Jones talked about how he navigates controversial topics at ESPN, the LeBron James backlash over the NBA/China story, why the media has punted on the Tyler Skaggs story, why being too smart is bad TV, Eddie Murphy's comeback, why Stevie Wonder may not be blind and much more.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: This was easily the single-best thing I saw on the Internet today.
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