The midsummer classic is back. The rest of the sports world briefly presses pause for tonight’s MLB All-Star Game. For the first time in a long time, the exhibition features a must-watch attraction.
Shohei Ohtani will bat first for the American League and start the game on the mound. It’s unbelievable, simply absurd. This is the kind of thing that only happens when you’re in “Create a Player” mode in a video game. Normally the MLB All-Star Game is hardly a blimp in my radar, but I must bear witness to tonight’s Shohei Ohtani phenomenon. The best part? You don’t have to watch baseball all night to see how he performs, just the first few minutes of action. The first pitch on Fox is set to be thrown around 8 pm ET.
Ohtani, the MLB’s leader in home runs, participated in last night’s home run derby too. He did not have enough sauce to take down the Childish Bambino, Juan Soto. Eliminated in the first round, it paved the way for the Mets’ Pete Alonso to repeat as champion.
Two Bat Cats Drafted
Speaking of Major League Baseball, a few Wildcats heard their names called on the first two days of the MLB Draft. John Rhodes was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round with the 76th overall pick, becoming the fifth top 90 pick in the Nick Mingione era. Austin Shultz was selected later Monday night by the Detroit Tigers in the tenth round. Expect a few more Cats to hear their names called today.
Team USA Lost, Again
Patty Mills had the last laugh against his head coach. The San Antonio Spur scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to take down Greg Popovich’s squad 91-83, handing the Americans their second straight exhibition loss. Keldon Johnson scored 7 points and Bam Adebayo had 6 points and 3 boards out in Vegas.
There is not an NBA Finals game tonight, but you can watch Team USA try to get its stuff together. The Americans will take on Argentina at 6 pm ET on NBCSN.
High School Football is BACK
This week coaches are kicking the dust off the old practice fields and putting kids to work across the state of Kentucky. The KHSAA Dead Period officially ended last Friday, opening the floodgates for the beginning of fall sports. After jumping through so many hoops a year to go to play a shortened season, the kids finally can prepare for a normal fall football season.
Happy Birthday Josh Allen!
The most dominant Kentucky pass rusher in the 21st century turns 24. Remember all those sack lunches he ate in 2018? Let’s enjoy all of the noms on the big guy’s big day.
A Vince Marrow Throwback
In the midst of the internet doldrums on Monday, I stumbled upon quite a few old action shots of our friend Vince Marrow. None were as good as this classic football card from his time at the Buffalo Bills. Shout out to LL Cool Jon for uncovering this incredible find.
Myron Medcalf returns to KSR
The esteemed ESPN college basketball reporter is back on the KSR airwaves, joined Tuesday by Shannon the Dude’s archenemies, Billy Rutledge. They’ll discuss the fallout from Scoop Lemond and much more Kentucky basketball. Don’t miss all of the action, starting at 10 am.