Well, hopefully even with our predictive spoilers, you were able to enjoy the best Home Run Derby in half a decade. Just as we called it, Yoenis Cespedes laid waste to the 2013 Home Run Derby, smacking a total of 32 home runs--and he could've probably hit a bunch more if that wasn't all he needed to pass second-place finisher Bryce Harper. If this doesn't teach you about the backwards principles of always choosing the least predictable HR derby winner, nothing will. (For the record, we also called David Wright being a let down, which was almost too easy, though we were off on the second-round leader choking in the finals, since that was also Cespedes.)
It was a hell of a thing watching Cespedes. Aside from one cheapie he hit just over the line in left in the finals--which made up for the shot to deep center he missed by a half an inch just before--it seemed like every single one of his dingers was a moon shot, no-doubters off the bat that ended up in the second and third decks all over the field. His outrageous high-arcers stood in sharp contrast to the screamers that Harper hit, which were no less impressive in their line-drive velocity. The home run was on full display in all its grandeur tonight, and not a single contestant--not even Wright--posted anything close to an 0-fer, a nice change of pace from the last few years.
Good times, even with no Domonator. Hopefully he'll show up big time at tomorrow night's game to demonstrate what the NL was missing in this one.
Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.
The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.
The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.
It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.
While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.
This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.
The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.
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Joel Embiid really trusts the process.
And he'll tell you as much over and over.
In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.
By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.
And he does. Trust the process.