Assuming Bradford eventually returns, it doesn’t sound like he’ll need to win over his teammates after the holdout.
“I just see it as a guy handling his business,” Johnson said. “Obviously, I think he’s going to return and when he does that, we’ll break the ice and get back to work.”
Bradford might need to win over his new coach, though. Less than a week ago, Doug Pederson mentioned how Bradford was missing valuable time with the team.
Fall in love with the batting averages on Prado and/or Solarte if you wish, but this should be a two-horse race between the best third baseman in the world — when Machado plays shortstop, that is — and second-year stud Bryant. Arenado, however, has Bryant beat everywhere except in quality of teammates and versatility. Bryant can just take over for him in the fourth inning in San Diego on July 12. No harm there.
Catcher options: Welington Castillo, Francisco Cervelli, Jonathan Lucroy,Yadier Molina, Buster Posey, Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto
Catcher pick: Buster Posey, Giants
Ramos is having an exceptional season, Realmuto is real good, Lucroy is mashing like we know he’s capable and Molina is a transcendent figure for a historic franchise. I’m betting on Posey’s track record to take over and make him the best and easy pick come June 30, though. He’s the best bet on the board. Even if he’s having an off year, he’s on a Hall of Fame track, in his prime, and we won’t be looking back on this pick with disdain.
The Broncos probably won’t start Paxton Lynch right away. Well, actually, maybe you shouldn’t buy into that storyline.
It was a fair narrative: Lynch is a great athlete but he’s not a refined quarterback just yet (few players coming out of college are). It was reasonable to assume he would sit and watch and learn an offense.
But John Elway said during a recent interview with Denver Sports 760 (via Pro Football Talk) the Broncos could be starting Lynch as early as this season.
Things wouldn’t improve from there. Arrieta would settle in and dominate the rest of the way, the Cubs got a two-run homer from the red-hot Addison Russell and ran away with an 8-2 win. They are now 5-0 against the Pirates, having outscored them 37-11 and lead them by nine games (the Cardinals started the day eight back and play later Saturday).
Broken bat bloodies another fan in the stands at Fenway Park
For at least the third time in the past two seasons, a fan was struck in Fenway Park by a broken bat. This time around, the piece of the bat from Astros’ George Springer actually went over the top of the protective netting and struck a man in the head.
I wouldn’t bet against Wilson accomplishing any of his goals. Even these. Actually, given what he has done through his first four seasons in the NFL, I expect him to shatter his own lofty expectations by the time he calls it a career.
He is wired like a total overachiever. He is one of the most mentally strong, unshakeable figures in all of professional sports. He does not believe in wallowing in or accepting failure and truly believes every goal he sets from an athletic standpoint is attainable. Alas, Wilson did have the good sense to scrap any plans to be a Michael Jackson-style singer/dancer long ago as he chronicled in his touching speech, grasping that even he does have limitations in some domains.
“Am I capable of doing what I want to do?” Wilson told the graduates he asked himself at his time. And, realizing that, from the time he was a 3-year-old beast in his local T-ball league, that sports were his gift, Wilson set about honing those skills to be among the very best on the planet.
So yeah, some things may truly be impossible — no amount of hours would turn Wilson into a singer — but the key to finding a meaningful career is to spend as much time as possible harnessing those traits and skills that seem to come more naturally.