This caricature of Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story is friendship goals

Caricatures make great memories, whether it’s from a day on a seaside boardwalk with your family, or a carnival as a teenager, or one of those sidewalk caricature artists who you find in New York City and pay for one to be done because you’re just tipsy enough from brunch still that it seems worth it.

Baseball buddies Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story got one done together in the Rockies’ dugout last month during Family Day celebrations, to solidify their friendship and have a little fun.

This caricature actually seems like a great representation of these two players and their friendship. They’re both smiling, Story’s hair is very accurate, and Blackmon’s beard taking up over half of the page is exactly how it should be.

The only bad thing about this caricature is that it took a month for it to be released to the public so everybody can enjoy it together.

Adrian Beltre has just reached 3,000 hits in the major leagues, and in celebration of his varied, humorous, and never boring career, it’s time to celebrate all the amazing things that have cemented him as one of the most entertaining people in the league at any given moment.

Whether it’s his phobia of people touching his head (he’s serious guys, stop it!), his defensive prowess on the hot corner year after year, or the spontaneous moments in games and in the dugout that give you insight into his Cheap NHL Jerseys personality, Beltre is a non-stop barrel of laughs. Even when he doesn’t mean to be.

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Max Scherzer removed himself from the game after hitting his first career home run

In the second inning of the Nationals’ tilt against the Marlins, Max Scherzer hit his first career home run: a three-run shot that put Washington up 4-zip early in the game.

While that should be exciting for the team and fans, and for Scherzer, it almost immediately turned sour when Scherzer abruptly pulled himself from the game in the bottom of the inning.

But isn’t that the best kind of friendship? When you can be sort of joking and sort of serious all in one moment? That’s when you know it’s real. And with these two guys, it’s real.

Mike Trout happened to also hit his 150th home run when he was 24 years and 295 days old. Which wouldn’t be so incredible if it weren’t for the fact that both players have long been compared to each other.

In fact, it seems that no major milestone can be reached by either player without a note of comparison about the other.

Trout did hit number 150 in less games than Harper, at game No. 701 of his career, while Harper reached it in game No. 759. Even so, what remains true is that both players remain outsized talents at a young age, and people we will be talking Cheap New York Giants Jerseys about to our children and grandchildren.

This is just another statistic that will serve as an entertaining Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping footnote for two very impressive careers.

Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre’s fake feud never gets old

When Beltre signed with the Rangers, he was coming off a stint in Boston where wide swaths of people seemed to really notice him for the first time. It’s not like he wasn’t a good player during his decade-plus in Los Angeles and Seattle, but it wasn’t the same national Beltre experience as fans know now.

So in going to the Rangers, not only were his antics known and recognized, but he found a partner in crime to share his goofs with and we couldn’t be happier this happened.

Elvis Andrus and Beltre have more fun messing with each other on the field than possibly any other combination of players in the league. Even when they look mad at each other, you can tell it’s in a love way like people who have been friends since childhood.

It might happen during a huddle on the mound or a break during an inning, but the best moments between these two are when they goof off while in the process of making plays. I mean, just look at these two and try not to crack a smile.

While there are baseball friendships all across the league, there isn’t one as present on the diamond as this one. Nor one that adds to the entertainment of the game in quite the same way:

At this point, many people know about Adrian Beltre and Felix Hernandez’s friendship. They’ve been nigh inseparable since they were Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys teammates in Cheap MLB Jerseys Seattle, and the fun didn’t stop once Beltre left the Pacific Northwest for other markets.

The Cardinals hit a comeback grand slam right after a rally kitten appeared on the field

Setting the scene, as it were: The St. Louis Cardinals are down 5-4 in the sixth inning at home. Suddenly, a rally cat appears on the field. Except it’s even better than a rally cat because it’s a tiny, adorable, RALLY KITTEN.

It’s just trying to get important Rally Kitten business done, man! Why are you crushing it’s dreams?

But after only a few moments on the field, the Rally Kitten magic was enough to make an impact on the Cardinals, as immediately after it went back to whence it came the Cards jacked a grand slam to go ahead in the game 8-5.

Aaron Judge hit homers on his first three swings and then four in five swings and also already got the 30-second bonus for distance and hit another two homers before I finished this sentence.

It’s a battle between potential Rookie of the Year winners, as Cody Bellinger takes on Aaron Judge in the semifinals for the right to face Sano in the finals.

By the way, Aaron Judge’s first-round homers were visualized in a chart, and that chart… is good. Meanwhile, Cody Bellinger has eight homers with 1:20 to Cheap MLB Jerseys go, but he has yet to hit a single 440 foot homer that will earn him Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids the bonus time he might very well need against Judge.

He’d finish with a dozen and no bonus time, and now it’s Judge’s turn to earn a shot at Sano.

Hockey player uses stick to ‘shoot’ White Sox’s ceremonial first pitch

Hockey players, over the years, have thrown out many first pitches for baseball teams. Both Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews have done so over the last year, to varying degrees of success. Only a fair few hockey players have, however, used a hockey stick to deliver a first pitch.

It’s as if the baseball gods want to make sure absolutely no happiness comes out of the Mets pitching staff this season, no matter what.

DeGrom had been putting together quite the gem too, with nine strikeouts, zero walks, and only four hits through six-and-two-thirds innings on the mound.

We will update this post with any further injury updates on the Mets ace should things be worse than they appear, but as of now it looks like it’ll just be a bruise and some pain for a few days — nothing more.

Matt Ehalt of North Jersey News reports that deGrom’s X-rays were negative and that he only has a right triceps contusion. Breathe easy, Mets fans.

Leavy’s father is the reason Leavy, who at 60 years old has no wife and no children, is a lawyer. Marlins Man Sr. (not his legal name) owned greyhound race tracks, a printing business, TV stations, parking garages, and a few other random businesses in Miami. He had 3,000 employees and 13 corporations and was always getting sued, Leavy says, so he urged his son to become an attorney. That way, the elder Leavy reasoned, his child would have a permanent client.

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Dahntay Jones lost two-thirds of his salary, so LeBron James will help out

LeBron James has plenty of money, but he’s tired of spending it on Dahntay Jones.

The reports — which surfaced Tuesday — said Roy was hit by random gunfire Saturday outside his grandmother’s home in Compton, Calif.

Asked in a follow-up email whether he had spoken to Roy since Saturday, Barnett wrote, Yes. He’s informed me he’s completely fine.

Barnett’s claim is similar to assertions tweeted by teammates P.J. Fuller and MarJon Beauchamp, although their tweets have since been deleted.

Roy coached Seattle’s Nathan Hale to an undefeated season and state title this year.

Nathan Hale athletic director Darby Haskins referred Times inquiries about the reported shooting to the school system, and a Seattle Public Schools communications specialist on Wednesday said: We are aware of the rumors and speculations, and we’re looking into it.

The Times has been unable to reach Roy for comment.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday confirmed that the man named Brandon Roy wounded over the weekend in Compton appears to be the former NBA player but added, There’s no way we can confirm that because we don’t ask those questions.

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Manu Ginobili unleashes furious dunk against Rockets

At age 39, Manu Ginobili is one of the oldest players left in the NBA playoffs. But he can still elevate better than many younger foes.

The Spurs guard proved this Tuesday night against the Rockets when he sent in a slam over Houston’s Ryan Anderson in the second quarter.

Ginobili is no stranger to reminding people of his athleticism during the playoffs; his most notable example was in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Heat.

Though he vowed to play in Game 6, Leonard officially is listed as questionable as he deals with the sprained left ankle he suffered midway through the third quarter of Tuesday’s Game 5 victory.

The Cavs broke out the showtime early — really early — in their NBA playoff series vs. the Raptors.

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for the type of dunk that’s usually reserved for the fourth quarter of blowouts, not the opening minutes of the first quarter in Game 1.

If those two were trying to tell Toronto the defending champs aren’t messing around, then message delivered. But, geez, guys, maybe wait until the W is secure.

This is what happens when you come to the restaurant, you’re trying to get a free dessert. You lie, tell ’em it’s your wife’s birthday. Haha, woo! Happy birthday, sugar! You got free dessert babe!

Westbrook’s wife, Nina, was actually born in January. Let the record show that Westbrook is padding birthday stats. Typical.

This makes us wonder what else Westbrook has lied about.

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Allen Iverson fires back at Tim Hardaway’s criticism of his signature crossover

Hall of Famer Allen Iverson heard Tim Hardaway’s analysis of his classic crossover move, and he had a little something to say about it.

Hardaway, who played more than a decade in the league and starred at point guard for the Warriors and Heat throughout the 1990s, refused to let Iverson take credit for popularizing the killer crossover. In his mind, the only thing Iverson did was break the rules.

We’re playing for pride now, Teague said after the game. We’re all competitors in here and we all believe in one another. We ain’t getting swept. We got pride and we ain’t getting swept so we’re going to move on and come out ready to play.

Coach Nate McMillan shared a similar sentiment in his postgame news conference.

We’re going into that game not to give them a ‘W’ on Sunday. We’re going in there and trying to extend this and it will show if you’re not playing with that mindset. I expect us to play with that mindset, he said.

Coming back to Teague, not getting swept is important to him from a personal standpoint, because LeBron James has been his kryptonite. Teague came to Indiana this year after playing for the Hawks in his first seven seasons, and those Hawks teams were eliminated by James’ Cavs the last two years.

Not only were they eliminated, but they were swept. That means Teague has lost 11 straight postseason games to James and the Cavs, and he’ll fight hard to make sure that streak doesn’t extend to 12. That will be easier said than done.

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Bulls’ Dwyane Wade forgot to play defense against Celtics

Just ask Harden, who had some of his worst games this season against the Warriors.

Lillard has had some success against the Warriors in the past, though, like when he scored 51 points against them with nine 3-pointers during the 2015-16 season. He followed it up by dropping 40 points against them in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, although he struggled in the four games the Blazers lost. If Jusuf Nurkic can return to the lineup at full health and be the sort of inside presence the Warriors have had issues against in the past, he could help create the space Lillard and McCollum desperately need to get going from 3-point range.

It might not be enough to upset the Warriors either way, but it could make for a more competitive series.

Dwyane Wade was really not feeling it on the defensive end in the Chicago Bulls’ playoff game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Isaiah Thomas swung the ball out to Kelly Olynyk on the 3-point arc and there was absolutely nobody in sight of the center. That was largely because Wade just stared at him from a distance.

If that wasn’t enough, Olynyk missed the shot and Avery Bradley put the ball back with one hand for the score. Wade was still watching.

That’s not going to get the job done in this series. Then again, did we think the Bulls would even make it this far?

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Rockets advance while Spurs, Jazz take 3-2 leads

Russell Westbrook did not go gentle into that good night, and try as he might to rage against the dying of the light, the Rockets took flight and ended his fight.

Now that we’ve tipped our caps to Dylan Thomas, let’s get back to the NBA playoffs. James Harden and the Rockets kicked off Tuesday night’s slate of games by eliminating the Thunder in a 105-99 win. (Thanks to Russ for making the 2016-17 season a ton of fun.) As for the other series, the Spurs and Jazz both gained 3-2 leads in key Game 5 matchups. The Jazz will travel back home to Utah for Game 6 while the Spurs head to Memphis in the hopes of closing things out and meeting Houston in the second round.

Had Pacers coach Nate McMillan not called a timeout and allowed the Cavs defense to reset at the end of Game 1, maybe George would have found his own Iso Joe moment, both clutch and correct in the context of the game. But given the information presented to him, he kicked it over to Miles, and the veteran shooting guard got off a decent attempt, not unlike Young’s play above. If he passes back to George, then it’s one-on-one against James out near half court with less than five seconds to go.

The most clutch players in league history needed help to ultimately win it all. James inbounded the ball to Kyrie Irving before Irving drilled a 3-pointer in Game 7 last year to help bring Cleveland a title. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal both missed before the ball landed in the hands of Robert Horry for the game-winner in the 2002 Western Conference finals. Even Michael Jordan found an open Steve Kerr in the 1997 NBA Finals when John Stockton decided to double him.

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