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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – May 31

The hits from Brett Phillips' Birthday! (also, a real holiday)

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Today’s Headlines

 

Holiday Festivities

Monday was Memorial Day, and you know what that means: sunburns, barbecue, and afternoon baseball. Six games got started before 5 o’clock yesterday, giving fans some quality content to fill their day-off leisure. Among those contests was the Cubs and Brewers, who kicked off a double-header at Wrigley Field by honoring the troops:

 

Around the sport, every team celebrated the holiday with commemorative poppy flower patches on their jerseys. It marked the third time since 2019 that the patches have been adopted, and I gotta say, they’re pretty sweet:

 

The moment even inspired Giants manager Gabe Kapler to suspend his national anthem protest out of respect for military members. Check out his full statement:

 

Rockie Mountain (496 ft.) High

The Marlins and Rockies got in on the afternoon action as well, tipping off their series-opener at Coors Field. The matchup may not have drawn many eyeballs on paper, but it certainly raised eyebrows after this second-inning slam by Jesús Sánchez:

 

No, that isn’t a typo. That ball would have cleared the Great Pyramid of Giza with over 40 feet to spare. Easily the longest homer of 2022, it also puts Sánchez in rare company:

 

Coors Field is the gift that just keeps on giving.

 

Give and Take

Outside of that historic moonshot, the highlight of the night came in Arlington—roughly 5,400 feet closer to sea level. Shoutout to Eli White for scaling the fence to bring back this catch of the year candidate:

 

Ji-Man Choi’s reaction sums it up pretty well…

 

But, just for good measure, White decided to do a little more. Brett Phillips made his best effort to exert revenge, but came up just short on the hop:

 

All in a (holi)day’s work?

 

Best Moments from Yesterday

 

B-day Brett

Speaking of Phillips—and you know we love to—Monday was the ebullient utilityman’s 28th birthday. It’s enough to make you wonder what the real holiday was to begin with, right?

 

It wasn’t a day to remember for Phillips at the plate, going 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts. But I’m willing to give the guy a break, especially after he made this fan’s day on Sunday:

 

Outfield Shenanigans

Don’t look now, but the San Diego Padre pitchers are being weird again. Actually, do look now. That’s the point of this. A few weeks after following Yu Darvish around like a mother duck, they gave the same treatment to Sean Manaea:

 

More of this, please. I would like to see more!

 

Glovin’ Guillorme

His beard may not be what it once was, but Luis Guillorme still has a comfortable place in our hearts. Plays like this remind us why:

 

Oh, and plays like this, too:

 

Take notes, kids. This is what peak athletic performance looks like.

 

Injuries

 

Brandon Woodruff and Zack Greinke both landed on the IL Monday, with an sprained ankle and flexor strain, respectively. Woodruff will be out at least 15 days, while Greinke received a 10-day designation. Thankfully, neither injury is expected to be serious.

The Cubs got several doses of bad news on the injury front, starting with Seiya Suzuki hitting the 10-day IL for a sprained finger. Even worse, Jonathan Villar joined him after suffering one of the most bizarre injuries of 2022: a snapped exercise band resulting in a need for “serious dental work.” Ouch.

Also of note, the White Sox placed Kendall Graveman and Dylan Cease on the restricted list ahead of this week’s series in Toronto. Jeez, real mystery there.

 

Articles You Should Read

 

10 years later, the oral history of Johan Santana’s no-hitterAnthony DiComo, MLB.com

To Change Baseball, an Ace Needs a New Title Andrea Williams, The New York Times

This former screwballer has found his second act – Michael Clair, MLB.com

 

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Wynn McDonald

Born a Kentuckian, much like Dan Uggla. Braves fan by choice, unlike Dan Uggla. I enjoy long walks on the Brandon Beachy. @twynstagram

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