by The Week Replay editor, Zack Becker
Best record-breaking performance
This one’s easy. And pretty unsurprising. New format aside, Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 homers in the Derby demolished the previous record by 20 bombs. Man, he is a joy to watch. The baseball world thanks you for coming to San Diego, even if it was just for the Derby.
Best earth-shaking home run
It’s not Stanton, it’s MLB’s other “Smash Brother,” if you will — Mark Trumbo. Does this still count as an upset even though Trumbo leads all of baseball with 28 homers with an average distance of 410 feet? This Trum-bomb was the first ball ever to hit the Petco Park scoreboard.
Gwynn, Carew cemented as baseball immortals (again)
Yes, they're both Hall-of-Famers, but the two legends’ names will now forever be attached to the trophies awarded to the player in each league with the season’s highest batting average. Both were honored with tribute videos and an on-field presentation before the All-Star Game.
Off the diamond
Craig Sager and Vice President Joe Biden shared an emotional moment onstage at this year’s ESPYs ceremony. Sager received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award this year for his strength in his fight against leukemia and delivered a powerful speech after accepting the award.
Looks like Roger Goodell and the NFL won Deflategate, after all. Tom Brady’s appeal was rejected, which, barring a trip to the Supreme Court, means the Patriots’ franchise QB is all but out of options to get his 4-game suspension overturned. Time to face it — Jimmy Garoppolo will probably get his shot this year.