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The Week Replay • July 1

By Zack Becker, Week Replay Editor
A recap of the past weekend in sports...  

Kris Bryant has a night to remember

The Cubs’ youngster had a career night Monday, going 5-5 with 5 extra-base hits, three of which were homers. He became the first player in modern league history to have a batting line of 5-5 with 3 HR and two doubles. Pretty good night if you ask me.

Nick Kyrgios’ unconventional ‘tweener

Two years after he burst onto the scene with a stunning win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios does it again to remind us he’s no fluke.

Rizzo 3, Tarp 0

Anthony Rizzo continues to protect fans from foul balls, while making the tarp look nonexistent in the process. He’s done this three times now. 

Tony’s still got it

At age 48, 17 years to the day when Tony Hawk landed the world’s first 900, he did it again. Think about the 48-year-olds you know. None of them can do this.

Melvin Upton, Jr.

Not only did Melvin Upton Jr. make a crazy, home-run robbing catch, but he didn't get too caught up in the moment either. He fired the ball back in to first and turned a nice double play.

Miguel Sano uses his head (in Triple-A)

Jose Canseco, take notes. This is how you use your head in a baseball game.


Looking ahead, looking back.
A special July 4th Edition: some great moments in MLB History from Independence Day.  

1939 - Iron Horse says goodbye

77 years ago, Lou Gehrig famously addressed the crowd at Yankee Stadium and deemed himself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. The Hall-of-Famer played in 2,130 consecutive games and hit 493 career home runs.

1976 - Tim McCarver’s “Grand Slam Single”

On America’s bicentennial, the catcher-turned-broadcaster launched a grand slam — until it wasn't one. McCarver accidentally passed teammate Garry Maddox on the basepath and was called out. 

1980, 1984 - Nolan Ryan’s and Phil Niekro’s 3000th Ks

What are the odds that this milestone would happen to two guys, exactly four years apart? The closest active player to 3,000 strikeouts is CC Sabathia with 2,635.

1985 - Mets, Braves play “The Game That Wouldn't End”

Keith Hernandez hit for the cycle to help the Mets to a 16-13 win in 19 innings. In the 18th inning, the Braves had to send reliever Rick Camp to bat, down one with two outs. He proceeded to mash a homer to tie the game and send it to the 19th, where the Mets would eventually end it — at 3:55 a.m.

2008 - Albert Pujols’ 300th career bomb

Eight seasons ago, The Machine hit his 300th homer. If all goes well for him this season, we could see his 600th big fly this summer. Not too shabby, Albert.

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