Lord Stanley commandeers own float in Chicago Pride Parade

On the heels of an historic Supreme Court decision, approximately one million people flooded the streets of Chicago in celebration of the annual Pride Parade. Yet, of all the attendees, only one could whip the hoards of people into a frenzy as it passed through – Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The Cup, appearing on its own float sponsored by WGN Radio, showed no signs of wear and tear after spending the previous evening with Patrick Kane and the Parrot Heads at a Jimmy Buffet concert.

And the people went nuts for it. Watch all the cell phones that come out just for a picture of the Cup as it passed by.

Via Blake Whitmore on Vine:

Back when the Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010, the Cup rode in the parade at the request of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. Five years and two more Stanley Cups later, the trophy returned to unite and celebrate a momentous occasion for the LGBTQ community.

Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk also appeared in the parade… dancing on the roof of a van as it drives down the road. No, not kidding. That is one brave Furry (or ‘Plushie’ for those on the East Coast.)

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Madison Bumgarner notches 1,000th career strikeout, homers in win

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.

Is there anything San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner can’t do? After Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, we’re not sure anymore.

In the second inning, Bumgarner achieved yet another career milestone. With Brandon Barnes at the plate, Bumgarner recorded his 1,000th career strikeout. 


With the whiff, Bumgarner became the youngest player in Giants history to reach the milestone. The 25-year-old already has three World Series rings, and is a World Series MVP, so this pales in comparison to some of his other accomplishments. Still, it goes to show how great, and consistent, Bumgarner has been early in his career.

Picking up his 1,000th career strikeout wasn’t enough for Bumgarner. In the seventh inning, Bumgarner helped his own cause with a solo home run. It was Bumgarner’s second dinger of the season. He’s hit eight home runs over his career.

He also picked up the win during the contest, improving to 8-4 on the year. Bumgarner lowered his ERA to 2.99 with the performance. 

DOES ANYONE WANT TO STOP CARLOS MARTINEZ?

The St. Louis Cardinals may have lost Adam Wainwright weeks ago, but they seem to found a new ace. Carlos Martinez was masterful again Sunday in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Martinez allowed one run on just two hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked three during the contest. 

It was Martinez’s eighth straight quality start.


Martinez managed all of that despite a two hour rain delay following the second inning. 

Following the performance, the 23-year-old Martinez now has a 2.80 ERA, and 3.53 FIP, on the season. His emergence is a big reason the Cardinals have the best record in baseball.

STRASBURG IS BACK

The Washington Nationals can finally breathe a sigh of relief. After a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, it appears ace Stephen Strasburg is finally back to form.

Strasburg allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings during the win. He struck out nine and walked just one.

Since returning from the disabled list, Strasburg has looked like his old self.


Following those two starts, Strasburg has been able to lower his ERA to 5.49. That’s a far cry from fans are used to seeing from him, but he seems to be trending in the right direction. 

If that’s the case, the Nationals, as expected, are going to have one of the most feared pitching staffs in the game. At 42-33, the team currently leads the National League East by 2.5 games.

SAMARDZIJA GETS HUNG OUT TO DRY

Chicago White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija can’t be happy after Sunday’s 5-4 loss against the Detroit Tigers. Samardzija cruised through the first seven innings before running into major issues in the eighth. 

When the inning started, Samardzija held a four-run lead. By the time it was over, the game had been tied. All four runs were charged to Samardzija.

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Samardzija had only thrown 85 pitches entering the inning, so having his come out to start the eighth wasn’t egregious. Keeping him in the game, however, became a point of contention among those watching.

Samardzija loaded the bases against the first three hitters he faced to start the inning. After a mound visit, Samardzija hit a batter, bringing in the first run. He remained in the game to face Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded, and managed a strikeout.

He was kept in the game to face Victor Martinez, and that wound up being an awful decision. Martinez hit a bases-clearing double on the first pitch he saw, tying the game. 

Many put the blame on manager Robin Ventura.


The White Sox would go on to lose in extras, magnifying the decision. With the loss, Chicago dropped to 32-42 on the season.

Want to see more from Sunday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard.

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Daily Dime: Starting Madison Bumgarner and looking for hitting bargains

Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Sunday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

Madison Bumgarner, SP, vs. Col (Kendrick), $11,100 at FanDuel: He has just one win in more than a month, although he’s sported a 0.93 WHIP with a 47:6 K:BB ratio over 37.2 innings over that span, which suggests there may have been some bad luck in the win department to say the least. The Giants are by far the most favored team Sunday (-230), and Colorado has the fourth-worst OPS against LHP (.662) among all teams this season.

Jose Abreu, 1B, at Det (Ryan), $3600: He was drafted as a top-10 fantasy player entering the year and while a disappointment so far, he hasn’t been quite the bust this price suggests. Abreu has hit .328/.407/.598 versus lefties during his MLB career, and he’s not priced as a top-10 first baseman here.

Nelson Cruz, OF, at LAA (Santiago), $3000: He’s been in a slump of late, but that regression was more than expected. Cruz still owns a ridiculous .396/.500/.917 line against southpaws this season, so he seems like a bargain and a must start at this price (for what it’s worth, 14 of his 19 homers have come on the road as well).

Jason Heyward, OF, vs. CHC (Hammel), $3500: Over his last 10 games, Heyward is batting .410 with four homers and two steals, when he’s been the No. 5 ranked fantasy player. He’s also 8-for-14 during his career versus Jason Hammel.

Brandon Crawford, SS, vs. Col (Kendrick), $3000: I’ll keep going back to the well here with Crawford, who’s arguably been the best offensive shortstop this season by a wide margin yet continues not to be priced nearly as such.

Kevin Kiermaier, OF, vs. Bos (Masterson), $2700: He’s cheap and typically bats leadoff against RHP, whom he has four homers and seven steals against over 187 at bats this season. Meanwhile, Justin Masterson has allowed a .300 BAA and a 1.73 WHIP when facing LHB this year.

Howie Kendrick, 2B, at Mia (Urena), $2700: He has a top-10 OPS (.741) in MLB among second basemen while continuing to hit atop a strong Dodgers lineup.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, at Oak (Chavez), $3000: He remains undervalued as a third baseman who’s hit .354 against right-handed pitchers this season. Moustakas is also batting .359 on the road in 2015.

Josh Reddick, OF, vs. KC (Guthrie), $3000: He has a .328/.385/.540 line with nine homers over 198 at bats against RHP this season and is facing a pitcher who’s allowed a .341 BAA and 1.88 WHIP to go along with a whopping 10 homers over 39.1 innings against LHB, so this is a nice matchup at a good price.

Stephen Vogt, C, vs. KC (Guthrie), $3700: He’s 5-for-8 with two homers during his career versus Jeremy Guthrie and owns a .936 OPS with 12 home runs over 171 at bats against RHP this season.

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Yoel Romero gives bizarre religious rant after win over Lyoto Machida, later apologizes

Yoel Romero put on a career-defining performance on Saturday against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

The 38-year-old middleweight uber-prospect stood with “The Dragon” and his famed strikes until late in the third round when he attempted his very first takedown. It was a beautiful trip takedown that placed Machida on his backside and Romero followed it up with a succession of brutal elbows that had the Brazilian’s head bouncing off the mat. Referee John McCarthy rushed in and halted the action, officially, at 1:38 of the round.

Romero transitioned to MMA at 32 in 2009 and has been lauded as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever compete in the sport. Now undefeated in all six of his UFC outings, Romero put on a performance against Machida that should have stolen the show.

Unfortunately, it was his post-fight speech that will be getting him more attention.

Romero, who goes by the nickname “Soldier of God” was draped in a “John 3:16” headband as UFC announcer Jon Anik approached him for the customary post-fight victory interview.

And that is when things got confusing.

“Wow…I’m trying English…I’m sorry if people can’t understand me, but I’m trying,” Romero said. “Hey, UFC! Hey, Miami! Hey, Florida! Listen, people, listen!

He continued, “What happened to you USA? What happened to you? What’s going on? The name is Jesus, God. What happened to you? Why come USA? Go! Go back for you. Go for Jesus, not for gay Jesus, people!”

Romero is a Cuban emigrant and English is not his first language, so the sentences are hard to decipher and could have been misconstrued – surely, at the very least, Romero would have liked to be more clear in his delivery on the heels of such a benchmark decision being handed down by the Supreme Court in regards to marriage equality.

Here is the interview in question, for those who want to discern for themselves:

Whether Romero was referencing the Supreme Court’s decision is almost a moot point now, as some fighters have already lashed out via social media.

Soon-to-be UFC fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks immediately offered Romero some of his officially licensed merchandise shortly after the controversial remarks were made.




Romero, for his part, tried to clarify his comments via an interpreter in the post-fight press conference.

“I would like to apologize if there was a misunderstanding,” Romero said. “First of all, I am a man of God. And God is love. My expressions are always going to be about love. What I was trying to say in the Octagon was, live for the American Dream.

“…I will tell you guys something: God made man to be free. Anybody can do whatever they want. I wouldn’t be the type of person to critique anybody. I have to look at myself first, and be a better person, to love people. What I was trying to say was, to the United States, thank you, for giving me the American Dream. There is no better country, because it is blessed by God.”

Unfortunately for Romero, he could not have picked a more inopportune time to air his apparent grievances. His performance against Machida pushes him one step closer towards potential UFC gold, and these heated comments – no matter your opinion on the issue – could very well force him two steps back.

Daily Dime: Going chalk with Clayton Kershaw and stacking the Dodgers

Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Saturday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, at Mia (Koehler), $12300 at FanDuel: This is obviously going chalk, but the prices lately with hitters have made paying up for the No. 1 SP of the day more palatable. The Marlins have scored the seventh-fewest runs in MLB this year (although to be fair they’ve been better against LHP), and the Dodgers are easily the most favored team Saturday (-200). Kershaw is sitting with just a 5-5 record on the year and a disappointing (for him) 3.33 ERA, but I’d still bet on him being the best pitcher from here on out. He’s struck out 41 batters over his last four starts, spanning 27.2 innings.

Victor Martinez, C, vs. CHW (Danks), $3400: He owns a .452/.514/.645 line against southpaws and hits in the middle of Detroit’s lineup as the DH. His struggles against RHP (.495 OPS) thanks to an injury really brings his price down here.

David Ortiz, 1B, at TB (Andriese), $2900: I’ll continue going back to the well with Big Papi against righties until his price changes. Tropicana Field isn’t exactly an ideal place to hit, but Ortiz remains in the cleanup spot and has a .915 OPS with 11 homers over 169 at bats versus RHP this year. Meanwhile, Matt Andriese has allowed a .343 BAA when facing LHB.

Evan Longoria, 3B, vs. Bos (Miley), $2900: He sports an .887 OPS with a 13:13 K:BB ratio versus LHB this season (while also batting .321 at home) and hits in the middle of Tampa Bay’s lineup yet is moderately priced. Wade Miley has served up seven homers with a 1.51 WHIP over 56.1 innings when facing LHB this year.

Jimmy Rollins, SS, at Mia (Koehler), $2300: He’s been terrible this year, but Rollins hit 17 homers and stole 28 bags as recently as last year, and even during his awful start this season, he’s combined for 12 home runs/steals over 214 at bats against right handers. He’s so cheap too.

Danny Santana, SS, at Mil (Garza), $2200: He’s back up and should see time in the outfield with Byron Buxton on the DL. Santana had an .841 OPS with five homers and 12 steals over 282 ABs against RHP last season, so he’s an interesting cheap option if he’s in Minnesota’s lineup Saturday.

D.J. LeMahieu, 2B, at SF (Lincecum), $3000: He’s quietly on pace to score 83 runs and record 20 steals. LeMahieu has hit .328 against RHP this season, and Tim Lincecum has allowed a 1.78 WHIP versus RHB, so there’s a weird reverse-split going on here.

Gregory Polanco, OF, vs. Atl (Teheran), $2200: Even in an extremely disappointing campaign, Polanco has combined for 19 homers/steals over 210 at bats against RHP this season, and he’s as discounted as it gets.

Andre Ethier, OF, at Mia (Koehler), $2300: He’s slumped of late but still owns an .854 OPS with nine homers over 178 at bats against RHP on the year. Tom Koehler has allowed 10 homers over 39.0 innings against left-handed batters.

Joc Pederson, OF, at Mia (Koehler), $3700: The rookie has a .962 OPS with 16 homers over 194 at bats versus RHP, including a .400 OBP. So I’m stacking the Dodgers on Saturday. Koehler has a 21.7 HR/FB% and a 40.0 Hard% against lefties this season.

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