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"The Stack" 6-8-16

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado were involved in a brawl after Ventura plunked Machado with a 99 MPH fastball in the 5th inning of last night's 9-1 win Orioles win. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado were involved in a brawl after Ventura plunked Machado with a 99 MPH fastball in the 5th inning of last night's 9-1 win Orioles win.
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MMA star Kimbo Slice died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at the age of 42.
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The Stack does not have much for you on this Wednesday so this post is going to be short, sweet and to the point.  Let’s find out what’s in “the stack” for today, Wednesday, June 8th:

 

Tiger Woods pulls out of the U.S. Open

 

This news shouldn’t surprise anyone, but Tiger Woods has announced he won’t play in next week’s U.S. Open at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.  Woods released a statement saying, "While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I'm not physically ready to play in this year's U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National.  I am making progress, but I'm not yet ready for tournament competition."  His agent, Mark Steinberg, says there have been not setbacks, but one has to wonder with all of the back issues Woods has had lately if he will ever be able to play competitively again.  What once seemed like a sure bet that Woods would smash Jack Nicklaus’ major record of 18, now we all wonder if Woods can make the cut and win a regular tournament let alone a major.  It’s just sad.  Really, really sad.  Can only hope that we see Woods healthy and competitive here sooner rather than later.

 

Kimbo Slice passes away

 

Stunning news came Monday that MMA (mixed martial arts) star Kimbo Slice passed away at the age of 42.  He was in the hospital in Margate, Florida, according to Coral Springs police who were dispatched to his house.  Now comes word from the South Florida Sun Sentinal that Slice had heart failure and was awaiting a heart transplant.  Slice gained fame for his street fights and became a star virtually overnight.  He was charismatic and overall a good person it seemed like.  He is gone from this world too soon and with Muhammad Ali dying we have to wonder who is next to go since they say death comes in threes.  All you athletes and former athletes out there, watch out.

 

Ventura plunks Machado, melee ensues

 

I suppose since I made a big deal out of the Rougned Odor-Jose Bautista incident that I should at least mention what happened last night between Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and Baltimore Orioles shotstop Manny Machado.  In the fifth inning with the Orioles leading 5-1, Ventura threw a 99 MPH fastball that plunked Machado in the back on the first pitch of the at-bat.  Machado charged the mound and Ventura threw his glove down prepared to defend himself.  Machado threw punch that hit Ventura in the face and then slammed Ventura to the ground.  I’ve said the face is off limits, but because Machado was hit by a pitch, I can understand his frustration a little more so I will be OK with whatever suspension he receives whether that be five games or up to ten games.  Have to think it will be more than five, but we’ll see and Ventura will get five games probably as well meaning he will miss one start and that would be just fine with me.  No more, no less.

 

NBA Finals game three tonight

 

Game three of NBA Finals finally is being played tonight between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers at 9 PM ET on ABC.  Why they need to full days off in between each game I don’t know.  Gives the Cavs a little more time I guess to prepare and come up with a game plan on how to slow down the Warriors and put up more of a fight.  Kevin Love sounds optimistic he will be able to play despite being in the NBA’s concussion protocol.  The Cavaliers certainly need him and need him to play well.  The Warriors have not been a good team in game threes dating back to last year’s NBA Finals.  They are 0-4.  The homecourt advantage will certainly help the Cavaliers, but I’m going to take the Warriors to take care of business and beat the Cavs in a closer game than the first two games have been in Cleveland.  Let’s just end this series already.

 

Coming up Thursday: NBA Finals game three reaction plus reaction to top stories in sports.


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