First Call: Corey Dickerson homers, Baker Mayfield shotguns a beer
For Monday’s “First Call,” we look at Corey Dickerson’s first homer in Philadelphia, NXT taking over Rays’ pregame festivities, and Baker Mayfield’s beer chugging skills.
This Bud’s for Baker
Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield is no Aaron Rodgers.
At least not yet.
But he is clearly better at one thing than Rodgers is.
Remember how Rodgers was less than impressive in an attempt to keep pace with teammate David Bakhtiari during a chugging competition on the big screen at a Bucks playoff game?
Well, Mayfield took that to a new level at an Indians game.
— Zach Dahl (@ZachDahl24) August 4, 2019
I assume Mayfield failed to toast Hue Jackson before throwing that one down.
In the swing
Former Pirate Corey Dickerson is latching on quickly in Philadelphia.
He launched his first home run with the Phillies on Sunday in his first start.
— Strand Sport Stats (@StrandStats) August 4, 2019
Dickerson was 2 for 5 with three RBIs. But the Phils lost to the White Sox, 10-5. He’s now hitting .316 for the season.
Philly and Washington are tied for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
Lookin’ good Luca
Franklin Park kart racing standout Luca Mars is heading to Europe.
The 13-year-old from Franklin Park won five races over the weekend at the Rotax “Stars and Stripes” event at Wampum’s Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
Luca Mars is your #Rotax Stars and Stripes #Champion as Paul Bocuse puts two #SpeedConceptsRacing drivers on the podium and four finish in the top eight in Rotax Junior.#OTK #TonyKart pic.twitter.com/mrqqZFqUDP
— Speed Concepts (@SCR_Karting) August 4, 2019
Mars won all three qualifying heats, the pre-final, and the final. That means Mars has punched his ticket to participate in the ROK Cup Superfinal in October in Italy.
Mars finished sixth in that event last year in Brazil.
Didn’t we just see this?
Matt Riddle pulled an Amir Garrett.
The NXT wrestler threw out the first pitch at a Rays game over the weekend. It wasn’t great. So, the mascot heckled him. And Riddle ran off the mound to do … well … what wrestlers do.
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 4, 2019
Now let’s see how long Joe Torre suspends them.
Pirates fans got a quick look at what could have been from the Dodgers over the weekend.
Dustin May was one of the many names thrown around as a portion of the potential return for Felipe Vazquez. If that deal with Los Angeles had taken place, many thought the 6-foot-6 right-hander may have come to Pittsburgh.
May made his first Major League start Friday. He gave up three earned runs in 5⅔ innings pitched and took the loss as the Dodgers were defeated 5-2 by the Padres.