Here’s the Sports Daily Top 3 for August 21, 2012
1. Fait incomplit. Diana Nyad was pulled from the water after multiple jellyfish stings and being pushed way off course by strong winds. Her team decided to pull her out of the water due to extreme exhaution. Nyad was attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida for the 4th time and will turn 63 tomorrow. Here’s hoping there’s a 5th.
2. Disillusioned. Melky Cabrera finds himself in even deeper doo than his 50 day suspension as this story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The “web” of lies traces back to his Dominican home where he falsified a website with fake substances, claiming he purchased the product and didn’t know it contained performance enhancing drugs. Oy. Mind you, this guy cut his teeth as a Yankee so he probably got his doping chops from the best of them. This one has really baffled the blogosphere. Here’s a few expletives I’ve found around the interwebs:
“Can we all just take a second and appreciate how batshit insane Melky Cabrera’s scheme to get out of a PED suspension really was?” Barry Petchesky. DeadSpin
“He’s gone from being a borderline MVP candidate to being nothing more than a punch line, the Stephen Glass or Jonah Lehrer of baseball.” Kevin Kaduk | Big League Stew
And from Grantland:
3. Done and Done. Carl Crawford has said he will end his season Thursday with Tommy John surgery. Ouch. Well if that isn’t a perfunctory end to a crap-all season. A season that didn’t see Crawford until the all-star break, traded one of it’s most beloved players YOUUUUK! over a dugout coaching dispute, saw a short reprieve of Dice-K (oh you blinked and missed that? He’s becoming the groundhog of baseball, sticks his head out only to see 6 more weeks of injury), didn’t see John Lackey at all from Tommy John surgery – not that anyone wants this guy pitching in Boston anyway, but how much worse could things have gotten with him in the rotation? – and saw perhaps the biggest loss, and the bullet to the season when Big Papi got injured. Ortiz was having a stellar year and on par for another 45-50 homers. It seemed like the last of the air was sucked out of the last of the party balloons when Papi limped to the dugout after turning his angle at second base. Perhaps his total disinterest to play at all for the rest of the season is an indicator that pretty much everyone on the team has had enough. The Boston drama. I watched former Boston short stop Mark Scutaro play 2nd San Francisco last night he looked happy as a clam, stress free. Probably thanking his lucky stars he’s no longer a part of what’s become a total debacle. Thanks a helluva lot management. You took a perfectly good situation with Francona and the wunderkid Epstein, who brought you 2 world series, and turned it into a joke of a Valentine. What a total waste of a season.
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