Frankly Frankel: July 19, 2014

19 Jul

Derek Jeter’s all-star moment is ruined, Jordan’s Re2spect Jeter tribute could be the greatest ad ever, and it would be a shame if the Cavaliers traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. This is Frankly Frankel on this July 19, 2014 (the final day of my life before I turn 21).

  • As Derek Jeter’s number 1 fan, Tuesday night’s all-star game was must see TV for me. Seeing Jeter being honored by the sport he has meant so much to was a special moment. For the rest of the season, I suggest just sitting back and soaking in the great career Jeter has had, because he’s a once in a generation player, and you never know when there will be another one.
  • The “fan” that screamed “overrated” right before Jeter drilled a double to right field in his first at-bat clearly has no respect for the game of baseball. That person didn’t deserve to be in attendance at the all-star game. It ruined what should have been a special moment, and now that video clip will have to be modified every time it’s played because of some loser that was in the stands that night. What a shame.
  • Adam Wainwright should have kept his mouth shut when he said he “grooved” pitches to Jeter so he would have as good a chance as possible to get a hit. He completely ruined what was should have been a great moment, and now Jeter’s double will be forever tainted. Everyone will think of Wainwright laying one in there whenever they see Jeter getting that hit instead of Jeter rising to the occasion like he has his entire career.
  • This should be a lesson for all athletes to never hand any other athlete anything, and if you do, deny it. After all, to this day, Michael Strahan still has to answer to the critics who say that his single season record isn’t real because Brett Favre took a dive.
  • How amazing was Derek Jeter’s “RE2PECT” tribute ad from the Air Jordan brand? It could be the greatest ad I’ve ever seen, hands down. The ad had literally everything and if it doesn’t give you goose bumps, nothing will. My favorite clip in the ad was when Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Joe Torre, Tino Martinez, and Jorge Posada were all sitting at a table together and tipped their cap to Jeter. That was amazing.
  • The Yankees announced yesterday that they would honor Jeter prior to its September 7th game. This is a major conflict of interest for me because it’s the first Sunday of the NFL season, and more importantly, the home opener for the New York Jets. The Yanks couldn’t do this on a Saturday??
  • How bad was Robinson Cano‘s performance in the all-star game? Cano went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts, and mishandled a relay throw allowing a run to score…
  • Before all this Jeter stuff went down, it was the Home Run Derby. Baseball thought it was making changes that would make the over the hill Derby better. Instead, it got worse. The 10-outs to 7-outs rule was a bust given the performance Yasiel Puig had, and giving a bye to the Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Bautista completely bombed.
  • Someone has to explain to me why Puig picked Jose Cano to pitch to him. Puig only had 5 warm-up pitches from Cano before the tournament, and there was clearly some major disconnect. Puig, and all the rest of the participants, should stick with the same people who throw them batting practice on a regular basis. I get the brothers and fathers pitching is a cool story, but so many times the coherence is not there.
  • How amazing is Yoenis Cespedes. This man was made for the Home Run Derby. He’s got the swing, the pizzazz, and the pure strength. Three-peat anyone?
  • I would love to see the Yankees trade for Troy Tulowitzki at some point to replace Jeter at shortstop. While the difference between his home and away stats is concerning, I think he could be a guy the Yankees could slide in for 6-7 years and be a star. What makes the Yankees attractive trade partners is the fact they can eat a lot of Tulo’s contract, which is something not a lot of teams can offer. Eating the contract would also mean the Yankees wouldn’t have to give up as much to get him. Sign me up.
  • As a fan of the NBA, I would be extremely disappointed if the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. All I want is to see the trio of Kyrie, LeBron, and Wiggins on the floor together at the same time. It would be fun for the league, for LeBron, and for the fans. If Cleveland traded for Love, all of a sudden the “fun” aspect is gone. The Cavs have to win the title and there are no excuses. I want to be able to see a fun, entertaining team, not one that’s going to be criticized and critiqued on a night in, night out basis about whether the Cavs are going to win the title.
  • On the flip side, the Cavs would be taking a risk if they didn’t trade for Kevin Love. It could take 2-3 years before Andrew Wiggins becomes that 3rd integral part of a championship team, and I don’t know if LeBron is willing to wait for that. With Love, you know you are getting a superstar player that is ready to win a championship now.
  • If I’m Cleveland, I would try to find any possible scenario where I wouldn’t have to include Wiggins. I would give up multiple 1st round picks, Anthony Bennett, and even Tristan Thompson since Love would take his spot in the starting lineup anyway. I know there have been a lot of reports about Wiggins being included in deals, but with the way all of this free agency has been reported, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavs never offered Wiggins in a deal. If they did, I believe a deal would be finished by now. But that’s just me.
  • From a Timberwolves perspective, if you can get Wiggins for Love, you have to be jumping out of your socks. Love has made it clear he wants out and has no interest in sticking around, so if you can get a potential transcendent star, how do you say no?
  • The big question in the NBA now is what number will LeBron wear next season? I’m I were him, I would either wear #2 to RE2PECT Jeter, or wear #45 for a year or two before I switch back to 23.
  • The ESPY’s were on Wednesday night, and I just wanted to say a few things about the event. First off, props to Drake who easily exceeded any expectation I had for him as host. He was different, funny, relatable, and most importantly, entertaining.
  • I get how John Brooks’s goal that gave the US a thrilling 2-1 win over Ghana was a great moment, but for that to win the moment of the year in sports is a joke. It was the first game of the World Cup for the US, and the team did not win another game the rest of the tournament. It’s not like it put us in never before seen territory either. Brooks’s goal was just like a basketball player hitting a buzzer beater in the first game of the season, and that being the moment of the year for that team. I think it shows we need to have greater expectations for the US in the World Cup. We acted like we won the whole tournament after that first game…
  • The two speeches that stood out to me were Michael Sam’s speech, and Stuart Scott’s after he accepted the Arthur Ahse Courage award. I never truly understood the personal battle Sam had to go through his whole life, and how many people there are in the world who are terrified to just be themselves. I now have a great appreciation for the perseverance Sam has shown. Whether he can be a productive NFL player though is still a major question.
  • Stuart Scott gave what I thought was one of the most heartfelt speeches I’ve ever heard. Much like Sam, I never knew how much Scott has gone through in his battle with cancer, and how the week before he underwent 4 surgeries and barely made it to the ESPY’s. Here’s to hoping Scott can one day be cancer free.
  • So much for Tiger Woods winning the British Open. That was fun while it lasted…
  • CC Sabathia is set for season ending surgery on his knee. Hopefully he can come back and be back to his old-self next season, but I think it’s fair to say his days as a dominant pitcher are over.
  • I hear there have been encouraging signs about Michael Pineda making a comeback soon. I’ll believe when I see it.
  • Be sure to come back here next Saturday for another edition of Frankly Frankel, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
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