Good morning, frents!
It could've used a couple more wins from Chicago teams, but that was a great Sunday in the sports world.
Particularly if you were an athlete that owned in 2011.
One quick announcement to begin the week: I'm starting on the May members mailbag, so email me the questions you want answered.
Cubs 2, Cards 1 (10)
Yankees 5, Sox 4
Liberty 93, Sky 85
Cards at Sox (7:10, NBCSCH)
The reinvention of Derrick Rose
The Knicks as Chicago's unofficial playoff team this summer?
Don't be ridiculous.
Of course not.
Not even with Taj Gibson on the roster and Tom Thibodeau coaching and that Madison Square Garden atmosphere giving us the nostalgic time travel high we enjoyed with "The Last Dance."
And no, probably not even with Derrick Rose putting up serious minutes in a playoff game during the latest chapter of his career.
Thou shalt not root for New York teams remains a Chicago sports fan commandment, even if this Knicks team is a lot of fun.
But you better be sure this market will be glued to the Knicks series with Atlanta and however long Derrick Rose runs.
How can we not be after Sunday night's Game 1? The 32-year-old Rose did his best Phil Mickelson, playing a team-high 38 minutes, scoring 17 points with five boards and five assists.
He even scored the game-tying basket with 9.8 seconds remaining, taking a pass from — chef's kiss — his old pal Taj.
And if any of us were feeling conflicted about seeing happy Spike Lee?
Well, Trae Young's runner nine seconds later would send Rose and the Knicks home as losers of a great 107-105 contest.
Win-win all around if you still like residing in the early '90s as I do.
Rose started the weekend by being named one of the three finalists for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award.
Rose averaged 14.7 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 50 games this season after being traded from Detroit to the Knicks in February for his second tour in New York.
He'll become the third player in NBA history to win both a MVP and Sixth Man award if he's able to beat out Utah's Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles. Bill Walton and James Harden have previously won both awards.
Clarkson might be the odds-on favorite to win the award, but Rose's resurrection through reinvention will go down as a more memorable story this season.
We know that the pre-injury Rose we knew in Chicago a decade ago has long since disappeared. As he pointed out on Instagram over the weekend, there's no such thing as "Vintage" Rose when he can't run, jump, cut and dunk like he did before.
Still, there's something about watching that natural talent fade and the basketball IQ step up to fill in the gaps all these years later.
Whether Rose's playoff return lasts three more games or three more rounds, it will be must-see TV back here.
"I love chess so I would put it this way," Rose wrote. "I lost my Queen early in the game, but I fought my f----n' way back to get one of my pawns down the board to get her back. If you know chess, that's a very hard process to achieve and if you really know how to play you know even the master games are won with a few pieces on the board and it's about strategy, heart and skill. It's cool to say I still hoop a l'il bit."
It's cool to watch it, too.
News and results
Cubs 2, Cards 1: Javy's blast wins weekend
The Cubs lineup struggled in regulation, getting only three runners on base over the first nine innings. But Baez's two-run homer in the 10th off the reliable Alex Reyes allowed the team to take two of three in St. Louis and cut the Cardinals' division lead down to two games.
- The Cubs bullpen remained a good story with the only run surrendered being the runner Kimbrel inherited in extra innings.
- 39-year-old Adam Wainwright got a little of that Lefty and D-Rose magic this weekend, allowing just one hit and one walk over eight.
Next: The Cubs are off today and then head to Pittsburgh for a three-game set. Jake Arrieta gets the ball on Tuesday. Might be a good time for some of that 2015 play-in game magic.
Yankees 5, Sox 4: Lost weekend in the Bronx
To quote the great Steven Quincy Urkel: Did I do that? Days after I wrote the Sox would be just fine, they go into New York and lose three straight.
There weren't many highlights, apart from the Sox getting to Aroldis Chapman on Friday night then letting him off the hook with a triple play in the ninth inning.
There was also Andrew Vaughn tagging Chapman for a game-tying home run in Sunday's ninth, though it soon faded once Liam Hendriks walked Aaron Judge with the bases loaded to end the game.
In between was Gerritt Cole owning the Sox on Saturday afternoon, but that happens to a lot of teams.
Onward and upward. The sooner the Sox put their first three-game losing streak behind them, the better.
Next: The Sox open a seven-game homestand tonight against the Cardinals. Lance Lynn (4-1, 1.55) gets Kwang Hyun Kim (1-1, 2.73)
Just in case you thought Candace Parker should have been able to go for the home opener, this gruesome picture of her ankle should set you right. First loss of the season for the Sky who were led by Diamond DeShields' 22 points.
Before Andrew Vaughn, who was the only Cubs or Sox player to hit a home run off Aroldis Chapman?
- Jeremy Mikula on the atmosphere at the Red Stars' first home match in almost two years. Tribune
- Jay Patt with a good and clear look at the Bulls roster and salary cap situation heading into the offseason. Blogabull
- The Chicago Steel won the Clark Cup on Saturday! Celebrate by reading how one Aurora couple lives with three minor-league hockey players each season. Sun-Times
- Ian Happ liked this coffee company so much that he started investing in it. Eater Chicago
- The inside story of how Hop Butcher and Billy Corgan teamed up for a special beer marking the 30th anniversary of Gish's release. Tribune
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Trivia answer: Addison Russell hit a solo home run off Chapman on August 31, 2015 with the Cubs trailing 13-5 at the time.