Good morning, frents!
Aaron Rodgers is officially MIA with the Packers and I feel like there aren't enough popcorn GIFs on the Internet for the rest of us in the NFC North.
Someone get Garrett's social media department on this.
Sox 6, Blue Jays 1
Cubs 7, Padres 1
Cubs at Padres (3:10, Marquee)
Fever at Sky (7, The U)
Blue Jays at Sox (7:10, NBCSCH)
Who's wearing it best?
The Cubs officially unveiled their "City Connect" uniforms on Tuesday morning, a few days after many of us groaned after seeing them in a leak from an undisclosed warehouse somewhere.
But it turns out they look a little better in practice and I came around a little bit after seeing the full package. I like the monochromatic look with the pants and the blue really pops when you see them on actual players standing in the green sea of Wrigley Field.
Most of the online clowning that wasn't from Yasmani Grandal seemed reserved for the team's marketing message that the uniforms were aiming to unite "all 77" of Chicago's neighborhoods. That missed the mark with almost everyone considering that the jerseys contain the name of one sub-neighborhood and a decent chunk of those neighborhoods on the South Side don't have more than a handful of contrarian Cubs fans.
(A Cubs employee tried to explain the whole approach to The Athletic's Jon Greenberg, but I'm not certain she believed it either.)
Had the Cubs opted for "North Side" on their uniforms, it would have given MLB and Nike the true "city connect" they're looking for when Chicago's two teams meet later in the season.
I give the Cubs a slight edge on the caps (though I'm not a huge fan of either) and accessories. The power-blue belts and stirrups carry the look.
The Sox win the jersey war by a landslide and the overall approach. The team's marketing department knew exactly who it was designing these for and it shows. There's a valuable lesson for any creators here: You can never go too niche.
The Sox uniforms already seem like something you'll be seeing walking around the Sox Park concourse for the next decade while the Cub uniforms — which are nice — won't occupy the same prized spot in the fanbase's closets and will probably be forgotten about after the City Connect series is nothing but a memory.
What do you think?
Who designed the uniforms the Sox wore in 1983?
News and results
Robbie Ray owned the Sox lineup for just over six innings, striking out 13 batters and allowing only four hits. Then he made a mistake against Andrew Vaughn with one out in the seventh and ... well.
- The rookie's oppo taco tied the game 1-1 and chased Ray from the game. From there, it was feasting time on the Jays bullpen. The Sox posted five runs in the eighth — Vaughn missed a grand slam by a half-biscuit — and won the series opener on the South Side.
- Carlos Rodon struck out eight in five innings, but also gave up six hits and walked two before being lifted after 106 pitches.
Next: Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23) gets the start against Toronto's top pitching prospect, righthander Alek Manoah (1-0, 3.86).
Will Patrick Wisdom ever stop hitting home runs? Will Anthony Rizzo start hitting more? News on both fronts was encouraging Tuesday night, because Wisdom went deep for the eighth time this season and for the seventh time in his past nine games.
- Rizzo, meanwhile, drove in four, including a two-run oppo shot that was his first deep ball since May 2 and sixth on the season.
- The run support was befitting a fine start by right-hander Zach Davies, who allowed one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings. Manager David Ross said it was the best Davies has looked with the Cubs.
Today's bad injury news: Right-hander Adbert Alzolay is going on the injured list because of a blister on his right middle finger. The silver lining is, it will give him a chance to rest the rest of his arm, which Ross views as a plus. And he might not miss more than one start because the Cubs have a day off Thursday after finishing the West Coast trip at Petco Park.
Next: Jake Arrieta (5-6, 5.26) faces Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.25) in today's matinee finale. Say, is there any sort of backstory to this matchup?
- Justin Fields is the most accurate college quarterback who Pro Football Focus Pro Football Focus
- Scott Powers talks to Marian Hossa, who hasn't played hockey in four years but has taken up a new sport. The Athletic
- How a Cubs minor leaguer went from undrafted free agent last summer to Triple-A today. Cubs Insider
- This eight-minute fan mini-doc on his last visit to Old Comiskey was really well done. YouTube
- Annie Costabile on why the Sky are on their worst losing streak in almost 10 years. Sun-Times
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Trivia answer: A Braves fan named Richard Launius. Here's the backstory.