3 things we approve: MLB Draft telegrams, Aaron Rodgers' bro and Manny Machado
It's much more enjoyable to talk about the things you enjoy than the things you dislike, right? Right. So before your Wednesday gets started, here's a quick rundown of sports things that we've enjoyed so far this week.
First awesome thing comes from MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac, who was drafted with the 42nd overall selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980. Earlier this week, he shared a photo of how he was notified.
No Twitter back in the day (or any other form of consumer-friendly internet), and drafts were hardly newsworthy enough to crack television broadcasts. So even when it came to telling players of their own MLB status, telegrams were the method of choice.
Weird, but pretty cool to look back on. Thanks, Dan. Here's this:
Next up: Aaron Rodgers' little brother, who's among the favorites in this season's installment of The Bachelorette.
We got a double-dose of Jordan Rodgers this week, with not one but two episodes airing for Week 3. Most notably: He got to play football. With the Pittsburgh Steelers, no less.
Jordan, this is for you:
Finally, our third recognition goes to Manny Machado.
Now, listen: It's almost always ridiculous to resort to violence as a way to solve problems. But in this very specific circumstance, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura may have needed a wakeup call.
The 25-year-old has a history of plunking batters with his mid-90s fastball, to the point that it's become a fairly major safety concern. And if it takes one of the MLB's most prominent personalities charging his mound, then so be it.
Machado probably has a suspension coming his way, but thankfully he didn't connect in a way that seriously hurt Ventura.
Thanks, Manny. Unfortunately, this needed to happen, and you were the right one to do it. Here's something for your efforts: