I’m so fancy! You already know! Remember my name, it’s bout to blooooooow!
Sorry about that, folks! I’m just jammin’ out to Amethyst Amelia Kelly (aka Iggy Azalea), who has brought us some ridiculous traffic this week after our post 10 days ago.
It turns out I’m not the only one fond of the Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia native. Everyone’s favorite Hip Hop correspondent Kerbey has kept her ear to the underground and brings us the stunning news that Iggy has become the first artist since the Beatles in 1964(!!!!) to have their first two singles occupy the 1 and 2 positions simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s a pretty remarkable feat for the 23-year-old chanteuse.
I’m sure she hates being called a chanteuse. Sorry Iggy!
Moving from hip hop to baseball – cuz that’s how we roll – our cagey veteran Moniker Madness correspondent Mark “Meadowlark” Sackler brings us some rookie of the year updates:
Roughned Odor (13th) and Xander Boegarts (28th) may have been distant also-rans in last year’s Minor League Baseball Moniker Madness competition, but they are having the last laugh on the field of play. They are both legitimate candidates for a better known prize: The American League’s 2014 Rookie-of-the-Year award. Pitcher Stolmy Pimentel(46th) could have a shot at the same honor in the National League, if he can recover from a shoulder injury that has had the Pirate’s right-hander on the DL for the past few weeks. By the way, Odor is pronounced to rhyme with Hodor (the Game of Thrones Character). Roughned is pronounced…er–um–anyone have a clue? – Mark
Mark – asking me to have a clue about anything is an awful idea… you should know that by now! However, I’m sure our insightful fans have an idea or two. So let’s open it up to the polls!
P.S. Does anyone remember back when Mark and I worked vigorously to tip the scales in last year’s competition to give Sicnarf Loopstok a narrow victory over Stryker Trahan? It was one of my proudest accomplishments, and I’m sure one of Mark’s as well. (Although he’s done some pretty awesome things over the years)
In other baseball news, greenhorn baseball correspondent me (Dave) wants to let you know that Torii Hunter had no idea how to react to an Eephus pitch thrown by Yu Darvish last week. You can find a clip of Torii’s good natured response here.
We close things out with two delightful pieces of boxing news.
First, Mark informs us that McWilliams Arroyo (who we covered with his brother McJoe Arroyo four months ago) will be appearing on a fight card June 19 on Fox Sports 1. Everyone set your antennas and mark your Rolodex calendar, or whatever it is that cool kids are doing these days when not listening to Iggy Azalea.
Second, Dave was reading a fascinating article by former manager Charles Farrell on why he fixed fights, and stumbled upon the name Herbertine Walker, who was the aunt of arguably the greatest middleweight ever, Marvelous Marvin Hagler. (For those who were wondering, I’d put Carlos Monzon, Harry Greb, and Bernard Hopkins on Hagler’s level as the four greatest of all time). The article is very well-written, and worth checking out if you have an interest in the Sweet Science and its history.