What Had Happened Was: 8/30/16
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It was a tie game between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets in the bottom half of the 10th inning Monday night at Citi Field. Then Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes came up and cranked a 1-1 pitch into the great beyond. A walk-off homer is cool and all, but a walk-off homer with this bat flip is a different level of cool. Check this man out:
This is how you walk off a baseball game. pic.twitter.com/hOQSUMutO4
— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob) August 30, 2016
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 30, 2016
— Rich MacLeod (@richmacleod) August 30, 2016
“He crushed it,” said Mets pitcher Josh Smoker. “It was one of those, the minute he got it off, you knew it was gone. I was ecstatic. It was unbelievable.”
Musician Chance The Rapper actually took the time to pretend to be one of those car dealership waving inflatable men on the red carpet of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Let’s just appreciate his coolness.
Chance really pretending to be those floaties that be infront of car washes lmfaooo pic.twitter.com/PtBRz17dp4
— ill na na. 🍒 (@infamousnaee) August 29, 2016
Welp. Sorry, clock.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 29, 2016
Monfils did stop the clock out on 17 (EPA) pic.twitter.com/h6VD1rcjuQ
— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) August 29, 2016
"I feel very strong." Gael Monfils on taking out the Court 17 clock. #USOpen
— Blair Henley (@BlairHenley) August 29, 2016
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) August 29, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Rapper Young Thug’s engineer may just be making a trap version of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Time to shame those who didn’t actually know who Teyana Taylor was before Sunday’s VMAs.
Many Texas LGBT college students say they feel unsafe because people can now carry guns on campus.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. FOR THE LOVE OF THE KICKS
When you get some new shoes but wear them on the wrong day 😂 pic.twitter.com/zGS9EsC4wu
— J.B (@jb_barker10) August 28, 2016
2. THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
When you realize there's real football this week… (via hhp_biggie_/Instagram) https://t.co/0wf6IWD19n
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 29, 2016
3. NO EXCUSES
Nick Cannon really showed up for his 9 am after the VMAS, I really have no excuses
— madison (@m4dison) August 29, 2016
Two for the price of one today: Check out the column our brother Domonique Foxworth penned explaining why he supports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to sit during the national anthem.
In an America where many of the most powerful people use their power and influence to gain further advantages, widening the gap between their children and ours, Kaepernick has risked more than most people to speak up for you. Yes, he speaks for you, too, white folks. Whether he intends to or not. Yes, he speaks for soldiers who have died in defense of this country and veterans of war who suffer back at home without the support they have more than earned. He even speaks for the police whose actions prompted his nonviolent demonstration.
Also, check out our friend Bomani Jones’ column highlighting Kaepernick’s distinction in asking for justice, not peace:
This wasn’t what Carmelo Anthony and Friends did at The ESPYS, a moment that was important but took great pains to make a statement that offended no one. It wasn’t what the belated Michael Jordan did on this website when he announced he was donating money to groups representing the interests of black people and the police. To paraphrase Peter Tosh, they asked for peace while Kaepernick cried out for justice. That distinction is both subtle and significant. Kaepernick even went beyond the WNBA players who stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and asked their league to do the same. He made no plea to both sides, nor did he make a call for unity. He’s not concerned with whether his team or his league has his back. When he could have smoothed over any pending reaction to his actions, he focused squarely on racism, the most consistent and overpowering impediment to black success in America, and the thread that connects every era of its history. While the major party candidates for president spent the week pointing at each other with charges of who is or isn’t the real racist, Kaepernick pointed at the flag and, by extension, every person who takes pride in the American flag. And he did so alone, fully aware that backup might never come.
These are 4 different pictures from 4 separate years: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 consecutively. pic.twitter.com/el6PsMHOKK
— Alexis Morgan (@alexiskmorgan) August 26, 2016