Buzz That Was: Right off the bat
In case you were too busy taking a selfie with Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett (no big deal or anything) and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Derby's dandy dingers
Yoenis Cespedes defended his Home Run Derby title like a boss on Monday night, topping Todd Frazier in the final round with an eight-run margin of victory. Smashing nine homers in the final round and 30 overall, the Oakland Athletics outfielder became the first repeat winner since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1999. He ended his outing with a 452-foot shot, the longest of the night, prompting just about everyone to do their best "down goes Frazier!" impersonation.
Giancarlo Stanton lost to Frazier in the semifinals but he still managed to give Cespedes a worthy challenge for best homer of the night. The Miami Marlins' star managed to hit one 430 feet in the first round. Or in other words, about three rows from, you know, GOING OUT OF THE STADIUM. Not too shabby.
And if you thought that hit was good, wait until you see Andrew McCutchen's priceless reaction from the stands ... perfectly timed for your maximum enjoyment to the screams of the Internet's favorite sheep. Introducing your new favorite thing ever. You can thank me later.
A bit short
While the crowd at Target Field was treated to some incredible homers on Monday, Yasiel Puig can be held officially responsible for zero. Seriously. None. Zip. Zilch. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder failed to hit a single home run in an event called the Home Run Derby. So I think it's safe to chalk his night up to a total and epic fail.
Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without the proper commentary from Twitter because, duh.
Puig's main contribution tonight was helping this event move along much more quickly.- Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 15, 2014
Apparently the rules weren't explained properly to Yasiel Puig. He thought this was a sacrifice-fly derby. #HRDerby- DodgerzGM (@DodgerzGM) July 15, 2014
Yasiel Puig respects the game too much to hit home runs that won't count.- Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) July 15, 2014
The Andrew Wiggins Show
In "what ridiculous dunk did Andrew Wiggins throw down today?" news, the Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 draft pick showed off his impressive abilities -- AGAIN -- during a Summer League game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. A mere day after his 360-dunk during warmups went viral, Wiggins split two defenders with a spin move to the basket for the two-handed jam.
Looks like there might be some hope for you yet, Dunk Contest.
Clever J.R. Smith
The NBA's ultimate troll, J.R. Smith, set his sights on World Cup star and former flame Rihanna on Monday. Posting a picture on Instagram of the singer in Miami Heat gear, the New York Knick added a "I didn't say I was a Heat fan, I said I'm a wherever 'He-at' fan" caption in regards to her apparent bandwagon status after LeBron James' departure from the team. You're so clever, J.R.
Rihanna was too busy partying with the German soccer team to respond.
Shabazz vs. LeBron
During the NCAA tournament, LeBron James called Shabazz Napier the best point guard in the 2014 NBA draft, and the Miami Heat reportedly selected the former UConn standout in an effort to keep their superstar. So that didn't go exactly as the Heat were hoping. Prior to LeBron's announcement last week that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Napier was excited for the chance to play with the four-time MVP and he immediately began following him on Twitter and sending tweets to him after being drafted.
However, after the Decision 2.0, the two-time NCAA champ swiftly unfollowed his almost-teammate and then deleted all of his tweets to @KingJames. OH SNAP! LeBron then turned around and unfollowed Napier. The Twitter war is real, people.
Guys, if you'll excuse me. I think I need a minute to myself. This is just way too reminiscent of that time Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez unfriended each other, and I'm just not sure I can handle it again. So many sads.
Having a ball with Omar Gonzalez
U.S. soccer star Omar Gonzalez stopped by Conan O'Brien's show on Monday to talk about that international tournament that just ended, but all anyone wanted to talk about was his ESPN The Magazine Body Issue shoot and a very strategically placed soccer ball. Lucky for all of us, Jason Biggs was on hand to make a fitting "American Pie" reference.
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