Aaron Judge blew the minds of many baseball fans during the first half of the season. Judge was batting .329 with 30 HR’s and 66 RBI’s and seemed like a for sure lock to win the rookie of the year and possibly even MVP. He goes to the Home run Derby, puts on a great show and goes on to win. Hell, the Yankees even made “the Judge chambers” in the right field sections. Impressive for a guy who many was surprised made the opening day roster. The issue is the numbers he put up since the break.
Since the break, Judge is batting .169 with 5 HR’s and 12 RBI’s. and is one of the top leaders in the league in strikeouts. These numbers are very troubling for a guy who was demolishing pitchers earlier in the year. Some fans are worried that the homerun derby messed up his swing, some others say he is just in a slump and he will be fine, and yes even though he is struggling right now his season stats as of mid-August, are a .292 batting average with 78 RBI’s and 35 HR’s and has a chance to still finish the season with great numbers. However, I am not sold either way yet.
Watching what Judge did the first half was fun to watch and was truly incredible but even when he was at the top of his game I was not convinced it would last, let’s remember the numbers Judge put up last year for the time he was with the Yankees. In 84 at bats in the 2016 season he was batting .179 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s. These numbers look like his numbers post all-star break this year. As much as I want Judge to back to the numbers he was putting up earlier this year I am not sure he will.
Sure, the Yankees have kind of spoiled their fans these past decades with all the world series wins and guys like Jeter and Rivera, who were the most consistent in the league and in MLB history. Fans have seen what Judge can do but they have also seen someone who is a strikeout leader and unable to get base hits and is not consistent. So, before we “All Rise for Judge” lets deliberate a little longer and make sure that he is the real deal and not just a flash in the pan.
As the 2017 NBA finals are in full swing many fans debate if the match up is good for the game. Now some fans say no because in the last three years the teams have played each other every game has pretty much been a blowout except for game 7 of the 2016 finals. For the last couple years, everybody expected these two teams to play each other in the finals and that is what many fans do not like. NBA fans say that having these two dominate teams makes for a very boring 82 game season because everyone knows these two teams will duke it out in the finals.
Having two dominate teams like this is a good thing though. NBA fans and sports fans always want the two best teams to play each other for the championships and every sports fan wants rivalries. Furthermore, it is exciting that these two teams have a lot of talent on them which is what people want to watch, fans want to watch superstars not a bunch of tier 2 caliber players. Anytime you get a matchup of not only the top teams but the top stars it will bring in the ratings and more people will watch. The 2017 NBA finals will feature 11 named all stars. Which likely means not many people would tune in to watch a Utah Jazz vs Toronto Raptors game, just because the talent level is nowhere near the Warriors or Cavs.
It is like the NCAA tournament, not nearly as many people watch the regular season games if at all compared to when March Madness starts up, and that is one of the biggest things in sports. Millions and Millions of brackets are filled out each year and people only watch for a couple weeks knowing the chances are good that a big-name school will likely win it all.
The Cavaliers and Warriors do not hurt basketball just like the Lakers and Celtics did not hurt basketball when Magic and Bird matched up against each other. It brings fans closer to the game because of the big rivalry and the big number of stars. These two teams make people talk about the game with their friends or on social media. These two teams are one of the best match ups in NBA history.
July 8th,2010 was one of the most memorable times in sports free agency history. This date was when Lebron informed the world on ESPN on his decision to go play in Miami. Lebron got a lot of heat for this (no pun intended), people were so disgusted the way he left and the fact that he left his hometown. Lebron went on to win 2 finals in 4 years with Miami and then made the decision to come back home to Cleveland and win a title for the Cavaliers in 2016 and it appears all was forgiven.
Fast forward to July 2016 when Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder became a free agent an instead of signing a new deal with the Thunder, he signs with the team that came back from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals in the 2015- 2016 season, the Golden State Warriors. This move enraged many people for numerous reasons one being that KD is joining the enemy and the most powerful team in the NBA. Another reason being that OKC felt like they were so close to reaching the Finals again and now they lost a key piece in their plan.
The question now is if KD was to win one or more championships with the Warriors and then return to OKC would he be forgiven as Lebron was? To be honest, the answer is no, no he would not. The reason being because OKC has already moved on, they have Russel Westbrook who has become the team’s knight in shiny armor. In the year without KD the Thunder made the postseason and was still one of the top tier teams in the west. The Cavaliers had a different story, the first year without Lebron the Cavaliers were the worst team in the league and only had a rookie Kyrie Irving who was still adjusting to the NBA.
Lebron left Cleveland to start up a big three to run the east, KD joined the warrior team that already had a big three. That is the difference between the two decisions Lebron wanted a chance to work and get to the finals and be a champion. KD joined a team to just win a final. There was a chance that the Heat’s big three would fail however when KD joined the warriors everyone knew the west was already won before the first tip off.
Cleveland needed Lebron, nobody was going to be able to replace him he had the fairy tale story just a kid from the Cleveland area, worked hard and become arguably the best of all time. Kevin Durant’s story is different OKC did not need him he was just a piece in the large plan KD was not going to make or break the Thunder and that has showed in his first year away. Cleveland loves Lebron even after he left. However, the abbreviation for Oklahoma is “OK” which in this case means Over Kevin.