All Rise for #60

September 21, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

The Yankees were about to lose to the Pirates, then Aaron Judge hit a milestone jack and Giancarlo Stanton called game. A wild finish in the Bronx puts Judge on the brink of history. Plus, we\’ve got NFL Week 3 Power Rankings and a flurry of NHL news prior to the 2022 season. Let\’s close the door on the last official day of Summer.

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All Rise for #60


Yankees Explode in 9th Inning With Aaron Judge’s 60th HR, Giancarlo Stanton’s Walk-Off Grand Slam


Big bats in the Bronx! The Yankees looked destined to drop a stunner to the Pirates Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium when they trailed 8-4 entering the 9th inning. But no fear, Yankee fans. Aaron Judge was the leadoff batter, and he went yard for his 60th home run of the season. That tied Babe Ruth for the eighth-most in a single season. Only six players have hit 60-or-more in a season (see below). Now trailing 8-5, the Yankees put Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres on base before Josh Donaldson placed a bloop-single. Bases loaded with no outs, enter Giancarlo Stanton. With a 2-2 count, Stanton punched a line-drive, walk-off grand slam. It was the 11th walk-off grand slam in Yankees history, and New York scored five unanswered without an out in the 9th inning.


Most HRs in Single Season

Barry Bonds (SF): 73

Mark McGwire (STL): 70, 65

Sammy Sosa (CHI): 66, 64, 63

Roger Maris (NYY): 61

Babe Ruth (NYY): 60

Aaron Judge (NYY): 60


Judge’s HR Projected Pace: 66


Watch: Aaron Judge Hits 60th Home Run

Watch: Giancarlo Stanton Hits Walk-Off Grand Slam


MLB Quick-Hitters


Braves Clinch Playoff Bid: A 3-2 win over the Nationals was enough to put the Braves in the postseason picture for the fifth straight season, but they’re not done yet. While the No. 1 Wild Card is in the bag, they’re just 1.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East battle.


Lindor Launches Grand Slam: Francisco Lindor smashed a grand slam in the 7th inning to lift the Mets over the Brewers (7-5). It’s New York’s sixth straight win.


Wild Cards Run RampantThe Blue Jays and Phillies combined for 29 runs in a shootout last night, but it was Toronto that got the win (18-11). Both clubs are fighting for their postseason lives.



Week 3 Power Rankings


Only 6 Teams Are Unbeaten Through 2 Games


The 2022 NFL season is two weeks old, and we’re still figuring out who’s who. Six teams are undefeated through two weeks. Two of those teams face off in Week 3 with an AFC East showdown — Bills vs. Dolphins. A number of other divisional clashes will headline Week 3, including Steelers-Browns, Eagles-Commanders, Lions-Vikings, Rams-Cardinals and Cowboys-Giants. Week 3 will certainly separate the men from the boys. Five of those unbeatens now reside at the top of our Week 3 Power Rankings, but the Giants still have something to prove. Here’s a look at how we see each team through a pair of games.


NFL Power Rankings

1. Bills (2-0)

2. Chiefs (2-0)

3. Buccaneers (2-0)

4. Eagles (2-0)

5. Dolphins (2-0)

6. Rams (1-1)

7. Packers (1-1)

8. Ravens (1-1)

9. Chargers (1-1)

10. Giants (2-0)


Teams 11-20: 11. Bengals (0-2) | 12. Cardinals (1-1) | 13. Vikings (1-1) | 14. 49ers (1-1) | 15. Saints (1-1) | 16. Broncos (1-1) | 17. Patriots (1-1) | 18. Cowboys (1-1) | 19. Lions (1-1) | 20. Raiders (0-2)


Teams 21-32: 21. Steelers (1-1) | 22. Browns (1-1) | 23. Jets (1-1) | 24. Commanders (1-1) | 25. Jaguars (1-1) | 26. Seahawks (1-1) | 27. Titans (0-2) | 28. Bears (1-1) | 29. Panthers (0-2) | 30. Colts (0-1-1) | 31. Falcons (0-2) | 32. Texans (0-1-1)


NFL Week 3 Schedule


Additional Storylines

NFL: Biggest Week 2 Takeaways: QB Changes Coming?

SI: Which of the Winless NFL Teams Can Still Save Their Season?

The Athletic: NFL Power Rankings: Bills, Chiefs on Top; Dolphins, Eagles on the Move



MacKinnon\’s Monster Deal


Avalanche & Nathan MacKinnon Agree to Record-Setting 8-Year, $100 Million Contract


The Colorado Avalanche dominated the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2022, and now they have their guy locked up for the long run. Nathan MacKinnon signed an eight-year, $100.6 million deal to stay in Colorado through 2030. The team’s captain logged 32 goals and 56 assists in 2022 and a team-best 13 goals in the postseason run. At 27 years old, the budding superstar now owns the richest contract in the NHL.


Top NHL Salaries

1. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): $12.6M / Year

2. Connor McDavid (EDM): $12.5M / Year

3. Artemi Panarin (NYR): $11.6M / Year

4. Auston Matthews (TOR): $11.6M / Year

5. Erik Karlsson (SJ): $11.5M / Year


The former No. 1 pick in 2013, MacKinnon’s 1.33 points per game in the playoffs ranks third all-time behind Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61). Now, he’s an Av until his mid-30s.


Additional Storylines

SportsNet: Avalanche Make Nathan MacKinnon Highest-Paid Player in NHL

Yahoo!: How Nathan MacKinnon\’s Contract Stacks Up With NHL\’s Best



\"🏀\" NBA Top-100 Player Rankings

The talent level in the NBA is at an all-time peak, and with that comes its own set of problems with regard to deciphering and determining the best of the best. How does one choose the best sentence in a literary masterpiece? (CBS Sports)


\"🏒\" NHL Defenders Retiring

Three prominent defensemen — two award winners and a record-setting one — announced their retirements from the NHL on Tuesday. Zdeno Chara (45), Keith Yandle (36), and P.K. Subban (33) are hanging up the skates. (USA Today)


\"🏈\" NFL Week 3 Picks & Predictions

We like the underdog in a fun Week 3 that gives us another installment of Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady, Ravens vs. Patriots, Carson Wentz taking on the Eagles, and the surprising Lions going to Minnesota with a chance at the NFC North lead. (Sporting News)





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