Wednesday, May 6, 2020

This Sports' Magical Week in 2014

Repeat post-remembering this magical week in sports in September of 2014.

Finally, after what seemed like non-ending stories of bad characters in the sports world [mainly in the NFL-from certain players to owners to the commissioner himself] we get a reprieve with some truly magical moments in the sports world by some of the most honorable sports figures-true gentlemen in every sense of the world.

This was truly a magical sports week with two great stories coming from Major League Baseball and one from the NFL.  The gentleman players:  Derek Jeter Shortstop of the NY Yankees; JJ Watt, Defensive End of the Houston Texans; and Jordan Zimmerman, pitcher for the Washington Nationals.

Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter all time Yankee favorite is a true gentleman on and off the field.  In this his 20th season in the Major Leagues he announced his retirement.  Derek Jeter is loved by all baseball fans.  This certain Hall Of Famer had what only could be described as a story book ending to his career.  First, in his last at bat, in his last game that he would ever play in Yankee Stadium he did this on last Thursday night:

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Then if that wasn't a fairy tale enough ending, Derek Jeter on Sunday in his very final bat in the Major Leagues gets a hit that drives in a run:

JJ Watt
JJ Watt along with  WR Andre Johnson, are the fan favorites of the Houston Texans.  Despite his great success and fame in his short NFL career, this Wisconsin Badger is one of the hardest workers on the Texans.  This gentleman off the field, is a beast on the field.  He has done it all, from making huge tackles, to many QB sacks, to swatting the ball away thrown by opposing quarterbacks, and earlier this year he actually went in for a play on offense as a tight end and caught a touchdown pass.  Well, this Sunday in Houston against the Buffalo Bills he did this bit of magic:

Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann another player from Wisconsin is one of the popular young players for the Washington Nationals in the National League [the division winning Nationals who go into the playoffs with the best record in the National League].  This true gentleman is a phenom pitcher who, on the last day of this 2014 regular season threw the first no-hitter in Nationals history against the Miami Marlins.   If that isn't storybook enough to throw a no-hitter on the last day of the season [and the first in Washington Nationals history], wait until you see how the last out was recorded:

So, for at least one week, America is rewarded the diversion that only sports can offer from all the turmoil and problems going on in the world.

Yes, this last week of September, 2014, was truly a magical week of sports.


bradley said...

Sports is the man's toy store, the playpen of life for adults and these 3 heartwarming stories are why we keep coming back despite the sickening reports of the last few weeks! Thx for posting

Big Mike said...

Great rhetoric Brad!!