Around the Horn (April 17, 2018) Sportswriters around the country discuss sports issues

MACHINE IS ENOUGH TO STOP JOEL EMBIID AND DO THE RED SOX KNOW WHAT THEY ARE IN TONIGHT VERSUS — SHOHEI OHTANI >> NO! TONY: DON’T SHAKE YOUR HEAD, MINA KIMES? MINA: WE’LL TAKE THAT ANNOUNCER: IT’S “AROUND THE HORN,” THE SHOW OF EXET TESTIFY BANTER HERE IS TONY REALI TONY: JOEL EMBIID, BLEEPING SICK AND TIRED OF BEING BABIED HE CLEARED CONCUSSION PROTOCOL BUT DID NOT PLAY SIXERS WENT FROM PLUS 26 TO MINUS 7 IN THE DWYANE WADE TIME MACHINE ARE THEY MISPLAYING IT? CLINTON: HE IS A UNSTAR AND WANT TO GET IN THE SERIES HELLO THE SIXERS HAVE WON 17 STRAIGHT AND 10 WITHOUT HIM THIS IS A FACIAL CONTUSION, MEANING YOU HAVE A BROKEN FACE, MEANING ANY SORT OF CONTACT IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM IN THE PAINT I DON’T THINK THIS IS A BIG DEAL OVERALL THOUGH YOU CANNOT EXPECT CONVEYED TO DO THAT THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE SERIES THE SIXERS ARE JUST FINE YOU HAVE A YOUNG STAR THAT WANTS TO BE INVOLVED I LIKE THE FACT THAT HE IS UPSET ABOUT IT IF ANYTIME A FAN TONY: ISRAEL GUTIERREZ? ISRAEL: IT SOUNDS AS IF SOMEBODY IS NOT TRUSTING SOMETHING, PROGRAMS THE RECOVERY PROCESS I THINK HE IS EAGER TO GET BACK IN HERE HE SAID BEFORE GAME ONE, IF IT WAS UP TO ME, I WOULD PRAY RIGHT NOW HE HAS NOW PASSED THE CONTACT PORTION OF THE PROTOCOL, BUT THERE IS STILL SOME FEAR WITH THE EYE WHERE THE SURGERY WAS WHY IF YOU WERE BRETT BROWN WOULD YOU SAY LET ME FORCE HIM IN HERE? AS CLINTON SAID, THEY WON 17 IN A ROW, AND THEY WON GAME ONE CONVINCINGLY WITH THAT SHOOTING WHY TRY TO REINTRODUCE JOEL EMBIID THE REASON HE IS THIS LEVEL OF FRUSTRATED BECAUSE NOW IT SOUNDS LIKE GAME THREE IS NOT EVEN A CERTAINTY IF YOU GO DOWN 2-1 WITHOUT ARGUABLY YOUR BEST PLAYER WHEN HE IS SAYING HE IS AVAILABLE FOR ONE IF NOT TWO OF THOSE GAMES, THEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT IS JOEL EMBIID NOT TRUSTING HIS TEAMMATES EITHER THAT WAS A BAD LOOK FOR HIM TONY: WOODY PAIGE, HOW ABOUT YOU? WOODY:ALLY HE, CLINTON, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO PHILADELPHIA? THEY HAVE A FAMOUS SYMBOL THERE IT IS THE LIBERTY BELL AND IT HAS A CRACK IN IT, AND IT CONTINUES TO OPERATE PUT HIM IN THERE HE LOOKS LIKE A SUPERHERO A BROKEN FACE, YOU CAN PERFORM WITH A BROKEN FACE LET’S GET HIM BACK INTO THE LINEUP THEY HAVE SAID HE HAS PASSED THE CONCUSSION PROTOCOL, DOING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY I THINK THEY NEED HIM IN THE LINEUP THEY DON’T WANT TO LOSE TO THE HEAT IN THE FIRST ROUND TONY: NO, THEY DON’T CLEARLY THEY ARE IN IT TO WIN IT, WOODY PAIGE GOOD POINT THERE MINA KIMES, ON EMBIID SAYING ALL THIS PUBLICLY? MINA: AND WHETHER THE LIBERTY BELL CAN BANG AROUND TONY: NOT REALLY SURE OF THE LIBERTY BELL OR WHAT YOU WERE GOING FOR THERE, WOODY MINA: THEY ARE RIGHT TO PLAY IT SAFE THEY COULD HAVE USED HEM ERIK SPOELSTRA DID THE RIGHT THING, HE HARASSED BEN SIMMONS UP AND DOWN THE COURT, MADE IT TOUGHER AND MORE PHYSICAL THE SIXERS COULD HAVE BENEFITTED FROM ADDING THEIR TOUGHEST MOST PHYSICAL PLAYER THEY SHOT UNDER 20% FROM THREE THEY HAVE ONLY DONE THAT THREE TIMES THIS SEASON THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN WHILE JOEL EMBIID WOULD HELP, I DON’T THINK HE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING AGAINST HEAT TONY: ISRAEL:, YOU KNOW DWYANE WADE BETTER THAN ANYBODY ON THIS PANEL YOU HAVE COVERED HIM YOUR WHOLE CAREER HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT? ISRAEL: HE STILL HAD THAT EFFICIENCY HE STILL HAS THAT ABILITY IN HIM WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT OFFENSE, THEY DEFINITELY HAVE PIECE THAT IS CAN GIVE YOU SOME SCORING BUT REALLY THE PLAYMAKER, THE GO-TO GUY THAT ERIK SPOELSTRA TRUSTS ON THAT TEAM THE MOST IS DWYANE WADE WHEN HE CAME OUT HITTING HIS JUMPERS EARLY, YOU KNEW HE HAD THE ABILITY TO TAKE OVER THIS GAME EVERYBODY MET WOMEN WITH THAT AND THEY HELD ON TO THAT LEAD I THINK THE BETTS PART IS THEY GOT THIS — THE BEST PART OF THIS IS THEY GOT THIS GUY WHO SALVAGED THEIR SERIES, GOT HIM BACK FOR A 15 ROUND DRAFT PICK? TONY: YOU KNOW WHO COULD USE THAT DWYANE WADE? THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS COULD USE THAT WADE CLINTON: IT WAS FUN TO SEE I WANT TO GO BACK TO EMBIID IT ♪ LIKE HE IS GOING TO BE MAKING THE 25 THREES THAT THEY MISSED I DON’T NECESSARILY BELIEVE THAT WADE IS GOING TO DO THAT FOR REST OF THE SERIES, BUT IT IS FUN TO WATCH [HORN SOUNDS] TONY: WHAT DO YOU THINK, WOODY PAIGE? WOODY: I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY LIKE THIS

THE BIG JUMPER THAT CLINCHED THE GAME THAT IS WHY I WANT EMBIID BACK IN THE LINEUP I THINK IS RENEWED JUST AS WADE IS THEY ARE GOING TO CREATE PROBLEMS IN THE BACKCOURT DEFENSIVELY FOR PHILADELPHIA TONY: MINA KIMES, ADVANTAGE WHOM? MINA: I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO PHILLY GREAT PLAYERS PLAY GREAT GAMES AS A PLAYER HE IS NOT THE SAME DWYANE WADE TONY: ISRAEL:? ISRAEL: MIAMI HASN’T BEEN SUPER CONSISTENT I COULD SEE THEM LOSING A GAME AT HOME I STILL THINK PHILLY HAS THE ADVANTAGE TONY: WE WILL MOVE ON FOOTBALL A DISGRUNTLED AARON RODGERS CHARLES ROBERTSON, YAHOO WITH THE SOURCES CLOSE TO AARON RODGERS SAYING HE IS GROWN FRUSTRATED WITH MANAGEMENT FREEZING HIM OUT OF DECISIONS THAT IMPACT HIM AND MAY BE WEIGHING IN ON CONTRACT EXTENSION TALK HEARING THAT AND TURNING TO MINA KIMES HERE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO ROGERS IN THE PAST FOR YOUR PIECES, DO YOU THINK THIS IS AS BIG A DEAL AS BEING REPORTED? MINA: I DON’T THINK IT IS A HUGE DEAL HIS STATEMENT NOT SURPRISING HE HAS CLEARLY BEEN DISTRAUGHT ABOUT BEING LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP FOR A WHILE NOW SINCE THE SUPER BOWL WHEN THEY LET THE QUARTERBACK AS COACH GO, HE EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT HE HAS TWO YEARS LEFT THEY THEY COULD FRANCHISE HIM, AND GREEN BAY HAS A LOT OF LEVERAGE YET THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET A DEAL DONE HE DOES HAVE SOME LEVERAGE IN THAT THEY WANT TO DO A DEAL AND THEY NEED TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN TONY: WOODY PAIGE, YOU ARE SHAKING YOUR HEAD KNOW? WOODY: IF THIS WERE RUSSELL WILSON AND THE SEAHAWKS, YOU YOU WOULD BE CALLING IT A BIG DEAL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AARON RODGERS, ONE OF THE THREE PREMIER QUARTERBACKS IN ALL OF FOOTBALL IT WOULDN’T BE UNTIL THAT FOURTH YEAR YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT HE WOULD MAKE MORE MONEY THAN KIRK COUSINS? REALLY? YOU DON’T THINK HE DESERVES $30 MILLION A YEAR? REALLY S.N.L. YOU SHOULD GET A DEAL NOW AND MAKE IT A SMALL DEAL HE SHOULD BE IN THE DISCUSSION WHEN THEY GET RID OF A QUARTERBACK COACH OR HIS FAVORITE WIDE RECEIVER YOU DON’T THINK HE HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE INVOLVED OR EARN MORE MONEY? MAYBE HE HAS LEVERAGE IN THE FACT THAT DOES HE REALLY WANT TO STAY IN GREEN BAY IN ALL THIS TONY: I THINK MINA WANTS TO DEBATE THE ECONOMICS HAS ROGERS EARNED THE RIGHT? ISRAEL, DO THAT YOU SAY WHAT? ISRAEL: OF COURSE HE HAS EARNED THE RIGHT WHAT IS THE END GAME HERE? IS HE GOING TO BE DISGRUNTLED AND DO WHAT, NOT PLAY HARD? MAYBE HE WOULD RECOGNIZED THE MOVES THAT HE WAS NOT CONFERENCED IN ON, AND MAYBE THEY WERE GOOD ONES AND MAYBE HE IS NOT SO ANGRY AFTERWARDS THE THING ABOUT THIS IS THE PACKERS AND THEIR STUBBORN NATURE WHO ARE THEY TO HAVE THIS WAY ABOUT THEM? ARE THEY WINNING THE PATRIOTS WAY, OR HAVE THEY BEEN TO DEPENDENT ON TWO FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK THE OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES, MAYBE THEY SHOULD LET ONE OF THEIR PLAYERS HAVE SOME SORT OF SAY IN WHAT THEY DO TONY: CLINTON YATES? CLINTON: IF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PATRIOTS, I DON’T SEE TOM BRADY COMPLAIN EVERY TIME THEY TURN OVER THEIR RECEIVERS AARON RODGERS IS AVERAGING $25 MILLION OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS HE IS MAKING PLENTY OF CASH YOU REASON KIRK COUSINS MADE SO MUCH MONEY IS BECAUSE HE WAS DEALING WITH AN IDIOTIC FRONT OFFICE THAT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING AARON RODGERS IS PLAYING ONE OF THE BEST FRANCHISES IN THE NFL, AND I WOULD HOPE THE PACKERS WOULD DO SOME RIGHT BY HIM TONY: MEENA, YOU WERE MAKING FACES WHILE WOODY WATTS TALKING MINA: I DON’T DISAGREE WITH HIM THAT HE HASN’T EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE INVOLVED SNT DISCUSSIONS HE JUST SAYING I WISH I WNBA CONSULT ON MASSIVE CHANGES IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT I HAVE BEEN THE FACE OF A WHILE HE IS NOT SAYING I AM NOT GOING TO SIGN A LONG-TERM DEAL I THINK WE ARE OVER REACTING TONY: THE ROBINSON REPORT SAYS THEY ARE GETTING INTO NEGOTIATIONS YOU PRAISE PLAYERS FOR HAVING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER IN THIS CASE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ROGER AND JORDY NOLETS THEN WHEN NELSON GOES SOMEWHERE ELSE, OF COURSE THERE IS GOING TO BE A FLAG THERE YOU JUST TRADED MY BUDDY ONE MORE FOOTBALL HEADLINE TO GET TO DEZ BRYANT IS TALKING OUT LOUD ABOUT MAYBE MEETING WITH THE GIANTS AND LINING UP OPPOSITE ODELL BECKHAM HE SAID IT WOULD BE CRAZY CRAZY GOOD, CRAZY BAD OR CRAZY-CRAZY? ISRAEL: IT COULD BE CRAZY GOOD LOOK AT THAT TALENT RIGHT THERE AND YOU CAN’T SAY YEAH, ABSOLUTELY THAT SHOULD MAKE SOME NOISE IN THAT DIVISION SO OF COURSE

BUT I THINK THE THING THAT IS CRAZY IS HOW MUCH HE WANTS TO STAY IN THAT DIVISION, HOW MUCH HE REALLY WANTS TO STICK IT TO THE DALLAS COWBOYS YOU HEAR HIM SAY I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN GO TO GREEN BAY GIVEN THE HISTORY THAT WE HAVE YOU PLAY THE GIANTS DEVICE A YEAR EVERY YEAR YOU HAVE MORE HISTORY WITH THE GIANTS THERE IS PLAYOFF HISTORY THERE I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY DEZ WANTS TO PLAY THE COWBOYS TWICE A YEAR GO TO THE PLACE BEST SUITED FOR HIM TONY: CLINTON YATES? CLINTON: I THINK THE PLACE BEST SUITED FOR HIM WOULD BE THE PLACE HE IS BEST MOTIVATED HE TALKED ABOUT HE WAS OWED SOMETHING HE SAID HE WAS UPSET THAT HE WAS NOT MADE A CAPTAIN A MOTIVATED DEZ IS A GOOD PLAYER IF GOING TO GIANTS MAKES IT THAT, I WILL DEAL WITH THE CIRCUS WITH HIM AND O.B.J IT WILL BE FUN AND A GOOD SHOW I WANT TO SEE HIM WANTING TO PLAY THAT IS A GOOD THING TONY: MINA KIMES? MINA: I THINK CIRCUS WOULD BE UNDER SELLING IT FOR FOOTBALL REASONS DEZ SEEMS TO THINK THE GIANTS ARE ONE PIECE AWAY THEY ARE FULL OF HOLES, AND ELI IS NOT THE TOP ANYMORE IF THEY PAY BECKHAM, THEY WON’T HAVE THE CAP SPACE TO ADD DEZ TONY: WOODY PAIGE? WOODY: IT IS HARD ON YOU, DEZ HEART JUST GOT PUT IN THE ROCK ‘N ROLL HALL OF FAME YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF THEM THEY HAVE ONLY GOT TWO DEMONS IN NOT ONLY O.B.J., BUT BRANDON MARSHALL HE IS AS GOOD AT THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER AS DEZ IS DEZ IS IN DEADLINE SO IS BRANDON MARSHALL THEY WOULD HAVE TO CUT HIM AND BRING HIM IN YOU WANT CIRCUSES, BRING RINGLING BROTHERS BACK TO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN YOU DON’T WANT THIS PLAYER [HORN SOUNDS] TONY: KIMES, BARRACUDA, 16 IN THE LEAD GUTIERREZ, 13, YATES, 10, AND WOODY PAIGE, 8 BUT GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF BONUS TONY: WARRIORS, 116, SPURS 101 HOW IT WAS REASONABLY CLOSER THAN THE FINAL SCORE FOR MOST OF THE GAME, BUT ALSO A CAT PLAYING WITH A MOUSE WHILE FLIPPING A SWITCH AND LETTING THEIR KID BROTHER CAT USE A CONTROLLER THAT WASN’T PLUGGED IN MINA, WHAT ARE YOU BUYING FROM WARRIORS UP 2-0? MINA: I AM BUYING THAT THE TALENT GAP HERE IS INSURMOUNTABLE WE TALK ABOUT GREGG POPOVICH LIKE HE IS THE SIXTH MEMBER OF QUEER AYE HE CAN TAKE ANYBODY OFF THE STREET AND MAKE THEM GREAT BUT THIS IS BEYOND HIS ABILITY OUTSIDE OF ALDRIDGE, NO ONE ELSE COULD SNIFF THE WARRIORS LINEUP THEY ARE OUTGUNNED AND THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO TONY: HOW TRANSCENDENT IS THE NEW QUEER EYE? WOODY PAIGE? WOODY: YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THIS POPOVICH MAY BE DOING HIS BEST COACHING JOB BECAUSE HE REALLY DOESN’T HAVE MUCH AT ALL ON THE COURT THEY PLAYED WELL IN THE FIRST HALF AND STILL IN THE GAME EARLY IN SECOND HALF NO, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE SERIES BUT DURANT HAS TAKEN OVER, 60-SOMETHING POINTS IN TWO GAMES I THINK HE HAS NO PROBLEM WITH SCORING ON THEM AT ALL TONY: GUTIERREZ? ISRAEL: I THINK IT IS PROOF WHAT GREGG POPOVICH DID WITH THIS TEAM DURING THE REGULAR SEASON I AM BUYING THAT KLAY THOMPSON, THAT THUMB WAS REALLY BOTHERING HIM BEFORE NOW HE TOOK SOME TIME OFF AND GOT IT HEALED, LOOKED GOOD CLINTON: I AM BUYING EVERY PART OF THIS I IRRATIONALLY HATE THE SPURS, THEY ARE AN OVERACHIEVING COUSIN THEY ARE FALLING OUT THE SKY THE KAWHI SITUATION IS A DISASTER THIS TEAM PLAIN ISN’T VERY GOOD POP IS THE BEST THING THEY HAVE GOING, HAS BEEN FOR A WHILE TONY: THE DRAYMOND GREEN FLAGRANT, STOP ME WHEN THAT SOUND FAMILIAR HE DOESN’T FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD BE THE ONLY ONE STOP ME WHEN THAT SOUND FAMILIAR TONY: IT WAS A LEGITIMATE CALL AGAINST DRAYMOND I DON’T THINK DRAYMOND WAS ACCURATE IN HIS SAYSMENT HE WAS NOT IN A HEAD LIKE IT WAS AN ARM ON HIS SHOULDER AND AN OVER REACTION BY DRAYMOND, WHICH IS COMMON TONY: BUCKS CELTICS AND PELICANS BLAZERS AFTER STEALING HOME IN GAME ONE, NEW ORLEANS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WHAT DO THE BLAZERS NEED TO DO TONIGHT AS FAR AS EXECUTION, AND LET’S SEE IF ANYBODY IS GOING SO FAR AS TO SAY IT IS A MUST-WIN FOR PORTLAND? WOODY PAIGE START US OFF WOODY: ABSOLUTELY IT IS A MUST WIN IF THEY DON’T GET MORE FROM THEIR BACKCOURT, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE MUCH SUPERIOR BECAUSE INSIDE ANTHONY DAVIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GO OFF IF YOU DON’T WIN THIS GAME AT HOME, I DON’T THINK YOU WIN

EITHER GAME AT NEW ORLEANS? TONY: GUTIERREZ? ISRAEL: IT IS GETTING MUSTY IN NEW ORLEANS IT IS THIRD OR FOURTH OR FOURTH AND FIFTH OF M.V.P. BALANCING, DAMIEN LILLARD AND ANTHONY DAVIS DAVIS HAS REACHED UNSTOPPABLE LEVELS, AND RAJON RONDO IS PLAYING VERY WELL CAN LILLARD REACH THAT UNSTOPPABLE LEVEL, AND CAN MCCOLLUM SHAKE THAT FUNK? SO FAR, PORTLAND SHOULD BE NERVOUS TONY: WHO HAVE YOU GOT TONIGHT? ISRAEL: PORTLAND TONY: YATES, WHAT ABOUT YOU? CLINTON: YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO EXPOSE RAJON RONDO ON DEFENSE YOU GET EVAN OUT THERE RONDO FRANKLY AS THE LEADER OF THIS TEAM AS MUCH AS DAVIS HASDOM IT’S THATTED THE TEAM IF YOU CAN FIND A WAY TO GET HIM OFF, YOU MAY HAVE A CHANCE TONY: KIMES? MINA: I THINK IT IS A MUST WIN AND THEY WILL WIN IN THAT FIRST HALF, DAVIS AND JRUE HOLIDAY COMBINED FOR 32 POINT, AND MCCOLLUM AND LILLARD COMBHINED FOR THREE THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BEST OFFENSES IN BASKETBALL, AND THEY ARE GOING TO SHOW THAT TONY: OTHER GAMES WE HAVE SOME ROAD TEAMS WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET A WIN HERE, THE BUCKS IN BOSTON AND THE WIZARDS IN TORONTO ANY OF THOSE ROAD TEAM WINS TONIGHT? ISRAEL: I THINK THE BUCKS COULD THE RAPTORS ARE GOING TO STEAMROLL TONY: WOODY? WOODY: I AGREE WITH ISRAEL I THINK THE BUCKS SHOULD HAVE WON THE FIRST GAME AND ARE GOING TO WIN THIS GAME TONY: CLINTON? YOU HAVE BEEN INVOKED CLINTON: I WISH I COULD SAY THEY WERE GOING TO WIN, BUT I DON’T TONY: NUMBER THREE NHL, 0-2’S WHO GOT THE HOME WIN LAST NIGHT AVALANCHE, NEW JERSEY DEVILS AND THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FOR AUSTON MATTHEWS, FIRST GOAL OF THE SERIES THE STATEMENT GAME WAS WHAT TYPE OF STATEMENT? ISRAEL: IT WAS A STATEMENT GAME FOR AUSTON MATTHEWS AFTER THAT SECOND GAME HE SAYS STUFF HAPPENS HE LEADS HIS TEAM BACK WITH THAT GAME STATEMENT GAME FOR HIM FOR SURE TONY: YATES? CLINTON: MY MAN TYLER BOZAK HAS BEEN CHECKED OUT FOR A WHILE HE MAKES THEM GO I DON’T THINK THE LEAFS HAVE A CHANCE THIS IS MORE OF A DEATH RATTLE TO ME TONY: MINA KIMES? MINA: ANDERSON WAS TERRIBLE FIRST TWO GAMES THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE SECOND ONE THEY HAVE MORE SCORELESS OPPORTUNITIES HE WAS OBVIOUSLY NEEDED TO BOUNCE BACK HE DID IF HE DOES, THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO STAY IN THE SERIES? TONY: WOODY? WOODY: A STATEMENT IS YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH A STATEMENT IS WINNING A GAME ON THE ROAD WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE HOME STADIUM ADVANTAGE HOME ICE, HOME OLD [BUZZER] TONY: CALLED A BARN YOUR AVALANCHE, I WAS READING IN THE “DENVER POST”, ONE SAYING THAT LAST NIGHT’S WIN PROVED THE PREDATORS ARE PRETENDERS DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THAT? WOODY: THEY ARE NOT PRETENDERS, BUT IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG SERIES THIS YOUNG TEAM IS PLAYING WELL TONY: DONE, AND SO IS THING YOU HOPE WE WILL SEE? MINA: I AM SURE WE ARE GOING TO SEE A GREAT PITCHERS DUEL I WAS GLAD WHEN THIS GAME GOT POSTPONED WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS SHOHEI OHTANI LOOK AT THE CAMERA AND SAY NEVER PLAY THAT CLIP OF ME AGAIN ON “AROUND THE HORN.” PLEASE STOP ISRAEL: I AM SURE WE ARE GOING TO SEE OHTANI DO HIS THING BECAUSE OHTANI HAS NOT CAUGHT UP TO HIM I WANT TO SEE THE NEXT DAY WHEN THE GLOBE AND HERALD WRITE SCORES ON NOT ACQUIRING HIM THAT IS WHAT I REALLY WANT TO SEE TONY: HERE IS ONE THING I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO SEE AND HOPE WE ARE GOING TO SEE MINA: NO! NO! TONY: GUTIERREZ GETS THE POINT SHOWDOWN TWO BRYCE HARPER’S 406-FOOT BROKEN BAT HOME RUN ISRAEL, HAVE YOU SEEN THAT BEFORE? ISRAEL: I KIND OF HAVE ACTUALLY I AM NOT THAT CRAZY IMPRESSED ONE TIME IN 2000, I WAS WATCHING A PRACTICE WHERE KEN GRIFFEY JR. LOST A THIRD OF HIS BAD AND KEPT SWINGING ONE-HANDED AND HITTING LINE DRIVES TONY: THAT WAS SUCH A GOOD STORY THE PRODUCERS HORNED IT POINT, ISRAEL GUTIERREZ SHOWDOWN THREE GERALD DONALDSON, WORLD RANKING NUMBER 51 >> THERE IS A MARK RIGHT HERE! TONY: WHAT IS HIS RANT RANKING, MINA YOU CAN TAKE UP AUTOPSY THE TIME HERE? MINA: I AM STILL RECOVERING THIS RANT FOR ME GET A RANKING OF A THOUSAND IT WAS TOTALLY OUT OF LINE, MUCH LIKE THE BALL WAS OUT OF LINE IT WAS COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE ISRAEL: MY TURN TO SPEAK TONY: NOTICE, YOU GET NOTHING YOU TOOK UP ALL THE TIME THE FINAL SCORE 2-1

ISRAEL GUTIERREZ, FACE TIME ISRAEL: AS IF DEREK JETER’S JOB ♪ DIFFICULT ENOUGH, HE IS GETTING GRIEF NOW FOR NOT GOING FOR YANKEE STADIUM FOR HIS TEAM’S SEAR AGAINST THE YANKEES WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHY IS IT NECESSARY THAT HE GO THERE? HAVE THE NEW YORK FANS NOT CHEER HIM ENOUGH? IS IT NOT AWKWARD ENOUGH FOR HIM TO COME THERE AND GET CHEERED SENTENCE YIBBLE FOR GIVING THEM GIANCARLO STANTON, WHILE HIS TEAM IS STRUGGLING AND LOSING GAMES 20-1 AGAINST THE PHILLIES I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY NEW YORK FANS HAVE TO HAVE DEREK JETER THERE YOU HAVE SEEN HIM PLENTY LET HIM DEAL WITH HIS TEAM NOW TONY: HE SHOULD GO BACK HOME, HEADQUARTERS THAT IS WHERE HE SHOULD BE WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT? THAT MIKE: “PARDON THE INTERRUPTION,” BUT I’M MIKE WILBON IT IS TAX DAY, TONY DID YOU SEND YOURS IN? TONY: I’M TONY KORNHEISER YOU PAY TAXES?