Let the dancing begin!
As baseball goes crazy in the opening days of Spring Training, Tuesday brings us the start of March Madness. The first two play-in games in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are on TruTV this evening.
Here’s what we’re watching tonight:
- CBB: Texas A&M-CC vs Texas Southern — 6:40 PM ET
- CBB: Indiana vs Wyoming — 9:10 PM ET
- NBA: Nets @ Magic — 7 PM ET
- NHL: Ducks @ Rangers — 7 PM ET
- NHL: Islanders vs. Capitals — 7 PM ET
- NHL: Devils @ Canucks — 10 PM ET
deGrom heading to market?
When he spoke with the media for the first time in Spring Training, Mets ace Jacob deGrom answered the big question that could have been a cloud over the entire 2022 season immediately: yes, he will opt out at the end of the season and become a free agent.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to leave. He just wants the bag.
Jacob deGrom says "the plan" will be to opt out of his contract after the season, but he wants to be in constant contact with the Mets about returning:
"I love being a Met, it would be really cool to be one for my entire career." pic.twitter.com/yV1lGNsAiu
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 14, 2022
Last year, new Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson called out Gerrit Cole for a perceived drop in spin rate after MLB took action against the use of performance enhancing sticky stuff. The two nearly fought last year. Now, they’re teammates.
On Monday, Donaldson met with the New York media and spoke about clearing the air with Cole. How do you think this conversation went?
Josh Donaldson on his conversation with Gerrit Cole: pic.twitter.com/dBgttBYx5v
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 14, 2022
60-piece for KAT
Karl Anthony Towns went off last night, scoring 60 points with 17 boards in the Timberwolves’ 149-139 win over the Spurs. The big man hit 15 of 16 from the line and was 7-11 from downtown in a career performance.
And he apparently got some strong advice from his coach late in the game.
"F IT GO GET 60"
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) March 15, 2022
It’s a business
The big news on Monday was the trade the Atlanta Braves made to acquire All-Star first baseman Matt Olson. Olson was in camp with the A’s when the news broke, and spoke with their media about it.
Matt Olson was pulled back from today’s workout due to the impending trade. His thoughts on the trade to Atlanta: pic.twitter.com/lZ1zyWegXZ
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 14, 2022
Braves manager Brian Snitker was speaking with media in their camp when the news broke. Talk about a tough spot!
Brian Snitker was talking to the media when news broke that the Braves traded for Matt Olson.
Here is his reaction ⬇️
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 14, 2022
And Cristian Pache, one of the top prospects now in the Oakland system, shared his emotions about the deal.
My heart is broken. I just found out that I was traded to the A's. I know that's the way this business works, but I want Braves fans to know that I will be eternally grateful to him wherever he goes. Thank you for so much support, for so much love and for being so special to me.
— Cristian Pache (@cristianpache25) March 14, 2022