The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Blue Jays beat struggling Red Sox
The Toronto Blue Jays season is predictably not going too well, the team is 4-8, and is doing as well as expected. They did get a big win yesterday, however, against a team doing much worse than expected. The Jays beat the Boston Red Sox, and starting pitcher Chris Sale, 7-5. Sale is now 0-3, and the defending champions are 3-9. Hopefully this continues, because it's fun to know that other fans are sad too, especialy when those fans are expecting to win another World Series. The teams are off today and paly again on Friday.
Second Base - NHL playoffs begin tonight
It's finally here! Tonight, the 2019 NHL playoffs begin in a big way, with five series starting their first game tonight. If that sounds overwhelming, you have eight hours to change your mind. Yes, while the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames don't play until Thursday, one Canadian team, the Winnipeg Jets, are in action at 5 p.m. against the St. Louis Blues. That will be a tough series for the Jets, as the Blues are trending up. Other exciting series to pay attention to are the Islanders and Penguins at 4:30 p.m. and the Sharks and Knights at 7:30 p.m.
Third Base - Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers president in surprise press conference
About 90 minutes before the Los Angeles Lakers' final game of the season, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson held a press conference where he surprised absolutely everybody by announcing that he was resigning from his position. I say everybody because not even team owner Jeanie Buss or GM Rob Pelinka were aware he was about to do this. It's actually pretty wile. Johnson says the reason he resigned was because he wanted to return to simpler life and "go back to having fun." Which, I can understand that sentiment, running a team is no doubt stressful. However, dominating media headlines everywhere and taking the spotlight from your team won't make your life simpler. It also seems the timing of his decision was because he didn't want to fire Luke Walton, or, more that he didn't want to be the one to have to do it. The Lakers drama continues, it's very amusing, and you can't ignore the fact that LeBron James is in the mix.
Home Base - New Jersey Devils win second draft lottery in three years
One thing can be said about the current state of the NHL draft lottery: it's certainly random and you won't necessarily get rewarded for tanking. That's either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you see it. The Devils won the lottery yesterday to move from third to the first overall pick, two years after they moved from fifth to first and selected Nico Hischier. Meanwhile, the Colorado Avalanche, who had the best odds in the lottery, fell from first to fourth for the second time in four years. Talk about being unlucky. The other big winners were the New York Rangers, who moved up from sixth to second, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago was trying to put together a late playoff push, and still, they moved up from 12th to the third overall pick.
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