Fernando Tatis Jr’s Rehab, Miguel Cabrera, Calgary Flames’ Off-season Moves

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin his rehab assignment this weekend with the Padres’ Double-A squad in San Antonio. While in San Antonio, he is expected to play shortstop, center field, and designated hitter.

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera plans to play in 2023. Cabrera, troubled by knee problems the last several years, was hitting .308 on July 6 and had joined the 500-homer, 3,000-hit club. Since then, he has been hitting .125 with one home run and two doubles in 21 games.

Calgary Flames have lost some critical pieces during this off-season, but they are redeeming themselves. Flames’ general manager Brad Treliving could pull a rabbit out of his hat by acquiring not one, not two, not three. Still, four valuable assets — Hart Trophy contender Jonathan Huberdeau, top-pairing blueliner MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt, and a first-round pick in 2025 from the Panthers — for a player the whole world knew wanted out. Recently, the team signed Huberdeau to an eight-year extension worth $10.5 million per season. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Actor James Franco will play Fidel Castro in Miguel Bardem’s ‘Alina of Cuba.’ James Franco is a talented actor. He did a phenomenal job in ‘The Disaster Artist and won a Golden Globe for his role as Tommy Wiseau and should’ve been nominated for an Oscar, but this is a terrible idea. Random casting. Hollywood needed to get a Latino Actor, especially a Cuban one, to play this role. But this is the same old Hollywood being Hollywood. It’s a controversial casting. 

Former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport last weekend for allegedly trying to bring six ounces of cannabis through security. It is an idiotic move by Shumpert. He should know better. Shumpert, when healthy, is an elite defender, and as a Knicks fan, this drew him to the crowd. His high level of energy and tenacious defense. It’s a shame to hear this news about him. 

Lady Gaga confirmed her casting in “Joker 2” by posting a musical teaser on social media. The sequel, officially titled “Joker: Folie à Deux,” will star Gaga opposite Joaquin Phoenix, returning to the role of Joker after winning the Oscar for best actor thanks to his performance in the 2019 first installment. Lady Gaga is not only a good singer, but she’s a fine actress as well. Therefore, I’m pulling for her to nail this role. Not many people want to see her succeed in movies, but she will come with a chip on her shoulder. Look at her role in ‘A Star is Born.’ 

After 16 years, three-time Oscar nominee Todd Field will make his return to direct the Hulu limited series “Devil in the White City,” which will star Keanu Reeves and will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. With those big names attached to the project, there are very high expectations for this series. 

Sports Throwback Thursday: Rod Carew in 1972

Good Afternoon! Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here. It’s time for Sports Throwback Thursday! It’s been 50 years since a legend in the game of baseball did something uncommon. His name is Rod Carey. He’s the only AL player to win a batting title without hitting a home run.

Panamanian Hall of Famer Rod Carew played most of his career with the Minnesota Twins. In his sixth MLB season, the 26-year-old won the second of seven American League batting titles at .318 in 1972. 

Carew appeared in 142 games during the 1972 regular season. Here are his 1972 stats:

• .318 BA, 0 home runs, 51 RBIs, 170 hits

Carew has only struck out 60 times. Today, baseball should be embarrassed by seeing those numbers. Too many players are striking out in the modern era. 

Although Carew is the only player in the American League to do this, in the National League, since 1900, that has been done twice – by Ginger Beaumont (Pittsburgh) in 1902 and Zack Wheat, Brooklyn in 1908. 

Warner Bros. Discover to Combine HBO Max with Discover+

Warner Bros. Discover will join forces with HBO Max with Discover Plus. HBO Max have been laying off for its executives and staff to minimize redundancies with HBO.

It’s no surprise because the rumors have been lingering for a while. These companies are trying to make a super app by teaming up. It’s curious to see how this will play out because not many people are crazy about Discover Plus. There have been people on social media that have voiced their disinterest in Discover Plus. So how will this work with joining forces with a juggernaut like HBO Max? Only time will tell, but this move could be a genius or a plan that will turn into a bust. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended three games after he made contact with umpire Nick Mahrley during a game against the Oakland A’s on Friday night. Anderson was also fined an undisclosed amount of money.

The NBA has questions about a Philadelphia 76ers offseason that let the team land P.J. Tucker and Danuel House while re-signing James Harden at a reduced salary.

After being released by the Titans in 2022, Jones signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady will have a lot of weapons on the field: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and now Julio Jones. 

The Matthew Tkachuk-Evander Kane rivalry will last, even with Tkachuk moving to a different conference. The two have faced off numerous times as part of the Battle of Alberta and other Pacific Division showdowns during Kane’s tenure with the San Jose Sharks. They haven’t exactly taken a liking to each other over time.

B.J. Novak’s “Vengeance” Film

“Vengeance” is the newest dark comedy film by B.J. Novak. In this film, Novak is the director, writer, and leading actor. Issa Rae is the supporting actress in the movie. Therefore, this movie will have people tuning in.

The movie is about a podcaster (Novak) and a journalist (Rae) who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.

Recently, B.J. joined NBC’s “Today” show to discuss his new movie. Novak said he was “triple-scared” to wear three hats in one project. But he decided to face his fears, and now his film has gotten solid reviews from critics.

“Vengeance” received a 79% rating out of 95 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. 

Novak’s television acting career began on MTV’s Punk’d. He was the lead accomplice to Ashton Kutcher on the show’s second season in 2003. Novak mainly became known for being one of the writers, executive producers, and directors of the NBC sitcom The Office (2005–2013), in which he also starred as Ryan Howard.

DC League of Super Pets – Weekend Box Office

The animated comedy “DC League of Super-Pets” hit the theaters this weekend. The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Keanu Reeves, and many more. 

Jared Stern is the director and co-writer of the project. Stern also co-produced with Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and many more. It’s a big weekend for Stern, Warner Bros, and Seven Bucks Productions. 

DC League of Super Pets is about Krypto the Super-Dog (Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski) are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, when the Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a ragtag group of animals to master their newfound powers for a rescue mission.

The film earned $9.3 million from 4,314 theaters on opening day, including $2.2 million in Thursday preview ticket sales. DC League of Super-Pets grossing a $9.3M Friday, for an expected $23M+ opening at 4,314. Warner Bros was initially eyeing around $25M for the film. Still, they should be happy with the results. It could’ve been worse. 

“Super-Pets” scored a 72% out of 95 reviews on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. 

Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Happy Friday, folks! We weren’t going to leave Friday without talking about some of the most exciting topics has been going on in the movie world. It’s been nothing but flood and exciting news for moviegoers and cinephiles. Buckle up and get ready for Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

“X-Men” will be premiering in Fall 2023. The series will be a reboot of the classic animated series from the 90s. The original series is a fantastic show. There are so many great memories of watching the show as a kid. The series ended in 1997. Some of the cast members will reprise their original roles. We can’t wait to see what they will bring to the table. 

The young, fearless actor Jharrel Jerome continues to make power moves. The Afro-Dominican star will lead in the limited series “Night of the Assassins,” based on the New York Times best seller. Jerome will be playing Eddie Broker, an African American soldier who helped thwart a Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union during a top-secret conference in Tehran in 1943. Jerome won an Emmy for his role in the limited series “When They See Us.” He first got some attention in the movie “Moonlight,” which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. If Jerome can knock this one out of the ballpark, he will have more significant opportunities. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Jharrel Jerome attends “When They See Us” World Premiere at The Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Sports Throwback Thursday: 1919 Chicago White Sox

We have a good one for you today for Sports Throwback Thursday. Let’s take it back to 1919. Why? It’s about the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal. 

In 1919, some of the White Sox players were involved in fixing the World Series. It’s one of the most notorious scandals in baseball history. The scandal is called “The Black Sox Scandal.” 

The scandal occurred during the 1919 World Series between the White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The 1919 Chicago White Sox played 140 games during the regular season, won 88 games, lost 52, and finished in the first position. White Sox finish the season with a .629 winning percentage.

Shoeless Joe Jackson was accused of taking part in throwing the 1919 World Series along with seven of his teammates. His teammates were: Eddie Cicotte, Claude “Lefty” Williams, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, Charles “Swede” Risburg, George “Buck” Weaver, Oscar “Happy” Felsch, and Fred McMullin. 

In October 1920, Gandil, Cicotte, Williams, Risberg, Felsch, McMullin, Weaver, and Jackson—now dubbed the “Black Sox”—were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy.

Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned all eight members from baseball. The commissioner was not going to let this slide. He wanted the game of baseball to have integrity and respect for its fans. If the 2017 Houston Astros played in this era, there would’ve been severe repercussions. 

Jackson was innocent; he was still banned from baseball and not allowed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Arnold Rothstein, one of the suspects for organizing or financing the fix, was never charged with a crime. 

Across 110th Street – Movie Review

Across 110th Street is a 1972 crime-drama film that every filmmaker should watch, especially in they’re a big fan of the genre. New York filmmakers will enjoy this one. It’s a combination of film noir and Blaxploitation – a genre that emerged in the United States during the 1970s. 

Here’s what the story is about:

After a robbery in Harlem turns into a scene of mass murder, promising young black police officer William Pope is assigned to the case, along with surly, prejudiced Italian-American cop Frank Mattelli. The pair clashes during their tense investigation as they try to track down the three suspects and apprehend them. Also searching for the fugitives is ruthless mobster Nick D’Salvio, who will stop at nothing to retrieve the stolen money.

The first ten minutes were extraordinary. The movie’s beginning is divided into three words: Money, Cops, and Guns. Act One and Act Three were the most intriguing parts of the movie because they kept you on your toes. Act Two was a little bit slow and uninteresting, but you needed to pay attention to every detail because of how it connects to the storyline. 

Overall, this movie deserves an 8.5 out of 10 stars. A classic New York film taking place in the heart of Harlem.