Blame it on Mercury in retrograde, superstition, or just bad choices–this week has been a brutal one for a few prominent figures in the sports world.
Gabe Kapler is not having fun in his first week as a big league skipper.
The Phillies’ new manager has seen his team through just five games, and fans are already calling for his head on a platter. Here’s a summary of Kapler’s sins:
Game 1: Pulls starter Aaron Nova after just 68 pitches and five-plus scoreless innings. The bullpen chokes and Philly loses 8-5.
Game 2: Makes eight pitching changes. EIGHT.
Game 3: Fails to allow Hoby Milner time to warm up before trying to put him on the mound. Bullpen is so taxed that an infielder pitches the 8th.
Game 4: Fumbles defensive shift. Phillies lose.
Game 5: Mishandles defense again. Phillies lose.
It’s going over about as well as one might expect. Fans are calling for Kapler to be fired, ruthlessly dragging him on social media.
Kapler managing all 162 like Game 7 is going to be interesting
— David Murphy (@ByDavidMurphy) March 29, 2018
Could be worse. Gabe Kapler could be your manager.
— ABT (@atlbaseballtalk) April 1, 2018
If you’ve been on social media in the last several days, you’ve no doubt seen this photo of Broncos LB Von Miller holding a bloodied hammerhead shark:
This pic is raising quite a few eyebrows, particularly from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The harvesting of hammerhead sharks is considered a misdemeanor in the state, and some major questions are being raised about Miller’s handling of the animal (who appears to have had perhaps the worst week on this list).
Miller maintains that the shark did not die and that the animal was released back into the ocean. Miller’s Instagram story corroborates this report, though the bloodied appearance of the shark raises questions about whether it was released unharmed as the law requires.
The Yankees’ DH went on a veritable roller coaster ride during his first week with his brand new team. Expectations were high after Stanton smacked a pair of homers in Toronto on Opening Day, but things spiraled downhill quickly for the reigning NL MVP during his first game in the Bronx.
Stanton racked up a whopping five Ks–four swinging, and one looking.
Predictably, Yankees fans lost their ever-loving minds.
Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is already getting booed by Yankees fans in his first home game of 2018. pic.twitter.com/F5LlCzV9WQ
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) April 3, 2018
It doesn’t matter who you are, how much you get paid, what was given up for you. If you have 5 strikeouts in a home game in a Yankee uniform, you are going to hear boos. Nothing new for #Yankees fans. I wish Twitter was around for A-Rod’s first year. https://t.co/wI1aBai2Uz
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) April 4, 2018
Stanton seems to be doing just fine, though. He redeemed himself on Wednesday with a monster home run, and there was much rejoicing in New York.
Photo credit: SI.com, Deadspin