Hope you’re all having a better week than Albert Belle! Let’s get down to the good stuff.
A Chip Off The Old Block
The Blue Jays hosted the Cardinals last night at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. It wasn’t the first time at this particular ballpark for Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who charmed Expos fans back in 2002 as a little slugger hanging out with his Hall of Fame dad.
So cute, right?
Vladdy Jr. did the Guerrero name proud by smacking a walk-off shot past the center field wall, ending a previously scoreless game and finishing out the Jays’ spring training with a bang.
— Today in MLB (@TodayintheMLB) March 28, 2018
He’ll be starting off the season playing Double-A ball with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Parkland Kids Fly In Style
The Patriots made a splash in the news this weekend when it was announced that students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would be traveling to Washington, DC on the Pats team plane.
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reached out to team owner Robert Kraft for assistance in transporting the group of young activists and their families for the March for Our Lives rally in the capital. Each passenger received a Patriots hat and the following note:
When Parkland families boarded the Patriots team plane that would take them to D.C. for the #marchforourlives, they found a letter from Robert Kraft and a Patriots baseball hat waiting on their seats. https://t.co/lZG4Awsjx4 pic.twitter.com/0dDvR8ddLL
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) March 26, 2018
“In the wake of incredible tragedy, we have hurt for you, mourned with you, and been inspired by you. It is an honor for us to now partner with you as you push for progress. Your community is stirring our country towards a better future. That is the mark of a patriot. Thank you for your leadership and inspiration.”
The Saints Are Facing a Discrimination Case
The New Orleans Saints aren’t looking great at the moment.
Former cheerleader Bailey Davis filed a complaint against the team after reportedly being fired for posting a photo on her private Instagram account of herself in a one-piece swimsuit. Citing their policy prohibiting cheerleaders from posting nude or promiscuous photos on social media, the Saints let Davis go.
Davis’ complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that the team has an entirely different set of rules for players than cheerleaders, who are treated like second-class citizens within the organization.
The Saints have a strict anti-fraternization policy, which goes so far as to prohibit players and cheerleaders from even being in the same restaurant. Cheerleaders are penalized for breaking these rules, but players are not.
The team states that the purpose of having such rigid rules is to protect their cheerleaders. That sure doesn’t say much for their club culture.
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