Hey, Hey, Giants come out on top of a weird game, 10 - 7 over the New York Mets. Madison Bumgarner facing off against Jacob deGrom. That promised to be a low scoring pitching duel between two of the games top aces. Madbum and deGrom both lasted only 5 innings. Madbum gave up 4 runs on a grand slam, deGrom gave up 8 runs. Has Madison ever given up a grand slam before? I don't remember it. It was the worst outing in deGrom's career. Madbum struck out 6 and walked 3, gave up 6 hits and threw 89 pitches. He got 2 of those runs back, home run number 3 for him on the year off of deGrom with 1 runner on. Good thing, too, because after the Giants went up 8 - 4 at the end of 5, the Mets charged back with a 3 run 6th. Gearrin, just back from rehabbing, gave up 2, Smith 1. Then Law, Lopez, Romo and Casilla held the Mets. Matt Cain was put on the DL to make room for Gearrin. Giants tacked on 2 in the bottom of the 8th on a Buster Posey double for a final of 10 - 7. 3 rbi on 4 hits for Nunez, 3 hits for Span and 3 for Crawford, 2 for Pence, 2 for Posey, and hits for Panik, Pagan and Madbum. I like being able to type a lot of names when listing guys who got hits. 17 total for the Giants. To sweeten the deal, LA lost to the Phils so the Giants (who should have never have been in this position) gain a game. And I get to use my favorite label.
How about those Olympics, huh? Even if you accept the premise that athletic talent is randomly distributed, which you may not, athletic talent alone doesn't let you compete at an elite level. You need training, coaching, nutrition, facilities, good PED's; and all of that takes money. So I spent the afternoon doing division so that I could have some numbers to post that weren't associated with an L. The following is a list of medals divided by GDP in billions of US dollars (x 1,000,000).
New Zealand 82.8
Great Britain 14.7
South Korea 12.9
You can't compute North Korea's numbers, although they have won 7 medals, as they have apparently no GDP. Did you know Vietnam won 2 medals (shooting)? Algeria and Quatar both won medals track and field, as did the Bahamas. Fiji won a medal in rugby. Did you know rugby was an Olympic sport? Hard to tell if you watch NBC. The Dominican Republic won a medal in taekwondo. You know who the real Olympic heros are in this table? The independent, or refugee athletes, who have won 2 medals. No GDP or even anyone to cheer them at home. Or home.