U.S, women's team wins 4th World Cup, Predictions for the Home Run Derby and the All Star game

Great victory for the U.S. yesterday over the Netherlands by a score of 2-0. Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Boot award for most goals and assists in the competition. She also won the Golden Ball Award as the World Cup’s best player. Rapinoe scored 6 goals for the tournament and converted a penalty kick goal in the second half yesterday to put the U.S. up 1-0. Rose Lavelle converted an even better goal later in the second half launching a left footed boot 20 feet for the clinching goal. It wasn’t the total clincher, but the way the U.S. was playing defense led by back Crystal Dunn, the lead looked insurmountable.

Not a big fan of Megan Rapinoe because of her anti-American comments and her decision not to acknowledge the national anthem. But the U.S, team as a whole seemed patriotic. The women are now pushing hard for equal pay with the men.

Trump was asked about it after the victory. He said it depends on the crowd draw the women are getting in their games as opposed to the men. The women win $250,000 for winning the World Cup while the men get over a million. So that should be more equitable. But I think Trump had a good initial answer though he backtracked a little at the end and said they should get equal pay.

If the women’s game keeps growing and draws the attendance figures that rival the men, they certainly deserve an increase in pay equal to the men. But it should depend on the economics of each game. Now, with this World Cup victory, the women’s game could take off and they would have a very strong argument. But it should depend on the interest and the attendance they get for and at their professional games. Certainly the women’s pay for winning the World Cup should be equal to the men. There was as much interest in the Women’s World Cup this year as there was in the Men’s World Cup last year, particularly in the U.S.

So the women have a very good point for the World Cup where they should be compensated equally. But as far as professional soccer goes, the economics of the women’s game versus the men’s game should be the main consideration in determining pay for each respective game. If the women’s game can draw crowds like the men’s game, pay should be commensurate with that and the women deserve just as much pay as the men. But it shouldn’t be determined by emotion, but rather by the economics of each sport.

Regardless, this was a highly impressive performance by the U.S, women’s team.

Home Run Derby winner

Progressive Field, Cleveland

Tonight, 7 PM CT ESPN

This will be electric with some of the best power hitters in the game. One half of the draw features Pete Alonso of the Mets, Carlos Santana of the Indians, Josh Bell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ronald Acuna Jr of the Braves., while the other half of the bracket features Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s, Vladamir Guerrero Jr of the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Bregman of the Astros and Joc Pederson of the Dodgers.


Josh Bell over Alex Bregman

I like Bell of the Pirates to win it. He’s hit 27 homers, which is tied for 4th in the National League behind Milwaukee’s Christine Yelich (31), and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Mets’ Pete Alonso who are tied in second with 30 apiece. Bell is tied with Hunter Renfroe of the Padres for fourth. Bell leads the majors with 84 RBIs.

Alonso is also in the Derby. Mike Trout leads the American League with 28 homers. The Angels centerfielder is having another sensational season. He is not in the field. The second leading home run hitter in the American League is Edwin Encarnacion, so the NL is hitting it out more than the AL.

The winning prize is $1,000,000 so it’s a big deal to a lot of these guys who are on early contracts and many of them are making $550,000 a year. A lot of youthful guys in the field. There’s still room for veterans as Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Justin Verlander and David Price would attest to. I don’t like that all the “experts” are saying it’s a young person’s game now. There are plenty of veterans excelling and you can tell by the list above that the best pitchers are veterans. So both the veterans and the young guys are achieving great things. No age group is doing markedly better than the other.

Like Bell to capture the HR Derby tonight (Photo TribLive.com) .

Like Bell to capture the HR Derby tonight (Photo TribLive.com) .

Prediction for the Mid Summer Classic

Progressive Field Cleveland, 34,000+

7 PM CT FOX, Joe Buck, Smoltzie on the call.

I like Bell, Bellinger and the National League to get the job done this year. There will be some balls flying out of Progressive Field, but I like this LA Dodgers team and their players who are representing the NL. I predicted the Dodgers as my World Series winner over the Astros before the season started. The Yankees are looking tough in the American League as are the Twins and Indians, so there is competition for the ‘Stros, and the Braves look strong in the National League and you can’t count out the Nationals, the Brewers or the Cubs. The NL Central is pretty compelling this season with all 5 teams within 5 1/2 games of each other. I like the Dodgers players, the Braves players and the NL All Stars to prevail tomorrow night in what should be a fascinating All Star game.

I’ve got Cody Bellinger as the MVP.

National League 6, American League 5

Cody Bellinger and the “Senior Circuit” take the All Star game tomorrow night in Cleveland (Photo Dodgers Nation).

Cody Bellinger and the “Senior Circuit” take the All Star game tomorrow night in Cleveland (Photo Dodgers Nation).