The Stack is here on this Wednesday with a few topics to address. They all fall across a multitude of platforms as well so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, October 9:
Tigers force game five, Red Sox advance to ALCS
Pretty thrilling night in the baseball playoffs last night. The Detroit Tigers are going back to Oakland for a game five following their 8-6 win over the A's. It didn't look good early on for the Tigers, falling behind 3-0 before Jhonny Peralta belted out a three-run homerun to tie the game. Things really got crazy in the seventh inning when Victor Martinez hit a ball to right that looked like was interfered with by a couple of fans. The ball left the park for a homerun. A's rightfielder Josh Reddick was not able to make a play on the ball. The homerun stood. Was it the right call? I think so, but shouldn't fans realize this by now that you shouldn't do anything on such a close call. Remember Bartman? Cubs fans went irate against this guy for reacting like the dozens of other fans around him. Bartman was the one who touched the ball though. Most fans would react the same way when a ball is it to them that looks like a homerun, but on such a close call, you don't want to do anything that could jeopardize your team. This was certainly a close call. Then in the eighth, Max Scherzer, that's right starting pitcher Max Scherzer coming in for relief, got out of a bases loaded jam with zero outs that he himself got into and gave up zero runs. Impressive. Game five is Thursday night. Should be a fantastic game.
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays also put on an entertaining game, with the Rays unable to be like the Tigers and force a game five. The Red Sox won 3-1 to advance to the ALCS. The Red Sox were trailing going into the seventh inning 1-0 before scoring two runs thanks in large part to a wild pitch that advanced runners and allowed a run to score. An infield single later and the Red Sox had the lead for good. Starter Jeremy Hellickson lasted just one inning for Tampa, exiting in the second inning and that hurt the Rays. They used everyone in their bullpen. This game was long. Almost four hours long for a nine inning game. Shouldn't expect anything different from a game involving the Red Sox or Yankees. Boston is a very good team. They'll be difficult to stop.
There is a game five today in the NLDS between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. First pitch is at 8:07 PM ET on TBS. The Pirates will send youngster Gerrit Cole against Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. Cole won game two in St. Louis, but it wasn't against Wainwright. Pirates are going to have to figure out ways to get some hits or they'll lose easily. Would love to see Pittsburgh advance. Been a great story for baseball. Unfortunately, I don't think we will.
Plenty of buzz has been generated from what transpired Saturday when South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney sat because of a rib injury which came as a complete surprise to his coaches and training staff. He had been medically cleared to play. Head coach Steve Spurrier didn't help the situation with some of his comments in his postgame press conference saying he would welcome Clowney back to "come play for the team if he wants." Yesterday, Spurrier said that everyone handled the situation poorly and that Clowney does have a muscle strain near his rib area. Clowney is questionable for this week's game against Arkansas. Completely understand the precaution that Clowney is taking. His future is on the line. He is going to excel at the next level and be a top five pick. He'll make a lot of money and he doesn't want to jeopardize that. It does raise some red flags though regarding effort and decision making, but Clowney's talent and what he has done on the field certainly speaks for itself. He does need to go and be out there for his teammates and I think he eventually will. Everyone can learn from this situation, not just those at South Carolina. Hope that Clowney gets healthy, stays healthy and helps South Carolina continue to be a top fifteen team.
Big NFL injury news
As if Atlanta's 30-28 loss to the New York Jets on MNF wasn't bad enough, just like their 1-4 start to the season, their season got much worse yesterday with the news that wide receiver Julio Jones is likely to miss the rest of the NFL season with a foot injury. There is a report out there that says the screw in Jones foot came unscrewed during the game. This happened before Jones incredible one-handed 46-yard catch. Tremendous pain endurance, but this foot injury won't allow him to continue. And if that is true, the Falcons season is done. The Falcons have been ravaged by injuries this year and it has derailed their season. Jones is seeking a second opinion today. Here's hoping that the second opinion is better than the initial diagnosis. Otherwise bye-bye Falcons season and bye-bye to a lot of fantasy owners seasons which is far less important. We all shed a tear though as a result of this.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had thumb surgery the other day and will likely miss at least a month, maybe more. Significant loss to the Packers defense. We'll see how they respond.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is having season ending shoulder surgery. With Geno Smith asserting himself as the Jets starter, this seems like a reasonable and smart thing for Sanchez to do so he can try and get a fresh start with another team next year.
Finally, Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will have season ending surgery on his neck. He's been having a lot of issues with the neck this season. Hopefully he can come back just as strong as Peyton Manning has.
Coming up Thursday: MLB playoff reaction plus TNF preview and more.