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Weekend Recap: Yankees & Judge Crushing, Pens Win the Cup, and "The Freeze"

This weekend saw several key moments coming from the world of sports.  We have a few specific highlights to help recap the last couple of days. 

Aaron Judge:

Aaron Judge launched his 19th, 20th and 21st home runs of the 2017 season this weekend. 

Longball number 19 was in the bottom of the first inning versus the Orioles on Saturday. Judge hammered it into leftfield, just around the foul pole.  It was recorded coming off of his bat at 121 MPH, which is the hardest hit homerun in the StatCast era, smashing a record which was his own already.  

Watch out below! 


 By the way, he also has the top four hardest hit baseballs this 2017 season.

 

 In the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday, he lifted a pitch over the bleachers in left-center field. It was estimated that it traveled 495 feet, which is the longest home run in the StatCast era. Judge was breaking records all weekend long!

Of his 21 big flies this season, only eight haven't gone at least 400 feet.  Also, another fun fact for you: Last month when the Toronto Blue Jays were in town, Judge's 11th home run of the year was one of the "top" five shortest homeruns of the season... He's going for ALL the records! Oh, and he went 4-for-4 with a double, two homers, four runs scored, and three RBIs on Sunday against the Orioles - which gives him early potential for the American League Triple Crown. 😲


 

Penguins Win the Cup!

This was the 125th year of the Stanley Cup, and with the help of Patric Hornqvist's game-winning goal, the Pittsburgh Penguins went on to win in six games. They defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0, but Hornqvist's goal came with just over 1:30 left to play in the final period.

The Game-Winner:

The Pens sent home an empty-netter with fourteen seconds remaining to seal the deal.  Pittsburgh rushed the ice as the final horn sounded, and they took their laps around the rink with the Stanley Cup proudly hoisted.  

Sidney Crosby earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season.  With this win, it's also the third Championship in his career, so the legendary comparisons are all over the place, but with appropriate reasoning. His career has been so statistically significant, and he certainly has plenty of awards and accomplishments to back that up.

Incredibly enough, Evgeni Malkin, Crosby, and Phil Kessel took the top three scoring spots in the entire NHL for the playoffs.  They tallied 28, 27, and 23 points respectively for Pittsburgh. 

"Beat The Freeze!"

During recent Atlanta Braves' games, there’s been a mid-game entertainment break called “Beat the Freeze,” and it has become a viral phenomenon. The basic premise of the event is such:  A selected fan races against a superhero named "The Freeze" on the outfield's warning track.  The fan is given a generous head start, and then The Freeze is Unleashed!  So far, he has given contestants a crazy lead, and then he squashes any dreams that they may have of beating him when he finishes like a dark horse out of nowhere. 

On Friday, the Freeze surprised a contestant who thought that he was going to win the race. It turned out he was actually celebrating too early, and the fan ate it just short of the finish line.

😂This is the full Must-See clip:

Game 5 of the NBA Finals is Tonight! 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be hoping to go into Game 5 with momentum coming off of a hot-shooting, 137-116 triumph in Game 4 on Friday. The Cavs rode past the Golden State Warriors on 24-of-45 shooting from 3-point range. They are attempting to complete another incredible Finals comeback, but this time they faced a 3-0 series hole. Golden State still holds a 3-1 series edge. 

H/T: NBA.com 

Who do you think wins Game 5 tonight? Do the Cavs push a Game 6, or does Golden State seal it now? Comment below to keep the conversation going.

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