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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Christian Yelich

Video: Pat Connaughton hops Christian Yelich on ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ dunk

Pat Connaughton collaborated with Christian Yelich on a great dunk Saturday night that was aided by a creative costume.

Connaughton, who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, asked the Brewers star to help him out by holding the ball up for Connaughton to grab and slam home. Connaughton delivered perfectly on the dunk. Take a look at the video:

The best part was Connaughton dressed up as Billy Hoyle from “White Men Can’t Jump.”

Connaughton only got 45 out of 50 on his score for his first dunk, leaving many to think he got robbed. He got a perfect 50 score on his next dunk, but wound up a point behind Derrick Jones Jr. and was cut from the final.

Josh Donaldson humorously enters Christian Yelich-Yu Darvish beef

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The sudden Twitter beef between Christian Yelich and Yu Darvish is, at the very least, entertaining to the rest of baseball.

Yelich reacted strongly to suggestions that he may have been stealing signs against Yu Darvish in a 2019 game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. The post spread across Twitter quickly, with much attention being devoted to Yelich’s remark to Darvish that “nobody needs help facing you.”

One figure seemed to disagree. Enter Josh Donaldson, who was open to a little help against Darvish.

Donaldson is a miserable 4-for-22 lifetime against Darvish, with nothing but singles. That’s a sharp contrast with Yelich, who’s 4-for-11 with two home runs off the Cubs starter.

Donaldson, who spent 2019 with the Atlanta Braves, is currently a sought-after free agent. One rumor has him staying in the NL, so he might want to get those tips from Yelich as soon as possible.

Christian Yelich slams Yu Darvish over Brewers sign stealing allegation

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After widespread stories about the Houston Astros’ electronic sign stealing operation dominated the news this week, it seems plenty of people are looking for evidence that other teams may have been up to shady business as well.

One of the teams named as potentially operating such an operation was the Milwaukee Brewers. This allegation seemingly started with St. Louis Cardinals beat writer Jeff Jones, who offered no evidence aside from stating that “multiple players” identified Milwaukee as an “egregious” offender. What followed was a Twitter thread from Bleacher Nation, a pro-Chicago Cubs site that insinuated that Christian Yelich was looking to the Brewers’ bullpen in one instance to get some sort of signal while facing Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish.

Here’s a look at that video.

Darvish took note of the thread, stating that he had, in fact, stepped off the rubber in that instance because he saw Yelich’s eyes move. However, Darvish added in a follow-up tweet that his actions did not indicate there was any evidence that the Brewers were stealing signs.

The first tweet got the attention of Yelich, who aggressively replied to Darvish on Twitter, defending himself.

That’s quite the response. And Yelich’s remark that “nobody needs help facing you” seems to imply that he doesn’t think much of Darvish’s ability to get people out. Yelich is obviously going to take offense at the implication that he’s been cheating, but the defensiveness and aggressiveness of the response is somewhat surprising. Darvish made no direct allegation that Yelich or anyone else was stealing signs, though perhaps Yelich disliked that Darvish was amplifying such claims by merely acknowledging and responding to them.

Darvish has been one of the opponents whose narrative is central to the Astros’ scandal, given he has raised questions regarding what was going on in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. Care should be exercised in alleging wrongdoing by any opponent — charges of electronic sign-stealing are serious. Despite this, Yelich’s response still seems a little bit over-the-top.

Christian Yelich suggests Kirk Gibson moment unlikely if Brewers make World Series

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Christian Yelich fractured his right kneecap in the midst of the pennant race in September, ruling him out for the rest of the season. While he is no longer using crutches, the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder suggested that even a World Series return wouldn’t be highly likely.

Yelich refused to shut the door Tuesday on potentially hitting in the World Series, but admitted that there was a long way to go before it was possible and that as of today, he couldn’t even limp around the bases like Kirk Gibson dramatically did in the 1988 World Series.

The Brewers went on a tear without Yelich, and he even joined the team to celebrate despite his injury. However, that appears to be about all he can do. He’s certainly eager to play, and you can understand why he wouldn’t want to rule himself out, but even he didn’t sound optimistic. The Brewers would have to get there in the first place, and they need to win a Wild Card game and two postseason series before they can even consider it.

Brewers owner flew Christian Yelich to Cincinnati so he could celebrate with team

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Many in the media thought the Milwaukee Brewers were toast as soon as Christian Yelich got injured, but the opposite turned out to be true.

The Brewers have gone 17-2 in their last 19 games and surged ahead in the standings. Their 9-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday allowed them to clinch their second straight playoff berth.

One of the cool stories about their clinched berth is that Yelich was able to celebrate with the team thanks to owner Mark Attanasio, who flew the reigning NL MVP to Cincinnati with him.

Yelich suffered a broken kneecap on September 10. Before that he was putting together another MVP-caliber season and helping to carry the team. They have pulled through and are still fighting to win even more, like the NL Central.

The Brewers have used their bullpen more than any other team in baseball. Will they be able to keep it up being used like that? That’s a huge question that will dictate whether they can duplicate last year’s NLCS appearance, or even more.

Christian Yelich out for season with fractured kneecap

Christian Yelich

The Milwaukee Brewers shared some awful injury information about reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich.

The Brewers announced on Tuesday that Yelich suffered a broken kneecap and would miss the rest of the season.

Yelich was injured when he fouled a pitch off his right knee during the top of the first inning of the Brewers’ 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Yelich was down for several minutes and finally made it to his feet, but he exited the game. He was replaced by Trent Grisham, who struck out in the at-bat. The strikeout was charged to Yelich.

Losing Yelich is a big hit to the Brewers’ playoff hopes. As of Tuesday’s win, the team had won four straight and was 1.5 games out of the second wild cart spot. They’ll have to pursue a postseason spot without their best player. Yelich was batting .329 with a 1.100 OPS this season. He followed up last year’s MVP campaign with 44 home runs and an even higher OPS.

Christian Yelich trolls complaining fan with ‘Roxanne’ at-bat song

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Christian Yelich trolled a complaining fan by changing his at-bat song for Tuesday’s Milwaukee Brewers-St. Louis Cardinals game.

Yelich has posed nude for the ESPN “Body Issue” that will be released in September (ESPN shared a preview of the photos on Monday).

A woman named Roxane on Twitter complained to Yelich for not thinking of the kids who admire him before he posed nude for the magazine. Yelich responded by saying “Relax Roxane” to the woman.

The reigning National League MVP turned it up after that, changing his walk-up music to “Roxanne”, a song by The Police.

You may call his actions petty and say he should be above calling out a fan like that, but it’s hard not to appreciate the humor in the move.