The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“Tonight was in honour of him, and he was definitely looking over us tonight. He’s probably up there saying we’re nasty.”
— Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, using his teammate and friend Tyler Skaggs’ favourite word to describe the team’s combined no-hitter in the first home game since Skaggs’ death. Something special.
The GIST: We have a new king and queen of tennis: Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH) and Simona Halep are Wimbledon champions.
The deets: With the actual future queen Kate Middleton and her sister-in-law Meghan Markle watching on, the women’s final between No. 7 seed Halep and No. 11 seed Serena Williams took place on Saturday. And it was…kinda lacklustre?
Although Serena was the heavy favourite heading into the match, Halep made quick work of the seven-time Wimbledon champion. The match lasted just 56 minutes (an average women’s final usually clocks in around two hours), and Halep won both sets 6–2 to take home the Venus Rosewater Dish (yes, that’s the trophy’s actual name, not a dish for your bathroom) for the first time.
Sundays are for the boys:Sunday’s finalwas an epic and incredibly entertaining battle between No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 seed Roger Federer that lasted a whopping five hours and two minutes—the longest finals match in Wimbledon’s history. We’re tired just thinking about it.
Why so long? Well, Djokovic won the first and third set, each in a tiebreak, while Federer sailed through the second and fourth set 6–1 and 6–4, leading to a record-setting fifth set.
In a new Wimbledon rule, the fifth set (and therefore the match) will be determined by a tiebreak only if it reaches 12–12 (yes, they played that many games). And of course, that’s exactly what happened. And Djokovic went on to win the final set tiebreak 7–3, taking home the Challenge Cup (not as cool a name as the women’s trophy, although it does have a pineapple on top of it).
The bigger picture:Yesterday marked Djokovic’s 16th grand slam title. He’s quickly catching up to Nadal’s and Federer’s grand slam title counts, at 18 and 20, respectively (but still far from Serena Williams’ 23). “The Joker” is no joke.
Despite the loss, we have to applaud Federer, who’s turning 38 in August and who keeps demonstrating that age is just a number. He was only a few strokes away from becoming the oldest man to ever win a grand slam title. Wonder if he’s on the TB12 method.
Oh, Canada: Sadly, in the very last match of the tournament, the ladies’ doubles final ended with a Canadian loss. Welp. Ottawa native Gabriela “Gaby” Dabrowski and her partner from China, Yifan Xu, fell to Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh, 6–2, 6–4. Still, it was a great tournament for the world No. 4 pairing, and in the words of Tennis Canada, “Onward and upward from here.”
A star is born
The GIST: The Los Angeles Angels honoured recently passed pitcher Tyler Skaggs with an emotional tribute and a combined no-hitter (when two or more pitchers throw a complete game, whereby the opposing team isn’t able to record a hit) on Friday night.
Remind me about Tyler: Tyler Skaggs was just 27 years old when he died suddenly and unexpectedly (cause of death remains unknown) on July 1st. His team, the Los Angeles Angels, played their first home game since Skaggs’ death on Friday night, and they definitely honoured his memory right.
Tell me about the game: To start the game, Tyler’s mom, Debbie, threw the ceremonial first pitch, and the entire Angels team wore No. 45 to commemorate Skaggs.
The Angels won 13–0 against the Seattle Mariners, and pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Peña recorded a combined no-hitter. This was the first no-hitter in the state of California since July 13, 1991 — the day Tyler Skaggs was born. If that doesn’t give you chills, we don’t know what will.
When the game ended, the Angels gathered together for congratulations and condolences before removing their No. 45 jerseys and laying them on the pitcher’s mound.
The Angels have set up a memorial panel along the right outfield wall at Angel Stadium, and in yesterday’s second game of the series, Kole Calhoun hit a home run right above it. Cue the goosebumps, again.
Meanwhile, in Canada
The GIST: Our Toronto Blue Jays are struggling...but what else is new? They ended their first post-All-Star break series against the New York Yankees yesterday with a 4–2 loss, but had managed a 2–1 win on Saturday. But here’s the really bad news:
Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, the only All-Star selected from Toronto, is likely on his way out. The MLB trade deadline is July 31st, which means fans probably have just a couple more weeks of The Stro Show before the Jays trade him to continue with their rebuild. Summertime sadness.
He’s so lucky, he’s a star: Week five CFL action is over, and despite the Ottawa Redblacks’ loss, it was still an exciting weekend of football, thanks in large part to Winnipeg Blue Bomber Lucky Whitehead’s 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (TD). Nothing fires up a home team (or The GIST crew) like a kickoff return TD.
The Bombers went on to win the game 48–21 against the Toronto Argonauts. They’re now the only team with a perfect 4–0 record in the league.
What's Up This Week
Monday to Thursday: The Blue Jays are at Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox, because who doesn’t love watching a Toronto/Boston series *insert grimace emoji here*.
Wednesday: Coming off of their 2–0 win against the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC will look to extend their win streak to two against the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET.
The LPGA is coming to Ontario! The CP Women’s Open is August 19th to 25th in Aurora. One of our favourite aspects of this tournament is its focus on giving back. SickKids Foundation is the primary charity partner for the CP Women’s Open. Their goal is to raise $1.75M that will be put towards upgrading a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. Such a worthy cause! There are various fun ways to donate to the SickKids Foundation while you’re at the tournament and you can also make a donation here.
And things just keep getting better. As a GISTer, you get 15% off your ticket* when you use code GIST19. Be sure to purchase your tickets here.
P.S. The CP Women’s Open is one of The GIST’s partners. *Restrictions Apply.