The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“Toronto, I love you...forever!”
—Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman’s first tweet after the announcement of his trade to the New York Mets. We love you forever, Marcus.
Goodbye, my almost lover
The GIST: With less than 72 hours until the July 31st deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays made the trade we’ve all been (very unwillingly) waiting for: last night the Jays traded All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets in return for pitching prospects. Welp.
Stroman was drafted by the Jays in 2012, debuted in 2014 and played a big part in helping the Jays make the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. During his time in Toronto, he also won a Gold Glove.
More importantly, the “Stro-show” embraced Toronto and Canada’s team. He truly was our guy. Ugh, why are goodbyes always so hard?
So, now what?:Yesterday’s trades (yes, trades — second baseman and shortstop Eric Sogard was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays) coupled with the fact that the Jays literally have azero percent chanceof making the playoffs, means that the Jays are fully in a rebuild.
So, while it might be a little bit painful to be a Jays fan for another year or two, remember, patience is a virtue.
Didn’t the Jays also say goodbye to someone else?:Sort of. Former Blue Jays star, Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement on Thursday. Tulo was a shortstop for the Yankees, and he played for the Jays from 2015 to 2017. He was with the team during the 2015 playoff run, too. Toodles, Tulo.
Let the games begin
The GIST: The Pan Am Games started Friday (read last Thursday’s newsletter for a refresher on how it all works), and Team Canada has wasted no time in raking in the medals. Heck yes.
What’s our medal count?: Canada has 15 medals right now: two gold, eight silver and five bronze. We’re currently sitting eighth on the medal table. Follow the ever-changing standings here.
Who won?: Canada’s first two medals came from women who killed it on the squash courts. Hollie Naughton of Mississauga, ON, won the first medal, a bronze in women’s squash singles, on Saturday afternoon. One minute later and a few feet away, Samantha Cornett of Deep River, ON, won the second bronze in women’s squash singles.
The golds came on Sunday, in the women’s K4 500m (that’s a 4-crew kayak) in the kayak sprint event and the women’s rugby sevens, who also won the gold in 2015. Of course our women got us our first golds.
The women’s gymnastics team also won silver on Saturday, in the team competition. The squad is led by veteran Ellie Black, who was the all-around individual champion at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and who will look to defend that title later today.
Check out Team Canada’s official website to see all of Canada’s winners.
What’s next?: Canada will be looking to rack up even more medals today! Watch for Ellie Black in the gymnastics events, Maude Charron and Boady Santavy in weightlifting and lots of Canadians in the waterski and canoe sprint events. Let’s get ready to rumble!
Okay ladies now let's get in formation
The GIST: The FINA World Championships officially ended on Sunday, and thanks to our female swimmers (classic), Team Canada had its best showing ever.
There’s no “I” in team: The women’s swim team showed up, winning three bronze medals, in the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relay. Is bronze the new gold?
Kylie Masse won her second individual bronze on Saturday in the 200m backstroke, and Sydney Pickrem won bronze in the 200m breaststroke. With three medals each, Masse and Pickrem are now tied as the most decorated individual Canadian women at the worlds.
Penny Oleksiak sat out of the 100m freestyle on Sunday (she won Olympic gold in that event in Rio) to be well-rested for the relay later that day, so she ended worlds without an individual medal.
In total, Team Canada brought home 11 medals: one in open water swimming (literally swimming in the ocean), two in diving and eight in swimming. Ten of the medals were won by women. You go, girls.
What’s next: The divers have left South Korea for Peru. Star Jennifer Abel and team will look to extend their hot girl summer of #winning when the Pan Am diving events start on Thursday. The swimmers are taking a break (setting Canadian records is hard work, okay?). In the meantime, we suggest you find a pool and do your own swimming to ride out this heatwave.
Hey now, you're an all-star
The GIST: With WNBA legend Sue Bird, soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe (pronounced RAP-EEE-NO) and NBA icon Kobe Bryant watching on, the WNBA All-Star Game took place in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon, with Team Wilson beating Team Delle Donne129–126.
The skills competitions took place on Friday night, with Canadian Kia Nurse competing in the Three-Point Contest. She hit 14 threes in the first round, but Connecticut Sun’s Shekinna Stricklen came away with the win, scoring 21 threes in the first round and 23 in the second. Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky won the three-round obstacle course Skills Challenge.
The game’s MVP was Erica Wheeler, who was the first undrafted player in 16 years to become an All-Star. Wheeler had a tough road to the WNBA, and she gave an emotional acceptance speech where she talked about using her late mother as inspiration. Watch her speech here (but maybe grab some tissues first).
Friday night lights
The GIST: The Philadelphia Eagles have hired a new football operations coordinator, and she’s Canadian! Catherine Raiche is a Montreal native with a ton of CFL experience. We love this new trend of Canadian women taking over Philly.
What's up this week
Monday: It’s Jays versus Rays in the final game of the series, tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.
Tuesday: The WNBA All-Star break is over, and there are three Tuesday games to get you back into basketball action: Phoenix versus Washington and Chicago versus Connecticut at 8 p.m. ET, and Dallas is in Las Vegas for the late game at 10 p.m. ET.
All week: The Pan Am Games, of course! Watch live at CBC Sports.
The LPGA is coming to Canada! The CP Women’s Open is going down August 19th to 25th at the stunning Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. We attended our first pro golf tournament earlier this summer, and we can promise, it’s the best and most fun way to spend a day, weekend or week.
This tournament will be extra fun because you’ll also have the chance to watch Brooke Henderson — the pro golfer with the most wins in Canadian history (for both women andmen). Henderson won the title last year and will be looking for a repeat. Be sure to get more deets about Brooke here. We promise, you don’t want to miss this.
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