We’re trying a new installment for the MySportsToday faithful. The Good & The Bad will feature some of sports’ best performances of the day and some of sports’ worst performances of the day. Here is our 1st installment:
The Good – – Felix Pie – – In the Orioles 16-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday night in Baltimore, Pie hit for the cycle. Pie had an RBI double in the 2nd inning; a solo home run in the 3rd inning; and a single to lead off the 7th inning. So all he needed was the all-important triple – the toughest part of the cycle, although not so hard with Pie’s blazing speed.. The O’s tacked on 5 runs in the 7th as Pie came up for the 2nd time in the inning (he had already scored once after his lead-off single). Pie cruched a ball to deep right center field and raced around the bases for a 2-run triple in the 7th inning. All-in-all, it was a special night for Pie – 4 for 5 at the plate, 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. His only blemishes – a strikeout in the 4th inning and a fielding error…
The Bad – – Kyle Orton – – In the Broncos 17-16 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco, the Broncos new “franchise” quarterback was miserable. Orton threw 3 interceptions, including 1 in the red zone, and completed only 9 of 16 passes. Orton’s passer rating – 32.6 – ouch! After the Broncos newly-hired head coach Josh McDaniels and Owner Pat Bowlen aggravated Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler in the off-seaso (by trying to acquire Matt Cassell from the New England Patriots), Cutler forced the Broncos hand by demanding a trade. Ultimately, those demands led to a deal with the Chicago Bears that sent Orton and 1st round draft picks in 2009 and 2010 back to the Broncos. While it’s still the pre-season, if Orton keeps up his bad play, it could end up being one of the worst trades in NFL history.