Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback (UP ⬆️)
Well, well, well, look who showed up! Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers strutted into training camp Tuesday donning some sick shades, presumably to block out the haters. We aren’t sure whether we’re more surprised or relieved by his arrival -- okay, that’s a fib, we’re over the moon. Rodgers kept quiet the past few months about his plans for the 2021 season, while report after report surfaced that the veteran quarterback was disgruntled with Green Bay’s front office. Even if his long-term future with the Packers remains in jeopardy, Rodgers showed yesterday that he’s committed to bringing at least one more Lombardi trophy to Green Bay. Also, Rodgers’ offseason silence may have made general manager Brian Gutekunst a bit more responsive to his star quarterback’s priorities. Green Bay will apparently soon trade for wide receiver Randall Cobb, whose relationship with Rodgers needs no introduction. In 24 hours, the Packers quickly jumped back into contention.
Rowdy Tellez, Brewers first baseman (UP ⬆️)
Tellez, another product of David Stearns’ ingenuity -- remember, Tellez arrived via trade with Toronto on July 6 -- has been a beast in the box over Milwaukee’s last four games. Tellez is 8-for-15 (.533) and has smashed three of his seven total home runs this season in that span. In case you missed it, fellow Brewers trade acquisition Willy Adames steered the crowd at American Family Field into a rowdy “Rowdy” chant after Tellez hit a pair of dingers July 24.
Lorenzo Cain, Brewers outfielder (UP ⬆️)
Lean back, baby, Lo Cain is back! Milwaukee’s Gold Glover returned to the lineup Tuesday night for the first time since May 31, and his smile said it all. Cain flaunted his range in center field, and finished the evening with two hits and one RBI in five at-bats. If Cain’s spirits are high, so are ours.
Christian Yelich, Brewers outfielder (DOWN ⬇️)
A day that featured reinstatements for Cain and reliever Devin Williams was a bit overshadowed by Yeli heading to the COVID-IL. It’s the newest frustration for Yelich this season, who has slashed .235/.382/.367 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 67 games. After announcing the news to reporters Tuesday, Stearns said, “I don’t think this has been his favorite year in totality. … It’s just another challenge that he’s going to overcome.” The 2018 NL MVP endured multiple stints on the injured list with a badgering back injury earlier in the campaign. Despite the setbacks, Yelich has done a fabulous job of staying positive and supporting his teammates. That impact can’t be understated.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (UP ⬆️)
It just keeps getting better. The newly minted NBA Finals MVP now has a beverage named in his honor at Chick-Fil-A. Inspired by his own order hours after winning his first NBA championship, the “50-50” consists of half sprite and half lemonade. No, it doesn’t matter that kids have been ordering this drink for as long as we (me, personally) can remember, it didn’t earn its fame until Antetokounmpo took the party to the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru line and ordered an iceless drink to help wash down his 50 chick-n-minis. Giannis, you’re truly one of a kind!