Last week was an emotional one for many in the sports world. Fans of MLB teams that were sellers at the deadline had to see fan favorites nake their departure, includong Washington Nationals fans who lost one of the most electrifying talents in baseball. Fans of the Seattle Storm and fans of basketball in general saw the final home game of the storied career of WNBA legend Sue Bird. And, of course, there was the passing of baseball legend Vin Scully, whose tenure as the commentator of the Los Angeles Dodgers for nearly seventy years can only be described as iconic. Rest in peace, Vin. Your impact on the game will be remembered as long as baseball is played. That said, there was still plenty of positives in the world of sports last week, as there always are. Without further ado, let’s honor those who stood out from the pack the most this past week.
The St. Louis Cardinals are our MLB Team of the Week. They desperately needed to be able to string some wins together, and they did just that. Entering the week three games back from the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Division, the Redbirds sent the Chicago Cubs packing with a sweep and then handed the New York Yankees their first three-game sweep of the season. Now the Cards find themselves two games up on Milwaukee in the division thanks to a 7-game winning streak. Deadline additions Jose Quintana and Jordan Montgomery, both starting pitchers, played a pivotal role in their new team’s success, combining to throw 8 strikeouts in 11 innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run. Special shoutout to the San Diego Padres, since it is impossible to have a bad week when you add Juan Soto to the squad, and to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who swept the Padres and sent the message that no shiny new toy changes who the top dog is in the NL West.
The Dallas Wings had a crazy week. While jockeying for playoff position, they had the top two teams in the league on their schedule and handed both the Chicago Sky and the Las Vegas Aces each a big loss. Ending their week with a gutsy overtime victory over the Indiana Fever, the Wings hit .500 on the season and look like they’re playoff bound. Watching Arike Ogunbowale continue to come into her own here as one of the top scorers in the league is going to continue to be very fun to watch, especially when she leads her Wings to that playoff stage.