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News Bites: ‘Can’t Cancel Pride 2022,’ Rick Ankiel, WDWS/WHMS, ‘CT 40 Let Freedom Sing 4th of July.’

News Bites for June 15... ...iHeartMedia held the third annual “Can’t Cancel Pride 2022 – Proud AND Together,” a fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community on Tuesday, June 14 at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. The event, hosted by JoJo Siwa, featured the presentation of the first-ever Impact Award to Elton John, who also performed at the event. John was recognized for his humanitarian work. Also performing at the event were Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lizzo, Anitta, Dove Cameron, Betty Who, and Kim Petras. The event will be available on-demand until June 30 via iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook, The CW App, CWTV.com, and Revry.
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Tyler Matzek, Rick Ankiel, and the Science Behind the Yips

As the Braves made their World Series run in the 2021 playoffs, there were a number of storylines that went mainstream including some silly things like Joc Pederson’s pearl necklace and more pensive stories like how a deep playoff run would affect Freddie Freeman’s odds of staying with Atlanta. Personally, my favorite story was that of Braves’ relief ace Tyler Matzek (the Denver Post has a nice write-up of Matzek’s journey, which you can read in full here). Matzek originally came up to the majors through the Rockies system and finished his freshman season with a 4.05 ERA and 3.78 FIP in 117.2 IP in 2014. He got the call to pitch Colorado’s home opener in 2015 and made five starts in the majors that year. In his fifth and final MLB appearance until 2020, he pitched only two innings and gave up four runs on six walks and three hits. He was sent down to AAA afterward, and his first start went far worse. In one inning pitched, he faced twelve batters, walking seven of them and giving up seven runs on just one hit. Matzek spent most of the rest of 2015 in AAA, and after that bounced between the minor leagues and independent leagues, contemplating on giving up on the game. Thankfully, that’s not how his story ended.
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Rick Ankiel Tells Candid Story of Bout With Yips and How He Reinvented Himself

The yips are often associated with golfers who lose the ability to putt because of anxiety or nervousness that causes their hands to tremor. Rick Ankiel had the yips, though his bout played out in the major leagues, as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Ankiel could not just throw strikes, he could not throw accurately. His bout became so acute that he returned to the minors, learned to play the outfield and returned to the majors.
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