The ESPN Daily: Your team probably could have had Mike Trout

HOW 21 TEAMS PASSED ON MIKE TROUT

The Mickey Mantle of his time … Most of the league could have drafted Mike Trout. But they didn’t. Trout fell to the Los Angeles Angels at No. 25 in the 2009 MLB draft, and since then he’s accumulated so much WAR that he passes legitimate Hall of Famers every month. How did 21 teams miss their mark so badly? Keith Law has the story from the people who were there. Read More

THINGS TO CARE ABOUT

Tobin Heath is here to nutmeg you … Her footwork is so legendary that she has earned the nickname “Tobinho.” She might be the most technically skilled player in USWNT history. But Tobin Heath’s skill set has always been a little at odds with one important thing: coaches seeking order. Read More

‘Warrior coming out …’ Those three words are enough to light up Oracle Arena, because they mean Steph Curry is on his way to the floor. Here’s an inside look at the most famous warm-up routine in the NBA, one that can be more entertaining than some games. Read More

All rise … The Yankees have been making things work without Aaron Judge’s ridiculous home run power in the lineup. But when he left the team for a rehab assignment, it seemed like what they really missed was his ability to be a mentor to other players, despite his relatively short MLB career. Read More

WEEKEND BINGE READS

How Bob Marley’s daughter saved Jamaican soccer … Five years ago, Cedella Marley saw a flyer her son received asking for donations to revive the Jamaican women’s national soccer team, which had been disbanded due to a lack of funding. Now, after years of fighting and a second disbandment, the Reggae Girlz are competing in the World Cup — in no small part due to Marley’s grit. Read More

Jessica Eye’s remarkable comeback story … She’s a heavy underdog to Valentina Shevchenko this weekend at UFC 238, but considering everything Jessica Eye has been through — a physically abusive father, a terrible accident as a teenager, a four-fight losing streak that threatened her career — it doesn’t seem too daunting. Here’s the story of how she forged her own path and overcame the odds. Read More

Cristiano Ronaldo proves he’s irreplaceable … His successors proved they’re not quite ready yet in Portugal’s 3-1 UEFA Nations League semifinal win over Switzerland. The Portuguese superstar scored all three goals, while Joao Felix, often touted as the next big thing for the national team, was replaced in the 70th minute. How much longer will Portugal be able to rely on Ronaldo if their young stars fail to develop? Read More

THINGS TO WATCH

OVERHEARD

“I don’t think there is any reason. For me, personally, I don’t know him. I don’t care to know him. He showed his true colors at the time. A guy like that shouldn’t be a part of our league. Being honest with you. That’s my personal opinion.”
— Kyle Lowry on Warriors investor Mark Stevens, who was banned for a year and fined $500,000 for shoving Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Read more

REMEMBER WHEN?

On this date in 1995, Nick Anderson missed four (!) consecutive free throws, allowing the Rockets to force OT against the Magic and win Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Houston would go on to sweep Orlando. The Magic still haven’t won a title. Watch

WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?

Raptors at Warriors (Friday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN App): The Warriors are inching closer to having their backs to the wall, which hasn’t been a common situation for them in their dynastic run. If they can’t overcome their injury problems and come up with a solution to stop Kawhi Leonard, this could be an unexpectedly short NBA Finals.

UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN PPV): Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes for the UFC bantamweight title in Chicago. We also have Tony Ferguson matching up against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Valentina Shevchenko defending her flyweight title against Jessica Eye. You can catch the prelims on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET and the early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET.

Valdez vs. Sanchez (Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes): For the more boxing-inclined, Oscar Valdez defends his WBO featherweight title against Jason Sanchez on Saturday night in Reno. You also can catch the undercards at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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