TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories


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Whether it’s local news, provincial and national politics, or the worlds of celebrity and sports, we have you covered.

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

Mets broadcaster offers awkward advice to Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk

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Whether you loved Keith Hernandez as the New York mets first baseman or Elaine’s one-time boyfriend on Seinfeld, you probably didn’t love the word he used to describe Blue Jays catch Alejandro Kirk’s swing.

The now-broadcaster for his former team was discussing the finer points of hitting a baseball during the Jays’ eventual 3-0 win when he offered a tip to Kirk: “You want to always be erect when you make contact.”

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He added: “Like a telephone pole.”

Thankfully he made no suggestions on the grip, Rob Longley reported.

Kevin O'Leary
Kevin O’Leary arrives at a television studio for an interview in Toronto on Wednesday January 18, 2017. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press) Photo by Chris Young /THE CANADIAN PRESS

‘Shark Tank’s’ Kevin O’Leary calls Target’s $15B woke collapse a warning to corporations

Like Bud Light, Target’s loss of $15 billion in market capitalization after consumer backlash to the retail giant’s controversial Pride-themed clothing line – specifically its “tuck-friendly” swimwear – will have lasting ramifications, according to Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary.

“The stunning collapse of Target’s market cap is almost unprecedented,” O’Leary said of the discount retailer’s plummeting stock price, before comparing it to the demise of the beer brand that kickstarted all the boycotts due to its partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, Mark Daniell reported.

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“If you start to get too distant or too far away from the primary mandate, the market has proven itself to really, really punish you,” O’Leary said. “It took decades to create the American beer and exactly 32 hours to destroy it.”

Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs
From left, Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander are three parts of the Maple Leafs’ Core 4. (Elso/Getty Images) Photo by Elso /Getty Images

SIMMONS SAYS: Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews will be the highest paid player in the NHL

Auston Matthews can be signed to a contract extension on July 1, the same day a no-move clause kicks in for the final year of his current contract.


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He may not be the most dominate athlete in the NHL, and Steve Simmons points out that he should by no means be making more than Connor McDavid or Nathan MacKinnon, but because of how badly the Maple Leafs need him, let’s see if GM Brad Treliving manages to scrounge up the $14 to $15 million a season to lock him in.

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A Toronto Police cruiser. (Scott Laurie/Toronto Sun) Photo by Scott Laurie / Files /Toronto Sun

Five boys, aged 12 to 15, charged in Scarborough TTC station stabbing

Another week, another act of violence on the TTC.

This time, it was a group of six people who were in an altercation at the Kennedy subway station before things escalated and someone was stabbed, Kevin Connor reported.

The assailants fled but Toronto Police were able to locate and arrest five young male suspects: one 12-year-old, one 13-year-old, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old.

Restaurants, and even fast food outlets, coffee shops etc, are increasing their tipping options for customers on August 25, 2022.
Restaurants, and even fast food outlets, coffee shops etc, are increasing their tipping options for customers on August 25, 2022.  (Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia) Photo by Darren Makowichuk /Postmedia

LILLEY: Is it time to drop tipping or have customers take control?

Are tipping prompts getting out of hand? Maybe. Does that mean we need to get rid of tipping entirely? That’s the question Brian Lilley asks.

He argues that the customer should do a better job saying “no” where tipping isn’t needed or when the ask is ridiculous.

If the service is good enough – heck, outstanding enough – to warrant a tip, then pony up, people!

But to the workers who barely glance your way and do nothing to justify getting a little extra cheddar, then sorry, not sorry. You worked just as hard for your money as they should for theirs.

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