The New York press is all in a tizzy
because Alex Rodriguez — who sat out Friday and Saturday — was
spotted tripping the light fantastic with Kate Hudson into the wee
hours of Friday night/Saturday morning:
Was Alex Rodriguez out partying with actress Kate Hudson on the same
night the Yankees sat him because of fatigue? The Palm Beach Post
reported on Sunday that A-Rod and K-Hud were partying until 2:30 a.m.
on Saturday morning in Miami Beach and left together in the back seat
of a chauffeured German luxury car. Reached on Sunday by Newsday,
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said: “I have no idea whether
that’s even accurate, so I wouldn’t be able to comment on it.”
Here’s a comment: when your workday lasts from roughly 4pm-11pm like
A-Rod’s does, being out at 2:30am is the equivalent of you or me being
out at 9pm or so. Why is this a big deal, especially given that it had
already been announced that he wasn’t playing on Saturday? I’d have a
much bigger problem if he was spotted doing the hustle with his bum
hip, but I’m guessing he just spent the evening sipping Courvoisier and
lying to Hudson about how much he enjoys her films.
Oh, and if I see the term “K-Hud” again, I’m going to unhook my
Internets and move to a fishing village in Newfoundland because that
stuff’s just wrong.
With a fourth-inning solo home run off of Phillies starter Jake Thompson, Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson reached the 30-homer plateau for the fourth time in his 13-year career. It’s a moment worth celebrating, only there’s one problem: he has just 56 RBI on the season.
There are many reasons for the low RBI total. 24 of Granderson’s 30 homers have come with the bases empty. He came into Sunday’s action hitting just .140 in 124 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and .197 with runners on base. He has hit leadoff for most of the season, meaning he’s had the Mets’ pitchers hitting “ahead” of him in the No. 9 slot as well as the Mets’ catchers typically hitting eighth. Mets catchers, collectively, have a .296 on-base percentage, the second-worst mark in the National League.
Since the end of August, Granderson has hit cleanup with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting in front of him. That change hasn’t been for naught, as he has 17 RBI in 21 games since.
Still, Granderson is on pace for the fewest RBI in a 30-homer season. Rob Deer and Felix Mantilla are tied for the record with 64 RBI. Deer (32 HR) accomplished the feat in 1992 with the Tigers and Mantilla (30 HR) in 1964 with the Red Sox. Only eight players have had 70 or fewer homers in a 30-homer season. Evan Gattis is currently sitting on 30 homers with 68 RBI.
Following the announcement of the 24-year-old’s death, Major League Baseball observed a moment of silence for José Fernández before each of today’s games. While this afternoon’s Marlins-Braves game was cancelled out of respect for the organization, Miami painted Fernández’s jersey number on the mound in honor of their former pitcher.
Other teams, like the Mets, Mariners, and Dodgers, chose to honor Fernández by hanging his No. 16 jersey in their dugout:
Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that David Ortiz‘s pregame retirement ceremony at Tropicana Field was canceled at the player’s request:
The Astros and Diamondbacks each displayed a personal tribute to Fernández, writing the number 16 on their caps and etching his number and initials in the bullpen:
Rest in peace, Fernández.