Unfortunate news to pass along, as Hall of Famer and franchise icon Yogi Berra will miss this afternoon’s Old-Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium as the result of injuries sustained during a minor fall at his home in Montclair, N.J. on Friday evening, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
According to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, the 85-year-old Berra tripped on his front steps and was taken to the hospital. While he didn’t suffer any broken bones, “his nose is pretty banged up,” according to Kaplan.
“He’s very disappointed as you can imagine,” said Kaplan. “He looks
forward to this day. And he’s sorry he can’t be there.”
Old-Timer’s Day has extra meaning this year, but the Yankees also plan to honor the 60th anniversary of the 1950 World Championship team, of which Berra was a part. According to Matthews, Berra’s family is putting together a statement to be read during this afternoon’s ceremony. Get well soon, Yogi.
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.