It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.” That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday:
The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir,
Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be
played by Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. As an added bonus, NBA Hall
of Famer and notorious “Deadhead” Bill Walton will be in attendance.
Dead fans paid in between $20 and $50 to sit in a special section of
the ballpark. The first 9,000 who bought tickets to the promotion got a
Garcia bobblehead, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s, which of course makes
the ice cream flavor Cherry Garcia.
How much does it cost to sit near that section? Like, downwind? No reason.
In other news, Tim Lincecum is not scheduled to pitch on Monday which is, like, a total bummer.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.