We weren’t expecting this: “a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television
broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series” was found in the wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco.
Footage of Bill Mazeroski’s home run is all over the place, but the game itself had been thought to have been lost forever. Crosby, however — a minority owner of the Pirates at the time — had a kinescope created of the game and stored it away. Relatives still own the home, and it was recently uncovered. According to the article, it has been transferred to DVD and MLB Network is going to show the game in December.
Which is fabulous, but I have one humble request to the MLB Network folks: show the game with as little commentary and interruption as possible. I love Bob Costas, and I know that he’ll have some good historical insight into the game, but please, try to limit such things to before and after the game and let the Yankees and the Pirates do the talking. It’s supposed to be one of the best games in the history of baseball. If it can’t speak for itself, no game can.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.