Brian Wilson, you crazy!
What happened to the baseball that Brian Wilson threw to strike out Texas’ Nelson Cruz and clinch the first World Series championship in the San Francisco Giants’ 53-year history?
Is it in a museum? Somewhere in the team archives? Or locked in a wall safe hidden behind a painting in owner Bill Neukom’s office?
Try Wilson’s kitchen. In a Halloween candy jar.
“I figure I’m not going to lose it there,” said Wilson, “and it was a delicious treat.”
That’s cute and all, but let’s see how nuts Brian Wilson really is. Remember the ball from the last out of the 2004 World Series? You might recall that Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz kept it, the Red Sox asked for it back, he refused and the Red Sox ended up suing him, saying that it was team property.
God, I hope that happens here. Because I would really, really love to read a deposition transcript of Brian Wilson. And I’d feel really, really sorry for the lawyer that had to depose him.
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.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.