Ultimately what baseball players think about the major issues of the day that aren’t baseball-related is rather unimportant, but I found this distinction to be 100% unsurprising.
Here’s Mariano Rivera when asked about the death of Osama bin Laden by Ben Shpigel:
“You do something like that, somewhere along the way you’re going to pay. This was the time.”
Makes sense. A sober opinion from a man who always seems like he thinks about stuff before he speaks and who doesn’t try to make himself out to be an authority on everything. In contrast, here’s Curt Schilling:
That may not have been an exact quote, but it’s close. His entire comments, along with audio/video are here.
Upshot: He decided to take this fairly momentous news and search for an angle to it which he figured would make him sound like some sage, provocative straight-shooter and which would provide him with a few moments of media spotlight.
Shocking, I know.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”