Oh great: Concrete tests on Yankee Stadium were faked


You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that there was corruption and malfeasance in a major construction project in New York City.  I know. Just when you think you can have faith in something in this world.

But yeah, it seems that the engineers and contractors who built Yankee Stadium and bunch of other major projects in the city regularly failed to do their jobs:

ATSC, Fortich and the accused engineers, lab directors and inspector “regularly skipped vital safety tests and created false reports to create the impression that the tests were performed,” the indictment said. Customers “relied on the results to assess the quality of building materials in hundreds of private and public construction projects.”

Does that mean that giant chunks of concrete are going to fall from Yankee Stadium, killing thousands?  Of course not.  As the article notes, in many other cases where safety and mixture tests weren’t performed, the concrete ended up being just fine.  Which, given that the old eyeball test is often successful, explains why engineers figured they could get away with their recklessness.

But we can’t be sure! And that makes going to Yankee Stadium even more exciting than it was before!

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.