Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes. Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days!
Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud. Christopher Cizin, a postal inspector, said in an affidavit that a buyer from the Bronx paid about $3,000 for a jersey represented as one worn by Rodriguez as a Seattle Mariner in 1995. An authenticator and a former Mariners equipment manager said it was not authentic.
Best part: he was arrested at a memorabilia and collectibles show. I wonder if the timing of that was designed to send a message to the other hucksters in the room that they’re being watched.
Ugly business. Don’t let anyone sell you memories. Make ’em and keep ’em yourself.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: