My comment about the Yankees-Red Sox game in the recaps was a little grumpy this morning. But I should admit that I did at least learn something valuable watching the game. I learned what is and what is not an acceptable form of celebration following a home run.
Remember from Tuesday night’s game that this — unsportsmanlike hand-clapping — is a big no-no and will get a ball thrown at your back:
Last night, in contrast, we learned that this — opening one’s arms to Heaven and thanking God Almighty for smiling upon you and you alone and for bestowing His glory upon you at the expense of your adversaries — is perfectly acceptable:
Note: pay no attention to those crazy people who observe that this move could also very easily be interpreted as a player saying “Look at me, aren’t I fabulous? Behold, those who witness my accomplishments! Behold and raise your voices to cheer for me!” Because that is not what he is doing. At all. Perish the thought.
Now, isn’t that easy enough to remember?
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.