Aaron mentioned this the other day, but last night — in honor of his 84th birthday — Tommy Lasorda was an honorary coach for the Dodgers game against the Giants. In uniform, hanging on the dugout railing and everything.
There was all kinds of good-natured ribbing going on between Lasorda and Dodgers players. Matt Kemp gave him style advice. Don Mattingly delicately implied that you pretty much can’t tell Lasorda anything he doesn’t want to hear. And, best of all, Bruce Bochy suggested that Lasorda actually be allowed to manage the game because Bochy would “outsmart him.”
To which Lasorda replied:
“Tell Bochy I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
No word on whether anyone asked what he thought of Dave Kingman’s performance.
Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $13 million extension with the Blue Jays, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Last night Morosi reported that the sides were near a deal.
This extension is, functionally, like adding a year on to his old deal, which paid him $26 million for the 2016-17 seasons. As Bill noted last night. while the 34-year-old right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176.2 innings this year and has improved in the second half.
Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will air an anti-racism public service announcement at Fenway Park before their game on September 28. This is part of a large campaign backed by the Sox, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution “featuring athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues.”
This comes in the wake of a group of protesters hanging an anti-racism banner in Fenway Park last week which, in turn came a few months after Adam Jones, like many visiting players of color before him, claimed that racial epithets were hurled at him by fans in the Fenway bleachers.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells the globe that the Jones incident is what inspired the PSA campaign:
“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this,” he said. “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”