Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes what — if the universe is reasonable and just — should be the final word on the Red Sox’ beer and friend chicken scandal. The upshot: this is no scandal and everyone should get a grip.
What makes it so persuasive is how he lays out what goes on in clubhouses and bullpens all over baseball and how anyone who makes a federal case out of it is being sensationalistic or obtuse or some combination of the two.
We’ve had great fun with this story. Because, man, what’s more fun than beer and chicken? But anyone who is reading unprecedented disrespect or unprofessionalism into this affair — anyone who thinks that it, rather than a bunch of ill-timed poor performances was to blame for the Red Sox collapse — needs to get some perspective.
Nice job, Pete. Thanks for the reality check.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.