While we’re talking about baseball and drama, here’s another one:
The New York Yankees will really provide some theater. The producers of “Lombardi” and “Magic/Bird” said Thursday they will collaborate on a show with the team and Major League Baseball. The project, to be produced by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, is not yet titled. An author was not announced.
I’m not sure where you can find dramatic tension in a franchise that has been on top for nearly 100 years and continues to have systemic advantages its competitors lack, but I’m sure they’ll figure out something.
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.