The Braves host the Nationals for a four-game series next week. Their advertising for it — on the web and on billboards — is rather amusing:
Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post dismisses it sarcastically as “super original.” I think her mistake is thinking that the Braves were in any way trying to be original here. Rather, they’re mocking the Nats. Which is something which seems totally fair given that the original slogan was (a) born of an inferiority complex to begin with; and (b) Nats players aren’t gonna respect the Braves, apparently, until they’ve lost a couple more series to them.
As for me: I’ll be going up to Detroit tomorrow to take in the Braves-Tigers game. I was gonna just cheer for my team, but now I’m gonna show my Gattitude, I think. It’ll likely annoy people.
The Mets have reportedly offered their managerial position to Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to multiple reports from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The three-year deal was accepted and is expected to be finalized today, though the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Callaway, 42, got his start in coaching back in 2010 for the Indians’ Single-A affiliate, where he helped the Lake County Captains to their first Midwest League title. He was promoted to a coaching position in High-A in 2011 and finally advanced to a big league role in 2013, where he helped guide the Indians’ pitching staff through five winning seasons and three postseason runs. Their success serves as a ringing endorsement: they’ve consistently ranked among the top ten rotations in MLB and led the league with a collective 23.1 fWAR and second-best 3.52 ERA in 2017.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Mets, whose cadre of powerhouse pitchers has weathered numerous injuries to Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle), Matt Harvey (stress reaction in right shoulder), Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm) and Steven Matz (ulnar nerve irritation) over the last year. While they’re preparing to take on a manager with no prior managerial experience, it doesn’t look like that’ll be an issue for Callaway.