It’s in Texas. And at under $2 million, it’s a relative bargain as these things go. Some specifics:
Sited on a prime two-acre lot in the Saddlebrook community, Wetteland’s property offers seven bedrooms, six baths and nearly 7,000 square feet of living space. The home, built in 2001, boasts a wealth of luxuries befitting a baseball legend, including a palatial master bath with a dry sauna and a fireplace, a theater room with custom sound-proofing, and a wine bar.
That’s nice — and I really loved John Wetteland as a player — but I feel like we’re throwing around the word “legend” too much these days. Was Wetteland really a legend? Was Petula Clark? I ask that because “Downtown” came on my Pandora on Sunday and it was listed as a track on the album “The Legendary Petula Clark.”
Will people be sitting around tribal fires one day, sharing stories of the legendary Petula Clark and John Wetteland? I’m not saying that would be a bad thing. Just saying it’s unlikely.
The Mets rode a bloop hit and a fortuitous slide by Yoenis Cespedes into a four-run fifth inning against the Cardinals during Thursday night’s game.
After Cespedes drew a one-out walk, James Loney hit a weak pop-up into shallow left field. Left fielder Brandon Moss and shortstop Greg Garcia both gave chase but it dropped in. Cespedes, running the bases aggressively, sprinted towards third base. Moss scooped up the ball and threw to Adam Wainwright covering third base.
Cespedes appeared to have been tagged out by Wainwright, but as luck would have it, Cespedes’ cleats stuck on Wainwright’s glove and yanked it off. Cespedes was ruled safe and the Cardinals challenged the call, but it was ultimately upheld.
After that play, Curtis Granderson struck out, Wilmer Flores reached on a fielding error by Garcia, and Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run home run to right field, pushing the Mets’ lead to 7-0.
You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension.
With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base.
Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps enjoyed the joke most. The Rangers’ broadcast showing Adrian Beltre cracking up and telling his other teammates what had happened.