Our old friend Halladays Biceps gave me the heads up on this: New Jersey Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie sitting in for several hours on the Boomer and Carton show yesterday bolstering those straight-talker credentials of his. Of our interest, his thoughts on the Yankees jerseys he was given as gifts:
“There will be s’mores at the bonfire tonight…when I burn them.”
Yankees radio announcers, Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling:
[Waldman is] “God awful” and her co-announcer John Sterling “turns my stomach.”
On the Phillies:
“If there’s any team that I hate almost as much as the Yankees, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies.” He also said Ruben Amaro is an “awful” general manager, and Charlie Manuel’s firing was handled “disgracefully.”
And, finally, how to treat reporters who act like jerks:
“When reporters act like jerks you need to treat them that way back. They don’t have some vaulted status in our society that they get to act like jerks and not be treated like a jerk back.”
I am on board with some of these assessments.
And, though I doubt Christie can make it through the GOP primaries in 2016, I think it would be quite fun to have a president who spouts off about sports like any other fan. Especially if the Yankees, Phillies or someone else on his hit list won a championship and showed up the following summer for their official visit.
Of course that would require the Phillies to win a World Series between 2016 and 2024, so you know, maybe it’s not something to get my hopes up for.
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.
David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.
Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:
[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.
The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.