Chris Christie hates the Yankees, Phillies, jerk sports reporters and Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling

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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.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.