This is cool, but it’s also sad.
It’s cool because it’s Yogi Berra’s house and, if you want to, you can buy it for $888,000 which, yes, is a custom price designed to match Yogi’s retired number 8. It’s sad, however, because Berra decided to sell the house last year, presumably because it was getting to be too big or too much for he and his wife Carmen as they approached 90. Carmen died recently. Yogi doesn’t live there anymore. Leaving the place you call home happens to a lot of our grandparents and parents and eventually it will happen to us too.
But there are still 40 years worth of memories in that house and well over 50 years worth of memories for the Berras in Montclair, New Jersey. Here’s hoping whoever buys this house is worthy of the Berras and their wonderful legacy.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.
Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.
The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.
The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.