Aww, this is cute.
Nationals manager Matt Williams and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson are good friends from Williams’ four seasons spent on Gibson’s coaching staff in Arizona and so yesterday after exchanging lineup cards at home plate they did this:
Scott Allen of the Washington Post has some more details, including the fact that Williams and Gibson used to go running regularly together in Arizona. As for Gibson’s obvious head start–and the fact that Williams apparently didn’t know he was in a race until it was already going–the Diamondbacks skipper asked: “Is that cheating or is that just smart?”
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.