Oh, please. You know what happened in the All-Star Game. AL 5, NL 3. Big whoop.
The best thing that happened last night, however, was this tweet:
On the one hand, let’s cut whoever tweeted this some slack. Not everyone is a baseball freak like we are. Maybe part of their brain was thinking “Derek Jeter” and another part was thinking “Michael Jordan” and this just plopped out. It happens.
On the other hand, whoa. Mistakes happen — God, I know they do — but my page doesn’t feature Edward R. Murrow on it and go out to millions. People obviously had fun with this after it happened during the game. Mostly by noting that Michael Jeter was a real person. An actor, comedian, voiceover artist and stuff. He was on that show “Evening Shade” and was Mr. Noodle on Elmo’s World and was in Jurassic Park 3 and stuff. More than laugh at this, people in my Twitter timeline were bummed to find out that he was a “that guy” who died in 2003. But it did set the web on fire:
I think that deserves to be ranked higher than Reynolds and Selig and all of that other stuff. Mostly because it’s far more interesting.
And let none of us be judged as harshly in life as we are on our worst day. Here’s hoping the CBS person who tweeted that thing got a good laugh out of it and had their boss buy them a “man, life can suck sometimes” beer afterward.
The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.
After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.
According to Heyman, the Red Sox envision using Alvarez in much the same way the Orioles did. He’d have a place as the team’s DH with the occasional infield start, while Hanley Ramirez would keep his post at first base. Whether the Red Sox make offers to Napoli, Holliday or Alvarez, they’re expected to pursue a short-term deal in order to stay under budget.
The Braves signed left-handed reliever Jacob Lindgren to a one-year deal, according to a team announcement on Sunday.
Lindgren, the Yankees’ top draft pick in 2014, was nicknamed “The Strikeout Factory” after blowing through four levels of New York’s farm system in 2014. He started the 2015 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was called up for his major league debut only two months into the 2015 season. The 22-year-old lasted seven innings with the club before succumbing to bone chips in his elbow, and underwent bone spur surgery in June before trying his luck again during spring training in 2016.
In August, the Yankees shut Lindgren down for the remainder of the season so the lefty could undergo Tommy John surgery. With a projected return date of 2018, Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees on Friday.
While the Braves won’t get the benefit of Lindgren’s top prospect skill set in their bullpen anytime soon, he will remain under club control if they keep him on their 40-man roster beyond the 2017 season (per ESPN’s Keith Law).