Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that a 108-year-old woman, Evelyn Jones, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners-Angels game.
When she does, Jones will become the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who did it last July in San Diego.
Jones was born in 1907. Here’s what else happened in 1907:
- The first Cubist art exhibition took place in Paris;
- Oklahoma became the 46th state;
- The Lusitania made its maiden voyage;
- John Wayne was born. John Wayne has been dead for 36 years; and finally and most amazingly,
- The Cubs actually won a World Seres!
How does one get to be 108-years-old? From Dutton’s story:
Jones credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances.
I really hope I live to be 108 and someone asks me that question. Instead of the real answer for all super old people — good genetics and good luck — I’m going to list a series of vices and the ingestion of copious harmful substances and say that that, my friends, is how I got here!
Then I’m going to turn my attention to one of the world’s greatest mysteries.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.
Ken Rosenthal has an interesting story up about Sergio Romo as he begins spring training with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
There is some fun stuff about his family, all Dodgers fans from southern California, but the more notable stuff is about Romo himself, who has dealt with a lot more than has been reported over the past couple of seasons. The loss of three of his four grandparents is a big one, as it has thrust the mantle of head of the family on Romo in ways that he was not fully prepared for. There are also allusions to personal and psychological problems Romo has experienced — there is a vague suggestion of alcohol or maybe just late nights out and perhaps depression, but he is not specific about it — which he worked on with the help of friends and teammates on the Giants and which he now has overcome.
There’s always more going on the lives of baseball players than we as fans know.