Royals starter Yordano Ventura is currently appealing a nine-game suspension for throwing a 99 MPH fastball at Manny Machado and his involvement in the ensuing altercation. The bad boy image was not on display Tuesday when Ventura visited a lemonade stand run by two brothers in Overland Park, Kansas, as Abby Eden of FOX 4 KC reports.
“My brother had no idea who he was, and then I looked at him, I stared at him, and I said, ‘Yordano Ventura?’ And he was like yeah, and he gave me a fist bump,” Rahmeen Hirsch recounted.
The brothers were selling lemonade, sweet tea, and baseball cards. They say Ventura paid way above asking price, per Eden.
Yesterday, Craig urged us not to think of everything in binary terms. This is another good example. We can, at the same time, condemn Ventura for his antics on the field and praise him for the way he treats fans off the field.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: