Killer Mike and El-P, better known as Run the Jewels, digitally released their third self-titled album on Christmas. It was a few weeks ahead of their scheduled release date and they made it available for free.
The sixth track on Run the Jewels 3, titled “Stay Gold,” made a reference to John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux, the three mainstays in the Braves’ super-rotation from the 1990’s. The trio was crucial to the Braves winning the World Series in 1995. All three have since been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Towards the end of the fourth verse of the song, Killer Mike raps, “You should know we pitch these rhymes / Like Smoltz, like Glavine, like Maddux in ninety-five.”
Killer Mike is from Atlanta and grew up a Braves fan. He has in the past commented about the Braves’ decision to move to Cobb County.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.