For major league players, signing autographs likely gets mundane after a while. The faces start to blur, and one begins to dread the wrist pain that comes after signing for too long. For fans — especially kids — however, it’s a rare opportunity to meet an idol and get a memento of the brief meeting in the form of an autograph.
After leaving Monday’s spring training game, Angels outfielder Mike Trout made a kid’s day by giving him an autograph. In this video, you can see the kid frantically try to get Trout’s attention for an autograph and basically chases him down. When Trout finally signs his ball, the kid freaks out. It’s very cute. Watch:
Sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can have a profoundly positive impact on a person.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.