I don’t really care much about “Dancing with the Stars,” but (a) I like David Ross; and (b) I love the company he’s keeping at the bottom of the betting odds. Via Bovada:
Odds to Win Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars
- Simone Biles: 4/1
- Heather Morris: 5/1
- Bonner Bolton: 6/1
- Normani Kordei: 6/1
- Charo: 15/2
- Erika Jayne: 15/2
- Rashad Jennings: 10/1
- Nancy Kerrigan: 10/1
- Nick Viall: 12/1
- Chris Kattan: 16/1
- David Ross: 16/1
- Mr. T: 25/1
First of all, I pity the fool who sleeps on Mr. T’s chances. Second of all, Charo is still alive? Third of all, I wonder if Chris Kattan watches “The Tonight Show” with a stiff drink and mutters to himself about how things might’ve been different if “Mr. Peepers” had gone over as big as he had hoped it would. So many questions.
Also: I wonder if there is any way for any of the other contestants to give themselves an edge over Nancy Kerrigan if they meet her in the finals. I can’t think of any to be honest.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.