Last week we heard that the Washington Nationals had reached out to the president to see if he would throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nats Park. Trump declined, likely because he was concerned that his pitch would be so tremendously impressive — the BEST pitch — that it would’ve embarrassed Stephen Strasburg and would’ve made him sad. SAD!
While we missed out on that, we did get a Trump reference at the ballgame yesterday. Or at least after the ballgame. That’s when some fans unfurled a big “Impeach Trump” sign:
The sign was confiscated by security because it violated stadium policy. I’m not sure which policy, but it was either the one prohibiting political signage on the premises or the one prohibiting signs that state painfully obvious imperatives. For example, they’d probably take away an “Extend Harper” or a “Please Trade for a Reliever” sign too.
Oh well, C-minus effort, protestors. Next time do it during the game so the broadcast booth can uncomfortably avoid commenting on it and fans can get into nasty “stick to sports” arguments while ignoring that their tax dollars were used to build the very structure in which they are sitting.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.