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Sorry, America. Your favorite bachelor is no longer eligible. Derek Jeter married his longtime girlfriend, Hannah Davis. Congrat2lation2, you 2.
TMZ has photos of the ceremony, which took place at the Meadowood resort in Napa Valley. The New York Post says former Yankee teammates Jorge Posada, Andruw Jones and Tino Martinez were in attendance.
No word on which of them caught the garter. I hope it was Jorge. If the catcher caught it I could maybe spin another post out of this fluff piece. Or maybe Andruw had a bead on it but couldn’t quite get there. It would allow for a poignant story about how Father Time affects even formerly all-world center fielders.
I dunno. There isn’t a lot of news spinning out of the All-Star Game yet. I’ve got very little to work with and it’ll be months or maybe years before we can start talking about Jeter and Davis’ kids. Until then we’ll just kill time with baseball stuff.
SAN DIEGO — During this morning’s press conference announcing the starting lineups, a local reporter asked the managers and starting pitchers how local legend Tony Gwynn impacted them. For his part, Ned Yost told a funny story about how, back when he was coaching the Braves, Bobby Cox and the best pitching staff of the decade had no idea how to get Gwynn out so they eventually just suggested throwing the ball down the middle to see what happened. That didn’t work either. Gwynn could hit a little bit.
American League starter Chris Sale had a more poignant comment. He said that Tony Gwynn saved his life. He did so by virtue of his death. Sale was a long time smokeless tobacco user. He quit, however, on June 16, 2014. That was the day Tony Gwynn died or oral cancer. Sale said that he has not touched the stuff since and that that “to say that he saved my life, I don’t think it’s an understatement.”
As we’ve noted in the past, it’s quite possible and likely probable that Gwynn’s heavy smokeless tobacco use did not, in fact, cause the cancer that killed him. Gwynn believed it did, however, and his death has become perhaps the biggest symbol of the perils of smokeless tobacco in and around baseball. That there may not have been an actual link between it and his death is sort of beside the point, especially given that even if it did not cause his cancer, it’s clearly a dangerous and deadly habit.
Tony Gwynn was a hero to many and an inspiration to many more. Regardless of the medical science at play, if his example, negative or otherwise, has inspired people to quit a terrible habit, he’s continuing to do good from Baseball Valhalla.
SAN DIEGO — All-Star managers Terry Collins and Ned Yost just announced their starting lineups and starting pitchers at a press conference here in San Diego. Here’s how it breaks down:
American League Lineup:
1. Jose Altuve 2b
2. Mike Trout CF
3. Manny Machado 3B
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Xander Bogaerts SS
6. Eric Hosmer 1B
7. Mookie Betts RF
8. Salvador Perez C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. LF
Chris Sale of the White Sox gets the start. Yost said that following Sale will be Corey Kluber, Cole Hamels, Aaron Sanchez and Jose Quintana. After that he’ll get into the pen.
National League Lineup:
1. Ben Zobrist 2B
2. Bryce Harper RF
3. Kris Bryant 3B
4. Wil Myers DH
5. Buster Posey C
6. Anthony Rizzo 1B
7. Marcell Ozuna CF
8. Carlos Gonzalez LF
9. Addison Russell SS
Johnny Cueto of the Giants is the starter. Collins said he had no set schedule yet for pitchers to follow Cueto.
I find it notable that the two players most often referred to as the best in baseball — Mike Trout and Bryce Harper — are batting second. The more advanced thinking in this day and age is that your best hitter should probably bat second. Most managers still don’t do that too often. Here two of the more traditional and, dare I say it, old school managers in the game are doing just that. They’ll be subbed out after a couple of innings so it doesn’t really matter, but it’s still kind of neat.