When Drew Storen was acquired from the Washington Nationals, most expected that he would be the new Blue Jays closer. Nope: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Wednesday morning that Roberto Osuna will be the team’s closer to begin the 2016 season.
Gibbons cited his “familiarity” with Osuna which tipped the scales. And it’s not a bad choice. Osuna did a fine job when given the opportunity last season and has done well this spring. It is a bit awkward because Storen has made it known that his preference is to close — and he didn’t react particularly well when taken out of that role in Washington — but he’s the setup man now.
There was some fun back and forth yesterday regarding the Noah Syndergaard–Alcides Escobar pitch from Game 3 of the World Series. A rumor was floated that the Royals are still upset about it and would seek retribution. Ned Yost laughed that off and said that not a single member of the Royals has mentioned it all spring. Fair enough.
Still, there is at least some suggestion that some Royals fans are not over it. For one thing, when I mentioned the rumor yesterday a good number of them were quite eager to get back into the ethics of the Syndergaard pitch with me and seemed to be annoyed about it still. Which, OK, they’re sports fans and sports fans are gonna be like that sometimes.
But even if Royals fans aren’t mad about the pitch, they’re at least still thinking about it to some degree. A lawyer friend of mine in Kansas City was sent this a little bit ago. It’s for a baseball-themed continuing legal education seminar. Skip past the class offerings and check out the pricing:
Imagine what the “Mets fan” and “Noah Syndergaard” pricing would be if the Royals didn’t beat the Mets in five games.
UPDATE: Oh look — they did it last year too. Just a different $1 million victim:
As a guy who spent a couple of hours on Twitter making pee jokes about the Mets’ number one starter’s health issues yesterday I have no room to act all haughty and superior about how the tabloids are covering the whole story.
Yes, it was probably pretty scary for Harvey to have blood clots in his bladder, but you can’t walk into the clubhouse and immediately say that your ailment was because you don’t pee often enough and NOT expect all of us immature morons to joke about it.
The Post and the Daily News, sadly, hit on the same headline joke. That happens sometimes and they probably hate it when it happens. But it’s a pretty good joke so they have nothing to be ashamed of, really.