I have lost complete track of college football bowl games. But I do get jazzed whenever I see a baseball stadium that doesn’t normally host football converted for a random bowl game. Like Marlins Park, which today is featuring a game between Brigham Young and Memphis called the Miami Beach Bowl:
Does the home run thing go off when they score touchdowns?
An excellent piece in the Players’ Tribune today from Doc Gooden. It’s a “Letter to My Younger Self.” You can imagine what the idea is there by the title, but you would be wrong to think of it as some overly-earnest or sappy thing.
To the contrary: it’s matter-of-fact and, actually, kind of funny in places. He’s not just telling the young Dr. K to stay away from drugs — that’s pretty obvious and he spends only a moment or two on it — but he’s telling him about the stuff in his life that may have been more fundamentally harmful to him and which set the stage for some of his excesses.
Oh, and he tells himself he should’ve invested in Checkers Drive-In. And this:
Take a moment to thank the Lord that social media will not exist during your playing career. The entire ‘86 Mets team probably would have been locked up.
Jon Heyman reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have won the bidding for infielder Jung-Ho Kang, who was posted by the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. As reported two days ago, the amount of the winning bid was $5,002,015.
The Pirates now have exclusive negotiating rights with Kang 30 days from which time the bid was accepted. If a deal isn’t reached in those 30 days, the Pirates will get their posting fee back and Kang will stay with the Heroes.
Kang, 27, batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI over 117 games this past season for Nexen.