Padres’ General Manager Jed Hoyer on the incessant Adrian Gonzalez speculation:
“There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have
inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on
anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our
payroll structure very well. So he’s certainly not a player
we’re looking to move. I think that’s been the way we’ve addressed it
all winter. Teams have inquired, but we’ve certainly said the same
thing over and over: He’s not a player we’re looking to move.”
Not that this will stop Red Sox fans from assuming that Hoyer is duty bound to trade his best player to Boston.
Over the weekend an Instagram post emerged of a concession worker at Comerica Park in Detroit spitting on pizza crust before covering it with sauce and then, presumably, serving it to a customer. It’s pretty gross, so you probably don’t want to see it. But if you just can’t help yourself, here you go.
If you DO NOT want to go to that link, know that the employee was identified and arrested and could face charges. He has also been fired and Detroit Sportservice, the concession company which runs things at Comerica, shut down that stand. The guy who took the video was suspended for an unrelated uniform violation. There’s a minor dustup emerging between him and the company, as he claims that he tried to tell people about the spitting coworker and was ignored, but the story makes that seem fairly implausible. It sounds to me anyway like the concession company handled it about as well as they could under the circumstances.
In other news, many ballparks allow you to bring in your own food subject to certain restrictions. I can’t say I’ve ever had a bad experience with ballpark food, but if that sort of thing worries you, perhaps you should investigate the rules for brown-bagging it in to the old ball game.