Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona.
Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out of gas in the ninth). Overall: five starts, 35.2 innings, 45Ks, six non-intentional walks, 1.47 ERA and a 3-0 record.
When the Sox picked him up I and many others assumed that Williams’ was really just stuck with him and that the intent was to flip him for Adam Dunn. That may have been the case — and giving up Daniel Hudson for him may hurt the team in the long run — but Jackson has more than done his part to keep the Sox in the hunt this past month, and that’s exactly what you want out of a deadline-pickup starter.
On the one hand, the ESPN Magazine “Body Issue” is a transparent attempt by ESPN to sell magazines via the objectification of the human form in a time of the year when only one major team sport — the one ESPN seems to care about the least, baseball — is active and people are generally not buying a ton of magazines.
On the other hand, unlike “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit issue, ESPN objectifies men as well as women, at least making things putatively fair. Oh, and they also, on occasion, put people like Prince Fielder in the thing so as to not exclusively promote unrealistic body standards.
So, on balance: not great and still cynical, but it’s better than its antecedent, and I suppose that’s not nothing.
If you can make your way through the moral and ethical implications of all of this unscathed, feel free to gawk at Yasiel Puig and Dallas Keuchel naked. Here is the link to Puig’s spread, here is the link to Keuchel’s. For what it’s worth, Puig looks like he’s having more fun. Shocker.
A taste, from Puig’s Twitter feed:
Keuchel didn’t tweet out pics of himself in the all together. Like I said: he didn’t seem to have quite as much fun with it.