Dan Johnson, whose dramatic homer for the Rays in Game 162 last year overshadowed his otherwise miserable season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox.
Johnson had a strong rookie season for the A’s in 2005, but he’s hit just .219 with a .712 OPS in 290 games since then while spending much of his time in the minors. He’s consistently knocked around Triple-A pitching and the 32-year-old first baseman can always be counted on for plenty of walks and homers, so he’s a nice depth pickup.
However, barring more trades by Chicago he’s likely competing for a bench spot at most, as the White Sox have Paul Konerko at first base and Adam Dunn at designated hitter.
The Los Angeles Dodgers has a pretty flat Game 3 in the NLCS, striking out 14 times and losing 4-0 to fall into a 1-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
After the game, Enrique Hernandez called out the fans at Dodger Stadium, saying Game 3 didn’t “feel like a playoff game” because of a lack of energy. A lack of energy from both the teams and the fans:
“We had no energy. The stadium had no energy. The fans had no energy. Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody who calls themselves Dodgers.”
Hernandez, a fan favorite and a bright guy, is likely aware that there’s no winning when a player calls out his own fan base, so after he had a night to sleep on it, he decided to clarify and apologize for his comments.
First a joke:
Then a more thorough statement:
As these things tend to go, if the Dodgers win tonight, all will be forgotten. If they don’t, well, it’ll likely still be mostly forgotten because Dodgers fans aren’t likely to be anywhere near as upset with Hernandez as they are with the team as a whole.
Still, the sentiments will likely be appreciated.