Bruce Springsteen to throw speedballs at four ballparks this summer

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Yeah, I know you all hate “speedball” in that song. Me too. I hate it more that people think that “Glory Days” is a baseball song. Outside of the first two damn lines of the song it’s about people living in the past. It’s no “Atlantic City” or “The River” in terms of depressing, but it’s kinda sad.  But I digress.

A more solid baseball connection between The Boss and baseball is happening this summer: tour dates at major league ballparks:

  • Rogers Centre, August 24;
  • Citizens Bank Park, September 2;
  • Wrigley Field, September 7;
  • Nationals Park, September 14; and
  • Asbury Park, Fourth of July (Sandy)

Without checking, I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that the home teams will be on the road at those times. If not, well, that would be kind of a mess.

Player to be named later in Yan Gomes deal named

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On November 30 the Nationals acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Indians acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from the Nationals for Daniel Johnson, Jefry Rodriguez and a player to be named later. The player has now been named: Andruw Monasterio.

Monasterio, an had been acquired by the Nationals from the Cubs in August in the Daniel Murphy deal. Now the 21-year-old infielder is on his way to Cleveland. He hit .267/.363/.338 in high-A ball last season. He’s probably a future utilityman. But hey, at least he now has a name.

[Editor: that’s not how “player to be named” works]

Anyway. Enjoy your Monday.