Justin Morneau got autograph lessons from Harmon Killebrew

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This is a short article in the Pioneer Press, but two nuggets from it:

  • Justin Morneau is pretty ambivalent about autographs because he knows most of the people trying to get them are memorabilia guys who are going to turn around and sell it; and
  • His autographs are very legible because Harmon Killebrew told him he needed to write his name clearly when he signs.

To sum up: Harmon Killebrew > baseball memorabilia guys. As if you expected anything else.

That aside, I’m totally with Morneau here. Every time I see an autograph scrum I see a handful of kids who legitimately want an autograph from a player they root for and admire and a bunch of seedy-looking dudes with bad sunglasses and gross mustaches, carrying briefcases full of cards and pictures which you know they’re going to sell later. Just kinda sad.

Anthony DeSclafani crushed a grand slam for his first career home run

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Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:

Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.

The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.

The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.