David Ortiz doesn’t want anything crazy. Just a one-year extension

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The other day David Ortiz was reported to be demanding a long-term deal from the Red Sox or else he’ll walk. To the extent that was anyone’s takeaway, he’d like to correct the record. Here he is talking to Rob Bradford of WEEI:

“We’re good. We talked, they’re talking and I just asked for one year. I didn’t ask for anything crazy. It wasn’t like I asked for a five-year deal. It’s a one-year extension I asked for”

Ortiz says that talks with the team about it have been good and everyone’s happy with each other. So stand down from Big Papi alert status 1.

 

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.