I don’t know if it’s official. I sort of doubt it, even if there are cameos from some Fox Sports South people in the video. But whatever it’s status, know that “Chop Arm Strong” is an atrocity on multiple levels. And that’s before you even get to the fact that it has a Jeff Foxworthy gangsta-walk in the middle of it for no apparent reason. And he’s wearing the ugly red alternate jersey. It’s terribad, actually. So horrifying that I can’t help but play it over and over:
Jason Isbell, the current Drive By Truckers, Ludacris and any number of artists that I don’t want to throttle are Braves fans. Why do we get someone who Fred Durst looks at and goes “man, you’re awful” to sing about the Braves?
Besides, there is already an official team video for the Braves this year and nothing on Earth can displace it:
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.
In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.
There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.