Thanks, Big Papi. Now if Benin’s president Yayi Boni comes to visit, he’s going to have keep his iPhone in his pocket:
Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that presidential selfies may be banned after that shot, a feel-good moment that later appeared to be part of a promotion for Samsung.
“Well, [President Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” Pfeiffer said, “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”
In other news, I want A-Rod to come back next year, the 2015 Yankees to win the World Series, and have him take a selfie with Obama the following spring. Then everyone will forget Ortiz ever did it and spend years talking about how awful it was for A-Rod to do it.
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.