You’ll recall the guy who fell asleep at a Yankees-Red Sox game earlier this season and who is now suing ESPN and its announcers for allegedly making fun of him an ruining his reputation? Well, he went on the “Today” show to tell his side of the story. It’s not a great side.
He cites no specific thing anyone with ESPN said about him that might damage his reputation. Indeed, if you watch the video, you’ll see that it lasts one minute and fourteen seconds and that, while John Kruk and Dan Shulman noticed the guy, they said absolutely nothing anywhere close to over-the-line about him. His complaints on the “Today” show amounted to “they put me on YouTube!”
And then there’s this:
“Put yourself in my shoes,” Andrew Rector told Matt Lauer. “How would you feel if you were broadcast on TV and all over the media?”
Note: He’s saying this TO MATT LAUER ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.
At the end, however, he does strongly hint that he’s gonna drop his lawsuit, so there’s that at least.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.