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.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.