It’s about time: Kiss pays video tribute to Derek Jeter


Confession time: I once really liked Kiss. A couple friends and I would put on Kiss records, pick up toy guitars and a drum kit and jam. I was Paul Stanley. My friend Teddy was Peter Criss. Mike was Ace Frehley. We had a rotating cast of kids who were Gene Simmons. The highlight of our little fake concerts was “Detroit Rock City,” at the end of which Teddy would crash his drum kit like it was a car crash. It was pretty fantastic.

Of course we were, like, eight and we were over that by the time we were nine or so. Kiss is pretty terrible, you guys. “Destroyer” has its moments and I could probably make up a playlist of 8-10 songs that, if I had to, I could listen to a few times without rolling my eyes. But they don’t hold up for more than about 10 minutes. If you’re in to theatric rock and roll, find some old GWAR videos. If you like hard 70s rock, listen to Sabbath. Don’t let your friends act as if Kiss does anything other than represent some cynical, inadequate compromise. Oh, and Gene Simmons is an awful person too.

But they are from New York, so I guess they get a shot at this sort of thing like everyone else:


(h/t Pinstripe Alley)


RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.