Umpire ejects jackwagon fan heckling Bryce Harper in Atlanta last night


You don’t see this very often, but in this case it was very deserved: home plate umpire Tim Welke directed ushers to eject a fan from Turner Field during last night’s Nationals-Braves game. The fan had been yelling a constant stream of obscenities at Bryce Harper. Courtesy of Big League Stew and Reddit here is some video in which you can catch some of the fan’s ranting (NSFW language).

Completely idiotic. And I’m not content to simply chalk this up to one drunk idiot, even if the drunk idiot is ultimately responsible for his own behavior.

For whatever reason, Braves television announcers, particularly Joe Simpson — and in some cases the Braves themselves, via dumb messages/pictures on the jumbotron mocking him and by trying to turn meaningless things into controversies on social media — have singled out Bryce Harper. They’ve insulted him and slammed him and have decided that, for whatever reason, he is Public Enemy Number One. By doing so they have encouraged this kind of thing. Clever taunting and some good natured back-and-forth is fine. The Braves, their announcers and fans have decided, however, that dumb, pointless and mean-spirited mockery is the order of the day.

That’s how you end up with drunk jerks thinking this is funny and clever. And that’s how said drunk jerks ruin the experience for the fans who simply want to watch a ballgame without having to put up with that garbage. Way to go, guys.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals
Getty Images

ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.