Andy McCullough of the KC Star has a feature on Royals’ pinch-running sensation Terrance Gore. No, not Jarrod Dyson, though even Royals fans often confuse the two, McCullough reports. Dyson is super fast but Gore is even faster. Indeed, McCullough’s paragraph ledes assert that Gore is the fastest man in baseball:
The fastest man in baseball drives with caution . . . The fastest man in baseball looks like a teenager . . . The fastest man in baseball was a scrawny teenage boy . . . The fastest man in baseball still toils in obscurity . . .
It’s a good feature on a guy who probably never would’ve seen the light of a major league roster a few short years ago, when stealing bases was not a priority for most teams. Heck, even today he might not have seen the light of day of a roster anywhere else but in Kansas City. The Royals are running wild this postseason, and Gore is a big part of it.
Still, part of me wonders how a foot race would go between Gore and Billy Hamilton. Let’s say we drop the Home Run Derby next summer and have a race? The All-Star Game is gonna be in Cincinnati, so it’d be a great spectacle featuring a local player . . .
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.