Ned Yost totally Yosted a Vida Blue autograph when he was a kid

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Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com has a great story about Ned Yost. Yost, who grew up in the East Bay, was a big Giants fan as a kid. But he’d go to more Oakland A’s games as a teenager, sneaking into the Coliseum with his friends and then hanging around for batting practice.

One time, he spied A’s Cy Young Award winner and MVP Vida Blue. So he went to get his autograph. He had it for a while:

“One time Vida Blue was throwing a side session, and I ran down to get his autograph but I didn’t have anything for him to sign,” Yost recalled Monday. “The only thing I had was a dollar bill, so I asked Vida if he’d sign it, and he signed “Vida Blue” on the dollar bill.”

What a cherished possession it was – for about five innings.

“I was the happiest guy in the stadium until about the sixth inning, and I got hungry,” Yost said. “So I spent my Vida Blue autograph on a Colossal Dog.”

I can’t say I’ve ever had a Colossal Dog. Maybe it was worth it. Either way, Blue played for both the Royals and the Giants in his career, so I assume he’ll be on hand for at least one of the World Series games. Maybe Yost can have another go at it.

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

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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.