The Yankees to extend a qualifying offer to David Robertson

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David Robertson is gonna make a lot of money one way or the other next year. Here’s one possible way:

Another way: rejecting it and hitting the free agent market.

That has been a dicey path for some free agents recently, with guys like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew and Nelson Cruz taking lower-than-expected contracts and/or not even making spring training due to teams not wishing to burn a first round pick in addition to the money on the free agent.

It’s hard to say where Robertson falls on that scale. On the one hand, lots of teams experienced bullpen failures last year which harmed their chances. On the other, most teams aren’t of a mindset to go so rich on a closer that it impedes them in other areas.

Whoever winds up with Robertson will have a good pitcher, though. He saved 39 games in 44 chances while posting a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio while taking over the Yankees’ closer job from Mariano Rivera.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.