I wish Marshawn Lynch played baseball


I don’t know much about Marshawn Lynch other than, apparently, he’s good at the old footballing. But I really, really wish he played baseball now that I’ve seen how he deals with postgame press conferences.

Yes, I suppose that may be annoying for people who dutifully write down what an athlete says after a game as if it were important and illuminating. But that stuff is hardly ever important and illuminating. If you want to get into Marshawn Lynch’s brain, you research him or do a one-on-one interview with him and plumb some depths, right? You’re not going to learn what makes him tick in the postgame scrum.

Hell, he’s doing reporters a favor here. In addition to the little bit of entertaining performance art in which he is engaging, doesn’t this sort of response inspire reporters to write something more interesting about him or the game?

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.