Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Red Sox DH David Ortiz made a friendly wager on Saturday night’s divisional playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. Jones sent the challenge to Ortiz on Twitter, suggesting the loser make a $5,000 donation to the winner’s charity and wear the jersey of a player on the winning team. If Jones lost, he would wear a Tom Brady jersey; if Ortiz lost, he would wear a Terrell Suggs jersey.
Ortiz was pretty pumped up during the game, tweeting:
The Patriots outlasted the Ravens, winning by a narrow 35-31 margin. They await the winner of Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.
Jones lived up to his end of the bargain. He’ll be making a donation to David Ortiz’s Children’s Fund.
Kudos to both players for using a fun night of football as an opportunity to help out a charity. You can learn more about the David Ortiz Children’s Fund by visiting their website. Jones has worked with the Y of Central Maryland, which you can learn more about here. Jones has also done projects with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.