Photo of the Day: baseball brings people together


I took this photo yesterday:


I’m an awful reporter so I neglected to get their names. But I did make a note of what the man said when I took the picture:

“I’m Dodgers, she’s Giants, I’m black, she’s white. She’s a lefty, I’m a righty. But we make it work!”

I feel like the Dodgers-Giants thing would be the deal-breaker here. I mean, if I met an otherwise perfect woman for me but found out she was a Phillies fan, I’d probably ruin any shot I had at her by being a big jerk and making jokes about the Ryan Howard contract, Ruben Amaro and obnoxious fans and stuff until she just stopped returning my calls. But that’s me. These people are way better than me.

Still, part me wonders if she ever goes out of her way to mention how long ago 1988 was. God knows I would.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.