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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.