With the same-sex marriage decision, the San Francisco Giants get another big win


If you didn’t think I’d find a baseball angle for some big, putatively non-baseball news of the day, well, you just don’t know me very well.

The Supreme Court today ruled that laws against same-sex marriage violate the Constitution. Good for the Supreme Court for doing the right thing and great for the millions of people who can now do what everyone else could do and marry the person they love.

The San Francisco Giants signed on to one of the many supporting briefs in the same-sex marriage case. Giants President Larry Baer said this in that brief:

“San Francisco is the epicenter of the marriage equality movement, and it is only fitting that its professional sports team would join in this effort. The San Francisco Giants are proud to sign the brief because it speaks directly to our core values of equality and social justice for all. Our ability to grow and maintain our businesses by attracting and retaining the best employee talent is hindered . . . The patchwork of state laws applicable to same-sex marriage thus impairs our business interests and employee/employee relations.”

Good for the Giants for that. Hooray for equality.

The only downside here: we may now see WAY more jumbotron proposals. And those are bad no matter what the sex of the couple is. Really, people, take your would-be spouse to a nice scenic location or a fancy restaurant to do it. Don’t propose on the jumbotron.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.