A 108-year-old woman is going to throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners game

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Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune reports that a 108-year-old woman, Evelyn Jones, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Mariners-Angels game.

When she does, Jones will become the oldest person to ever throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The previous record holder was 105-year-old Agnes McKee, who did it last July in San Diego.

Jones was born in 1907. Here’s what else happened in 1907:

  • The first Cubist art exhibition took place in Paris;
  • Oklahoma became the 46th state;
  • The Lusitania made its maiden voyage;
  • John Wayne was born. John Wayne has been dead for 36 years; and finally and most amazingly,
  • The Cubs actually won a World Seres!

How does one get to be 108-years-old? From Dutton’s story:

Jones credits her longevity to a diet of beef and lots of vegetables, exercise, and drinking alcohol only at Saturday dances.

I really hope I live to be 108 and someone asks me that question. Instead of the real answer for all super old people — good genetics and good luck — I’m going to list a series of vices and the ingestion of copious harmful substances and say that that, my friends, is how I got here!

Then I’m going to turn my attention to one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.