Last yeat Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris got a lot of press by virtue of his living in a Volkswagen camper van. He’s not the only one eschewing stationary housing. Nick Piecoro reports on Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin who likewise lives in an RV.
It’s a pretty different deal that Norris’, however. Chafin lives in a big fifth wheel (the large kind that is pulled from the bed of a pickup). My parents were full-time RVers until very recently and, depending on the model you get, those things can be pretty fancy. My folks had two freakin’ bathrooms, leather recliners, flat screen TV and a dang kitchen island. Even if Chafin’s isn’t quite as ridiculous as my retired old parents’ fifth wheel was, it’s still likely a pretty nice setup.
Relative luxury aside, it’s still a distinctly different experience than that of most big league players who live in fancy houses or downtown condos. And certainly makes being traded or something a lot easier. The only downside is that if Chafin is traded, I won’t get to write a “Wanna buy Andrew Chafin‘s House?” post here. He’ll just hook it up to the pickup and roll on to the next town.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.