Jared Goff meets Yasiel Puig, calls him “a really cool guy”


Back in 2013, quarterback Jared Goff tweeted that he hoped Yasiel Puig would take a fastball to the ribs. He was just 17 at the time, but tweets live forever. Unless you delete them, of course, and Goff never bothered to delete it. When Goff was drafted by the Rams in April Puig found the tweet and tweeted back at Goff that he’d have to come to Dodger Stadium soon. He wanted to be friends with his fellow Los Angeles sports star.

Yesterday Goff took Puig up on the offer. Rams rookies took batting practice with the Dodgers and Goff threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Puig caught it. Goff had kinder words for Puig last night then he did back when he was 17:

“We made up a long time ago and it was good to talk to him, he’s a really cool guy. It’s funny, it was something I tweeted when I was 17 years old and it came out now. He thought it was funny.”

He also got a #PuigMyFriend shirt:

Aww. Video:

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Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, 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 is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.