Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Kyle Seager checked up on Matt Shoemaker every day after line drive injury

8 Comments

Last month, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a line drive hit by Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager. He suffered a fractured skull and a hematoma, requiring emergency surgery. Fortunately, Shoemaker is recovering and sounds eager to return to the mound.

Good Morning America did a segment on Shoemaker last week. After the line drive incident, several equipment companies are manufacturing specialized helmets for pitchers. Shoemaker said, “I am 100 percent trying all of these options in the offseason to see comfort, fit, all that stuff. If it feels and works like a baseball hat, I’d definitely be willing to wear it.”

Towards the end of the segment, Michael Strahan notes that Seager called Shoemaker every day to check up on him. Shoemaker said he heard from Seager more than anybody else.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

Getty Images
5 Comments

Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.