Last week we heard that the Washington Nationals had reached out to the president to see if he would throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nats Park. Trump declined, likely because he was concerned that his pitch would be so tremendously impressive — the BEST pitch — that it would’ve embarrassed Stephen Strasburg and would’ve made him sad. SAD!
While we missed out on that, we did get a Trump reference at the ballgame yesterday. Or at least after the ballgame. That’s when some fans unfurled a big “Impeach Trump” sign:
The sign was confiscated by security because it violated stadium policy. I’m not sure which policy, but it was either the one prohibiting political signage on the premises or the one prohibiting signs that state painfully obvious imperatives. For example, they’d probably take away an “Extend Harper” or a “Please Trade for a Reliever” sign too.
Oh well, C-minus effort, protestors. Next time do it during the game so the broadcast booth can uncomfortably avoid commenting on it and fans can get into nasty “stick to sports” arguments while ignoring that their tax dollars were used to build the very structure in which they are sitting.
ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.
The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.
Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.
Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.
“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.