Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) attended Tuesday night’s game between the Cardinals and Mets at Citi Field. As luck would have it, Christie was able to snag a Paul DeJong foul ball in the top of the third inning. It wasn’t on the fly, but on a carom off of the protective netting behind home plate. As Christie gave the ball away to another fan, the Citi Field faithful booed him lustily.
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Christie is not exactly popular these days after recently being spotted at Island Beach State Park, which had been closed to the public due to a budget dispute with Democrats. His approval rating dropped to 15 percent. Christie refused to apologize.
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.