No one complained about Francisco Lindor’s celebration, but he apologized anyway

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Francisco Lindor hit a homer in the Twins-Indians game down in Puerto Rico yesterday. It was a big moment for Lindor, a Puerto Rico native, on a night when the fans at Hiram Bithorn stadium were primed to celebrate something, anything, after months and months of recovery from Hurricane Maria.

So, quite predictably, the crowd went absolutely bonkers when Lindor jacked his jack. Heck, they went nuts when he simply flew out to deep left center in the first inning, so you knew they’d love the bomb. Lindor, clearly pumped himself, celebrated jubilantly as he rounded the bases, gesturing to the crowd, chest pumping, curtain calling and all of that:

 

After the game, Lindor said this to the press:

In the wake of that tweet I saw a lot of people saying, in effect, “Oh my God, the Twins are the fun police!” but it should be noted that, as far as I can tell, no one on the Twins complained about Lindor’s response to the homer. I’ve read through multiple game stories and searched Twitter and Facebook and Googled everything I can Google since the end of the game and there is no suggestion I can find, anywhere, that anyone with the Twins took issue with it. Just figured that should be noted loud and clear, especially given the “unwritten rules” dustup that surrounded the Twins’ taking issue with a bunt single earlier this season.

All of that said, the fact that Lindor felt the need to apologize like that and make it clear that he respects the game shows just how deeply ingrained the idea of “playing the game the right way” and not showing genuine emotion continues to control the actions of ballplayers. Real power doesn’t need to show itself being exercised. It causes people to alter their behavior preemptively.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He 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 was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.