Brock Holt dumps on Taco Bell’s World Series promotion

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This year, as it has done for the last several years, Taco Bell ran a promotion in which, if a player steals a base in the World Series, everyone in the country gets a free taco. Last night Mookie Betts stole a base in the first inning getting things out of the way pretty early. If you want your free taco, make a run for the border on November 1 between 2PM and 6PM.

I think that’s pretty cool, as free tacos are about the greatest thing there is. Not everyone agrees, however. Including one of the players in the World Series, Brock Holt of the Red Sox. His lack of Taco Bell fandom was revealed when he was asked about Betts’ stolen base last night by Masslive.com:

“I haven’t eaten Taco Bell in probably 10 years, so yeah, I’ll probably stay away from the free taco. I’ll let everyone else get it.”

He said it’d be different if it was Chipotle, though, which he and his family are really into:

“I would have to take my son there, because he loves Chipotle. He crushes it. So he’s 2-years-old and he eats a whole Chipotle bowl by himself. So I would have to give him my free Chipotle.”

But no Taco Bell, Brock?

“But yeah, Taco Bell, I’m going to stay away from Taco Bell. You’ll end up on the toilet all night.”

If that’s his experience, OK, but I’m personally slack-jawed imagining what a diaper looks like after a toddler houses a whole Chipotle bowl. The mind reels.

Anyway, I expect the Red Sox clubhouse will get a nice little memo this afternoon imploring the players not to speak ill of the sponsoring brands.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.