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.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.