I’m a Red Sox fan. I just wanted to get that out of the way in case you came here looking for an unbiased view on all the Red Sox/Yankee shenanigans over the last few days. To review:
The New York Times came out with an article saying that the Red Sox were using apple watches to steal signs against the Yankees during games in early August. According to their calculations, the Red Sox went 5-8 during a game in August when there was a runner on second, so the natural conclusion is that they were cheating and not, you know, professional baseball players. Did Red Sox personnel use apple watches to steal signs? It sure sounds like it. Did stealing those signs effect the outcome of the game? It’s impossible to say, which is why people overreacting, including MLB insider Jon Heyman, look so foolish. You can’t vacate wins when you don’t know the effect the sign stealing had on the games, and while using technology is a definite no-no when it comes to sign stealing, the act of stealing signs has been an accepted part of the game forever.
The Sox should face some punishment, because again, you can’t use technology to your advantage in these type of situations, but Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post brings up another good point: the MLB needs to figure out it’s relationship with technology if it wants to avoid situations like this in the future. Managers can use tablets, while players and personnel can use cellphones and other devices as long at they’re not physically in the dugout. All of those devices can be used to legally gain insight on a pitcher or hitter during the game. Add in MLB’s newfound love of instant replay and you have a sport that both embraces and bans technology, depending on the moment.
While most instances of sign stealing are dealt with between the two teams, the Yankees are in the middle of a pennant race trying to catch the first place Red Sox, which obviously factored into their decision to take this directly to the league office. If the Red Sox were a last place team, would this issue even be made public? I doubt it. The newest accusation by the Yankees is that Doug Fister was using an earpiece to relay audio to himself during his win over the Yankees last weekend. That ‘earpiece’ ended up being Fister’s mouth guard. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t play each other again in the regular season, but if they do happen to meet up in the playoffs, be on the lookout for Mookie Betts high tech brain wave reader that looks conspicuously like a baseball hat.
Jackie Bradley Jr. Casually Making Home Run Saving Catches Continues To Be My Favorite Thing #RedSox
If you need me today, I’ll be watching that video on a continuous loop. Jackie Bradley Jr. is basically a human highlight reel at this point, and the only thing more impressive than his catches are the time of the game when he makes them. When he robbed a homerun in Oakland earlier this year, it was in the bottom of the 9th of a 0-0 game. Last night’s catch might’ve been more impressive, and it happened with a runner on in the top of 8th with the Red Sox clinging to a 3-0 lead. If he doesn’t make that catch it’s 3-2, and it’s a totally different ballgame. Unreal stuff. If I’m a pitcher on the Red Sox and I can turn around and see #19 is behind me, I know something special might be happening at some point.
Wade Boggs, hall of fame baseball player, American hero and Always Sunny guest star was interviewed by TMZ Sports about his legendary beer drinking habits. While he’s obviously joking around in this video, it did get me thinking: is it possible to drink 100 beers in a day? Say you wake up at 5am and drink for 18 hours ending at 11pm. You’d have to, on average, drink 5 and half beers an hour. For the first few hours that’s easy peezy. After that though, you’d probably die, which would hinder your ability to continue drinking. Although if Boggs’ theory of letting the beer flow into his hollow leg is correct, I bet Officer Bennett from OITNB would be a hell of a dodge beer player.
In His Final At Bat in Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter Was Stabbed Through the Heart With a Trident. JK He Got a Walkoff Hit
A lot of things have to happen to have a perfect moment. You need the perfect scenario (meaningless game), the perfect people (Buck Showalter, who managed Jeter his rookie year, didn’t intentionally walk him) and the perfect setting (Yankee stadium, where else). All those things happened last night, as Derek Jeter played his final game at Yankee Stadium, and in his final at bat, hit an opposite field single that scored the winning run. Some people are saying it was a meatball, and it was, but if a 20 year career that includes 5 world series rings doesn’t deserve a last at bat meatball then I don’t know what does. You don’t have to love him, you don’t have to hate him, but you do have to re2pect him.