In sad news this week, beloved baseball player Yogi Berra died at the age of 90. He’s been one of the most popular retired Yankees players for decades and now is known almost more for his absurd sayings than for his actual playing. Of course, he also remains one of the best catchers of all time and was probably the most famous remaining Yankees player from his era.
This week in bizarre news stories, the FBI is investigating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer systems. Apparently this was to obtain confidential data on players. What’s not so clear is why the Cardinals would even bother. The Astros just switched over to the American league and while they’re doing well this year, their performance has mostly ranged from decent to terrible since 2000. The Cardinals have been one of the best teams during that period, so it’s not clear why they would even bother spying.
The MLB season has finally started, although not without a few glitches. Apparently, the Cubs are doing some renovations at Wrigley aren’t quite finished yet. Reportedly, there were issues with bathrooms, and even the bleachers weren’t finished enough to be usable.
So former Red Sox pitcher/failed wannabe videogame mogul Curt Schilling has apparently been spewing a bunch of ignorant nonsense over Twitter in recent days, mostly involving attacking evolution. Schilling is currently one of ESPN’s many famous former players on the payroll to provide on air commentary once in a while. One of the networks actual commentators and journalists, Keith Law, responded with a series of tweets answering some of Schilling’s inane questions that supposedly should stump supporters of evolution. As a result, the Lawhas been ordered off Twitter for a few days. ESPN has been quite evasive over the official reason for this (they say that it’s not about his opinions), but the timing suggests that the suspension is for embarrassing Schilling in public. Unlike Schilling, Law is employed to provide actual content, so we would hope that the network would give him the benefit of the doubt over this. He kept his tweets much more factual and respectful than Schilling’s.
The San Francisco Giants just beat the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series in 7 games. I didn’t have a preferred team in this series, but I would imagine the loss is pretty devastating to Royals fans since their team hasn’t been doing well for decades while the Giants have already won some recent World Series.
Major league baseball is rapidly coming to a close, so I’ve decided to have at least one post on baseball this fall.
One of the big stories of the year is Derek Jeter’s impending retirement at the end of the season. While he was never my favorite player on the Yankees, he has been a major fixture on the team for 20 years. It seems like he is quite well liked by both fans and players, so his presence will be missed even if the Yankees find a better shortstop for next season.
One thing I don’t really like is the farewell tour. Mariano Rivera did that last year, but I think it was more warranted because he was such a dominant player for so long but still remained popular with everyone. Rivera was by many measures the greatest closer of all time and remained nearly unhittable even at the end of his career, while Jeter was an iconic player who avoided scandal in a scandal-plagued era but was by no means the best player of his generation. While for Rivera it seemed as if the rest of the league really wanted to honor his contributions, Jeter doing the same a year later seems as if it’s maybe more of an ego trip. This isn’t necessarily true, but that at least is how it appears to me. I hope this kind of farewell tour doesn’t become a regular fixture in baseball. Things like the Jeter retirement patch are frankly bizarre when such things are usually used to commemorate people who have died or are very sick and not someone who is still actually playing.