Freddie Freeman Makes Mother Proud
On a Mother’s Day when players around the majors used pink bats to show their support for the fight against breast cancer, Atlanta Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman was the only starter for either team wearing pink spikes. The 21-year-old was 10 when his mother died of melanoma. “I think about her every day, but a little more today,” Freeman said. “I hope she’s proud. I wore all the pink I could, necklace, wristband and spikes.”
Freeman had a career-high three hits in four at-bats with a home run and two runs scored in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday night. In a world seemingly dominated with new headlines of catastrophe, rape, pillage and murder, this was a “Disney” story that caught my attention. Good for Freddie.
And Derek Jeter Shows Up to Play….
It appears as rumors of Derek Jeter’s imminent demise have been greatly exaggerated. The Yankee Captain had gone 62 straight games without an HR and had seen a notable drop in the level of his batting average over the last year; however yesterday Jeter showed that he still had some life in his bat and a jump in his step. The 36-year-old Jeter went 4 for 6 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Texas Rangers. If there was anyone convinced that Jeter already had one foot in the grave, they might want to rethink that as he swiped a bag as well.
Jeter had seven hits over the three game series with the Rangers raising his average from .250 to .279. While no one should expect him to be the Jeter of ten years ago, the Yankee short stop still has plenty of game left in him. I have to say that while I was never a huge Jeter fan, as the public has started to turn on him and call for his replacement, I’ve started to root more for him than ever. I love rooting for the underdog, that’s just the kind of guy I am; that and the fact that years of rooting for the Kansas City Royals has messed with my head and done strange things to my psyche.
Mets Throwing Money Away
In a now almost comical happenstance if you are anyone other than Chris Young or the New York Mets, pitcher Chris Young has been placed on the DL again. In four starts, Young (1-0, 1.88 ERA) lasted 24 innings and appeared to be the team’s most effective starter. Yet Mets GM, Sandy Alderson seems to almost have expected the injury to occur.
“He feels like he’s letting us down,” said Met GM Sandy Alderson. “I tried to reassure him that, look, we all understood the risks associated with his signing and his pitching. So this isn’t entirely unexpected.”
While the $1.1 million the Mets signed Chris Young for isn’t a lot of money by baseball standards, when your franchise is fighting for its survival having to sell part of its ownership just to bring in cash to survive, this doesn’t seem like the most prudent type of signing to have made. But hey, he’s Sandy Alderson so he must know what he’s doing…..
MLB Power Rankings
Going into Week six, the Cleveland Indians remain atop our MLB Power Rankings and they are tied for the best record in baseball, yet they have the lowest home attendance figures in baseball. C’mon Cleveland!