Even the sale of Jeffrey Loria’s team wouldn’t be complete without drama and controversy, would it? There are still two groups involved in the bidding for the Marlins, one of which is the Jeter/Bush group, but Bush “remains confident” in their chances. He also has given an idea of what roles the two would take with the team if the purchase is successful. The Post says to make it happen, Jeter must get creative.
The other group is led by Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg, and also includes former Braves’ Hall-of-Famer Tom Glavine. Any sale finalized prior to April next year could mean millions for Miami-Dade taxpayers.
If you’d like to see a very uncomfortable Jeter answer some questions about the sale (and other topics, with Alex Rodriguez alongside), click here. It’s entertainment at its finest.
In game news, the Fish lost to the Rays, 3-1, in what will forever be known as “the Battle of the Blisters”. Starter Edinson Volquez struck out nine and walked eight, becoming the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to do so in less than five innings. He exited due to his blister with one out in the fourth, and could end up on the DL.
Around the League
Another day, another Red Sox – Orioles brouhaha. ICYMI: On April 21, Manny Machado slid into and (accidentally?) spiked Dustin Pedroia, who missed three games due to the injury. Then the Red Sox’ Matt Barnes (intentionally) threw behind Machado’s head. Next, Machado and Pedroia yelled across the diamond at each other.
After that, the teams went their separate ways for a couple series, but reunited yesterday and Mookie Betts was (accidentally?) hit by a pitch. Which brings us to today, where Chris Sale (definitely intentionally) threw behind Machado again (but this time in an okay, not life-threatening place). After the game, Machado cursed a lot. So today’s game ought to be a lot of fun!
Eric Thames is so last month. Your new favorite, non-Marlins player, 6’ 7” Aaron Judge of the Yankees, DESTROYS baseballs. He hit his 11th and 12th homers of the season last night in Toronto, and also made this (awkward) diving catch. But before that, he destroyed a TV. (If you have a chance to watch him take batting practice, do it! I saw him in Spring Training and it was probably the best BP performance I’ve ever seen, along with Greg Bird and Matt Holliday.)
In other home run news, Tigers future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera, came off the DL and smacked his 450th career home run. Indians star pitcher Corey Kluber exited the game with back tightness, or perhaps whiplash, and may end up on the DL.