The kiddos have a holiday sing-along pageant-type-thing tonight, which is always great. I know it’s cliche to gush about your kids doing stuff like that, but, man, it just gets you right in the heart.
Last year, though, there was a layer of modest stress, because it happened to be the same night that the Cubs signed John Lackey and the Diamondbacks surprised everyone by signing Zack Greinke. I remember I was filling out the Lackey signing post, updating feverishly, as my family patiently stood a-toe-tapping at my office door. I did the best I could, we sprinted out, and after the show gets started, I see the Greinke signing on Twitter while checking my phone between songs. I was desperately trying to peck that post out on my phone without looking like the absolute monster dad who doesn’t care about his adorable cherubs.
Here’s hoping this year’s edition is news-free, even though there already is one rub: the Cubs’ World Series Film debuts tonight on FoxSports1 at 6:00pm CT, which is about a half an hour after the kids’ program is scheduled to start. So it’s basically a lock that I’ll miss about half of the film, at least this time around. The good news is I’ve pre-ordered my own copy, so I can – and will – watch thereafter as much as I like.
- Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea last night after reportedly being involved in a car crash while under the influence of alcohol, and then fleeing the scene. It’ll be a while before we know what the baseball-related ramifications will be for the Pirates and Kang, who (as far as has been reported) also remains under investigation for a sexual assault claim dating back to last summer in Chicago. It’s very possible there will be no ramifications at all. Each of the Pirates and Kang released statements about the accident. Kang, 29, has been worth 6.1 WAR through his first two seasons with the Pirates on what has proved to be a very affordable contract.
- Although the respective team GMs offered their more carefully stated thoughts on the subject, Buster Olney reiterates that the teams simply are not going to make a trade involving Chris Sale. Just won’t happen. As Olney notes in the longer piece, intracity trades and trades among rivals are not only rare at all, but they almost never involve star-level players. The roots, perhaps, can be traced back to the Red Sox’s lamentable decision to send Babe Ruth to the Yankees so many years ago.
- David Ross was on MLB Network discussing, among other things, Game Seven of the World Series, and the at bat where he smoked a homer to center off of Andrew Miller.
- If you missed it last night, the Cardinals sent Jaime Garcia to the Braves.
- Concert news:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) December 2, 2016
- Um, not so hot in the rotation, Padres:
— Carson Cistulli (@cistulli) December 1, 2016
- Dan Brooks – of Brooks Baseball – has a tweet string about the costs of producing, and analyzing baseball data, and about how you can support it.
- Michael with another installment of Fernando Rodney’s dangerous arrows:
— Baseball Is Fun (@flippingbats) December 2, 2016