"The pitcher who gave up Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit has a deal to sign memorabilia connected with the milestone.
Tampa Bay’s David Price agreed with Steiner Sports to autograph collectibles, including baseballs and pictures. Some of the souvenirs will bear the inscription, “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K,” and be signed by both Price and Jeter." (courtesy of The AP)
Really, dude? Are you serious? You can justify it in your head as much as you want to, Dave. Tell yourself it's fun and cool to be a part of history. Tell yourself that it's worth it because you'll be making money off the deal. But the bottom line is this is a pathetic and potentially career-defining decision, and not in a good way. Unless you go on to have a Hall of Fame career and win a couple Cy Youngs, you just resigned yourself to being "The dude that gave up Jeter's 3,000th" until the day you die and beyond. Your kids, should they go on to sports careers, are going to be known as the sons of the dude who gave up Jeter's 3,000th. You might as well just let Jeter come into your house and bang your girlfriend while you're at it.
So good luck with this deal, bro. Let's see how you feel in 25 years when you're still signing "I Gave Up DJ's 3K" on shit for little kids who weren't even alive when he hit 3,000. Pussy.
And something like this could only happen to a Yankee. You don't see anybody signing on to make money off giving up Craig Biggio's 3,000th hit. Or Paul Molitor's.
Friday, July 15, 2011
(Bartolo sad. Courtesy of The AP)
I thought it was a good idea to do the quick little "Yankees At The Break" series this week. It gave me something to write about over the Really Good Player Break and I thought it would lead smoothly into the 2nd half of the season. But after last night's debacle, I'm starting to rethink that strategy, especially when it comes to Bartolo Colon.
"Both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are pitching well above expectations and, save for Colon's quick DL trip, have stayed healthy."
"The rotation's effectiveness will hinge almost directly on Colon and Garcia's continued strong performances and the performance of the defense behind them."
That last quote is the one that clearly did the most damage, as Bart's defense was absolutely brutal behind him last night in the first inning. But he also admitted after the game that he's still worried about the hammy and that's having an adverse effect on his performance on the mound.
For the sake of Bart, I'm going to step up and take the blame on this one. Sorry, dude. I didn't mean to jinx you. And your D didn't mean to shit the bed behind you. Don't worry about the hammy, just go out next time and pitch your game.