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December 4, 2015 [LINK / comment]
Red Sox acquire David Price
The Boston Red Sox have just signed free agent pitcher David Price to a whopping seven-year, $217 million contract, putting themselves back into the American League East Division competition. It was the biggest contract for a pitcher ever, with Clayton Kershaw being paid $215 million by the Dodgers and Max Scherzer being paid $210 million by the Nationals. Price's pricey deal includes an opt-out clause so that he can go elsewhere after 2018 if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs, or at least become strong contenders. See MLB.com.
It's been quite a busy year for Price, who played a key role in the Toronto Blue Jays' late-season push that got them all the way to the ALCS. But before he was with the Blue Jays, he was with another team that has been in the postseason several times in recent years: the Detoit Tigers! Older folks may recall the distant past when he pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays.
David Price bobblehead box, given out at the July 20 game in Detroit when the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
Sun Life Stadium tweak
The Sun Life (Dolphin) Stadium diagrams have been slightly revised, and like the recently-revised Citizens Bank Park diagrams, the octagonal overall shape made the task pretty easy. Including the "creases" at each of the eight corners did lead to a few small corrections, however. I made a startling discovery, which is that the entry portals are not positioned symmetrically but rather are offset by about 8-10 feet from the structural joints. (You can tell where those are by the support beams for the stadium lights.) I added a few other details such as the platforms at the rear of the lower deck facing each end zone. (That would be the third base side and right field for baseball.) Finally, there is a brand-new new lower deck diagram, which also shows the lower set of luxury suites.
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January 10, 2015 ~ Four stars get tapped for Hall of Fame
January 22, 2015 ~ Nats sign Scherzer, Max out their payroll
January 17, 2015 ~ West by Southwest: Winter wonderland scenery
February 12, 2015 ~ Redistricting reform fails
February 26, 2015 ~ Life bird: Smith's Longspur!
March 10, 2015 ~ GOP senators challenge Obama's foreign policy
April 12, 2015 ~ Play ball! Opening Day Week 2015
May 21, 2015 ~ Harper's homers lift Nationals into 1st place!
June 25, 2015 ~ Hiking up Little North Mountain
June 30, 2015 ~ Virginia wins the College World Series!
June 30, 2015 ~ If it's Tuesday, this must be Bridgewater*
June 30, 2015 ~ Emmett Hanger wins GOP primary election
July 8, 2015 ~ "That's gotta hurt!" Nationals' fans share players' agony
July 18, 2015 ~ Fleetwood Mac in concert!
August 14, 2015 ~ Northwest by North: Baseball road trip, 2015
August 25, 2015 ~ Welcome home to Washington?
September 28, 2015 ~ Papelbon chokes (twice!), Nationals fall apart
November 3, 2015 ~ Hey, Hey Kansas City: Royals are triumphant
November 21, 2015 ~ Unanimous: Bryce Harper is the NL MVP!
December 1, 2015 ~ Zimmermann signs with Tigers
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