Naturally, after hitting his very first major league home run on Saturday, Yasmani Grandal was greeted with the silent treatment in the dugout. So he high-fived the air before the team finally congratulated him.
41 years ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He would admit in 1984 that his no-no was tossed under the influence of LSD. As Ellis recounted the game, he “started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate.”
Today Jake Peavy was traded to the Chicago White Sox before Peavy exercised his no-trade clause. According to ESPN.com “Several reports said the White Sox would’ve sent top pitching prospect Aaron Poreda and young left-hander Clayton Richard to San Diego as part of the package for Peavy.” Two other pitching prospects were rumored in the deal. One of the reasons that Peavy might have vetoed the deal is because his ERA is a full run higher while pitching outside of Petco Park. After vetoing the deal Peavy’s response to the media was “San Diego is the place for us,” Peavy said of him and his family. “We’ve made that decision for the time being.” Now San Diego has to find a new team to take Peavy and approximately $60 million remaining on his contract. There were talks with the Cubs and the Braves in the offseason.