Happy Friday. It certainly is if you are at one end of your career and your name is either Brett Gardner or Todd Frazier, both of whom will be playing ball in 2021.
Fridays are a nice day. The wife and get to the end of the week and can breathe out a sigh of relief and subsequently drink in a substantial amount of wine.
So, it’s good timing to see a pair of baseball stalwarts get another shot this coming season. It’s the perfect tipple to kick off the weekend.
Let’s start with good guy Todd Frazier, who just turned 35 this month. Apropos of celebration, Frazier now gets a fresh minor-league contract that will pay him $1.5 million if he makes the opening day roster.
It's a wise move writes Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mike Persak, “After all, in 39 career games at PNC Park, he’s slashed .307/.379/.553 with eight home runs. Pittsburgh may have felt like a home away from home in some ways for Frazier over the years.”
And getting someone familiar within the friendly confines but also infusing the roster with veteran savvy is key to another signing taking place Friday.
The New York Yankees and Brett Gardner (37) announced they are officially in like with one another and he’s going to be kicking around for another season. It’s an inexpensive way to solidify the roster. It will be his 14th with the franchise.
The rest of the weekend is looking just as promising.
Weekend Watch Party
Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche: Sat. Feb. 20 @ 3:00 p.m. ET (NBC)
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins: Sun. Feb. 21 @2:00 p.m. ET (NBC)
Damn, hockey. You look good when you’re out getting some Vitamin D.
The NHL is again taking to the great outdoors and will do so nestled up close to Lake Tahoe this weekend.
The sport is treating the home audience to a pair of games from ice right on the links. A rink is set up at the 18th hole of the Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, Nevada.
Here is what it looks like at the moment.
Women’s Final: Jennifer Brady (22) vs. Naomi Osaka (3) - Sat. Feb. 20 @ 3:30 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Men’s Final: Daniil Medvedev (4) vs. Novak Djokovic (1) - Sat. Feb. 21 @ 3:30 a.m. ET (EPSN)
The Australian Open is there to nurse that hangover or keep the party going. It’s a choose your own adventure in that regard as you will be staying up late on the west coast or setting an alarm clock in the east.
And you’ll want to.
USWNT Take on Brazil
Sunday, Feb. 21 @ 3:00 p.m. ET - Fox Sports 1; streaming on fuboTV, Hulu, or Sling. Spanish broadcast on TUDN.
The force of nature that is the USWNT takes on Brazil as they continue to defend their title in the SheBelieves Cup.
One for the Road
The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue recounts a harrowing tale of doctors being in the right place at the right time as they traveled back to Los Angeles from the Super Bowl. And a woman is still alive because of them.