Story #1: Max Pierre, the Sax Man
I learned about the passing of Max Pierre after reading a very well written and moving John Romano column. I have only fond memories of Max dating back at least 10 years as he was always outside of gate 5 playing his saxophone.
"Following each game, without hesitation, I would implore my grandfather for a single dollar. He would reach into his pocket to reach for one which I would then go place in his Saxophone case. No matter the song, Max would stop playing and say a quick “Thank you young man!”. It was obvious he loved what he did and his genuine kindness was so refreshing."
Thank you Max and rest in peace.
Story #2: Former Rays speak out
Rylan Stiles touched on some former Rays comments regarding the state of baseball. Evan Longoria discussed the lack of free agents being signed. Chris Archer touched on Bonds and Clemens, while Steven Souza talked about the exorbitant costs of youth baseball.
"Poor contracts and overspending get in the way of that unless you are a fan of the Yankees. Look at the Kansas City Royals. After winning their first World Series in over 30 years, they gifted Alex Gordon 72-million dollars, when his decline was foreshadowed and inevitable. They paid Gordon for his past performance, and not what he could netback for the franchise during the life of his contract. They really outbid themselves, as the only team with even lukewarm interest in Gordon at the time were the Whitesox. Now, they were from back-to-back AL Champions one of the worst teams in baseball. A bad contract or two or three (see Jason Hamel and Ian Kennedy as well) can do that."