Skip to content

Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

Dec 6, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

Distillery

We watched and waited yesterday to see if the Mega Deal would go down. We waited to see if Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke would sign anywhere. None of that happened, so we did what everyone else does at the Winter Meetings: we went out. But this was no ordinary outing. This was an Important Mission. Why? Because it involved fine distilled spirits and the making thereof.

In our party: a couple of guys here at the Winter Meetings for the trade show. One is Daniel Cruz of Anchor Brewing and the other is Brian Casterline of B-R Carts and Kiosks, Inc. Daniel is is Anchor’s Marketing Manager and it is his mission to get as many ballparks as possible to carry Anchor’s fine brews. Brian is the managing partner in the design department at B-R, and it is his mission to design and then sell the latest in beer and hot dog carts. If Daniel and Brian are successful in their mission, beer and hot dogs will be delivered unto us more efficiently.

So, what I’m saying here is that Daniel and Brian are doing God’s work.

source:  We met Daniel and Brian through my friend Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated and they, in turn, introduced us to Corsair Distillery. Corsair is a craft distillery here in Nashville, and over the course of the week I’ve managed to try a couple of their products. It’s fine, fine stuff, so when we were given the chance to take a private tour, we jumped on it. Daniel, Brian Jay and I went downtown to the distillery, which is housed in the ancient and beautiful factory that once built the Marathon automobile. It’s a cool and funky space now, with a tap room serving fantastic microbrews and other fun things.  There’s also a cat that prowls the distillery and he is, without a doubt, the luckiest cat in the world.

At the end of the private tour, when we had the chance to taste and then purchase some of those fine products, we  jumped all over that too. I’m taking a couple bottles of their Triple Smoke whiskey home today — think of it as an American version of single malt scotch — and I couldn’t be happier. After that we went to City House (it was actually our second time there this week) and had fantastic noms.

Then it was back to the Opryland for the nightly mingling with the movers and shakers in baseball.  The most interesting person I met last night: Jim Leyritz. Yup. In a bar of all places. But — and this is extremely important given what has happened in his life in recent years — he was not drinking, which was encouraging. He looks good too, and people tell me that he’s taking care of himself. Glad to see him doing well with the second chance he has been given. Less glad that, when I stopped him and told him that his home run in the 1996 World Series friggin’ killed me, he smiled as if he enjoys thinking about that more than anything else in the world. Grumble.

The night wound down with front office executives, agents, managers, some players, vendors from the trade show, some fans and some scribes like me sharing drinks and asking each other how that mega trade is going to work. Who will land Zack Greinke. Whether he will pan out or be a $161 million+ bust. We asked because, really, none of us know those things. The people who do — the general managers and their assistants — are all holed up in hotel suites someplace with their cell phones and laptops and not really mixing with everyone else. Which really means that the Winter Meetings have been turned on their head from what they were 15 or 20 years ago when all of the deals were done in the hotel bar and all of the rest of us were holed up someplace else.

Last day today. The only scheduled thing of note for fans is the Rule 5 draft.  We’ll provide updates of that later. And, obviously, of anything and everything else going down.

For my part, it’s approximately 12 hours until I will be home in my living room and able to try some of that Triple Smoke …

Latest Posts
  1. Adam Wainwright won’t require surgery on elbow

    Oct 20, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright AP AP

    The Cardinals expect that Wainwright will benefit from normal rest during the offseason.

  2. Paul Molitor to have another interview for Twins manager job

    Oct 20, 2014, 9:46 PM EDT

    Paul Molitor Getty Getty Images

    Molitor has been considered the favorite for the job and now he’s having another meeting with GM Terry Ryan.

  3. Cardinals will try to trade Randy Choate this offseason

    Oct 20, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

    Randy Choate Getty Getty Images

    Choate posted a 4.50 ERA over 61 appearances this season, but he held left-handed batters to an .093/.205/.147 batting line.

  4. Tim Bogar is leaving the Rangers after being passed over as manager

    Oct 20, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

    Tim Bogar AP

    Bogar served as former manager Ron Washington’s bench coach and then went 14-8 as interim manager for a team that had been horrible until that point.

  5. Dave Magadan won’t be Yankees hitting coach, but he could be front-runner with A’s

    Oct 20, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT

    magadan getty Getty Images

    The Yankees aren’t hiring Dave Magadan as hitting coach, but he could be the favorite for the A’s job after Chili Davis left for the Red Sox.

  6. James Shields was in “excruciating pain” and passed a kidney stone during the ALCS

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    james shields getty Getty Images

    Royals manager Ned Yost chose Jason Vargas over James Shields to start Game 4 of the ALCS and now we know one factor that played into the decision: Shields was busy passing a kidney stone.

  7. Yoenis Cespedes joins Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

    Oct 20, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    Cespedes Getty Getty Images

    Following in the footsteps of fellow MLB players Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and his teammate and countryman Rusney Castillo, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

  8. Tim Hudson was going to the World Series no matter what

    Oct 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP AP

    Hudson revealed during today’s media session that the Royals actually made him a “very good offer.”

  9. The Royals and their merchandise

    Oct 20, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

    Royals logo

    Wanna buy the Royals’ recyclables?

  10. Chili Davis chose Red Sox over Yankees in leaving A’s

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

    Chili Davis Getty Getty Images

    He was determined to leave the A’s either way.

  11. Apparently, Sergio Romo still looks illegal to some people

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo shirt Getty Images

    Someone asked Sergio Romo what country he’s from at media day today. Last I checked, California was still part of the United States.

  12. Giants will use Michael Morse at DH, keep Travis Ishikawa in left field

    Oct 20, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Michael Morse Getty Getty Images

    Morse has yet to start a game in the playoffs, but he hit .279 with 16 homers and an .811 OPS in 131 games during the regular season to rank second on the team in OPS behind only Buster Posey.

  13. Jon Jay undergoes wrist surgery after big postseason

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    jon jay getty Getty Images

    Jay played through the injury since July, yet he hit .325 in August and September before going 14-for-29 (.483) in the postseason.

  14. Mark Teixeira’s outside interests are said to bother the Yankees

    Oct 20, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira Mark Teixeira

    Because it is unheard of for Yankees players to have outside interests.

  15. Fired by the Yankees, Mick Kelleher is retiring

    Oct 20, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, Mick Kelleher AP

    Keller spent 16 total seasons coaching in the Yankees organization, the last six of which have been on the MLB staff.

  16. Taijuan Walker makes “personal decision” to leave Arizona Fall League, Mariners say he’s healthy

    Oct 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    taijuan walker getty Getty Images

    “Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time.”

  17. With the Royals in the World Series, it’s Don Denkinger season again

    Oct 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Don Denkinger call

    Every time there’s a bad call, Don Denkinger’s name gets mentioned. Now that the Royals are in the World Series, it’ll be mentioned more.

  18. Red Sox have had “preliminary talks” with free agent Koji Uehara

    Oct 20, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara AP

    His overall numbers, while not as ridiculously amazing as 2013, included a 2.52 ERA and 80/8 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.

  19. HBT Daily: How the Royals and Giants were built

    Oct 20, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    This former Royals is a big part of why the current Royals are where they are.

Featured video

Giants, Royals took unique paths to WS
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. T. Ishikawa (2559)
  2. M. Bumgarner (2500)
  3. J. Shields (2142)
  4. Y. Molina (1947)
  5. L. Cain (1824)