O’Brien is excited about the addition of a ballhawking safety in Tyrann Mathieu. An all-pro in 2015, Mathieu signed a five-year, $62.5 million extension with Arizona, but he declined to take a pay cut this offseason and was subsequently released by the Cardinals.
Mathieu comes to Houston out to prove he remains one of the most impactful defensive backs in the league. If so, he’ll bring a spark to a Texans defense that ranked 27th in takeaways (16) in 2017. The secondary will also need his leadership after safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
By the end of this past season, Roethlisberger had recruited other coaches on staff to be buffers of sorts between the two of them, as our insider Jason La Canfora reported at the time. I’m not saying Haley’s comment was a dig at Roethlisberger — I really think he was just being complimentary about his current quarterbacks — but their history is worth remembering here.
It was his baserunning and celebration at home plate after Aaron Hicks’ fifth-inning home run that had everyone laughing at him.
When Hicks hit a homer, I didn’t how fast to run, Gray said after the Yankees followed Monday’s loss to the Washington Nationals in the completion of a suspended game with a 4-2 win in the makeup of a rainout. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Then I think I messed up the handshake there at the end. There was too much going on for me.
This was a rare chance to hit for Gray, who went into the game 1 for 10 at the plate in his career with a July 2015 single at Dodger Stadium off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez when he played for the Oakland Athletics.
Plus, as Gray pointed out, It was the first time I scored. That was fun.
His first time up Monday, Gray was robbed of extra bases in the third inning when he hit a liner that looked headed for the right-field corner until Nats first baseman Mark Reynolds made a nice play.