Billy Beane, Dave Dombrowski exchange funny trade deadline texts

Billy-BeaneTwo World Series contenders from the American League got even stronger on Thursday when the Oakland A’s landed Jon Lester and the Detroit Tigers traded for David Price. The A’s and Tigers have arguably the two best starting rotations in baseball now, and both of their general managers are well aware of that.

Just before the trade deadline passed, A’s GM Billy Beane and Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had a brief, entertaining conversation about the rich getting richer.

In case you weren’t aware, Sale has a 10-1 record and a 1.88 ERA in 16 starts with the Chicago White Sox this season.

Oakland and Detroit have redefined the term “arms race” as it pertains to baseball. The Tigers have the past three Cy Young Award winners all in one starting rotation. The A’s have acquired one of the best postseason pitchers of all-time in Lester. Both teams should be a lot of fun to watch down the stretch and hopefully well into October.

H/T Hardball Talk

Dave Dombrowski wore a green tie in Oakland for some reason

Dave Dombrowski green tie

Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski must have forgotten which city he was in, because for some reason he wore a green tie for Game 5 of the ALDS in Oakland on Thursday. Maybe he just wanted to blend in so he wouldn’t be accosted by the home fans and end up with a Dallas Latos assault situation.

Or maybe we should just give Dombrowski a break. It was late, it’s been a long year, and as this GIF showed us, he just wanted to go home:

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Justin Verlander’s mom hung up on Dave Dombrowski day he was drafted

Justin Verlander TigersJustin Verlander was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers and developed into a Cy Young Award winner and MVP. Verlander knew that he was going to be selected highly in the draft, but not everybody in his household was prepared for the phone calls he would receive.

In a clip recorded for MLB Network’s coverage of the 2013 MLB Draft, Verlander shared a story about the draft party his family held in ’04. Because of all the commotion from the party, the Tigers ace says that his mother accidentally hung up on Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who had called the house after drafting the pitcher.

“I had a party at my parents’ house,” Verlander recalled. “I remember not hearing my name being called because my dad couldn’t get the Internet working fast enough. So he’s running around the house knowing that the draft has started and he can’t get it hooked up. So he finally gets it hooked up, and I didn’t hear my name called.

“So we got a call from the Tigers saying that they had selected me. And then Dave Dombrowski, who was the GM for the Tigers and still is, called my house. My mom picks up the phone and she’s like, ‘Who’s this? Oh, we’re having a party, he’ll call you back later.’ And hung up on him. My dad said, ‘Who was that?’ She told him, and he was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing?’

“So it was a good time, it was fun.”

Pretty funny story. The good news is that it could have been worse. At least Verlander wasn’t prank-called on draft day like this guy.