When Jameis Winston earned his first big NFL paycheck he used a solid portion of it to help his grandmother, Myrtle Winston, live more comfortably by buying her a brand-new chair to relax in when she watched him play games.
It was like a $4,000 chair, Winston said, via ESPN.com. It was one of those lift chairs. It even had built-in massage functionality.
Myrtle died Wednesday at the age of 70.
The 30-year-old is quickly becoming one of the best stories in baseball as he is off to a red-hot .371/.482/.929 start after spending the last several seasons in South Korea.
Thames already has been tested for PEDs three times so far this season. Like all MLB players, he underwent blood and urine testing in spring training but received both blood and urine testing again Tuesday. He also underwent a urine sample earlier this month after facing the Cubs in Chicago.
If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day, Thames told reporters Tuesday matter-of-factly. I have a lot of blood and urine.
MLB, like most everyone else, is trying to figure out how he’s hit so many homers already. It could be because he’s faced bad pitching. Thames has more home runs in six games against the Reds (eight) than any other hitter in MLB has home runs overall.