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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Someone please ask Dirk what day it is!

credit photo to Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports
credit photo to Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports

The "Hump Day" commercial has gone so viral in north Texas that Dallas Mavericks all-everything, Dirk Nowitzki has gone nuts at Maverick's headquarters. Nowitzki has reincarnated himself as the so-ever popular camel in the GEICO commercial. The seven-foot German strolls throughout the office asking overworked Mark Cuban employees what day it is. Take a look!

Did you hear that laugh? Priceless! Why isn't this guy on tv more. Dirk definitely has a future after his NBA career is over; maybe he can play the next Shaggy on Scooby Doo!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Watch: Ballet dancer gives a new meaning for throwing out the first pitch

credit photo to Carrie Cochran
                              credit photo to Carrie Cochran

Ballet dancer Cervilio Miguel Amador demonstrates to the Major League Baseball the art of throwing the first pitch with elegance. It was "Cincinnati Ballet Day" at Great American Ballpark on Sunday which had to be a first of its kind. Amador, who defected from Cuba back in 2003, threw a ceremonial pitch to Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who also defected from Cuba back in 2009. Take a look at the new way of throwing out the first pitch:
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Watch: Ian Kinsler hustle his way to a inside-the-park home run

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                           credit photo to David Banks/Getty Images

Ian Kinsler led the Texas Rangers to a season-high five home runs Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Kinsler was the only Ranger home run not to leave yard as he sent a Chris Sale pitch down left field line that turn into the most exciting play of the night. Kinsler had some help when the baseball rolled into the drainage track under the left-field wall. White Sox left-fielder, Dayan Viciedo went after it, notice it was under the wall and haphazardly raised his hands trying to get the umpire to call it ground rule double. You want to know why? Kinsler was hustling around the bases! Take a look:
courtesy of mlb.com
As you can see Viciedo clearly gave up on the play giving Kinsler an opportunity for an easy home run. Usually when you hit a inside-the-park home run a slide is involve! It was Ian Kinsler 11th home run of the year.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ichiro gets his 4000 hit!

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             (Photo: Ron Antonelli, Getty Images)

Ichiro gets his 4,000 career professional hit in style as he slaps a one out line drive to left field for a base hit. His 4,000 hit comes off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, R.A. Dickey in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. As expected, Ichiro recieved a standing ovation from the Yankee crowd he becomes the third person in history to collect 4,000 hits. Only Pete Rose (4,256 and Ty Cobb (4,189) have hit more. Ichiro spent his first seven seasons in the Japanese Pacific League,where he collected 1,278 hits and since he has come to Major League Baseball, he has 2,722 major league hits. Take a look:
Ichiro will turn 40 in late October and its unknown how much longer he will continue to play; but it is very possible that you will see his name above the legendary Ty Cobb and Pete Rose when it his career is over.

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Jason Heyward is out the remainder of the regular season with a fractured jaw

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                       photo credit to ADAM HUNGER/REUTERS

After being struck by a Jonathan Niese fastball, Atlanta Braves outfielder, Jason Heyward will remain out of action for the rest of the regular season with a fractured jaw. The incident happened in the sixth inning of the Braves vs. Mets game Wednesday afternoon. The throw by Mets pitcher, Niese was not intentional as he looked shaken up afterwards.
courtesy of mlb.com
"I felt horrible," Niese said. "Sometimes this game can be pretty dangerous. One minute you're playing, the next you're down. I felt terrible, but at the same time, I had to regroup."
This is the second time this season the Atlanta slugger will have to spend time on the disabled list. On April 22, 2013, Heyward underwent an appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Atlanta went on to win the game in extra innings 4-1. The Braves have a comfortable lead in the National League East with a 15.5 game lead.
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Max Stassi's debut was the Good, the Bad & Ugly!

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                       courtesy of nbcsports.com
Houston Astros called up their top catching prospect, Max Stassi, who debut against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night in Arlington because of an concussion to Carlos Corporan. Though it may only be a spot start, Stassi was thrust into the lineup and didn't waste much time getting his first major league hit. Stassi singled up the middle on his second at-bat in the fifth inning against Rangers' pitcher Jason Frasor.

Getting your first hit has to be the greatest feeling in the world, you feel like you finally belong. The Rangers' were aware and kindly returned the now precious Stassi ball back to the Astros dugout for keepsake. That was the Good!

In the same inning Stassi stood at first base when Marwin Gonzalez hit a ground ball back to Jason Frasor, who overthrew Elvis Andrus at second base for a force out but Ian Kinsler was their backing up the play. Stassi, who slid into second thought he was out not realizing Andrus never caught the ball. That was the Bad! Stassi not realizing that he was safe at second got up and started walking away from the base toward the dugout only to be tagged out by Ian Kinsler. The Ugly! Take a look:
courtesy of mlb.com

Did you hear the Texas Ranger announcer, Steve Busby say he has egg on his face? When Max Stassi spoke with Houston manager, Bo Porter, he explanation was:
"He told me, 'Bo, this never happened to me in no league, and it's not going to happen again,' " Porter said. "I told him if you are a force out, you don't leave the base until the umpire says you're out."
Stassi did redeem himself with another base hit in the seventh inning finishing the night 2 for 3. His debut didn't end in a victory but it will be a night to remember.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Heyward,Young & Thomas on the defense

courtesy photo Paul Sancya/AP
                                    courtesy photo Paul Sancya/AP

I can't let good defense go unnoticed as Heyward, Young & Thomas made some tremendous catches on Monday night for their respective teams. None of them are part of a law firm nor in contentions of getting a Gold Glove this year but all three made another night of Major League Baseball worth watching. Here is Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who started off the night with a sensational catch robbing New York Mets Juan Lagares of a extra-base hit. Take a look:
                        courtesy of mlb.com
Later in the same Mets/Braves game, Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. made his own highlight by taking away a Brian McCann base hit. The amazing catch could have been disaster as that ball was headed toward the left field corner. The cool and calm Eric Jr. had no worries as he made that catch routine! Take a look:
                                courtesy of mlb.com
The most important catch of the night belonged to Minnesota Twins outfielder Clete Thomas, who saved his team two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Twins were leading the Detroit Tigers 6-3. Thomas made a diving shoe string catch, taking a base hit away from Andy Dirks. Take a look:
                                courtesy of mlb.com
So, who do you think made the best catch of the night. Heyward, Young or Thomas. Let me know.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Watch: Ryan Dempster whiffs three times before nailing Arod

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
                              (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

If you don't succeed TRY, TRY, TRY and TRY AGAIN! That's what it took for Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, who made a poor effort in sending a message to public enemy #1, Alex Rodriguez in the second inning of the Red Sox/Yanks game Sunday night. Arod, who has been under serious scrutiny for PEDs knows everyone is after him and to his credit has taken everyone's best shot quite well.

Dempster nailed Arod in the left elbow on a 3-0 pitch that led to home plate umpire Brian O'Nora giving warnings to both teams and ejecting Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Girardi did what a manager was supposed to do, protecting his players at all cost. Not sure why Dempster wasn't ejected as he blatantly threw at Alex several times. Here's a look at the at-bat and Joe Girardi ejection.
Hitting Rodriguez didn't bold well for Dempster. He immediately gave up a double to Curtis Granderson. Granderson and Arod later scored on a sac fly and a Eduardo Nunez single to tie the game at two. Update* In the sixth inning Alex Rodriguez solo home run lead to a four run rally and a 7-6 Yankees lead.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Watch: Scott Wearne takes down a 7-10 split with a baseball

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                              photo courtesy web.theabl.com.au
When Scott Wearne isn't manning the second base position for the Melbourne Aces (Australia), he's perfecting his latest gimmick that has gone viral. All he needs is a bowling alley and a baseball. Long goes the days of throwing a basketball from the rafters only to hit the bottom of the nets; or tossing a football from the stands and watching it land in a fifty gallon drum. This video is the new way of bowling take a look:

Is that some trickery or what? I know, you may have to take a look at this again. A 7-10 split! Did he just throw two baseballs out of one hand. It's got to be fake! Scott Wearne looked like a pitcher! I wonder what would happen if someone tried that over here in the US?

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Miguel Tejada suspended 105 games for Adderall

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          courtesy photo www.pennlive.com

For the second time this season the 39-year-old, Miguel Tejada, has tested positive for amphetamines. The 2002 American League MVP will serve the 105 game suspension right away. Tejada's suspension will be the third-longest non-lifetime ban in MLB history behind Alex Rodriguez 211 game still pending and Steve Howe's 119-game sanction in 1992. Tejada is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a strained calf muscle. The suspension would take him through the remainder of this season and parts of next season to be eligible to play again. Tejada was batting .288, three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games. According to Yahoo Sports:
Tejada did not appeal the penalties and will begin serving them immediately from the 60-day disabled list, where the Royals placed him this week with a strained calf. After serving the remaining 41 games in Kansas City’s season, Tejada would be ineligible to play in the first 64 games of 2014, though one source close to Tejada indicated he is strongly leaning toward retiring.
This isn't the first time Miguel Tejada's name has been mention with PEDs. Miguel was included in the Mitchell Report back in December 2007. He was also was implicated by Rafael Palmeiro, who suggested that a supplement given to him by Tejada was responsible for the steroid entering his system. Tejada denied all allegations saying he only gave Palmeiro a vitamin B-12 shot. Tejada is another player that never tested for PEDs but admitted to buying more than $6,000 worth of human growth hormone, which he claimed to have thrown away before injecting. I guess it was worth it, the eight-time all-star career is probably over with now. .285 career batting average,307 lifetime home runs, and close to $100 million dollars made over a 16 year career. Can't beat that!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Watch: Eric Sogard gets attacked by the broken bat

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         Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America

Oakland A's second baseman Eric Sogard had exceptional concentration in catching the line drive while being attacked by a broken bat that belonged to Houston Astros Chris Carter. The barrel of the bat clipped Sogard, who came crashing down to the ground.
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Fortunately their were no injuries to report and as for Chris Carter; I am happily to report that there was no trace of a corked bat!
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A dogpile you will never believe

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Photo Couresy www.raymondburner.com[/caption] The forever popular dogpile is known as the emotional celebration moment in all of sports. It only happens when teammates go through the trenches to reach the ultimate goal of winning a championship. I thought I witnessed all the ways to celebrate a championship and then this happened. This video shows high school kids involved in an all-star game, East vs. West. Watch and see what happens after the last out of the game.
Losing team celebrating, WOW! Next they will be asking for trophies. Can you imagine being on the bottom of that pile?
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Adrian Beltre plays a game of catch me if you can

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                             By Jesse Johnson-US Presswire

Rangers' slugger Adrian Beltre got caught sneaking around Sunday afternoon as he was attempting to advance on a Alex Rios ground ball on the left side. Beltre didn't wait for Astros third baseman, Matt Dominguez, to make the easy play at first. Instead he caught Beltre in a rundown. A rundown that headed toward left field. Take a look:
  courtesy of mlb.com

When you are on a seven game winning streak you can laugh about this!

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Curt Schilling elaborates about his heart attack back in 2011

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                          photo credit to TheBigLead

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spoke about an apparent heart attack he experience to the Boston Globe this past Sunday. According to reports the three-time World Series champ first experienced the chest pain while watching his wife partake in the New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011. Despite the discomfort he was having, he refused any treatment until his wife Shonda finished her race which lasted almost five hours. When discussing his heart issue with the Globe he mentions: “I didn't think it was anything serious,” he says.
They flew back to Boston and went straight from Logan Airport to a Boston hospital, where doctors were waiting for him. No ambulance. “Ya, as stupid as that was,” Schilling wrote in a text message. “My doctor made it clear that I was very, very, lucky.” Surgery was performed the next day to insert a stent. The health scare, he says, changed his lifestyle. “Oh yeah, in every way possible, it had to,” he says, without going into detail.
The cause of Schilling's myocardial infarction may have contribute to the stress dealing with the bankruptcy of 38 Studios, it's been reported that he lost $50 million of his own money in a video game venture.
Schilling had a stent put in soon after the heart attack and since then has been in good health. These days you will see him on ESPN as a baseball analyst and he is also coaching girls softball. Can you imagine the opinionated tough guy telling young ladies there's no crying in softball!

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Ichiro honors Ken Griffey Jr.

Photo: JORDAN STEAD, SEATTLEPI.COM
                        Photo: JORDAN STEAD, SEATTLEPI.COM
Seattle held a special ceremony Saturday night to induct the greatest player in Mariners history, #24 Ken Griffey Jr, into their Hall of Fame. This is just a preview of what we will see once he is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mariners' players showed their respects to the Kid by turning their hats backward.
Ichiro Suzuki, one of Griffey's biggest fan and former Mariner superstar, wasn't able to attend the celebration; but it didn't stop him from making a video tribute. Ichiro shows his gratitude and admiration toward Ken Griffey Jr. Take a look: courtesy of mlb.com

Did he just call Junior, George! Priceless! A sense of humor from Ichiro that fans never get to see. Congrats to George Kenneth Griffey Jr. on your retired jersey. Well said Ichiro!

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Arod hits his first Abomb of the season

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                                Mike Stobe/Getty Images

 Remember all those boos Arod was getting Friday night from the home fans. All it took was Alex Rodriguez hitting his first home run of the year off Justin Verlander. Did you really think Yankee fans were going to boo that? It was Rodriguez 648 career home run that puts him only 12 behind Willie Mays, who sits fourth all-time. He also passed Stan Musial for sixth place all-time on the RBI list with a single in the third inning giving him 1,952. Take a look at Alex's first home run of the season. courtesy of mlb.com

So is this what Major League Baseball was afraid of? As long as Rodriguez continues to play he will continue to climb up the record books. Just remember he's only 96 hits away from joining the 3,000 hits club.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Watch: Phil Mickelson’s shot says it all

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After shooting a (+8) 78 in the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday, Phil Mickelson won't be making much of a charge in the final round like he did a few weeks ago in Scotland when he won his first Open Championship. In fact, I wonder does Phil regret making the projected cut yesterday after his poor performance going into today's play? This was supposed to be the tournament that showcased the #1 (Tiger Woods) and #2 player (Phil Mickelson) in the world for the most anticipated four days of golf in their illustrious career. Coming into the PGA Championship both golfers were playing at an elite level; but Tiger, similar to Phil has struggled very badly this weekend shooting a disappointing (+4) for the tournament.

 Take a look at the shot of the day by Phil Mickelson that pretty sums up his weekend:
Wow, even the great Phil Mickelson has bad days!

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Albert Pujols takes legal action against Jack Clark after PED allegation

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                                    credit photo to espn.com

What do we make about the remarks from longtime Cardinals first baseman Jack Clark who was immediately fired from WGNU 920 on Friday after accusing former Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander of using PEDs. Clark made some very strong accusations Friday morning on the Doug Gottlieb Show about the three-time MVP, say he knows "for a fact" that Albert Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs. Clark went on to say:
“I know for a fact he was [on PEDs]. The trainer that worked with him, threw him batting practice from Kansas City, that worked him out every day, basically told me that's what he did.
Haven't we heard this case once before? Ala Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee! Jack Clark has put his reputation on the line by believing in trainer Chris Mihlfeld, who was linked to PEDs in 2006. Mihlfeld was the trainer of former big league pitcher Jason Grimsley who also was an admitted PEDs user. Clark is playing a dangerous game believing in hearsay. In this day in age we need the facts! As you could imagine the slandering by Jack Clark didn't bold well with Albert Pujols, who will take legal action against Jack Clark and the radio station WGNU 920 for smearing his name over the radio air. The WGNU 920 is being held libel for the content going over their air. Pujols had his own prepared statement made Friday evening:
“I've said time and time again that I would never take, or even consider taking, anything illegal. I've been tested hundreds of times throughout my career and never once have I tested positive. It is irresponsible and reckless for Jack Clark to have falsely accused me of using PEDs. My faith in Jesus Christ, and my respect for this game are too important to me. I would never be able to look my wife or kids in the eye if I had done what this man is accusing me of.
“I know people are tired of athletes saying they are innocent, asking for the public to believe in them, only to have their sins exposed later down the road. But I am not one of those athletes, and I will not stand to have my name and my family's name, dragged through the mud.

“I am currently in the process of taking legal action against Jack Clark and his employers at WGNU 920AM. I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it. If I have to be the athlete to carry the torch and pave the way for other innocent players to see that you can do something about it, I am proud to be that person. I have five young children and I take being a role model very seriously. The last thing I want is for the fans, and especially the kids out there, to question my reputation and character.”
Well there you have it, Jack Clark lost his radio gig after one week. He was probably trying to add some shock value to his new show; but what if he's right. It seems that every name that has been mention in the PED scandal has been found guilty of some sort. With Major League Baseball so involved in the biogenesis suspensions, nailing the likes of Braun and Arod, the question still remains is their anyone in sports clean? If Pujols does go through and sues Jack Clark, how can he prove his innocence?

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Alex Rios gives Texas Rangers some insurance

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                           Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers have played some inspired baseball since the All-Star break going 9-1 in their last ten ball games despite losing Nelson Cruz for the rest of the season because of Biogenesis investigation. The Rangers' general manager John Daniels has taken notice of his ball club erasing a four game Oakland lead and now sees his team tied at the top of the American League West. After accruing Matt Garza from the Cubs last month to help solidify the pitching staff all Daniels needed now was to replace Nelson Cruz's bat. Texas Rangers acquired Alex Rios from Chicago Friday afternoon. The White Sox will send $1 million to Texas toward Rios' salary, sources told ESPN, while receiving either a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Rangers claimed Rios off waivers on Thursday and they were able to work out a deal quickly to allow the nine-year veteran an opportunity to compete for the playoffs.
"Well, I believe it's going to be refreshing for myself," Rios said. "I'm going to go to a team that is fighting for a playoff spot. I believe it's going to be refreshing. I believe they are hoping to win their division and go to the playoffs so let's see what happens."
The Rangers made an intelligent move adding Alex Rios off waivers, they tried acquiring him before the trade deadline but the White Sox were asking to high of a price. Adding Rios to the fold lessens the blow of losing Nelson Cruz, who was making similar money. Texas will also have Rios under contract for next season at $13 million with a $2 million buyout for 2015. Rios is not expected to be in the lineup Friday night but will play this weekend against the Houston Astros,
He is batting .277 12HR 55RBI 26SB.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Watch: Miguel Cabrera tips ball cap after stumbling over third base

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                      courtesy of Ed Zurga/Getty Images

When you are the best player in baseball you have to remember that all eyes are on you. Miguel Cabrera, who is the reigning Triple Crown winner and MVP of the American League, just found another way to entertain the crowd without using a bat or glove. Cabrera advanced to third base successfully on a force play but stumbled over the bag landing on all fours! It was one of those moments when you fall and you hope no one witnessed the do so. Well they witnessed it, take a look: mlb.com

It was one of those moments that we see on a Snickers or South West Airlines commercial "Do you want to get away?" It was the only thing the Cleveland Indians' fans could cheer about as the Tigers won their 12th consecutive game, winning 10-3.

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Alejandro De Aza stuns the Yanks with a walk-off triple

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                         photo credit to www.centerfieldgate.comChicago

White Sox stunned the New York Yankees Wednesday night 6-5 with a walk-off two run triple by center fielder, Alejandro De Aza in 14 innings. The White Sox were down by a run with two on and two outs when De Aza was at the plate and he takes a 1-0 pitch to deep center, watch what happens next.
courtesy of mlb.com

As heroic as the De Aza game winning triple was, none of that would have been possible if it weren't for the blown save by New York's finest, Mariano Rivera who blew his third game of the year. Here is the reaction of longtime fox radio peronalist J.T. The Brick on twitter.
 
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Watch: Raul Ibanez demonstrates why there is a need for PEDs


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In light of the title, we are picking a little fun at Seattle Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez. Raul committed one of worst throwing errors of the season Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Ibanez, who is having an epic season at the plate at age 41 with 24 home runs, wishes he could have a do over on a defensive play that happened in the seventh inning when Edwin Encarnacion hit a double to left field. Raul had no problems tracking the ball down; but as he attempted to make a throw, well take a look:
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Raul's throw attempt never left the outfield allowing Jose Bautista to score the seventh Blue Jays run. I guess it didn't really matter, the game was out of reach, the Mariners were down seven runs at the time and had already given up four errors!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Watch: Trevor Plouffe flips over rail as he catches a foul ball

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Trevor Plouffe's amazing catch Monday night was the only bright spot of the game as the Minnesota Twins took a 13 to nothing whoopin from division rival Kansas City Royals. The play came in the fourth inning when Alex Gordon hit a foul ball tailing off to the left side, heading into the third base dugout. Trevor Plouffe never took his eye off the ball and didn't give much thought of the rail in front of him. Take a look at Trevor's violent collision when he meets the rail:
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Plouffe was okay after the catch and remained in the game. Mark it down, it will be the the #1 play of week.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Charlie Woods witness dad’s eighth win at Bridgestone Invitational

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photo credit to (CBS).sports.com

Congratulation to Tiger Woods dominating the Bridgestone Invitational for a the eighth time and winning his 79th career PGA event. Woods had this event won on Friday when shot a 9 under par (61). Woods took it easy on the final day shooting an even par and still winning by a commanding seven shots. The highlight for the viewers had to be at the end of the round when Tiger was walking into the clubhouse. He had a visitor requesting his attention. Take a look:
Not since the days of Earl Woods (Tiger's dad) have we seen an emotional moment after a victory. The golf world knows all about the marital issues Woods and ex-wife Elin Nordegren have gone through over the years. It's not Phil Mickelson and his gang by any means; but it was cool to see Tiger carrying his offspring into the winner's circle!

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WAKE UP TOM LASORDA!

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Tom Lasorda was napping during the LA/Chicago game Sunday afternoon. Well at least he isn't managing anymore. Can you blame him its the middle of the afternoon! If Mr. Lasorda had his way the game would have started first thing in the morning after. Take a look:
courtesy of mlb.com

Okay, okay I know, leave the 85-year-old Hall of Fame manager alone!

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Watch Adam Dunn swing a big stick

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                                       credit photo to espn.go.com

Adam Dunn is one individual who never cheats himself swinging a big stick. The left-handed slugger can launch a baseball with the best of them. Dunn will never be known for his clutch hitting but he will provide a Reggie Jackson-like swing and when he connects "Lord Have Mercy!" Today was one of those days where everything felt right and the former Texas Longhorn backup quarterback connected and got a hold of one. Take a look: courtesy of mlb.com

It was a kind gesture by centerfielder Austin Jackson to make an attempt to run after the ball; but in all honesty all he had to do was look up and over.
I say in about two more seasons, Major League Baseball will have a reincarnation of Jim Thome as Adam Dunn will be approaching 500 home runs. He is sitting a 432 now at the age of 33.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Matt Garza rants on twitter after getting bunted on

credit photo to AP /   Ben Margot
                                                    credit photo to AP/Ben Margot

Message to the American League. Matt Garza DOES NOT LIKE WHEN YOU BUNT ON HIM! Just ask Oakland A's shortstop Eric Sogard, who successfully sacrifice bunted in the first inning in the first inning that lead to an early run; but he taunted Garza again with an RBI bunt in the seventh inning of an 4-2 A's victory against the Texas Rangers. Though the tweets don't fit the crime, only Matt Garza can interpret his mini tantrum when attacking Sogard and his wife!
Sogard is a .273 hitter with two home runs. Garza better pray the next time these two meet, Sogard doesn't get a hit. He may want to take to twitter and tease Garza a little more. As for Garza, he later calmed down and offered an apology, sort of .
These two teams will continue to battle for the American League West for the remainder of the season, Oakland A's has a 3.5 game lead over the Texas Rangers. Matt may want to dial it down a little as he is near free agency.

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Watch: Larry Allen humors the crowd with his Hall Of Fame speech


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After watching longtime Dallas Cowboy, Larry Allen get inducted into the Football Hall of Fame Saturday Night my first thought was is he really going to talk? I've watched this massive human being anchor the offensive line since the time he stepped on the gridiron in 1994. Throughout his career I have never heard the man talk. This is the same individual who was walking to the Cowboys' players parking lot many years ago with teammate, Terry Glenn. I had to see what kind of vehicle he drives. I'm thinking it has to be some sort of SUV or a gigantic luxury vehicle. Well, it wasn't a surprise to see Mr. Glenn get into a black Lamborghini. Glenn, a former wideout has a small frame that suits a fast exotic car. As Terry got into his vehicle, Mr. Allen walked past Terry's car to get into his black Lamborghini! I'm thinking WTF? Get out of here! How is this big MAN going to get into this itty bitty car? Just like Terry did, got into his car and drove off.

So today was a big day for Mr. Allen, his family, the Cowboy organization and the Cowboy fans. This was the day many of us would get to hear Larry Allen speak! If you are a fan of Larry Allen, the first thing to come to mind would be a side bet. What is the over/under of how many words will come out of Larry's mouth or how long will Larry stay on the stage? Will Jerry Jones speak longer than Larry? All of those questions were legit!

Larry Allen did suprisingly well. He represented himself, his family and the Dallas Cowboys in a very positive way. He thank everybody he knew as all inductees do. Larry had some of the best quotes of the night especially from a soft-spoken man who was terribly nervous as he wore his sunglasses throughout the night and had a hefty laugh through his entire speech. Here are some of the highlights:
He first thanked his wife, and it was the best quote of the night. For all you single ladies out there here's how to catch a man!
Mr. Allen even thanked his dad about keeping his temper under control:
The funniest part of the night was when he spoke about bench pressing 700lbs. In light of what is going on in baseball, he let it be known that he was all natural and the day he became the strongest man in football, Larry told the football world:
He added, “You know, it’s funny — once I benched 700 pounds, they tested me twice a week for the rest of my career.”
Here is video of Larry Allen lifting 700lbs.
Larry Allen, thank you for your service and thank you for representing the Dallas Cowboys!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Tiger Woods shoots a 61 at Bridgestone

photo credited to Gregory Shamus
photo credited to Gregory Shamus

Yes it's true. Tiger Woods shoots a second round (-9) under, 61 at Firestone Country Club. He sure could have used this round a couple of weeks ago in Scotland. Tiger's 61 ties his personal best as he was nine under in his first 13 holes flirting with 59 with 5 holes to go. It's unbelievable to think he only needed eleven one-putts through his first 13 holes. His only downfall was he didn't birdie any of the remaining holes. Tiger will take a commanding seven shot lead going into the weekend. Though it means nothing until he wins another major, Woods has to feel ecstatic about his play in the first two days of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. When asked if he was bummed about not shooting a 59 he replied:
"Am I disappointed?'" Woods said when asked about not getting to 59. "Absolutely not. 61 is pretty good. I'm not bummed."
video credit to Vine
  Woods has already won four times this year and maybe a victory this weekend in Akron, Ohio will give him some momentum going into next weeks PGA Championship. It worked for The Open Champion, Phil Mickelson, who won in Scotland before winning his fifth major. We have to remember, Tiger's biggest issue is the weekend so we will see what happens the next two days.

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Watch: Hanley Ramirez turn two the wrong way

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courtesy of Harry How/Getty Images

It was the best double play turned this year and it happened Thursday night in Chicago. Los Angeles Dodgers' shortstop, Hanley Ramirez made an incredible stop with his momentum going towards third base. Instead of spinning his body around to make the throw to second, he backhand's a long flip to Dodgers' second baseman Mark Ellis with his back to home plate. Ellis finishes off a strong throw to first to complete the double play. Take a look:
  courtesy of mlb.com

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