To say that it's been a rough week in Boston sports would be an understatement. The Boston Bruins lost a chance at winning the Stanley Cup in 17 seconds. The New England Patriots released a tight end who was arrested and charged with murder. The Boston Celtics traded their title-winning coach to the Los Angeles Clippers for a draft pick. And then the franchise traded a pair of future Hall of Famers for more draft picks. So if ESPN personality - and noted Boston sports fan - Bill Simmons took offense to Doc Rivers calling him an idiot during the network's coverage of the NBA draft, can you really blame him?
For every Derek Jeter diving-into-the-stands catch, there's about ten more like the play in Baltimore a couple weeks ago that involved Mike Trout and a Mike Trout fan. The big difference between the two (other than The Captain's obvious reckless abandon and iconic grab): fans allowed the player to make a play in one instance and not the other. Nick Punto can relate.Fri, Jul 257:15 PM PDTLA Dodgers at San FranciscoPreview Game
When Andrew Wiggins announced he was going to Kansas over the likes of Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina last month, Jayhawk fans rejoiced. After all, the 6-7 wing out of Canada by way of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013 and the most highly-touted high school prospect in the country since a certain teenager from Akron, OH entered the 2003 NBA draft. And if what he did Wednesday is any indication, KU supporters have reason to be excited.
The New York Mets had lost 10 of 12 games entering Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs. And the way it was going, it seemed like The Amazin's were headed for their 11th defeat in 13 tries. That included a crazy play in the fifth inning that featured an error by the normally sure-handed third baseman David Wright and another by first baseman Daniel Murphy that turned a 1-0 Cubs lead into a 3-0 Cubs lead. But after Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 3-1 game, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a walk-off 3-run homer that gave New York an improbable 4-3 victory over Chicago.
Meanwhile in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 24 points and added 10 assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. Now, LeBron James and Co. will try to do what the Los Angeles Lakers did in 2010 against the Boston Celtics in the Finals: win Games 6 and 7 at home.Fri, Jul 251:05 PM PDTSt. Louis at Chi CubsPreview Game
Do a quick search on the internet for Major League Baseball umpire C.B. Bucknor, and you will quickly learn he isn't necessarily a fan favorite. There are two separate Facebook pages - MLB Needs to Fire C.B. Bucknor and Fire C.B. Bucknor - dedicated solely to his ouster. So the bonehead move the veteran of 18 big league seasons pulled Thursday shouldn't come as a surprise.Fri, Jul 254:05 PM PDTToronto at NY YankeesPreview Game
Baseball is littered with bloopers throughout its long and storied history. Names like Jose Canseco and Steve "Psycho" Lyons instantly come to mind when hardcore seamheads reminisce about the funniest blunders of yore. More recently, the 2013 Houston Astros have provided us with several new examples - here - here - and here. And while the play that involved Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler was different, the end result looked similar.Fri, Jul 254:10 PM PDTWashington at CincinnatiPreview Game
Steve Bartman is the poster child for fan interference in Major League history. The Chicago Cubs fan has been in seclusion for nearly ten years thanks to infamously impeding Moises Alou's opportunity to catch Luis Castillo's foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Florida Marlins. Many Cubs fans think the moment cost their team a chance to win - or at least advance - to the World Series. A certain Mike Trout fan found himself in a similar situation to Bartman Tuesday night while attending a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Baltimore Orioles. But this time, there was a much different outcome.Fri, Jul 257:05 PM PDTDetroit at LA AngelsPreview Game
Fog is an interesting phenomenon. A collection of water droplets suspended near the ground, the weather condition is comparable to a low-lying stratus cloud. The spooky sight caused quite a scene at not one but two Major League ballparks Monday night in Chicago.
First, the Reds-Cubs contest at Wrigley Field looked more like the infamous "Fog Bowl", a divisional playoff game between the Eagles and Bears at Soldier Field on December 31, 1988. Visibility was so bad that day players complained they could not see the sidelines or first-down markers. Cubs announcer Len Kasper had a similar issue during the first inning on the North Side. When Jay Bruce flied out to Alfonso Soriano to end the top of the first, Kasper quipped to broadcast partner Jim Deshaies, "If he caught it, I wouldn't know!" Cincinnati won 6-2.
The situation was just as dire on the South Side for the Blue Jays-White Sox game. When fog rolled in off Lake Michigan at U.S. Cellular Field during the third inning, umpires stopped play for an hour and 10 minutes. Adam Dunn hit two home runs in Chicago's eventual 10-6 victory over Toronto.
Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Raburn were Detroit Tiger teammates for five seasons between 2008-2012. Anyone remember this gem from Raburn in 2011? Now a member of the Cleveland Indians, Raburn is enjoying a solid season for the Tribe (he was named American League Player of the Week between April 29-May 5.) That trend continued for the utility player Sunday - much to the chagrin of Cabrera.Fri, Jul 255:10 PM PDTCleveland at Kansas CityPreview Game
We've already seen plenty of examples of fans behaving badly so far in 2013. There was the incident in Toronto a couple weeks ago where a beer was tossed in Nate McLouth's direction after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder made a diving catch into the stands. On the same night in Kansas City, a knucklehead eluded Kauffman Stadium security briefly and stole a rosin bag. We've even seen a priceless moment between a husband and wife at Wrigley Field. But the incident that occurred in the 14th inning of a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field was something else entirely.Fri, Jul 255:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game