- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger4 hrs ago
Any Kentucky fans who turned to the front of the Louisville Courier-Journal sports page Friday morning likely weren't pleased with what they saw.
The photo illustration that ran alongside an otherwise fair column by Tim Sullivan looked like something a Louisville fan would have posted to a Cardinals messageboard.
Since Sullivan's piece focused on the perceived advantages of coaching USA Basketball and the tendency of coaches to complain when a competitor gains even the slightest edge, someone at the newspaper chose to accompany it with a photoshopped picture of John Calipari's face atop a baby's body. Yes, the image of Calipari in diapers is pretty hilarious. However, it's also a terrible decision from a journalistic or business standpoint.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Whatever slim chance the Milwaukee Brewers still had of making the playoffs diminished even further Thursday night thanks to some unlikely heroics from one of the most anonymous members of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony Cruz, a backup catcher only playing because St. Louis pinch-ran for All-Star Yadier Molina in the ninth inning, delivered a game-winning, 13th-inning single up the middle to plate Matt Adams from second and give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory.
St. Louis had already rallied from a 2-0 deficit thanks in part to a boneheaded eighth-inning miscue by Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds. Instead of attempting to start an inning-ending double play on a hard ground ball, Reynolds nonchalantly strolled to first base and got just one out, extending an inning that would eventually culminate with the Cardinals tying the game by getting four straight two-out base runners off Jonathan Broxton.Fri, Sep 194:05 PM PDTMilwaukee at PittsburghPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
There are two things hard to fathom about Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown's mesmerizing third-inning catch on Thursday night.
That he caught the ball, and that he did not break his wrist or dislocate his shoulder in the process.
Brown came up wincing and shaking his right arm after robbing Jedd Gyorko of at least a single with a diving catch in which he held onto the ball despite his glove hand getting pinned at an awkward angle behind his back. The 27-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and produced two hits and an RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 loss at San Diego.
The strong performance from Brown ended an eventful day on a high note for the young outfielder.
Earlier Thursday, Brown posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's been great. Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love." The text was intended to be about a break-up with his girlfriend, but so many Phillies fans thought it meant he had been traded that Brown actually had to post in the comments section to diffuse speculation.Fri, Sep 196:35 PM PDTPhiladelphia at OaklandPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Like most of us, Mark Teixeira can't stand to see beer go to waste.
That much is abundantly clear from the New York Yankees first baseman's disapproval Thursday night after a fan spilled 16 ounces of liquid gold all over the man sitting next to him while trying to catch a foul ball down the first base line. Worse yet, it appears the beer spilled for nothing since neither one of them were able to retrieve the foul ball.
Thankfully for the Yankees, Teixeira showed off better hands than the two Yankees fans. Teixeira probably saved a run with this spectacular diving stop in the third inning, robbing Jose Reyes of an RBI single, preserving a scoreless tie and helping the Yankees eke out a 3-2 victory.
No wonder Teixeira was shaking his head over the spilled beer. With soft hands and quick reflexes like that, it probably never happens to him.
- - - - - - -Fri, Sep 194:05 PM PDTToronto at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
When Oakland dropped its fourth straight game to the Angels on August 31 to cede control of the American League West race to its biggest rival, the A's surely believed their once-promising season had reached rock bottom.
Little did they know at the time how much worse things could get.
Oakland has lost 11 of its first 16 games in September, a miserable stretch that continued Thursday when the A's were swept at home by the last-place Texas Rangers. Two errors and two wild pitches cost Oakland in game one, a ninth-inning bullpen collapse spoiled game two and the A's hardly seemed to have any fight left by game three.
Whereas Oakland boasted baseball's best record and a four-game lead over the Angels as recently as August 10, the A's have since lost an astonishing 16 games in the standings to their rivals to the south. Now there's no guarantee Oakland will even make the playoffs, let alone win the division, as the A's currently hold just a 1.5-game lead on Seattle for the final Wild Card spot
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
San Francisco Giants rookie Matt Duffy probably doesn't have the sweetest swing in baseball, but the little-known 23-year-old infielder just may have the sport's sweetest bats.
The lumber Duffy has been swinging lately f. Of course, "Duffman" is the smooth-talking, muscle-bound spokesman and mascot for the fictional Duff Beer company beloved by Homer.
One of Duffy's "Duffman" bats had an eventful afternoon in Phoenix on Wednesday during the Giants' 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
First Duffy lost his grip swinging during a ninth-inning at-bat and the bat flew into the stands, narrowly missing the fans seated in that section. That same at-bat, Duffy came through with the biggest hit of the game, snapping a tie with a two-run single thathelped the Giants pull within two games of the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.
All that was missing was Duffy punctuating his game-winning hit with the Duffman's trademark pelvic thrust and "Oh Yeah!"Fri, Sep 197:10 PM PDTSan Francisco at San DiegoPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago
Not even a week after he was arrested for misdemeanor assault and barred from campus aside from class time, Texas guard Martez Walker did the one thing he could not afford to do if he has any hope of playing for the Longhorns this season.
He got into more trouble.
Walker was arrested for trespassing Monday after returning to the same dorm where he allegedly punched his girlfriend four times last week during a heated argument, the Austin American Statesman reported on Wednesday. Walker's girlfriend told police the initial argument last week began because he was upset that she went to a happy hour with a male colleague.
- Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago
After Oregon updated its men's basketball roster on Tuesday evening, it didn't take long for savvy fans to point out a key difference.
JaQuan Lyle, Oregon's top freshman, is no longer on it.
Lyle was not admitted to the university despite being cleared by the NCAA, Rivals.com reported Wednesday morning. An Oregon spokesman confirmed Lyle has been removed from the roster but offered no further comment, citing student privacy laws.
Adding to the confusion over Lyle's status at Oregon is a tweet he sent Tuesday night that read " I'm good, y'all! I promise, just wait!!" The Rivals.com report indicated Lyle needed to finish a summer course to complete his admission requirements to Oregon and a final determination on that course has yet to occur.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew2 days ago
Never before has anyone been so excited to wipe sticky pie filling off their faces than Orioles fans targeted by outfielder Adam Jones.
Each of the victims clearly considered it an honor to participate in the team's trademark celebration.
In the giddy afterglow of the Orioles' division-clinching 8-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, Jones grabbed as many pies as he could find and smashed them in the faces of eager fans in the first row of the stands. It's unclear how many victims Jones racked up, but video of three different fans being pied had already surfaced on social media by late Tuesday night.
The pies were a clever way for Jones to involve Orioles fans in the team's division title celebration and a fitting method considering how the smashed desserts have become a staple of Baltimore victories.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew2 days ago
The former Breaking Bad antihero added to repertoire by starring in a hilarious newly released six-minute commercial promoting the upcoming American League playoffs on TBS.
The premise of the videol is that Cranston's new project is a one-man show in which he portrays the entire American League playoffs without so much as a cameo appearance from a co-star. The video that follows includes Cranston imitating everything from Babe Ruth calling his shot before homering, to Derek Jeter's backhand flip throw, to Carl Yastrzemski's dramatic home run, to Kirk Gibson's famous World Series home run trot.