Jeff Eisenberg

  • Louisville newspaper depicts John Calipari as a crying baby

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger3 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. 

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  • The Grand Slam: Unlikely hero saves St. Louis, sinks Milwaukee

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew8 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.

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    Fri, Sep 19
    4:05 PM PDT
    Milwaukee at Pittsburgh
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  • Domonic Brown's painful-looking catch robs Jedd Gyorko

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew14 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.

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    Fri, Sep 19
    6:35 PM PDT
    Philadelphia at Oakland
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  • Fan spills beer, Mark Teixeira disapproves

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew16 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.

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    Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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    Fri, Sep 19
    4:05 PM PDT
    Toronto at NY Yankees
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  • Top freshman JaQuan Lyle no longer on Oregon's roster

    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. 

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