Mark Townsend

  • Arizona Fall League players warm up in Halloween costumes

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

    Your browser does not support iframes. Halloween fever was everywhere on Friday. Even Salt River Field, where the Scottsdale Scorpions and Salt River Rafters were preparing to square off in an Arizona Fall League game.

    Hours before the game's first pitch, cameras caught several players taking the field in costume, not uniform, for their warm up routine. It turned the usually well-coordinated, yet mundane practice into something all together bizarre, yet infinitely more enjoyable for the players.

    Nothing says Halloween like @MLBazFallLeague practicing in costume:

    All of your favorite superheroes were represented. Superman, Batman, whose glove work is second to none, and even Robin. There was also a banana, a cowboy, a farmer, and, of course, an overgrown baby. Any team in costume has to have one of those.

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  • Jockey produced 'Mad Bum' underwear given away at Giants celebration

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    To commemorate Madison Bumgarner's historic postseason, the folks at Jockey — yes, the underwear company — created a very limited supply of "Mad Bum" inspired apparel that was given away to 2,000 lucky fans at Friday's championship celebration.

    Hey SF, who scored a pair of #Madbum underwear? Show your support & post a pic. #SFGiantsParade #SupportingGreatness

    Eat your heart out, Jim Palmer. Madison Bumgarner has his own line of Jockey underwear.

    Well, kinda. 

    Although you can already hear the cash registers cha-chinging in and around the Bay Area, the "Mad Bum" underwear will not be available for sale. It's a one-time batch, according to Dustin Cohn, CMO of Jockey International, which makes each of the 2,000 pair handed out a collector's item. 

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  • Royals minor leaguer critical of Yordano Ventura wearing Dominican flag following Game 6, later apologizes

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    So much for organizational camaraderie or human compassion.

    After Yordano Ventura's gem of a pitching performance in World Series Game 6, which the Kansas City Royals won 10-0 to force a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday, a Royals minor leaguer named Zeb Sneed took to Twitter to criticize Ventura for wearing and displaying the Dominican flag over his back during postgame interviews.

    Get that Dominican flag off your back Ventura, this is america! #america #royals

    As most of the viewers were aware, Ventura dedicated his Game 6 performance to Oscar Taveras, who was killed along with his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, in an automobile crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Taveras, 22, was a blooming star out of the Dominican just like Ventura. 

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