Mark Townsend

  • Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes receive patriotic welcome to A's clubhouse

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    The morale in the Oakland A's clubhouse is high after general manager Billy Beane cemented his belief that he has a championship ballclub by acquiring Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester before Thursday's trade deadline. It also doesn't hurt that in the same deal, Beane brought back clubhouse favorite Jonny Gomes, who was a big part of their postseason run in 2012.

    The downside, of course, is the trade cost them one of their superstars in Yoenis Cespedes, but Beane's willingness to move a superstar to make the team more complete sends a positive message to those who remain.

    The excitement stemming from the trade was evident on Friday as the club anticipated the arrival of Lester and Gomes. And once they did arrive in the clubhouse, they gave them a very special and patriotic welcome.

    So weird seeing Gomes and Lester walk into clubhouse right now with Red Sox bags. Someone out Hail to the Chief on clubhouse stereo.

    A Presidential welcome even.

    I wasn't suggesting that. Someone actually put that on the stereo.

    Hit the music! 

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  • Here's a video montage of Adrian Beltre reacting to people touching his head

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

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    Allow us to take this very brief break from staring at the computer and/or television waiting for any kind of trade deadline news — we might even settle for what Jon Lester had for dinner — to bring you a special video presentation on Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.

    It's not a career retrospective, because Beltre's still going strong in his 17th big league season. It's not a top ten countdown of his greatest defensive plays, because that would obviously require much longer than the 23 seconds allotted. It's not even a video of Beltre and his son taking batting practice at Globe Life Park, although we wouldn't complain about that either.

    No, this video is actually a history lesson on just how little Adrian Beltre appreciates having his head touched by anyone, whether it be a teammate, an opponent or basically any human being walking the face of the earth.

    He does not like it. He may harm you if you try, so it's necessary that you watch this video for these three important reasons:

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  • Troy Tulowitzki takes in Yankees game in New York

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 days ago

    Let the speculation begin.

    Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — yes, he's still with the Rockies — is currently on the disabled list nursing a thigh injury, but he was still turning heads on Sunday afternoon. Not on the field, of course, but for making a rather curious appearance at Yankee Stadium to watch New York take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Troy Tulowitzki at the Yankees game today in an Arrested Development shirt (original was deleted)

    On Saturday, the Denver Post reported that Tulowitzki was headed to Philadelphia to visit with Dr. William Meyers, a surgeon who specializes in sports injuries. That explains why he's on the east coast. But the fact that he made time to visit New York, and, more specifically, Yankee Stadium, is notable. 

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