- Mike Oz at Big League Stew44 mins ago
The 25th anniversary of Pete Rose being banned from MLB is Sunday and baseball's controversial hit king sat down for an interview with ESPN to mark the occasion. Like most things Pete Rose, the interview — which aired Wednesday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" — was far from mundane.
The headline born from it: Rose says 25 years ago when he signed an agreement to be banished for life, it was a mistake. He thought he'd only been suspended for a season.
He told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap:
"It was a mistake because I didn't read the fine print," Rose said. "When I signed that agreement, if you looked at my news conference the day I was suspended ... I looked at it really as a year suspension. To this day, I have no idea why my lawyers would accept a lifetime suspension. Sure, I'm there listening to them, but most players when I played, when you look at your contract and stuff, you don't read the fine print."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Sports customs say that players can swap numbers upon arriving at a new team, but they don't always come cheap. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, for instance, recently got a Rolex for agreeing to give Ubaldo Jimenez No. 31 after Jimenez signed with the Orioles this season.
Most of the time, jersey-number trade negotiations involve luxury items or big checks. But when John Lackey was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals at the July 31 deadline, he saw that Pat Neshek wore his No. 41. Lackey would get the number, but this wasn't a simple give-the-man-a-nice-watch transaction.
Neshek is an avid baseball memorabilia collector and even has a website where he shows off his autographed cards. So, in exchange for No. 41, Lackey gave Neshek an autographed Babe Ruth ball.
Huge Thanks to John Lackey for the incredible gift for changing my uni # pic.twitter.com/SFnuTh2d7x
Obligatory "Who is she?" reference:LiveBaltimore0 - 2Chi White SoxFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Bob Costas, you rascally guy, you.
We've seen plenty of people bungle ceremonial first pitches in recent years, but not until Costas on Tuesday night at the St. Louis Cardinals' game, have we seen someone throw a terrible first pitch, ask for a second chance and actually get it.LiveCincinnati0 - 1St. LouisFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Longtime Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday — you probably haven't heard of this Ice Bucket Challenge thing yet, as it's a brand new trend sweeping the Internet and our man Hawk is right on the pulse of things.
Anyhow, Harrelson agreed to get doused with a big bucket of ice water (not one of those sissy-sized buckets Justin Verlander used) and the result is a wonderful video full of Hawk absurdities.
A few of the things we absolutely love:
1. Hawk wears a shower cap, because he's a respected broadcaster, darn it, and his hair is important. Sadly, it came off.
If ever there were a cure for a six-game losing streak, getting the reigning MVP back in your lineup might just be it. At least that's what the Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping now that they've activated Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list.
McCutchen hasn't played since Aug. 3 and the Pirates are 5-9 in that span, punctuated by a losing streak that's seen them fall to the Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.
McCutchen was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list last Monday, but the move was retroactive to the previous week. He left the Pirates' game on Aug. 3 after hitting a sac fly and immediately nursing his side. It was eventually determined that McCutchen had a fractured rib.LiveAtlanta2 - 0PittsburghFollow Game
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Actor Jon Hamm was immortalized in bobblehead form Monday night by the St. Louis Cardinals, so he showed up at Busch Stadium to meet the Cards players and throw out the first pitch.
Hamm, when he's shaved up and slicked back, makes ovaries swoon as Don Draper on the hit AMC show "Mad Men." He was also in the recent baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm" and he proved Monday night his arm isn't too bad.
Hamm didn't fire his first pitch, opting for an easy rainbow that bounced right in front of Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith, who was waiting to catch it. We'll call Hamm's a hundred-dollar arm.
The firsts keep coming for Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher from Philadelphia's Taney Dragons who became the first girl to throw a shutout in LIttle League World Series history last Friday.
Now she's the first Little Leaguer to make the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The mag announced Tuesday that Davis would cover their issue dated Aug. 25, with the headline "Remember Her Name."
People aren't going to have trouble with that. With the help of her 70-mph fastball, Davis threw a two-hit shutout Friday against the LLWS team from Nashville, striking out eight en route to capturing the nation's attention. She's been covered on every sports news platform, of course, but she's fully become a pop-culture talking point too.
It seems like the Washington Nationals have been playing with magic wands the past few days.
The Nats won their third straight game via a walk-off hit Monday night and their seventh consecutive game overall. Adam LaRoche blasted an 11th inning home run — a no-doubt type of homer — to give the Nats a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After the game, LaRoche told reporters, including Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post:
“I got every bit of that one,” LaRoche said. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten into these walk-off situations the last few days, but we’ve been able to grind back.”LiveArizona0 - 1WashingtonFollow Game
For the first time since April 23, the Oakland Athletics are not in first place in the AL West.
The Los Angeles Angels, with a 4-2 win Monday night over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, took over sole possession of first in the division. It's only a half-game lead and could very well be gone after Tuesday's games, but for the Angels — a team that was a severe disappointment a year ago — getting past the A's is something to celebrate.
The teams had been tied the past two days, with a couple winning-percentage points giving the Angels the slightest of edges. But now, with the A's idle on Monday, the Angels are alone in first place for the first time since May of 2011.
The Angels are 16-13 since the All-Star break, taking advantage of the A's going 14-15 in that time. After the game, starting pitcher C.J. Wilson told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com:LiveLA Angels1 - 3BostonFollow Game
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what it's all about.
This is one of those moments where all the talk is absolutely true about how youth sports build character, shape children and help kids become adults.
This is Dave Belisle, the coach of Cumberland American Little League, the Rhode Island team that represented the Northeast in the Little League World Series. Cumberland Americanlost 8-7 on Monday to Chicago's Jackie Robinson West. It was an elimination game that ended with many of Belisle's players dejected and in tears.
He gathered them on the field after the game, asking them to keep their heads up and saying he wanted to see their eyes. Then he delivered a moving speech that will tug at your heartstrings a bit. Here's a transcription, via the Providence Journal: