- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
You know how baseball players are about superstition and routine. Something works once and they stick with it. No matter how odd it is. We've seen MLB players adopt cowboy boots, a souvenir gnome and a horse mask as good-luck charms this season.
But Salvador Perez, catcher for the Kansas City Royals — nay, make that the first-place Kansas City Royals — might have everybody beat. He wears women's perfume during games, usually Victoria's Secret, and he says MLB umpires love it.Fri, Aug 295:10 PM PDTCleveland at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Despite Jon Lester going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA since joining the Oakland Athletics, there are still those within the ranks of A's fandom that think the Yoenis Cespedes-for-Lester trade was a mistake.
Obviously, the rent-a-star strategy isn't something they're used to in Oakland. Since Cespedes was a fan favorite and because the A's are having their worst month of the season in August, people are still second-guessing general manager Billy Beane.
"Who trades their cleanup hitter during a championship run?"
That's the question being posed by Hitler. Yes, Hiter ... but no, not the real Adolf Hitler. He's dead. Rather, we're talking about long-standing video meme of Hitler reacting to unfavorable news. An A's fans made a Cespedes-centric version of the meme and it's pretty funny (though, fair warning, there's a curse word that will show up in the subtitles).
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Coming into the San Francisco Giants' game Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit hadn't allowed a baserunner in more than a month.
Petit — chosen by S.F. to replace the struggling Tim Lincecum in the starting rotation — entered the game needing to retire eight more batters in a row to make history. He did, with a strikeout of Charlie Culberson in the third inning, and surpassed Mark Buehrle for the most consecutive batters retired in MLB history.
It was 46 in a row for Petit, a number that dates back to July 22 and includes eight games: two as a starter, the rest in relief. And right after his historic out, wouldn't you know it, Petit gave up consecutive hits to the Rockies. Nothing lasts forever. But the record is his for now.Fri, Aug 296:40 PM PDTColorado at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The New York Yankees have won six of their past seven going into Thursday's game. They've adopted a horse mask as a good-luck charm and turned themselves into wild-card contenders as the MLB season approaches its final month.
The Yankees might also be getting something else for the stretch run, and it's better than a horse mask. It's their ace back.
Masahiro Tanaka, sidelined since July 8 with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, looked sharp in a 49-pitch simulated game on Thursday morning. The Yankees were encouraged by what they saw from Tanaka and are hopeful he'll be able to return in September.Fri, Aug 294:07 PM PDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
We already told you about Buster Posey's walk-off homer from Wednesday night, as the San Francisco Giants sunk the Colorado Rockies. But do you know who told you about it before it even happened? MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, who predicted Posey would hit a walk-off during a live look-in on "MLB Tonight."
Amsinger even mimicked Giants announcer Duane Kuiper's "It. Is. Outta Herrrrrrre" home-run call seconds before Posey's ninth-inning blast. Even better than predicting the homer, though, was Amsinger's reaction when the ball left the yard.
At that point, MLB Network had gone live to the Giants broadcasters, so Aminger's told-you-so celebration happened off air. But MLB Network cameras captured it and we think it's worth your attention:
Your browser does not support iframes.Fri, Aug 297:15 PM PDTMilwaukee at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
The latest spat between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks didn't happen on the field and it didn't even include any players. It was between one Dodgers fan who lives in Arizona and a few Chase Field employees who didn't like his T-shirt. Ultimately, thankfully, common sense and social media prevailed.
Armando Mendoza (who goes by @DaaDozer on Twitter) went to the Dodgers-D-backs game Tuesday wearing a T-shirt that said "We won the West. Now Where's the Pool." It's a reference, of course, to the Dodgers clinching the NL West in Arizona last season and celebrating in the Chase Field pool. Controversy erupted and Arizona people, even really powerful Arizona people, were outraged.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
Ex-Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker infamously had his doubts that he could survive the No. 7 train in New York City, but he apparently thinks he can be the ultimate "Survivor" in Nicaragua.
This season of "Survivor" will have contestants paired up in their quest for $1 million. Rocker, 39, is joined his 34-year-old girlfriend Julie McGee, a model and spray tan business owner from Atlanta.
While ex-baseball players have fared well on reality TV dating shows, something tells us Rocker's "Survivor" stint will probably be remembered for something he says rather than his success in the competition. OK, not something , many things.
Here's an example of what being in contention can do: The Seattle Mariners have given general manager Jack Zdurienick a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.
The Mariners are 71-59 this season, currently sitting in the second AL Wild Card position, after a splashy offseason that included signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.
Despite that big move (or perhaps because of it), there were many in the Pacific Northwest who doubted whether Zdurienick was the right man for the job. Coming out and making a run at the postseason was at least enough to convince ownership that Zdurienick (often just called Jack Z) was their man for a few more years.Fri, Aug 297:10 PM PDTWashington at SeattlePreview Game
ESPN's Keith Olbermann released a thoughtful and entertaining seven-minute commentary Monday about Pete Rose and his ban from MLB. The 25-year anniversary of Rose's banishment was Sunday, and that has brought a wave of Pete Rose talk back into the sports media mainstream recently.
Olbermann in particular put together a one-hour special called "Pete Rose: 25 Years in Exile." Since he's both an astute baseball fan and a man who knows a thing or two about second chances, Olbermann's perspective was interesting to hear.
Even though he once took a hardline stance against reinstating Rose, Olbermann said he's come around in recent years. Now he's in favor of allowing Rose back in MLB.
The recent PED controversies surrounding the game, Olbermann said, make Rose's misdoings look like "nickel and dime stuff." He said Rose's crime is "no longer a capital offense" and other players would have been forgiven by now:
The people in Kansas City show their love for Derek Jeter in some pretty odd ways.
Monday night, when the New York Yankees visited Kauffman Stadium for a makeup game, it was Jeter's final appearance in K.C. The Royals honored him before the game like other teams have during his "farewell tour." The team gave Jeter a big check for his foundation. They smiled and took pictures. The usual.
Now for the unusual: A fan made a farewell sign in which he mashed up Jeter with the Mona Lisa. The sign, brought to the ballpark by the Lowndes family, declared that Jeter was the "Masterpiece of Baseball," which is nice and all, but registers high on the weird meter.
Derek Jeter as the Mona Lisa? OK. pic.twitter.com/zT2beb4PuR
Mona Lisa and Jeter? What's the connection? Did he date her too?
The good news for Dan Lowndes and family is that they've quite a ways to go before unseating the most bizarre Derek Jeter tribute in Kansas City this season. Because this happened back in June: