- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Dude, no. No, no, no, no.
We can debate very many things in baseball — whether Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame, if WAR is a worthwhile stat, whether pine tar should be against the rules for pitchers — but here is one thing that we all should agree on: If a player at a baseball game tosses a ball to a kid, no adult should take it.
Never. Ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever.
Obviously the adult fan above at Thursday's Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game at Fenway Park didn't get that memo. Because when Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox tossed a ball to a young kid in the third inning, the "grown up" swooped in and snatched it. Booooooo!Thu, Apr 244:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox weren't going to let Michael Pineda get away with apparently doctoring the ball against them twice. In the second inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, Farrell asked umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda's neck, which appeared to have a foreign substance — later confirmed as pine tar — slathered on it.
Aye yi yi, Michael Pineda again?
Michael Pineda caught slippin’ this time. Ejected for pine tar on the neck. pic.twitter.com/Ji182KTggJ
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
You had to figure it would end this way.
The Chicago Cubs can't have nice things, they've shown this over and over again. So on Wednesday when the team was celebrating Wrigley Field's 100th birthday, when everything was going well, when they took a 5-2 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks into the ninth inning, you had to figure something would go awry, that the collapse might be looming.
And collapse the Cubs did: there were two walks, an error, then a grounder that bounced off second base and into the outfield to bring in two runs. Even the bases were plotting against the Cubs! Then came the game-tying single and finally the two-out, two-run, go-ahead double to right field that Justin Ruggiano almost caught.Thu, Apr 2411:20 AM PDTArizona at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
When the San Diego Padres signed oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson to an $8 million contract for the 2014 season, they were hoping they'd get a bounce-back season from the pitcher who had shown moments of brilliance in his MLB career.
Instead, they're getting a whole season of Johnson on the shelf.
Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock, ending his season with the Padres before it even began. It will be Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and another chapter of rehab for a player who hasn't made 20 starts in four of his eight full MLB seasons.
Not only will it be another Tommy John surgery for Johnson, but it will also be his second elbow surgery in six months. He had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs.Thu, Apr 244:05 PM PDTSan Diego at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't the only place where Sammy Sosa isn't welcome apparently. The former Chicago Cubs slugger, the face of the franchise for a decade, wasn't invited Wednesday as the team celebrated 100 years of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs' pre-game ceremony included appearances from a number of Chicago sports icons — from Cubs legends Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and Andre Dawson to Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus of the NFL.
Bud Selig was there. Heck, even ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was there showing off his 2013 World Series ring won with the Boston Red Sox.
Sosa was not there.
And according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs didn't even invite Sosa, who hit a team-record 545 homers for the North Siders from 1992-2004.
For Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, celebrated Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, it probably wasn't a huge surprise that the team chose to wear throwback jerseys. But the specific jerseys that the Cubs and the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks donned weren't your average MLB throwbacks.
The Cubs didn't wear Cubs jerseys at all and the D-backs didn't represent Arizona, rather Kansas City. The teams honored the first major-league game played at Wrigley Field, back on April 23, 1914. It was actually called Weeghman Field back then, and the Chicago Federals played the Kansas City Packers in the first game. Both teams were from the Federal League.
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The Chicago Cubs are having one heck of a birthday party Wednesday, celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field. They enlisted character actors dressed like it's 1914, dressed both teams in throwback uniforms and handed out free cupcakes and replica jerseys to fans.
But as everybody knows, it's not a birthday party if there's not a birthday cake. The Cubs got a pretty memorable one. The team hired celebrity baker Buddy Valastro, best known from the "Cake Boss" reality show, and his team at Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey to make a 400-pound cake that resembled Wrigley.
Yes, it's still very early in the season. So early that a couple of hot days at the plate can turn a disappointing batting average into a somewhat respectable one. So early that every statistical analysis comes with the requisite "small-sample size" warning.
But still, when you're a reigning MVP or home-run champ or a big-money offseason free agent, you're going to be judged by your output right away. Here we are, three weeks into the season, and there are definitely some disappointments around MLB, a couple of whom may surprise you.
Flip through the slideshow above to check out nine of baseball's early season disappointments. Maybe Miguel Cabrera will get his mojo back by the time you're done. If anybody can do it, it's him. He had a nice night Tuesday with three hits and a homer, bumping up his batting average by 29 points.
Point proven, redemption can be but a few big swings away.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
Major League Baseball suspended and fined four players on Tuesday, punishment from the Easter Sunday brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The brawl was sparked when Carlos Gomez of the Brewers hit a triple off Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. Gomez admired it momentarily, thinking it was a homer. Cole had words with Gomez after he slid into third. Gomez charged Cole and both benches cleared. Travis Snider and Russell Martin of the Pirates and Martin Maldonado of the Brewers were central figures in the on-field fight, with Maldonado most notably punching Snider in the face.
The league fined Gomez, Snider, Martin and Maldonado each an undisclosed amount and threw down these suspensions:
• Gomez — three games • Maldonado — five games • Snider — two games • Martin — one game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
Every kid who goes to an MLB game has that moment where he or she hopes to grab a foul ball. Heck, even adults do. When fans get their hands on a ball, the reactions usually range from jumping around to high-fives and fist pumps.
This kid at Monday's San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies game, however, was so dumbfounded by actually having an MLB ball in his hand that he couldn't do anything but stare at it. He sat there in awe for a solid 15 seconds at least.
Good stuff, young man. May every fan be as awestruck by the game as you. Credit, also, to the adult fan in front of the kid who appears to have given him the ball. May every fan be as generous as you.
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