Big League Stew

  • Bob Costas throws terrible first pitch, takes a mulligan, throws a strike (Video)

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 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.

    This is surely a sign of Costas' great power within baseball. Because 50 Cent, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miss Texas never got a do-over.

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    Wed, Aug 20
    4:15 PM PDT
    Cincinnati at St. Louis
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  • Kole Calhoun reaches into Fenway bullpen to rob three-run homer from Red Sox

    David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago

    Kole Calhoun went to the bullpen to give the Los Angeles Angels some much-needed relief Tuesday night — though he is neither pitcher nor manager.

    Playing right field at Fenway Park in the second inning, Calhoun drifted back, jumped high, reached into the bullpen and came down on top of the fence to make a great catch, robing Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox of a three-run home run. Aside from the grab, the best part of the video might be the reaction of the Angels players in the bullpen, jumping for joy in response. And why not? If Calhoun doesn't catch the ball, the Red Sox would have taken a four-run lead. 

    Instead, the Angels won 4-3 and continue to pace the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

    As reporter Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register points out, Calhoun is "charitably listed" as being 5-foot-10 inches tall. That means he leaped approximately 14 feet in the air* in order to save right-hander Jered Weaver's bacon. (*exaggeration)

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    Wed, Aug 20
    4:10 PM PDT
    LA Angels at Boston
    Preview Game
  • Hawk Harrelson wears shower cap for Ice Bucket Challenge, does Chicken Dance afterward

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    He wet!

    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. 

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  • Cubs grounds crew booed when it can't cover field with tarp at Wrigley

    David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago

    After a quick rain storm apparently took them by surprise Tuesday night, the Wrigley Field grounds crew sadly and hilariously struggled for six or seven minutes to get a soaked tarp to fully cover the infield during the fifth inning. In true Chicago form, many in the crowd booed the grounds crew's feeble execution. "Pull, pull, pull!" others shouted.

    The problematic coverage didn't take as long to play out as a similar debacle at Yankee Stadium that lasted 14 minutes in July, or a nine-minute affair happening in the Bronx a season before, but it seemed even more absurd. And even though it rained on Chicago's North Side only for about 15 minutes, the ensuing delay because of unplayable conditions lasted 4 hours, 34 minutes. Umpires finally called the game at 1:16 a.m. and, because five innings had been played, the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. 

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    Wed, Aug 20
    5:05 PM PDT
    San Francisco at Chi Cubs
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