Big League Stew

  • Domonic Brown's painful-looking catch robs Jedd Gyorko

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    There are two things hard to fathom about Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown's mesmerizing third-inning catch on Thursday night.

    That he caught the ball, and that he did not break his wrist or dislocate his shoulder in the process.

    Brown came up wincing and shaking his right arm after robbing Jedd Gyorko of at least a single with a diving catch in which he held onto the ball despite his glove hand getting pinned at an awkward angle behind his back. The 27-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and produced two hits and an RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 loss at San Diego.

    The strong performance from Brown ended an eventful day on a high note for the young outfielder.

    Earlier Thursday, Brown posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's been great. Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love." The text was intended to be about a break-up with his girlfriend, but so many Phillies fans thought it meant he had been traded that Brown actually had to post in the comments section to diffuse speculation.

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    Fri, Sep 19
    6:35 PM PDT
    Philadelphia at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • Fan spills beer, Mark Teixeira disapproves

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew3 hrs ago

    Like most of us, Mark Teixeira can't stand to see beer go to waste.

    That much is abundantly clear from the New York Yankees first baseman's disapproval Thursday night after a fan spilled 16 ounces of liquid gold all over the man sitting next to him while trying to catch a foul ball down the first base line. Worse yet, it appears the beer spilled for nothing since neither one of them were able to retrieve the foul ball.

    Thankfully for the Yankees, Teixeira showed off better hands than the two Yankees fans. Teixeira probably saved a run with this spectacular diving stop in the third inning, robbing Jose Reyes of an RBI single, preserving a scoreless tie and helping the Yankees eke out a 3-2 victory.

    No wonder Teixeira was shaking his head over the spilled beer. With soft hands and quick reflexes like that, it probably never happens to him.

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    Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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    Fri, Sep 19
    4:05 PM PDT
    Toronto at NY Yankees
    Preview Game
  • Derek Jeter takes to streets, thanks New Yorkers in goosebump-giving commercial

    Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew16 hrs ago

    To hear Gatorade's "senior director of consumer engagement" Molly Carter tell AdWeek, the idea for Derek Jeter's latest spine-tingly retirement commercial came from The Captain himself.

    So, too, did the choice of song — Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

    The ad wizards took it from there and the result is a lot of fun to watch: Jeter one day decides to walk the last few blocks to Yankee Stadium, surprising ballplaying kids and beer-drinking adults along the way.

    From AdWeek :

    Gatorade, the official sports drink of Major League Baseball since 1990, roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx this July and "just kind of let Jeter go," said Carter. The shock and surprise on fans' faces when their idol walks into Stan's Sports Bar, or autographs baseballs, is genuine, she said. The 90-second "My Way" spot breaks online Thursday, and will air on TV for the first time Saturday on the YES Network and Fox.

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