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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
If you watch a lot of baseball, you know that not all home runs are created equal. While all are exciting, there's a difference between a ball that barely gets over the fence and the ball Albert Pujols hit off Brad Lidge in 2005.
Describing the former as a "home run" is fine, but that Pujols play is something else entirely. In the past, you might have referred to that hit as a "jack," "bomb," or "dinger." You shouldn't do that anymore, according to the AP Stylebook, the authority on style and grammar guidelines for journalists.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
"Hey, kid, turn around!"
It's hard to look at Justin Verlander's latest selfie and not immediately have that reaction. You see, Verlander snapped a pic with a kid in a Verlander shirsey inside a Starbucks. Only the kid was turned around looking at the barista and not the guy whose name was on his back.
"Kid, turn around, hurry!"
Roy Halladay did something similar at an amusement park in January, but that was with a fully-grown fan. For the sake of the kid, we're happy to pass along that Verlander said the kid was surprised when he turned around. We hope Verlander signed the kid's coffee cup or something. (Wait, why is that kid in a Starbucks line, shouldn't he be in school?!)
Nonetheless, we've decided this could be a great scavenger-hunt type game for pro athletes — trying to find fans wearing their jerseys out in the wild. Like at a coffee shop. Or the mall. Or a grocery store. We'd definitely enjoy the pictures.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Chicken and waffles are already a brilliant, yet crazy, food creation. You might initially balk at the idea of combining the two, but you'll immediately understand the hype after your first bite.
The Houston Astros understand that sweet and salty, like Biggio and Bagwell, are one of the best combinations of all time. That's why they've decided to take crazy to a new level with the Chicken & Waffle Cone.
New at Astros games: Chicken & Waffle Cone w/mashed potatoes & honey mustard drizzle pic.twitter.com/y2vDEjjnjm
Your eyes do not deceive you. That's chicken in a waffle cone, served with mashed potatoes and a honey mustard sauce.
While it's tough to justify substituting a waffle with a waffle cone, it's important to note that one of the finest thinkers of our time has endorsed cones of meat.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Fans are subject to a lot of hyperbole when watching baseball. Players don't actually hit the ball a mile, or get blown away by a pitch or swing a hot bat.
Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy may take issue with that last one. In a recent promotional shoot, Lucroy decided to take the phrase literally.
That's pretty neat!
While there's no reason to doubt whether the photo is real, the presence of both the fire extinguisher and the buckets of water suggests Lucroy did his own stunt here.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
David Ortiz has made a career blasting baseballs a long way in the batter's box. Thursday, he came out and blasted any link he has to performance enhancing drugs, peeling back the curtain on MLB's testing process and what it has been like to live under suspicion for all these years.
In a lengthy, at times profane,essay published on the Players' Tribune, Ortiz, 39, says he's been tested more than 80 times since 2004, hasn't failed one, and had sharp words for those still out there who doubt that he has played clean and doesn't deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame.
It all goes back to 2009 when it was reported that he had failed a PED test in 2003:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The wild story of prized pitching prospect Brady Aiken just got wilder: Aiken, 18, announced Thursday that he had Tommy John surgery this week, seven months after he failed to come to terms with the Houston Astros as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft.
At the time, there was a dispute about the health of Aiken's elbow. The two sides had reportedly reached an agreement with a $6.5 million signing bonus. But after Aiken's physical, the Astros said they weren't happy with what they saw in his elbow. Believing he would need Tommy John surgery soon, the Astros reportedly lowered their offer to $5 million.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Curt Ford, a St. Louis Cardinals outfielder from 1985-1988, was the victim in an alleged racially motivated attack Wednesday at a St. Louis-area gas station. Ford was punched in the face and, according to police, was told by his attacker: "Go back to Ferguson you (racial slur)."
The attack happened at a Petro Mart gas station in Fenton, Mo., about 28 miles from Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that was the epicenter of protests and racial turmoil after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer there last August.
According to police, Ford was minding his business when his attacker — who was later arrested and identified as 37-year-old James Street — blind-sided him with a punch as they were both inside gas station's store.LiveNY Mets1 - 2St. LouisFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Time Warner Cable is expected to lose $1 billion in its messy deal involving the Los Angeles Dodgers' television rights, according to the New York Post.
The company acquired the right to air Dodgers' games on SportsNet LA in 2013. The reported contract was worth $8.35 billion over 25 years. Time Warner Cable believed providers such as DirecTV or Dish Network would pay to carry the channel, but that hasn't been the case thus far.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward actually have a lot in common. Both players are former top prospects who play the same position, and both are considered to be rising stars in the game.
The comparisons continue Thursday, as both players hit nearly identical shots, albeit to opposite fields, in the same game.
Stanton struck first, taking one out to deep left in the top of the inning.
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Heyward then followed that up with a nearly identical homer in the bottom of the first.
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Both shots made it the balconies on the buildings behind the field. For what it's worth, both players also have face guards on their helmets. More comparisons!
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Cleveland Indians shortstop has a habit of parking his car wherever he wants at the team's spring facility. That's fine when you're a 10-year veteran, but not when you've only received 249 career at-bats in the majors.
Ramirez may have learned his lesson Thursday after finding his car in an unusual parking spot.
It's a beautiful morning in Goodyear. The sun is out, birds are chirping... and Jose Ramirez's car is at shortstop. pic.twitter.com/hRLpI39t2i
Though nothing is concrete, there are "whispers" at camp that veteran infielder Mike Aviles may have been behind the caper. Even the ground crew appreciated the prank, telling MLB.com's Jordan Bastian that they were thinking of "using [Ramirez's car] to drag the field!"