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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew45 mins ago
On August 27, the Washington Nationals are set to celebrate Pet Day at the ballpark. While fans won't be allowed to bring their pets to the park for the contest, fans who purchase a ticket to the game will receive a team pet calendar.
The club held the photo shoot for the calendar Tuesday, and it produced some pretty wonderful images.
Just when you thought it couldn't get cuter than Drew Storen holding his dog in his mitt, Bryce Harper comes along and steals the show (and your heart).
It appears not all of the pets were on their best behavior.LiveMiami2 - 1WashingtonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Mitch Williams and Lenny Dykstra have a long history of hating each other. Dykstra has long held the belief that Williams blew the 1993 World Series, and seems to hold him accountable for that. Williams, obviously, is not a big fan of that opinion.
The two were able to ... um ... work out some of those issues at a recent event in Philadelphia. The Philly Sports Roast was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted affair. It quickly turned ugly. Be warned, the language in the following video is highly NSFW. Do not watch this at work!
That winds up being highly uncomfortable at the end. Dykstra initially seems annoyed with Williams, but it quickly devolves into something that is tough to watch.
This is far from the first time these two have nearly gotten into it at a public event. The two confronted each other at a card signing back in 2013.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Not that we expected anything different, but it sounds as if Pedro Martinez pulls no punches in his new book, "Pedro," which hits stores Tuesday.
We've already heard Martinez's wild story about Manny Ramirez from the book, and now Martinez's book is making headlines for something he wrote about his tenure with the New York Mets.
Martinez alleges that the Mets forced him to pitch late in the 2005 season, even though he had a toe injury and had been told by his manager that he was done for the year. But Jeff Wilpon, the team's COO and son of owner Fred Wilpon, stepped in and changed that. From the New York Times:LiveBaltimore0 - 3NY MetsFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Tampa Bay Rays were expecting big things out of ace-in-waiting Alex Cobb this season, but Cobb hasn't pitched yet because of a forearm injury. He suffered a setback Monday and was shut down.
Now the news has gotten worse — worse in a could-need-surgery kind of way.
Marc Topkin, the Rays beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, is reporting that Cobb has a partially torn ligament in his elbow. That, of course, is a big deal. Topkin couches his reporting by calling it "informed speculation," but Topkin covers the Rays beat well, so we're inclined to believe him.
He writes:LiveTampa Bay0 - 0BostonFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Will Ferrell's been living the baseball life these past few months. For a follow-up to his play-every-position spring training stunt, Ferrell made a surprise appearance Monday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman" doing his famous Harry Caray impersonation.
Letterman's on his farewell lap these days, prepping for the end of his tenure as "Late Show" host, which ends May 20. So it's likely this was just a farewell by Ferrell, who started in the crowd, then name-dropped a bunch of old baseball players. There was an Obama reference, but nothing about Kris Bryant, sadly.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
There's no disputing the place the St. Louis Cardinals hold in baseball lore. They have won 11 World Series titles and they've had some of the game's greatest players, from Stan Musial in the the 1940s and '50s to Albert Pujols in the '00s.
That makes it difficult to leave a mark on St. Louis' storied history, though the 2015 squad has managed to do just that. Monday night's 10-9 comeback win against the Chiacgo Cubs improved the Cardinals' record to a major league-best 19-6and matching the best start to a season in franchise history.LiveChi Cubs0 - 0St. LouisFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Wrigley Field: It's getting there. Almost.
Here are renderings released Tuesday by the Cubs:
The club says it will open the left and centerfield bleachers when the New York Mets come to town, but we'll still need to wait another month for the right-field bleachers to open. Their current opening date is June 11, but given the delays so far, that's nowhere near a sure thing.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
A first baseman has one job above all others: catch the ball when it's thrown to you. Brandon Belt had a little trouble with that Monday night.
With closer Santiago Casilla in the game, the Giants were two outs away from closing out a victory over San Diego when Justin Upton hit a routine ball back to the mound. Casilla picked it up and lobbed it toward first base.
What happened next is best described accompanied by zany circus music. Belt didn't get a good read on the throw, took an awkward route to the base, and bobbled the ball as it hit his glove. While he scrambled to pick up the ball off the ground, Upton slid into the bag feet-first to give San Diego a much-needed baserunner.
Fortunately for Belt, Upton never advanced past first as Casilla retired the next two Padres batters with ease to secure the 2-0 win.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
For those of us who thought the Houston Astros would never lose again (you know you were on board), Monday night was the end of the dream. The Astros' 10-game winning streak was snapped by the Texas Rangers, who edged the Astros 2-1 after a ninth-inning sac fly.
So close to 11!
The Astros, the surprise team of the MLB season thus far, are still 18-8, the best mark in the American League and they have a seven-game lead in the AL West. In case you hadn't been paying attention, no, these aren't those 100-loss Astros anymore.LiveTexas4 - 1HoustonFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
What's the most important thing we learned during Monday night's Los Angeles Angels/Seattle Mariners game? That Mariners starter Felix Hernandez (now 5-0) is at his best in this early part of the season? That Angels starter Matt Shoemaker and his 10 strikeouts are totally legit?
While those things are important, the most important development was something else entirely: Jose Mota is always prepared.
Mota, the former big leaguer and son of Manny Mota, is a Spanish-language announcer for the Angels. When a foul ball was hit in the direction of Mota and broadcast partner Amaury Pi-Gonzalez in the seventh inning, Mota calmly reached out and caught it. No sweat, once a ballplayer, always a ballplayer.
Buuuuuuuut, wait. Did you notice something particularly interesting in the video above? Yep, Mota had his glove on, ready to go, just in case this very moment were to arise. And he did all this while calling the game.