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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
When a regular Internet person has a birthday, he or she get hundreds of Facebook wall posts with some version of "Happy Birthday." But when baseball folk hero Bartolo Colon has a birthday, the Internet births the fantastic musical tribute you see above. (Because the Internet is a magical place. Never forget that).
Colon turned 43 on Tuesday, giving us all a reason to swing so hard our helmets fall off our head. Or, just sing-along with this catchy little ditty from YouTuber Jason Juran. The song and video tells Colon's whole story — coming from the Dominican Republic, playing 19 seasons (and counting!) in MLB and eventually becoming a full-blown Internet sensation when he joined the New York Mets.
If Mets fans at Citi Field aren't doing sing-alongs to "Bartolo" by his next home start, we're going to be sorely disappointed.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins have found yet another new way to make themselves look like the laughingstock of Major League Baseball. According to a report from the Miami New Times, the club is suing a number of ex-season ticket holders and stadium vendors who say they either grew tired of the club's unkept promises or were driven out of business when the Marlins didn't meet their projected attendance figures.
It's not something you see often in sports, particularly not in the case of a pro sports team suing its fans, but this is the Marlins we're talking about, so nothing should be too surprising. Remember, the Marlins are the team that promised Miami taxpayers a winner so they would pay for the team's fancy new stadium, only to dismantle the team mid-way through the first season in that new stadium to cut costs.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Baltimore Orioles are sitting on top of the American League East division right now, functionally tied with the Boston Red Sox. Things are definitely going better for them now than a year ago, when they were in fourth place in the division. And during their off day Monday, the team made a few trades and showed that they’re continuing to think about the future.
The Orioles aren’t content to rest on their laurels, and you can watch them defend their first-place status against the Houston Astros today for free, because it’s Yahoo Sports’ Free Game of the Day. First pitch is at 8:10 p.m., and you can stream it on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home. Local blackouts apply, according to MLB rules.
Tue, May 248:10 PM EDTBaltimore at HoustonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The last time New York Mets starter Matt Harvey took the mound against the Washington Nationals, just five days ago, he had the worst start of his career. He gave up nine runs in 2.2 innings, and after doing that some people might want to get a little distance. But Matt Harvey isn't some people. He's Matt Harvey, and he's going to figure out what's going on in his own way.
The Mets gave Harvey the option of skipping his start Tuesday against the Nationals, and he declined. ESPN's Adam Rubin spoke with Harvey, and Harvey summed up his thoughts succinctly.
"For me, taking time off isn't going to do anything. It's finding it on the mound.
"I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to just quit and put the ball down. It's a fight. It was good for me to do that."Tue, May 247:05 PM EDTNY Mets at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The ex-San Diego Padres DJ at the centerof the national anthem controversy that humiliated the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is now speaking publicly — apologizing for what he calls an "unfortunate mistake" and defending himself against allegations that the mix-up could possibly be a hate crime.
This all stems from Saturday's Padres game at which the chorus was slated to sing the national anthem. The group was on the field and ready to sing, when a recording of a woman singing the anthem played instead.Tue, May 2410:15 PM EDTSan Diego at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The San Diego Padres aren't a good team. This isn't a secret or a surprise. Coming into play Monday night, they were sitting in last place in the mediocre NL West and by the end of play Monday night, they'd hit a new low.
Let's set the scene: It's 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth at AT&T Park, where the Padres were hanging tough against the first-place San Francisco Giants. The Giants, hoping for a walk-off win, had Brandon Belt on first base with two outs. Hunter Pence came in to pinch hit and looped a fly ball to right field.
As it hung in the air and right fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Alexi Amarista tried to get into position, what was about to happen became obvious: The Padres were totally going to blow this. And they did. Neither Kemp nor Amarista could make the catch. Kemp got turned around, eventually letting the ball drop and kicking it around the outfield. Belt, meanwhile, just kept on running and scored all the way from first.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Clayton Kershaw is good. Like, really, really good. Like, he threw his third shutout of the month Monday night. Of the month!
Kershaw's so good and we're so spoiled by his dominance that what he did against the Cincinnati Reds in the Dodgers' 1-0 win actually had fans joking that he was only ho-hum. Kershaw gave up two hits, only struck out seven and actually walked someone. Yep, Kershaw's so good these days that seven Ks and a walk is actually an off night.
Enjoy this ridiculous stat from Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:
Clayton Kershaw has more shutouts (3) than walks (2) this month. #DodgersTue, May 2410:10 PM EDTCincinnati at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Nearly two years after his death, the family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is looking for retribution. Specifically, they want to hold tobacco companies accountable for the salivary gland cancer that Gwynn suffered after a lifetime of using smokeless tobacco.
So, the Gwynn family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday saying he was manipulated into a lifelong battle with chewing tobacco through free samples handled out to him when he was a student at San Diego State in the late '70s and marketing materials from that era that misled the public about the harm of chewing tobacco. Writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
When you think of Major League Baseball, you don't necessarily think of a sports league that's fashion forward. Baseball fashion, like the game itself, is often steeped in tradition. Anything that's new and different is often looked at with skepticism by baseball fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks andtheir new boundary-pushing uniforms can tell you that.
That's why it's both surprising and encouraging that baseball has taken a cue from the NBA and added stylish sock-maker Stance as the official sock of MLB. The league announced the partnership on Monday, unveiling new-look socks that will be worn during the Home Run Derby and All-Star game this July in San Diego.Tue, May 247:05 PM EDTArizona at PittsburghPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Just when the Texas Rangers are about to welcome back pitcher Yu Darvish, the club learned Monday it won’t have the services of outfielder Josh Hamilton for the rest of the 2016 season. Hamilton has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a knee injury and has decided to undergo knee surgery on June 8 and miss the rest of the season. That’s a blow to the Rangers but not necessarily from a financial perspective. Hamilton is making more than $28 million this season, according to widely reported contract terms, but the majority of that salary is being paid by the Los Angeles Angels.Tue, May 248:05 PM EDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game