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David Ortiz is Selling Salsa Now

Not long after Reggie Jackson’s World Series heroics in 1977, Wayne Candies released the Reggie! bar. So, following his outstanding play last October against the St. Louis Cardinals, it made perfect sense that David Ortiz was rewarded with his own food product, right?  Recently, the three-time World Champ re-launched his own brand of salsa with a “new and improved” recipe...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday 5: Sean Carley

New York Yankees prospect Sean Carley caused quite a stir during this year’s MLB Draft and, in the process, became one of the more popular players selected. Not too shabby for a guy taken 422nd overall. You see, Carley is the West Virginia University pitcher who broke the internet because of his striking resemblance to Kenny Powers from HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”.  Turns...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Trump Continues to Support Pete Rose

How gojillionaire Donald Trump made his money is beyond me because, and I’ve said it before, dude is random.  But at least he’s consistent. Tuesday, Trump hit the Twitters to bang the drum (again) for Pete Rose’s inclusion into baseball’s Hall of Fame. It’s time to let Pete Rose, the all time hits leader, into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Enough already!!!!! — Donald J...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Rose manages minor league team

It’s been 25 years since Pete Rose managed a big league game.  Monday…all that changed.  Kinda. Sure, it isn’t exactly the Major Leagues, but thanks to the independent league Bridgeport Bluefish, the Hit King was back in baseball.  Even if just for a night. “I’m not doing this to impress anybody to try to be reinstated.  I don’t know that this would make Bud Selig...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Vick Crushes Walk-Off Home Run

Saturday, newly minted New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick and a bunch of his buddies got together to play a game of charity softball. And since it was all part of the Team Vick Foundation’s “Mike Vick Weekend”, it was appropriate that the embattled football player won the thing with a walk-off home run. Oh, and to celebrate…dude took the scenic route around the bases...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Costner and Co. Return to Dyersville

Just in time for Father’s Day, Kevin Costner made his way back to Dyersville, Iowa.  And he brought along an expected 12,000 of his closest friends. Fans of the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” ventured to the iconic farm Friday and Saturday to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary and for a chance to have a chance to play catch with Costner. https://twitter.com/CharlieLitch...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Hart Unleashes Slow First Pitch

Someone might want to explain to Kevin Hart what “heat” means. Just when our collective palate was being rid of the awful taste that was 50 Cent’s ceremonial first pitch…the diminutive comedian hit the mound. By some standards, Hart’s pitch Friday night at US Cellular Field was far superior to 50’s. I mean, his was at least on target. But, I’m guessing, Hart probably...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

'Moneyball' writer gets to eat at Chipotle for free

Not long ago, Chipotle commissioned an eclectic group of writers to pen their thoughts for future use on softdrink cups and takeout bags. Thursday, one of those scribes, Moneyball author Michael Lewis sat down with Conan O’Brien to tell him the story.  And the fun part?  The bestselling author is getting paid with a year’s worth of burritos! And what did Lewis write?  Read...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Minor League Team Set to Break Record

Staten Island is about to get a lot sexier. Friday, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees are looking to set a record… the world’s largest gathering of people wearing fake mustaches.  And the folks from the Guinness Book of World Records will even be on hand to certify the attempt as legitimate. “We’ll give you a fake mustache and probably somewhere in the third...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Olympic speed skater Eddy Alvarez

Two-sport athletes in baseball aren’t that uncommon.  But a speed skating baseball player? Say what?!? Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox announced that they had signed Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez to a minor league deal. Turns out, the 24-year-old was the quite the shortstop in high school.  And after missing the Olympics in 2010, he made a beeline to Salt Lake Community...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rapper Celebrates New Song with a Picture of (Not) Nolan Ryan

I believe it was the legendary wordsmith Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. who recently re-confirmed what we all already knew…“athletes wanna be rappers, rappers wanna be athletes.” And while this might be true (it probably is if Lil Wayne said it!), it doesn’t necessarily mean that rappers know who athletes are, and vice versa. Take Hoodie Allen for example. The New York-based rapper...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey hits Madison Square Garden with Fallon

Not long ago, Matt Harvey was heavily criticized by New York radio host Joe Benigno for showing up at a Knicks game. “This guy’s sitting there at courtside,” Benigno *******.  “I don’t need to see my star pitcher, who’s not going to pitch at all this year…I don’t need to see him canoodling with his girlfriend at courtside at the Knick game.  You know what I’m...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees draft Mariano Rivera's son

A year ago, while he was mid-way through his last season in the Majors, the Harlem Globetrotters “drafted” Mariano Rivera.  Saturday, probably as a favor to the all-time saves leader, the New York Yankees selected Mariano Rivera III in the 29th round of the MLB Draft. “It was amazing, a good feeling,” younger Rivera said of getting drafted. “Some random number called me...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Rose to manage game for Bridgeport Bluefish

He’s back, baby!  Well…for one day, at least. In a possible attempt to out publicity stunt fellow Atlantic League stalwarts Sugar Land Skeeters, the Bridgeport Bluefish announced Pete Rose, who is currently serving a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball and who last managed in the bigs in 1989, will be in the dugout when the team takes on the Lancaster Barnstormers June 16...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Just Call Him “Johnny Baseball”?

In what will end up being the biggest non-story of the year…the San Diego Padres did this on Saturday. Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft. What a great day! pic.twitter.com/MaTKVZ5JqY — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 7, 2014 Seriously, if they wanted to waste a draft pick…they should have just selected me. But this isn’t the...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryu's bat flip could use some work

Bat flips currently seem to be all the rage, right? Well, proving that you can take a player out of the Korean Baseball Organization, but you can’t take the KBO out of the player…Hyun-jin Ryu had to have made his countrymen proud Friday night. In the top of the fifth Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodger pitcher crushed an offering from Colorado Rockies starter Eddie Butler and...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander’s Brother Does the Weather

When Justin Verlander has a rough go of it on the field, he knows that when he goes home at the end of the day…he’s got Kate Upton. Little brother Ben isn’t as lucky. Unless, that is, you consider the ability to predict the weather on par with dating a Sports Illustrated cover model. Thursday, the West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder traded in his bat and glove for a chance to...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

“Johnny Football” Brings His Douchebaggery to Progressive Field

Sure, Wednesday’s game between the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox was delayed due to rain and Johnny Manziel missed throwing out the ceremonial first pitch…but that didn’t keep the Browns draft pick from doing his thing. Joined by fellow first round draft pick, cornerback Justin Gilbert, “Johnny Football” hit the field and flashed his money sign as Tribe fans chanted...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mustache Group Contends White Sox Violated Pitcher’s Rights

Over the weekend, Chris Sale was ordered by Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura to shave off his “scruffy” beard. Thursday, The American Mustache Institute, after seeing this as a “stark violation of Mr. Sales’ civil liberties” came to the pitcher’s defense, filed legal papers and sent the following correspondence to Rick Hahn, Chicago’s general manager. “Mr....
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez hits monster homer in Cubs minors

When it was announced that Manny Ramirez was returning to baseball as a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs, you knew exactly what was going to happen next…every time the embattled slugger did anything of note, you’d hear about it from everyone. This is one of those times. On Wednesday the 42-year-old took part in some extended Spring Training for the Chicago Cubs Triple-A affiliate...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo Pokes Fun at the Dodgers in Car Commercial

Sergio Romo is, again, having a pretty decent season as the San Francisco Giants closer. And at a cost of just $5.5 million this season…dude is a bargain. Which is why having the All-Star be the spokesperson for the new, affordable Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes sense. Alright, sales pitch (pun intended) aside, this commercial Romo and his dad Frank did for the Bay Ares Mercedes-Benz...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

David Justice to Appear on “Celebrity Wife Swap”

Reality shows with the word “celebrity” in the title sure are playing fast and loose with the word as of late, huh? On the heels of a “Celebrity Wife Swap” that featured Larry Birkhead and Helio Castroneves…the ABC show has another winner lined up.  Tuesday night, former big leaguer David Justice and Dweezil Zappa will be swapping wives for some reason.  But first, yes...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Sale Forced to Shave Off Beard

If you watched the Chicago White Sox take on the San Diego Padres Sunday, you might have noticed that Chris Sale looked, um…different. “They said my beard was getting too raggedy,” the pitcher divulged Monday. “I got a call from the front office saying my beard was too scruffy and it had to go.” But, here’s the thing, Sale opted to not go completely clean shaven. ...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco Appears in Latest Piranha Sharks Trailer

Remember in April, when it was revealed that Jose Canseco was going to be appearing in some B-movie called “Piranha Sharks”? Well, the soon-to-be classic movie about what happens when you bio-engineer great white sharks to be the size of piranhas has a new trailer out and, you guessed it, our favorite former American League MVP appears at the tail end. If you’re thinking Canseco’s...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Norman Rockwell's 'The Rookie' sells for $22.5 million

When The Saturday Evening Post featuring Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Rookie” on its cover hit newsstands in March 1957, it would cost you 15 cents to the magazine home. Now, close to sixty years later, the iconic painting, which featured former Boston Red Sox players Frank Sullivan, Billy Goodman, Sammy White and Jackie Jensen is worth millions.  A lot of them actually...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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