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Marlon Byrd Helps NL Get Over Hump

The National League defeated the American League Tuesday night to win the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim. Amazingly, it was the first time the NL won in over 13 years.  Aside from Brian McCann’s bases clearing double in the seventh that put the NL on top for good, the play of the night came on defense. With one out and a lead-footed David Ortiz running at first, Marlon Byrd chose to let a bloop hit fall in front of him rather than risk diving and allowing the ball to get by. He then quickly fielded it and made an accurate, spinning throw to force Big Papi out at second. Check out the video of Marlon Byrd throwing out David Ortiz in the 9th inning of the All-Star Game, courtesy of YouTube user crZY383:

Just a phenomenal, heads-up play by Byrd. What’s really impressive about it is that he didn’t get lucky. He knew Ortiz was running and he knew he’d have a chance to make the play if he let the ball drop. On a night where we were subjected to ridiculous songs about Vladimir Guerrero, it was great to see a few Web Gems from the guys we expect to make them.

Video Credit: YouTube user crZY383

Lindsay Lohan Loves Her Tony Romo

Two names you never thought would wind up connected: Lindsay Lohan and Tony Romo. Alas, it is such.

Romo has dated his share of hot and famous ladies over the past few years, but who would have ever expected the ankle box herself to fall in love with good ole’ number nine? Here’s the nuts and bolts from Hollywood Life:

HollywoodLife.com caught the hard-partying starlet and her family getting all googly-eyed over the Dallas Cowboys quarterback at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif. July 12. Dina, 47, approached Tony, 30, first, asking if Lindsay could have an autograph.

Literally two seconds later, Lindsay, 24, who was wearing huge boots to hide her SCRAM bracelet and Ali, 16, walked in and made a beeline for Tony and asked to take a photograph with him. After he walked away, the sisters looked at one another and squealed, “He’s hot!”

Maybe she just can’t resist that quarterback/golfer charm. Our advice to Tony? Run. Candice Crawford cannot be pleased.

TONY ROMO GIRLFRIEND PICTURES

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EXCLUSIVE! Lindsay Lohan Is All Over Tony Romo After Meeting At A Photo Studio Monday! [Hollywood Life]

NL Mid-Season Baseball Awards

With baseball at the All-Star break, we assembled the staff here at LBS to select our mid-season baseball awards. Yesterday, we posted the AL awards. Today, it’s the NL awards.

NL MVP

Steve DelVecchio says Joey Votto, 1B, Reds: The Reds, yes the Reds, are in first place and much of it is because of the bat and glove of Votto. He’s hitting .314 with 22 HR and 60 RBI and has made only two errors, yet somehow it took the fans voting him in on the final vote to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team. I’m giving it to him for now because he has the Reds in first, but I’m sure he’ll come back to earth at some point. My honorable mentions are Albert Pujols and David Wright. Isn’t it just a tradition to give it to Pujols? He’s got the stats for it at .307 with 21 HR and 64 RBI. As for Wright, he’s been raking even though the Mets could be the streakiest team in the history of baseball. He has a .314 average with 14 HR and 65 RBI. To top that off, he’s mixed in 15 steals which is just outside the top 10 in the NL.

Alan Hull says Joey Votto: The batting average, home runs and RBI are impressive and he plays on a winning team. Pujols or David Wright are keeping pace and can’t be counted out in the second half.

Jake Walker says Joey Votto: Never has a snub for the All-Star Game proven to be more powerful. When he got left off the roster and relegated to the fan vote, it made everyone wake up to realize how much he was dominating the NL this year.

Larry Brown says Joey Votto: Much like Miguel Cabrera in the AL, Votto has some of the best numbers in the NL across the board. He finished the first half strong by homering in seven of his team’s last 15 games to give him 22 on the year. I’m guessing Albert Pujols catches him and wins it, but Votto’s putting up one heck of a fight.

NL CY YOUNG AWARD

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Fox Makes Stupid Vlad Guerrero Song

It was nice to see Vladimir Guerrero get a standing ovation from his former hometown fans at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. It was not nice to see Fox come up with one of the most tacky video clips I’ve ever seen in my life as a tribute to Vlad’s hitting abilities. Check out the video of the Vladimir Guerrero head, shoulders, knees, and toes song at the 2010 MLB All-Star game, courtesy of YouTube user JROD72724:

Wow. Talk about a swing and a miss. No, I’m not talking about Vlad striking out, either. We get it. The guy can hit pitches that aren’t strikes. That’s just bad.

Video Credit: YouTube user JROD72724

Jimmy Breslin Downplays George Steinbrenner’s Success

Sportscenter called retired New York journalist Jimmy Breslin on the phone Tuesday afternoon to get his thoughts on the passing of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and things got a bit awkward. Although he reiterated several times that he “likes” The Boss and “had good times with him,” it would seem as though Breslin isn’t ready to credit him with the Yankees success over the last 37 years. Needless to say, I disagree with his opinion as I expressed earlier on Tuesday. Check out the Jimmy Breslin Sportscenter phone interview talking about George Steinbrenner, courtesy of YouTube user h8torade1:

We all know the Yankees won a ton of championships before Steinbrenner took the reins in the 70s, but we also know baseball wasn’t the mega-business then that it is now. Steinbrenner helped turn the Yankees, and Major League Baseball, into its own economic industry. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you don’t think Steinbrenner deserves much credit that’s fine, but I don’t see what his not having played the game or gotten his name in the record books has to do with it. I’ve already told you I wasn’t, and still am not, a Steinbrenner fan. However, Unlike Jimmy Breslin, I try not to have a hair across my a** about it.

Video Credit: YouTube user h8torade1

T-Wolves Have Nothing to Show for Dealing Garnett

Don’t confuse this claim with one that would attempt to convince you that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be better off if they still had Kevin Garnett. What I would like to call to your attention is that after trading Al Jefferson to the Utah Jazz for two future first-round picks, the T-Wolves have now rid themselves of every piece they received from the Celtics in return for Kevin Garnett in 2007, excluding draft selections. After getting what looked like a ton in exchange for The Big Ticket at the time, this can’t be what Kevin McHale and the Minnesota front office envisioned.

When you deal the greatest player in your franchise’s history — one who, at the time, was still at the peak of his game — you intend to get something out of the players you dealt him for. If the T-Wolves had known that Sebastian Telfair, Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, and journeyman Theo Ratliff would all turn out to be duds and trade bait, they would have looked elsewhere to make a deal. Had they envisioned Al Jefferson becoming expendable at the age of 25, they wouldn’t have wasted their time even speaking to the Celtics’ brass. Obviously, Minnesota received something in the form of draft picks and other players when they dealt all of the former Celtics, but at this point it doesn’t appear they’ve gotten their hands on anything promising.

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Matador Gored in the…Ouch

And the bull wins, again.  I’m not sure how you’d rank this against the matador getting gored through the neck, but it’s no walk in the park.  What you’re looking at above is exactly what it appears to be — a picture of a matador being gored in the scrotum.  Gulp.  I can’t think of many things in life that would be worse than that.

It’s tough to feel badly for El Juli of Spain or any other matador who gets messed up when toying with a bull.  I’ll never understand why they do what they do or why anyone would participate in the Running of the Bulls.  The more stories I see like this, the more respect I have for the matador who fled the ring instead of standing up to the bull.  It’s nice to know that someone comes to their senses every now and then.

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Another bullfight goring photo to make you wince (or cheer, whatever) [Out of Bounds]