Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter had a must-see meltdown during the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to the Royals after striking out on a called third strike by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger.
Hunter was up during the bottom of the eighth with one out and felt the 2-2 pitch was outside. Ripperger obviously did not agree and the two exchanged words before Hunter was ejected from the game. Twins manager Paul Molitor came out of the dugout to get in between the two and was also ejected.
Hunte then decided to get his money’s worth, and boy did he ever. After being restrained and walking away, the Twins veteran took off his elbow pad and shin guard and tossed both out onto the field. Hunter didn’t stop there. He also took off his batting gloves and threw them. For his finale, the 39-year-old snatched off his jersey and flung it across the diamond before heading into the clubhouse, leaving the bat boy to retrieve all of his belongings.
Generally, we see meltdowns from managers like this incredible one by Lloyd McClendon. However, this is as good as you’ll see from a player. Torii Hunter has never been shy about expressing himself, and it is proven yet again.
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Matthew Dellavedova has made quite a name for himself during this year’s NBA playoffs. Now, it appears, his hometown in Australia is going to show him some love.
Mark Johnson, CEO of Central Goldfield Shire, indicated to 3AW radio in Australia efforts will be made to rename the stadium Dellavedova used to play in after the Cavaliers guard.
“That’s where Matt Dellavedova learned his craft and the Maryborough Basketball Association have suggested that the stadium, which is a two-court stadium, ought to be renamed after Matthew,” Johnson told 3AW Breakfast.
“He’s certainly put Maryborough on the world map, it’s just fantastic.”
Dellavedova has gone from a guy who was known by few outside of Cleveland to one garnering national headlines. He received praise for his defensive work on Stephen Curry during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, followed that up by scoring 20 points in Game 3, and has become an internet sensation in seemingly a blink of an eye.
However, not all of the attention the 24-year-old has received has been positive. Dellavedova has been called a dirty player by some, most recently for trading shots with Draymond Green. He has also gotten three players injured or ejected during the Cavaliers’ playoff run.
From being undrafted out of Saint. Mary’s to a key piece of a championship contender, there’s little wonder why NBA Finals fever is spreading throughout Australia.
H/T Bleacher Report
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Miguel Cabrera’s ability as a baseball is matched by very few. However, some may not know the two-time MVP has some basketball skills as well.
While playing on a basketball goal set up in the Tigers locker room, the two-time MVP showed off a pretty impressive spin move on his way to the hoop. Cabrera also offered his services to the NBA’s Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers by writing, “if cleveland need somebody I’m ready to go” as a caption to the above video on his Instagram account.
Cabrera is listed at 6’4″ and 240lbs and, with moves like that, he may be able to provide some scoring punch in the low post. If a certain 6’10” power forward leaves via free agency, Cleveland will have a roster spot to fill.
H/T Extra Mustard
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A high school softball player from Texas is going viral for the dirty moves she committed during a state championship game last weekend.
Hargrave (Huffman, Texas) High School’s softball team defeated Needville 6-4 in the Texas state 4A championship game on Saturday. Needville junior catcher Megan Crosby was in a foul mood when Hargrave started scoring runs, and she showed her displeasure by blocking the plate and leveling runners with elbows despite there being no play at home.
In the first play on the video, Crosby nails Hargrave senior right fielder Demi Janak. In the second she hammers sophomore shortstop Kylie George, who scored the go-ahead run as part of a 5-run fifth inning.
The umpires missed the incidents probably because the focus was away from home when the plays happened, allowing Crosby to escape without penalty. But now she is receiving her comeuppance from incensed fans.
“It’s crazy it’s gone viral,” Hargrave athletic director Mike McEachern told Yahoo Sports. “It’s an unfortunate situation. The kid made a bad choice; things happen. It’s unfortunate.”
In an interview with Click2Houston, McEachern said he thought the elbows fired up his team.
“I think it fired them up to score some more runs, win the game and come out as champions,” McEachern said.
He also said that thankfully nobody was hurt, so they have moved on. It probably helps a lot that they won the game, too.
Crosby, the perpetrator, reportedly is a Sam Houston State commit, so it remains to be seen whether anything will be done about that.
Talk about some horrible sportsmanship. I’m not sure what’s worse – this video, or the last one we shared from a girls fastpitch softball game.
Maybe a suspension to start next season would be in order.
Kyrie Irving must be a big fan of the TV show “Friends,” because the Cavaliers guard has the show’s logo tattooed on his forearm.
The tattoo was visible while the injured Irving spoke with the media prior to Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and Jack Moore noticed it and zoomed in on it.
While we would have respected a “Seinfeld” logo tattoo even more, we appreciate Kyrie’s ink.
Photo via Jack Moore
Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler was held out of the first three weeks of New England Patriots OTAs as punishment for being late to the first day of practice last month.
The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported Wednesday that Butler was late to the first practice on May 26 because of a flight issue. Butler planned to fly to Boston the day before OTAs but the flight was pushed back because of the weather. He arrived in Boston the next day but was late to the first practice.
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe says Butler finally was able to practice on Wednesday.
This is some harsh punishment for Butler. Perhaps Bill Belichick is trying to teach the hero not to get a big head and humble him. It’s quite the harsh lesson from the coach.
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Winslow was bothered by a question Cromartie asked to teammate Dee Milliner Tuesday while pretending to be a member of the media. Cro asked if Milliner felt confident about winning a position despite being on the roster bubble.
Winslow didn’t like that line of personal questioning from one teammate to another, and he tweeted about the matter Wednesday. The former Jets tight end took a few shots at his ex-teammate’s covering ability and style of play. Cromartie responded with a Target blast, which is a reference to this story. That’s when K2 lost it and challenged Cro to a fight.
See the Twitter exchange below:
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It’s all fun and games until the 6-foot-8 Herculean forward hears your vulgar insult and responds by staring you down.
After Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday, a Warriors fan standing on the court at Oracle Arena yelled at LeBron James as he walked off the court. The fan called the four-time MVP a “p-ssy a– b—h,” leading the Cavs forward to stop dead in his tracks and give the fan a glare of death. Luckily a security guard was all over the fan and wouldn’t let her get away with it.
But how about that death stare from LeBron:
That’s the best death stare we’ve seen since the one Lance Stephenson did to Dwyane Wade.
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Guillermo from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took his annual pilgrimage to the NBA Finals and produced an excellent and amusing video for our entertainment.
He interviewed several players, most of whom were from the Cavaliers, but he also got some face time with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Unfortunately, the LeBron James interview did not happen the way we all would have liked. The highlight easily had to be when he busted out a level to try evening out Iman Shumpert’s hair. That was classic.
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Andre Johnson is so excited to be a member of the Indianapolis Colts that he may even be overselling it a bit at this point.
For example, Johnson already feels that Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the league, despite the fact that the two have yet to play an actual down together.
“He’s a hell of a player,” Johnson said Tuesday, per Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “I think he’s the best quarterback in this game.”
On one hand, you can’t blame Johnson for being excited. The seven-time Pro Bowler dealt with a revolving door of quarterbacks during his 12 seasons with the Houston Texans, and he produced with all of them. That said, most people would argue that Luck hasn’t quite caught up to Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
Johnson is confident Luck can break through to that level.
“When you look at all the teams that have won Super Bowls over the past few years, they’ve all had great quarterback play, and we have a great quarterback here,” he said. “I can’t say I’ve been fortunate enough to play with a great quarterback in my 12 years in this league, so I’m able to play with one now.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better quarterback to start a franchise with than Luck. He’s still only 25, and it’s obvious he is going to be the best quarterback in the league one day. Heck, he’s six years young than Rodgers. But Luck will probably have to reach a Super Bowl before he’s part of the “best in the NFL” discussion.