A fan who was sitting in the grassy area beyond center field during a minor league game between the Dayton Dragons and Lake County Captains earlier this week made the catch of the year. We’ve seen professional ballplayers sell out to make a catch before because they’re getting paid to help their teams win, but this guy laid it all on the line for a souvenir.
As the fan saw the home run ball soaring his way, he sprung out of his seat and started jogging toward a wall over his left shoulder. The wall happened to be made of solid steel and concrete and had absolutely no padding on it, but the dude made the catch and went face-first into the barrier anyway.
And when I said he did it for the a souvenir, I meant a souvenir for someone else. As if this guy didn’t already cement himself (no pun intended) as a legend with the catch itself, he then proceeded to hand the ball to a young girl who was sitting near him.
Simply put, this is the stuff legends are made of. We have seen fans accomplish some amazing feats during games when balls come their way, but this guy is in a class of his own.
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Arizona Cardinals defense tackle Darnell Dockett drew the exciting responsibility of playing the role of barber at training camp this summer. Rookie haircut hazing is a favorite pastime among NFL veterans, and Dockett put his own spin on it with Tyrann Mathieu and some of the other Cardinals rookies on Wednesday.
As you can see from the photo above, Dockett shaved his No. 90 into the side of Mathieu’s head. He stuck with that theme for several other rookies, and he even claims he charged them for the new hairstyles.
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard deals with more criticism than any player in the NBA, and most of it is well-deserved. Howard’s free agency adventures have shown us that he loves to be the center of attention and isn’t exactly the most humble superstar in the league. However, we have to give the big man credit for the way he roasted a hater on Twitter earlier this week.
On Tuesday evening, one of Howard’s followers tweeted at him to tell him she thought he would never win a championship ring. Rather than ignore the troll, Dwight pulled out an epic insult.
— Brittni (@uHateBre) August 7, 2013
@uHateBre with that face ion think u getting one either lol.
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) August 7, 2013
Boom, roasted. This is not the first time Howard has defended himself on Twitter, but it is easily his best comeback. There isn’t much the young lady can say in response to that. I’m certainly not his biggest fan, but I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me laugh.
H/T The Score
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Earlier this year, Ronda Rousey said that she would not consider a career in acting until her fighting days are over. A number of recent rumors have indicated that she may have changed her mind, the most recent of which links her to the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” movies.
Variety reported on Wednesday that Rousey has begun negotiations to join the cast of “Fast & Furious 7.” The movie is scheduled to begin filming this fall and will bring back its star-studded cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in addition to Jason Statham. Former female MMA fighter Gina Carano appeared in “Fast & Furious 6.”
Last month, Sylvester Stallone announced that Rousey would be joining the cast of “The Expendables 3.” According to Variety, the theory is that she could film both roles this fall and finish in time to begin training for her Dec. 28 rematch against Miesha Tate.
Rousey is considered the best female fighter in MMA at the moment, and she is obviously a major draw for movie producers as well. There have also been rumors linking her to the next “Hunger Games” movie, so the offers are flowing in at a fairly rapid pace. It must be nice for her to know she has a potential career beyond fighting, but hopefully acting won’t take away from her focus in the octagon. As Dana White previously noted, Rousey will have plenty of time to act when her UFC career ends.
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Pamela Smith, the woman who claimed Michael Jordan fathered her love child and filed a lawsuit against him in February, has actually cost herself money by going after the NBA legend. Earlier this week, a judge ordered Smith to pay Jordan’s legal fees after throwing out the paternity case.
According to Gossip Extra, Smith will have to pay $9,700 in legal fees for Jordan after trying to obtain a paternity test to prove that Jordan is the father of her teenage son two months before MJ married Yvette Prieto. The issue, which Smith conveniently left out, is that Jordan already took a paternity test in 2003 and proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he is not the father.
Smith, who also goes by the name Evette Smith, calls herself a certified “loveologist” and claims to be Atlanta’s best expert with oral sex and romantic relationships. We’re not sure if she put her expertise to work with Jordan or not, but the court has apparently received enough information to prove that any relations they may have had did not result in a child.
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“Seinfeld” creator Larry David is easily my favorite writer, comedian and actor in Hollywood. His work with shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is pure genius, but I had no idea he had such an extensive knowledge of the sport of football.
During a recent appearance on “The Rich Eisen Podcast,” David said that any NFL teams who are looking to turn their struggles around should consider giving him a call.
“If they gave me a chance, I could turn the fortunes of an NFL team around,” David said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. I write stories, so why couldn’t I draw up a play? What’s harder? I think a lot of writers could be offensive coordinators. I know I could do it.”
For starters, he said he wouldn’t do things like take a knee at the end of regulation to force overtime when there is still time on the clock. In particular, he thought the Denver Broncos were idiotic for doing so against the Baltimore Ravens last season.
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So there is like an unwritten rule here at LBS, and it states that when Mike Trout does something awesome, we must post about it. Well, I choose to post about it. Because the Los Angeles Angels have been so embarrassingly bad this season, Trout highlights are pretty much all I have.
Trout took Texas Rangers starter Alexi Ogando deep to left center on a 2-1 off-speed pitch in the first inning of Wednesday’s 10-3 loss. It was just a ridiculous blast from Trout to give the Angels a 2-0 lead, which they eventually blew, of course. It also came on Trout’s 22nd birthday, meaning Trout has homered on his birthday two years in a row.
The dinger marked Trout’s 20th of the season, and it gave him 70 RBIs on the year.
Believe it or not, Trout is actually having a better season than his incredible rookie campaign last year. He’s up to a .333 batting average, .424 on-base percentage, and .580 slugging percentage, all of which top his numbers from last year. Though he’s 10 homers shy of where he was last year, he already has the same amount of triples and more doubles.
The AL MVP will likely come down to Trout and Miguel Cabrera, and Cabrera will win for the second year in a row, but Trout’s special season should not be overlooked. As Fangraphs wrote on Wednesday, Trout actually has a higher wRC+ (weighted runs created) than any other player in history through his age 21 season.
And since we can, here’s video of Trout homering on nearly an identical swing/pitch on his 21st birthday:
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Miller, who has been one of the top pitchers in the NL all season, left a 1-0 fastball over the middle for Crawford, who sent a rod back up the box. The ball hit off Miller’s elbow and caromed all the way into shallow left field, allowing Crawford to move to second. The St. Louis Cardinals team trainer came out to examine Miller, who was in all sorts of pain.
The 22-year-old left the game and was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion. X-rays came back negative. Miller is second among Cardinals starters in ERA, and third in innings, wins, and strikeouts, trailing Chris Carpenter and Lance Lynn.
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Recent reports about Odom having an affair with alleged mistress Jennifer Richardson led the basketball player to blow up on paparazzi members in July. Now he is facing a report that says he was cheating on wife Khloe Kardashian while the two were living apart from each other.
Star Magazine, which broke the story about Odom’s affair with Richardson, says Odom began having an affair with lawyer Polina Polonsky while he was living at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles after Khloe kicked him out of their home.
[Photos: Lamar Odom takes picture with stripper?]
According to the Daily Mail, Star’s report says Odom and Polonsky met at the Hollywood hotel on June 2, a week after Odom was kicked out of the house. Polonsky reportedly says Odom acted like he was single, so the two developed a relationship that became sexual in less than two weeks. Khloe supposedly found out about the affair and was so ticked off she went to the hotel looking to catch them. She supposedly kicked down the door to one room where she thought they were, but it turned out to be an incorrect room. When she found the right room, Odom supposedly was by himself. He was so upset with her behavior that he remained apart from Khloe even longer and supposedly shacked up with Polonsky from late June to early July. Polonsky even claims that Khloe came to her apartment to confront her.
And if all this wasn’t enough, Star says Polonsky passed a lie detector test to confirm that her affair was true. We heard that Khloe wanted to make Lamar take a lie detector test to find out if he was cheating. Something tells me that’s not exactly in his best interest at this point.
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Hulk Hogan was stalked by those sneaky TMZ airport cameramen, and one happened to ask the wrestler who would play him in a biopic. The random question actually led to a revelation from the Hulkster.
“Being worked on right now, brother,” Hogan told the cameraman.
When asked if his son, Nick, would be a good person to play him in the movie, Hulk answered, “he’d be perfect.”
So a movie on Hulk Hogan’s life with son Nick playing the wrestler is in the works? Count me in.
Hogan also said that he is a Dallas Cowboys fan to support his future son-in-law’s team.