Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from one of the team’s games earlier this month after using a great zinger on home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince has a good story about ejections being on the rise this season despite instant replay being added to the game. In his story, he related the Pierzynski anecdote.
Pierzynski was tossed from Boston’s 7-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on June 4 because he insulted Wolcott after Brandon Workman walked a batter in the sixth inning.
“Give me a new ball,” Pierzynski said to Wolcott after Asdrubal Cabrera had drawn a walk. “One you can see.”
Sheesh, is that all it takes? Umpires don’t have much of a sense of humor anymore these days. Well, I guess it’s hard to blame them for not laughing if they’re being insulted. And only A.J. Pierzynski would have the stones to say something like that.
The only shame in the situation is that unlike the NFL, umpires don’t have to explain the infraction committed. I would have loved to hear that one. Penalty — unsportsmanlike conduct on the catcher — he insulted the umpire. He has been ejected.
Tip via David B.
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Jetes turned 40 on Thursday and went out to dinner with a group and then a club to celebrate the big day. Page Six reports that folks like Michael Strahan, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and music moguls P. Diddy, LL Cool J, and rapper Timbaland were all there.
And you know how awesome Jeter is? Rapper Black Rob came to perform his hit single “Whoa!,” which Jeter uses as his at-bat song. That’s pretty cool. I wish Black Rob would come perform at my birthday party.
Oh, and I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but girlfriend Hannah Davis was also there for the celebrations and cozy with Jeter. That’s what we like to hear.
The song was made in 2000 and it’s still awesome.
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Johnny Manziel has received just as much criticism — if not more — for his off-field lifestyle since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns as he did during college. Johnny Football has been enjoying the offseason the only way he knows how, which means parties in Las Vegas and photos with models at nightclubs. And don’t expect it to change anytime soon.
Some of Manziel’s teammates have already admitted that the attention he receives can get annoying. Then there have been prominent former players like Joe Montana and Warren Moon who have basically recommended that Manziel tone it down. They might as well save their breath.
“I’m not going to change for anybody,” Manziel told reporters Friday, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m going to enjoy my time off.”
Manziel added that he always appreciates the advice of Hall of Fame players, but he insists he has the balance of football and personal leisure under control. As long as he is doing what the team asks of him and is showing up to work prepared, the Browns probably have no issue with the pool parties and money phones.
That said, Manziel should still learn to watch his step. Whether his party-boy antics take away from his football preparedness or not, they can easily become a distraction to the team. Not only that, but part of being a professional athlete is adjusting — also known as changing — when you are told to. Manziel shouldn’t lose sight of that.
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Alysia Montano is the defending national champion in the 800-meter women’s race. Unfortunately, the speedster came in last at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Although, she did have a pretty decent excuse.
Montano ran the 800-meter race on Thursday while eight months pregnant. With that in mind, you should probably be relieved to hear that she only finished with a time of 2:32.13. You can watch a video of the race here.
“I’ve been running throughout my entire pregnancy and I felt really, really good throughout the whole process,” Montano told reporters after the race. “I was like, ‘I think I can run a pretty decent time.’ I didn’t have a time on it, I just knew I didn’t want to get lapped.”
The five-time USA Outdoor champion said she consulted her doctor and was assured that running is perfectly safe for both her and the child.
“I found out that exercising or maintaining (your usual routine) during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and for the baby,” Montano explained.
Well, alright then…
- Alysia Montano
Carmelo Anthony has notified the Knicks that he is opting out of the final year of his contract, but that does not mean he won’t be back in New York. Anthony has openly stated that he likes Phil Jackson’s plan for the future of the Knicks. Does that mean he is going to stick around to see if Jackson can work his magic?
Earlier this week, Jackson said he expects Anthony to be back with the Knicks next season. Why? Because Carmelo gave Phil his word.
“We don’t know what all that means,” Jackson told ESPNNewYork’com’s Young Misuk when asked about Anthony’s decision to opt out. “But we have every confidence that Carmelo is good for what his word is, that he wants to be in New York, he likes playing in New York, he wants to compete, he wants to be part of a playoff team that is competitive toward a championship.
If you remember, Anthony said over the winter that he would be willing to take a pay cut to help the Knicks sign key free agents. Does that mean he will now pass up the opportunity to sign a max contract to give New York more flexibility? Jackson sounds like he is banking on it.
“When I take his word, he’s the one who opened that up, that it wasn’t about the money,” Jackson said. “So I challenged him on that, because I wanted our fans to see he’s a team player, that he was going to do what’s best to get our team ahead farther and faster.”
Carmelo is going to receive tantalizing pitches from quality teams like the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks once free agency begins on July 1. He could end up remaining in New York, but I highly doubt he’s going to do it at a discounted rate.
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Former Louisville star Russ Smith was drafted a lot lower than he had hoped for on Thursday night. The 2014 consensus first team All-American was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers — who then traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans — with the 47th overall pick. Some players would be thrilled just to be drafted, but that was clearly not the case for Smith.
“I’m not really mad, I’m just more frustrated, as far as what do I have to do,” Smith told reporters, via WDRB’s Eric Crawford. “I don’t know what I have to do to gain the respect of the people I need to gain the respect from.
“They say we want a guard who’s 6-3 and 180 (pounds) or 6-2, 190, I can’t argue with that. That’s beyond my control. I can’t give you that. But what I can give you is wins beyond wins. I can give you — every time I’ve matched up against one of their highly touted guard I’ve come out victorious, not only this year, but last year and my sophomore year.”
Smith is undersized at 6-feet and 160 pounds. He was clearly annoyed that the Miami Heat traded to get Shabazz Napier with the No. 24 overall pick. Napier, 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, was 0-4 in his four career head-to-head matchups with Smith and Louisville. Napier scored 67 points in the four games and Smith scored 68. Smith shot 53% from the field, while Napier hit just 32% of his shots.
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One of our favorite soccer players in the world is officially partners with Kobe Bryant and his sports drink. Bryant, who owns more than a 10% stake in BodyArmor Super Drink, announced on Thursday that Sydney Leroux is the first female athlete the beverage company has signed.
“Proud to announce @drinkbodyarmor has signed our first female athlete @sydneyleroux,” Kobe wrote on Instagram. “She’s taking over the @drinkbodyarmor Twitter handle and live tweeting during #usaVgermany match #upgradetheroster #upgradetheathlete #upgradeyoursportsdrink #ladymamba.”
Lady mamba? That’s some serious praise from the five-time NBA champion. In addition to being a soccer player, Leroux has also tried her hand at boxing and even toyed with golf. She also happens to absolutely dominate a bikini. Her endorsement of BodyArmor has won me over.
We all know NFL players are often willing to spend thousands of dollars to keep the same jersey number when they join a new team. Heck, Darrelle Revis reportedly paid $50,000 to keep No. 24 when he went to Tampa Bay. But how much can you pay before it becomes too much. What about sex with a girlfriend? Is that too much?
Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison discussed the attachment some players have to their jersey numbers on NBC Sports Network’s “Pro Football Talk” earlier this week. We’ll let him take it from there.
“[A] guy offered another guy $50,000 for his number and the guy said, ‘No way, I need my number,’” Harrison explained. “It just shows you how superstitious these guys are and how connected they are to their number. But at the same time, then the next thing was probably the craziest thing. Money, people offer that all the time, but the guy said, ‘Hey man, I’ll allow you to sleep with my girlfriend.’ Once he said that, I lost my mind. I said no way can it be that serious. I said, ‘Obviously you don’t love your girlfriend that much.’”
And we thought trading a year’s supply of diapers was pretty insane? If someone needs a number badly enough to offer their girlfriend, they either need to break up with her or seek some psychologic help for how attached they are to their jersey.
- Rodney Harrison
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The 2014 World Cup has shown us some of the best soccer players in the world, and most of them are very well-known. We all know Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie, but have you ever heard of guys like Jordan Mariani and Nabil Akaazoun? Many of their skills are just as impressive.
A new series that is featured exclusively on Xbox called “Every Street United” chronicles eight of the best street soccer players from across the globe. To give you an idea of what the show is all about, have a look at our personal favorite player, Nabil Akaazoun of The Netherlands.
Why do we like Akaazoun so much? Aside from his trick looking incredibly difficult, he named it after himself. You know you have a unique set of skills when you call your soccer trick “The Akaazoun.”
If you’re a soccer fanatic, we strongly recommend checking out “Every Street United.” A new episode is available every Sunday on Xbox
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Bill Simmons celebrated the Boston Celtics’ pick of James Young in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday with a firm fist pump. Some were bothered that a draft analyst was showing an obvious bias, but they obviously were forgetting that Simmons is “The Boston Sports Guy” and has always called his teams in terms of “we” and “us.”
Simmons was self-conscious of his gesture and instantly recognized that he would end up on YouTube for it.
I had no problem with Simmons fist-pumping his team’s picks. I’m just bothered that he was fist-pumping for a guy who will be playing in Turkey in three years. Come on, Bill, you’re better than that.
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