Mike Pelfrey did something funky with his lips (GIF)

Mike Pelfrey lipsMike Pelfrey has some weird habits on the mound. The guys licks himself incessantly and was counted licking himself 89 times during a 2011 start. And when he’s not licking himself or the ball or his hand or whatever, he’s making funny motions with his lips.

Is that how he settles himself down? It didn’t work too well during his Thursday start against the Blue Jays — he gave up 5 runs, 4 hits and 5 walks in 4.1 innings — but it sure looks awesome when played on a loop!

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Mike Tyson throws out weak first pitch at Pirates game (Video)

Mike Tyson PiratesIt’s safe to say that Mike Tyson packs a lot more punch on his legendary uppercut than his baseball throws.

Iron Mike was in Pittsburgh Thursday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates-Brewers game. Tyson is in Pittsburgh because his promotion company, Iron Mike Promotions, is making its Showtime network debut with an April 18 Pittsburgh-area card.

He met some of the Pirates players before the game, and then he sprinted out onto the mound to throw out the first pitch, which was somewhat of a dud.

Maybe he didn’t want to hurt anyone with his throw, but we know he could have done much better than that!

Here he is meeting with some of the Buccos:

Yasiel Puig drops fly ball, then guns out runner (GIF)

Yasiel Puig catchThe extremes you experience when dealing with Yasiel Puig are pretty incredible.

During the bottom of the second inning between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Brandon Hicks hit a fly ball to right with one out and a man on first. Puig was there to field it and tried to do a casual catch, but he dropped the ball. Luckily he picked it up and recovered in time to throw Brandon Belt out at second for the second out.

And just to make things even more fun, Puig made a pretty spectacular catch for the third out of the inning:

Yasiel Puig: he can make the ordinary look difficult, and the difficult look ordinary.

Also see: Yasiel Puig flies out to right, pimps it like a home run (GIF)

Xander Bogaerts accidentally tweeted picture of girl in a thong

Xander-Bogaerts-Red-SoxBoston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been billed as the next big thing in baseball. The 21-year-old Aruba native hit .269 in 12 postseason games last year, helping the Red Sox en route to a World Series championship. He’s a phenomenal fielder and a great hitter, but he needs to improve at Twitter.

After Boston beat the Chicago White Sox in extra innings on Wednesday night, Bogaerts sent out an interesting tweet.

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Tracy McGrady starts, pitches one inning for Sugar Land Skeeters in exhibition game

tracy-mcgrady-pitching1When former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to give baseball a go, more than a few people probably shrugged it off. But, this is a real thing that is happening.

The Sugar Land Skeeters, who finished first in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League last season, get their 2014 season underway next Thursday.

Leading up to opening day, the team has a few exhibition games scheduled. On Wednesday, the Skeeters welcomed Alvin Community College to Constellation Field and their starting pitcher for the game was none other than T-Mac himself.

Because you want to see Tracy McGrady’s name on the lineup card, here it is.

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston has a few stats from McGrady’s outing.

The Skeeters currently have 34 players in camp and must trim the squad to 27 by next Thursday, so Tracy McGrady has a week to prove he belongs.

Keith Hernandez drools over woman eating $25 hot dog (Video)

Woman-eating-hot-dogKeith Hernandez had himself one of those “I probably should have kept that to myself” moments on Tuesday night, but we’re sure glad he didn’t. During the broadcast of the New York Mets-Arizona Diamondbacks game, a woman was shown eating one of the infamous $25 hot dogs that are being offered at Chase Field this season. Hernandez was in awe.

However, Pretty Boy wasn’t amazed by the gigantic hot dog. What he was staring at was certainly gigantic, but I think there were two of them.

“My goodness,” Hernandez said.

“How much meat is in a $25 hot dog,” Hernandez’s partner Gary Cohen asked. “Probably a few pounds, right?”

Hernandez wasn’t talking about the meat in the hot dog.

“I wasn’t talking about the hot dog,” he said.

The two then went on to talk about how many calories must be in the hot dog and some other obnoxious food items that are being offered at ballparks this year. Hernandez talked about how he used to treat himself to a banana split every once in a while when he ran a lot. He then gave his final thoughts on the woman in red.

“She looks fit,” Hernandez said. “She must be a runner.”

Yeah, Keith — that must be it. You don’t know the first thing about first base.

Video via Awful Announcing
H/T Twitter/Jesse Spector

Braves getting racist fan mail about Hank Aaron

Hank-AaronAnyone who has seen the movie “42″ has a pretty decent understanding of the type of hateful fan mail the Los Angeles Dodgers received when they made Jackie Robinson the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Threats and racist letters toward black players continued right into the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, they still exist today.

Hank Aaron told Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports last week that he keeps his hate mail as a reminder that racism is still very much an issue. He used president Barack Obama as an example.

“A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go,”Aaron said. “There’s not a whole lot that has changed. We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.”

“We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Nightengale later specified that Aaron was not comparing Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan, rather simply stating that anyone would be a fool to think racism is a thing of the past. That hasn’t prevented the Atlanta Braves from receiving a new wave of racist hate mail over the past week.

“Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)” a man named Edward says in an e-mail to the Braves front office obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, “My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur).” …

… Marion calls Aaron a “racist scumbag.” Ronald won’t attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired. Mark calls Aaron a “classless racist.” David says that he will burn Aaron’s I Had A Hammer autobiography.

Here we are 40 years later, and the only difference is bigots don’t have to write their letters by hand. The hate mail is less frequent, but the fact that it still exists is embarrassing.

H/T Deadspin