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Large Dodgers fan soaks up some rays

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Did anyone enjoy Wednesday’s game between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers more than this guy? Fans who stuck around for the entire game were treated to a 14-inning marathon, but none of them killed it quite like our friend you see above, who was wearing little more than a grape smuggler.

The dude had the tan lines working and everything. He had to have been driving the ladies wild, but it didn’t seem like he gave a damn. He was in his own little (big?) two-Dos Equis, hot-dog-eating world. Baseball needs more day games.

H/T Deadspin
Photo via Lana Berry

Ned Yost thinks Royals may have caved under pressure of large crowds

Ned YostLess than a week after Ned Yost ripped Kansas City fans for not showing up to games when their team is in a pennant race, the Royals manager wondered over the weekend if playing in front of such a large crowd was an issue for his players.

The Royals lost a couple of crucial games against the Cleveland Indians in front of a packed house on Friday and Saturday. More than 30,000 fans showed up to each game. On Sunday night, Yost praised the fans but wondered if the team pressed too much because of them.

“The crowds have been fantastic,” he said, via Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star. “I think it’s got them juiced up. They want to really perform for them. And that never works. You’ve got to stay disciplined.”

Make up your mind, Ned. As a reminder, here’s what Yost said after Kansas City’s walk-off win last Tuesday.

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? … I know it’s a school night. But I’ve been through this before in Atlanta in ‘91, where it didn’t matter what night it was, that place was packed at the end of August and September. The fans really got into it. They’re a big part of our success, especially at home. Because the electricity they provide, the energy they provide, helps you get through games like this. You know?”

If Yost’s team pulled out its best win of the season in front of a stadium that was half-full and struggled when tickets were sold out, are the Royals better off with fans staying home? In reality, Yost probably realizes he came across like a jerk last week and was trying to pay the fans a compliment. Still, he should probably stop focusing so much on attendance.

H/T Hardball Talk

Did David Price have substance like pine tar on his hat?

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David Price may have had some sort of substance underneath the brim of his hat when he pitched against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Several photos that have made their way around the sites like Twitter and Reddit appear to show a blotch, though it’s hard to tell if it was simply a smudge or something Price put there.

At first I thought the mark might just be a sticker. However, when you compare the photo below to the one above, it looks like the shape of the substance changed after Price touched it with his left hand.

Price pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits and just one earned run to pick up a win. The lefthander was scrutinized last month after a substance resembling pine tar was seen on his arm during a start, though he later explained that it was “red hot.”

Also see: Jon Lester appeared to have substance on glove during World Series

Bob Melvin rips A’s after sweep by Angels

Bob MelvinBob Melvin ripped his Oakland A’s after they lost to the Angels 9-1 on Sunday, which ended a 4-game sweep by their AL West rivals.

The A’s entered Thursday’s series opener one game behind the Angels in the division and ended up five games back after Sunday.

“What can you say? It was embarrassing. Pathetic. We don’t play like that,” Melvin said after the game. “The last three games here are the worst I’ve seen this team play in… I can’t remember how long. I feel bad for our fans to have to watch that.

“The reason I’m upset is because that’s not who we are. That’s not who we’ve been for three years. And for the last … I don’t know how long, it’s mounted. It’s been frustrating. But that last three games for us is just not who we are. At all. And it’s embarrassing. They all should be embarrassed.”

The A’s were held scoreless for a streak of 29 straight innings during the series. They held a closed-door meeting after the sweep.

“I definitely think something needed to be said,” third baseman Josh Donaldson said. “This is the time of the season where you need to start playing your best. And right now, we’re playing our worst.”

Despite the 4-game sweep and a 5-game losing streak to the Angels, the series between the teams is still tied 8-8. The A’s still have a full month to make up ground on the Angels, including a 3-game series later in the month in Oakland when they might be able to flip the standings. It’s way too early to count them out or hand the Angels the division.

Cubs warmup jerseys honor Jackie Robinson West Little League team

jackie-robinson-westLast month’s Little League World Series featured the individual brilliance of Mo’ne Davis, who became the first Little League player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The tournament also brought us the story of the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago, the United States champions. Despite losing to South Korea in the final game, the All-Stars from Chicago made the city proud.

During a rain delay between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs, the crowd at Wrigley Field gathered around televisions to watch Jackie Robinson defeat a team from Nevada to to claim the U.S. championship.

On Monday, the Jackie Robinson West team is being honored at Wrigley. As an added bonus, the Cubs wore special warmup jerseys and hats to salute their Little League counterparts.

The Jackie Robinson West team was also honored by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field over the weekend. Reverend Jesse Jackson hosted a breakfast for the players, their parents, and coaches. He will also be taking them to Disney World. A local funeral home paid the rent for the family of one member of the team for the next year.

To be sure, this has been an experience everyone involved with the Jackie Robinson West Little League team won’t soon forget.

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander nude photos leaked

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Alleged nude photos of Kate Upton and boyfriend Justin Verlander were leaked online Sunday as part of a massive celebrity photo leak.

The alleged nude photos show the Detroit Tigers ace and supermodel girlfriend naked in a bathroom standing side-by-side in profile with the mirror. Upton, who has twice appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, is seen holding up a cell phone which she used to snap the pictures. Verlander’s bare bottom is visible in both photos, while Upton’s is visible in one and covered by Verlander’s hands in the other.

Upton and Verlander first met while shooting a commercial for MLB 2K12 in 2012 and began dating soon thereafter. The two refused to confirm their relationship in 2012, and it seems like they broke up at some point later in the year or in early 2013. But the two got back together and began making numerous public appearances together at the beginning of the year. Upton has also gone to watch many of Verlander’s games this season.

Neither Upton nor Verlander have addressed the nude photos. Upton did not tweet at all on Sunday, while Verlander has not tweeted since last week. Upton stated in a recent interview that she would not get naked because of the negative backlash from blogs and social media.

Numerous celebrities have been victims of the massive leak, with some confirming the authenticity of the photos and others saying they are fake.

According to BuzzFeed, the photos appear to have originated on a 4chan forum where they were posted by an anonymous user. The user claimed to have obtained the photos through an iCloud leak and was offering to sell them for bitcoins. A master list posted by the anonymous user indicated they had photos and/or videos of around 60 celebrities.

The most prominent target of the leak was Oscar Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who had several nude photos hit the web. Her representatives confirmed the authenticity of the photos and threatened to prosecute anyone who posted or spread the photos.

Other celebrities allegedly victimized by the leak include Kirsten Dunst, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Brie Larson, Ali Michael, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Victoria Justice. Athletes McKayla Maroney and Hope Solo were also alleged victims of the leak.

Justice claimed the pictures of her were fake:

Winstead confirmed the authenticity of the photos while lashing out at the hacker and those who viewed her photos:

Logan Forsythe elbows Dustin Pedroia in head sliding into second base (Video)

logan-forsythe-elbowAs if the Boston Red Sox weren’t having a tough enough season already, Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Saturday’s game early after taking a shot to the head from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe.

Sliding into second base after tagging up on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hanigan, Forsythe swung his right elbow, which connected with the left side of the head of Boston’s four-time All-Star.

Now, I’m not going to say that was intentional on Forsythe’s part, because that’s something only he knows. However, if you told me that doesn’t look like a natural motion I probably wouldn’t disagree with you.

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