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Kelly Johnson Pranked by At-Bat Music

When it comes to sports pranks, NFL rookie hazing is pretty good, but nothing beats baseball pranks.

Apparently Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche had been planning a revenge prank on second baseman Kelly Johnson for quite some time and he finally got him back by having the stadium music operator play “It’s Raining Men” as some at-bat music.

Heath Bell Sacrifices Chicken to Break Padres Losing Streak

In a 162 game season, the potential for things to go wrong in baseball is great. Even for a team winning its division, things haven’t gone perfectly for the San Diego Padres.

The Pads just snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Dodgers on Monday night. Sick of losing for a week and a half straight, the team went to great lengths to change their luck. They didn’t try on red thongs or gold underwear, but they did pull a Chase Utley and do some voodoo. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Stealing from the movie “Major League,” before Sunday’s game against Colorado, Heath Bell asked a clubhouse attendant to bring in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to be sacrificed.

Even if it didn’t lead to a turnaround on Sunday, the Padres figured things out a day later beating the Dodgers 4-2. Maybe they needed to give it a few hours before the chicken reached the baseball gods in heaven. Bell of course was there to close out the win for his 38th save. He has the look of Rube Baker, the personality of Rick Vaughn, and the smarts of Jake Taylor. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Sources:
Padres’ losing streak hits double digits [Union-Tribune]

SportingNewsRadio.com: Yankees Facing Difficult Decision with Derek Jeter

The Yankees may be leading all of MLB with a .623 winning percentage, but not everything is going well for the team. Shortstop Derek Jeter is 36 years old and having the worst offensive year of his career. Worse yet, Jeter’s contract expires at the end of the year.

The Yankees and Jeter may have different views of the shortstop’s value after the season. The issue could result in one of the stickiest situations in sports since Brett Favre and the Packers divorced. Do the Yankees pony up for an aging shortstop whose play is declining or do they pay him based on his value to the franchise? I weighed in on how the tricky situation should be handled at Sporting News Radio’s website.

Also, I’m hosting a fantasy football show from 6am-7am PT Saturday mornings on SNR in addition to our college football and NFL pregame shows. My shows are 7am-10am PT Saturday and Sunday and you can tune in at sportingnewsradio.com.

Aubrey Huff Wearing a Red Thong as a Slump Buster

Jason Giambi sent collective LOLs throughout the internet a few years ago when revealed he wears a gold thong to break out of slumps. Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff will probably produce the same effect, but maybe to a higher degree.

Stuck in a 3-for-32 slump, Huff has turned to a red thong to try and change his luck, as Andrew Baggarly relays from the San Jose Mercury News. From Bags:

The last thing we need is for Huff to go 4-for-4 with the thong. Then he’ll wear it the rest of the season. Ordinarily that wouldn’t be a problem, but he walks around the clubhouse in it. He conducts interviews wearing only his thong. I’m not sure about this, but I think he wears little else while in the food room, too.

This may have just been a Giants problem before but apparently now it’s the media’s problem as well. Let’s hope for everyone involved that Huff breaks out of it quickly. With an OPS hovering around .950 a month ago, he can be a major force in San Francisco’s lineup. You know they’d like him to return to that form.

Sources:
Huff tied in knots at the plate, slug-a-Giant, Guillen runs a 4-K, etc. [Mercury News]

Adam Wainwright: ‘I Won’t Lose Again’

I don’t really like when players make guarantees.  Most of the time they’re completely unnecessary and a perfect way to make yourself look like a moron.  In the case of Adam Wainwright — No. 25 on our list of the top 30 franchise players in baseball — I’m willing to make an exception.

Despite not having won a game since August 11, the right-hander still has a Cy Young-worthy 17-10 record with a 2.34 ERA.  Wainwright has allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts, and it looks as though an adjustment may be needed in order for him to get back on track.  The Cardinals ace has guaranteed he will make that adjustment.

I don’t like losing one game much less four in a row,” Wainwright said. “I won’t lose again.”

Certainly a bold statement, but for some reason I believe him.  Wainwright definitely has the stuff needed to run the table, granted the Cardinals score a few runs along the way.  Whether St. Louis ends up making the playoffs or not (not looking good), I wouldn’t want to be a hitter facing a pissed off Adam Wainwright who has gone out of his way to make guarantees.

Source:
Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright: “I won’t lose again” [Hardball Talk]

Earth-Shattering News: Manny Ramirez Says Something Sensible

If you haven’t already heard this, you may not believe it.  I had to clear the haze, fog, smoke, and whatever else from my eyes before realizing what I read.  Is Manny Ramirez a changed man?  First we hear that he’s getting his dreadlocks cut off, but that is more about team policy than his own personal choice, right?  Maybe not. 

In interview with NESN, Ramirez admitted that the way his tenure in Boston ended was his fault.  I’m speechless (or should I say type-less).  After all the things this guy has said — which have led to teammates to calling him a clubhouse cancer and the media to ripping him to shreds — he actually says something that we can respect?

I think everything was my fault,” Ramirez said. “You’ve got to be a real man to realize when you do wrong. Hey, it was my fault, right? I’m already past that stage. I’m happy. I’m in a new team.”

If I saw those words written on a blog — even one as credible as LBS — I wouldn’t believe them, either.  For those of you skeptics (who I don’t blame), here’s the Manny Ramirez “my fault” video:

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Brian Wilson Is Officially Insane

If you follow baseball, I’m not telling you anything new when I say that Brian Wilson is nuts. But after his absurd interview on Jim Rome Is Burning, it’s been confirmed: Brian Wilson is officially insane.

The Giants closer honestly appeared to be on serious drugs because he was on a different planet during the interview. He was talking and ranting and Rome had a tough time not only keeping up, but also keeping a straight face.

Amongst some of the highlights from Brian Wilson’s interview with Jim Rome (video below):

****DON’T MISS BRIAN WILSON’S EXPLANATION OF THE MACHINE****

    1. - Saying ge got fined for “having too much awesome on my feet” when he was fined for wearing orange cleats.
      - Calling himself a “certified ninja” and that he completed 12 minute courses
      - Specifically saying he’s a “mental assassin”
      - Pulling out a Zach Morris phone out of his back pocket
      - Talking into the phone and the phone told him to pull out a mask from his back pocket
      – Explaining how to get over an oblique injury: “Slam a red bull down and get after it”
  • This dude is certified 100% absolutely insane. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were Eric Gagne in a few years — that sort of thing tends to happen with wild man closers. Here’s the video of the Brian Wilson interview:

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