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Ron Santo Missing Time Isn’t a Bad Thing

The one thing Chicago Cubs fans seem to love about listening to their team on the radio is former player Ron Santo. Santo is known for being eccentric, to say the least, when it comes to his version of a color commentary. But these days it’s getting a little more noticeable that his health issues are taking a toll on the job he loves so much.

When I think of a Cubs fan I immediately think of Santo. He has stuck with the team through thick and thin and he shares the same passion for the ball club whether they are winning or losing. But his comments have become a little more dramatic over the years. At first he would just say what every Cubs fan was thinking, and that’s what made him beloved by those who love bleed the Cubbie blue. He would hoot and holler when the team would score and he would let out a “Ohhhh” when the team would get a bad call or just could not perform like he believed they could. These days Santo seems to get overly upset about the Cubs making an out in the second or third inning — and let’s face it, that’s usually not much of a game-changer.

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Jerry Seinfeld Does Not Approve of Lady Gaga’s Behavior

When Lady Gaga decided to run amuck at the New York Mets game after photographers turned around to take pictures of her, the Citi Field staff kindly escorted her away from her field box seats to a more private luxury box.  I had no idea that the luxury box she was seated in — which she proceeded to flip the photographers off from — was that of long-time Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld.  Needless to say, the comedian was none too pleased about her being taken to his luxury box so she could enjoy the game.  Here’s what Seinfeld told WFAN about Lady Gaga’s behavior at the game, courtesy of The Big Lead:

You take one ‘a’ off that, you’ve got gag … this woman is a jerk. I hate her. I can’t believe they put her in my box, which I paid for … you give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now? It’s pathetic … why is she giving the finger? How old is the finger? How’d it even get to be the finger? … Get an act. Rhinestone bikinis and giving people the finger. She is talented, I don’t know why she’s doing this stuff … wake me when its over.”

I’m with you, Jerry.  It’ll be interesting to see if he addresses this topic again when he calls the Mets game with Keith Hernandez.  If I remember correctly, the last time my friend flipped someone off at a Red Sox game he got thrown out.  In case you don’t know what Seinfeld’s ragging on her for, here are some pictures of Lady Gaga at the Mets and Yankees games:

LADY GAGA AT THE BALLPARK

Source:
Jerry Seinfeld is Not a Huge Lady Gaga Fan [The Big Lead]

Warning: This May Give You Goosebumps

I’m a tad late getting to this, and many of you have probably heard it by now.  However, I wanted to share this little story with any of our readers who haven’t heard it.  It’s one of those that will pull at your heart strings and maybe even give you a little perspective.

Last week, Toronto Blue Jays infielder John McDonald lost his father, Jack McDonald, to liver cancer.  From what I read, Jack was a very well-liked person and a respected official for baseball, basketball, and football in the Connecticut area.  John and his father were extremely close, and before Jack died he told his son to hit his next homer for him.  John told his dad that that wouldn’t be easy, considering at the time of their conversation he had hit only 13 home runs in his 12-year career.

On Saturday, John returned to the Blue Jays after an 11-day bereavement leave. He appeared in his first game back on Sunday, which just so happens to have been Father’s Day.  Skipper Cito Gaston put him in the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement.  When John got up to bat in the bottom half of the inning — his first at-bat since returning from being with his family — you can probably guess what he did.  He belted a homer over the left field wall and rounded the bases pumping his fist and fighting back tears.  Here’s what John McDonald had to say about the homer:

“We had talked about the type of player I am before I came back,” McDonald said, “and the fact that I don’t hit a lot of home runs. He said, ‘Hit your next one for me.’ So the fact that I got that out of the way quick was nice.”

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Obama Will Have No Part of the Wave

To be honest, I have no idea what to make of President Obama as a baseball fan.  He claims to be a dedicated, life-long Chicago White Sox fan, but couldn’t even name his favorite player — or any player for that matter — when asked in an interview.  He’s also thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at a White Sox game and missed horribly.  Some fans even questioned his allegiance recently when he accepted an offer to throw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game, but we won’t hold that against him since it would just be bad PR for him to turn that down for obvious reasons.

Now, we see this photo of Barack Obama not doing “the wave” at Nationals Park while he was in attendance watching Stephen Strasburg pitch against the White Sox.  Score one for the President.  Actually, I’ll even give him two points here.  The first point he receives is for clearly being locked into the game and not wanting to be distracted.  Just look at the expression on his face and effort he’s giving to peer around the arms of the other fans.  The second point is awarded simply for not partaking in the “the wave”.  It’s for bored fans.  I’ve seen it done in 10-0 games and I’ve seen it done in 0-0 games.  If you don’t want to be there, go home.  In my opinion, this photo can only help the status of Obama’s fanhood.

Source:
Obama Takes A Firm Stand Against The Wave [Deadspin]

Today’s Humor: More Philly Fan Antics

If this is getting old for you, I apologize.  It just never seems to stop coming and I can’t seem to get tired of it.  We have yet another funny clip to show you and, of course, it’s a laugh at the expense of a Philadelphia Phillies fan.  Since this clip really doesn’t require an introduction, I’ll let you see it first and then give you a list of the enjoyment we’ve received from Phillies fans this season.  Check out the video of a drunk Phillies fan falling on his face behind home plate, courtesy of The Fightins via Sports By Brooks Live.  Keep an eye on the staircase toward the top left of the screen:

Somebody should really move that sign.  I’m sure sober people like this guy trip over it all the time.  As promised, here’s a list of funny antics Phillies fans have provided us with during this young 2010 season:

Philadelphia Phillies Fan Funny Antics

1. Fan Tasered After Running Onto Field
2.  Second Fan Runs Onto Field Following Night But Isn’t Tasered
3.  Little Kid Drinking A Beer at a Phillies Game

Phillies Fan Not-Funny Antics

Man Intentionally Vomits on Little Girl

Sources:
SbB Live
Who wants to see someone fall flat on their face? [The Fightins]
Video Credit: YouTube user blueeyedbanditt

An AL East Team Will Miss Out on a Playoff Spot

Has anyone taken a look at the MLB standings lately?  If you have, you’ve probably noticed that the power across the league is pretty concentrated.  The AL East currently has three teams — the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays — that have a better record than any other team in Major League Baseball.  The Yankees and Rays, both with records of 42-26, came into Sunday leading the division.  The Red Sox trail both teams by a game and, with a record of 42-28, would be first in any other division in baseball.

So, what’s the point?  The point is that it’s highly likely that one of the three aforementioned clubs is going to get screwed out of a postseason spot because they play in the toughest division in baseball.  When the Red Sox were swept by the Orioles in mid-April, I wrote that they were in serious danger of burying themselves before the season even really got underway.  I also sounded off on David Ortiz, who at the time was batting .158 with 0 home runs and 2 RBI.  I’m not sure if he got a hold of some of those Flintstones chewables that gave him his power before or what, but Big Papi has a pulse.  All of a sudden the Red Sox DH is 6th in the AL with 15 homers and is batting a much-improved .263 with 45 RBI.  He’s a huge reason the Red Sox, who came into the season preaching “run prevention,” are leading the AL in runs scored.

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Pirates Fire Pierogi, End Losing Streak

We’ve ripped on the Pirates a number of times for a number of reasons. A few years ago their fans had a walkout to protest the ineptitude in the organization. Between not having a winning season since 1992 and trading away all their talented players, the fans have been given a lot of reasons to be unhappy. The Pirates also were riding a 12-game losing streak until Saturday night, and they got a heap of negative press for firing one of their pierogis recently, as I found out reading Mondesi’s House. No joke.

Andrew Kurtz is one of 18 people who dresses up in a pierogi costume and runs in the race the Pirates hold at PNC Park every home game. The Pirates fired Kurtz for negative comments he posted about the team on his facebook page, so Kurtz’s mom went crying to the newspaper about the situation. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, here’s what Andrew Kurtz said on his facebook:

Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates.”

It’s hard enough running an organization where you haven’t won since ’92 and you’re in the middle of a 12-game losing streak. It’s even harder to break that spell and turn things around when you have pissant pierogis ripping management and creating even more negativity within the organization. People may be laughing at the Pirates because the story is humorous and petty, but I think they did the right thing. It’s funny that they fired a pierogi as if that would be the answer to their problems, but the guy asked for it. Maybe things will work out for him running hot dog races at minor league parks.

Sources:
Pirates’ PR Nightmare Continues with Pierogi Dismissal [Mondesi's House]
Out at the plate: Pirates dump outspoken pierogi [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]