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Friday, February 24, 2017

Baseball

Jose Fernandez was divorced, death certificate reveals

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez was married at one point in his life, according to the former Miami Marlins pitcher’s official death certificate.

TMZ obtained a copy of the document this week, and it lists Hernandez’s marital status as “divorced.” It is unclear when he was married, but Fernandez never spoke about having been married publicly.

Fernandez was 24 at the time he died in a fatal boating accident last September. The already tragic story became even more heartbreaking when news surfaced that Hernandez was about to become a father, as his girlfriend was pregnant at the time. The baby was expected to be delivered in February.

Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth team up for ‘Step Brothers’ photo

Bryce Harper hat

The Washington Nationals held picture day on Thursday, and Bryce Harper teamed with Jayson Werth for one heck of a photo.

The duo recreated the often-memed photo from the comedy “Step Brothers.” Harper even included a quote from the movie when sharing it on Twitter.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the pictures:

And this nice Photoshop job by Yahoo Sports on Twitter:

Yup, they nailed it. And Harper continues to do his part in making baseball fun again.

John Farrell disappointed in Rusney Castillo for not running out ground ball

Rusney Castillo is already cast as a major bust in Boston — but his latest act of disappointment is more an issue of effort rather than skill.

Castillo failed to run out a ground ball during an exhibition against Northeastern University on Thursday in what turned into a double play. There was one out at the time of his grounder to short, and Castillo thought there were too.

Red Sox manager John Farrell called it “disappointing.”

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said via the Boston Herald. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of the number of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

The Red Sox signed Castillo to a four-year, $72.5 million deal in 2014, which seems like a massive flop. He batted just .253 in 2015 and .250 in eight at-bats last season. Castillo is not on the Red Sox’s 40-man roster.

David Ross to play for Harlem Globetrotters

After retiring from baseball, David Ross will be playing a different sport soon.

Ross’ Major League Baseball career spanned 15 seasons and ended about the best way possible, with a World Series victory. With that chapter of his life closed, Ross is now be turning his attention to basketball.

On Wednesday, the 39-year-old posted a photo of himself wearing a Harlem Globetrotters jersey on Twitter. Along with the photo, Ross announced he will be playing with the team on March 1 in Tallahassee.

That’s a decent looking follow-through Ross has.

Ross went to high school in Tallahassee so it will be a homecoming of sorts for him. Hopefully, he puts on a good show for those on hand to see the game.

Colby Rasmus now clean-shaven despite viral beard photos

Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus is actually sporting a clean-shaven look now despite photos of him in a funny-looking beard going viral on Wednesday.

For Tampa Bay Rays picture day, Rasmus was seen with this beard:

The photos were noticed and blogged about Wednesday, producing several memes:

It was no doubt funny stuff, but unfortunately the bearded look Rasmus had for picture day no longer exists. The Rays shared this photo of Rasmus on Wednesday:

The pictures from picture day were taken on Saturday. But it’s not like Rasmus hasn’t gotten his Abraham Lincoln on before:

Joe Maddon shows off his tricked-out RV (Video)

Joe Maddon

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is living large.

In an appearance on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel set to air Tuesday, Feb. 21, Maddon showed off the luxury RV he spends time in, which boasts no less than four TVs, one and a half bathrooms, and heated floors.

Maddon’s RV is already the stuff of legend. It’s known as the “Cousin Eddie,” and it was the site of his very first meeting with Chicago Cubs executives before he accepted the managerial position with the team. Those days are over, though. Maddon describes the RV as a “refuge” and says the only business he intends to use it for is hosting a party for his coaching staff. It’s hard to blame him for that.

Rick Ankiel once drank vodka before start to deal with pitching anxiety

Once a highly-touted young pitcher, Rick Ankiel dealt with perhaps the most famous case of the yips of all time.

Ankiel famously melted down in the 2000 playoffs, uncorking nine wild pitches and 11 walks in just four innings over three separate appearances. He was never the same pitcher again, and he was so impacted by the playoff meltdown that he drank vodka before making his first start of the 2001 season.

“Before that game…I’m scared to death,” Ankiel told St. Louis’s 590 The Fan. “I know I have no chance. Feeling the pressure of all that, right before the game I get a bottle of vodka. I just started drinking vodka. Lo and behold, it kind of tamed the monster, and I was able to do what I wanted. I’m sitting on the bench feeling crazy, I have to drink vodka to pitch through this. It worked for that game.

“It was one of those things like the yips, the monster, the disease…it didn’t fight fair so I felt like I wasn’t going to fight fair either.”

As Ankiel noted, it did work, if only for one start. He beat Randy Johnson and the eventual World Series winning Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing two runs and walking just three in five innings to go along with eight strikeouts. The renaissance was impermanent, though, as he ended up walking 25 batters in 24 innings during that season.

Full credit to Ankiel, as he eventually became an outfielder and managed to stay in the majors until 2014. It’s still remarkable to hear what he went through as his pitching career collapsed before his eyes.

Image via Lory Ankiel/Instagram

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