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Monday, May 29, 2017

Baseball

Tyler Glasnow has two funny rap tattoos

Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow is hardcore.

The Pittsburgh Pirates young pitcher has a pair of tattoos that are fairly hidden, and they showcase his love of rap.

Glasnow showed them to ESPN for “Sunday Night Baseball.” One of the tattoos says “No Juice” on his inner lip, which is the name of a Lil Boosie song. The second is a portrait of deceased Wu Tang member Ol Dirty Bastard on the bottom of the pitcher’s foot.

Glasnow told ESPN he got the tattoos to one-up former teammate Rodarrick Jones, who was also a big rap music fan.

Glasnow’s only 2-4 with a 6.95 ERA this season, but he’s only 23 and considered one of the top prospects in the game.

Joe Maddon has funny quip about Cubs’ early-season struggles

Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cubs set the bar high for themselves last season by winning their first World Series title in 108 years, but manager Joe Maddon isn’t sweating the fact that they haven’t quite lived up to it yet this year.

After the Cubs were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend to fall to 25-24 on the season, Maddon managed to maintain a joking demeanor.

“Please, go ahead and freak out,” said the three-time Manager of the Year, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “If you want to freak out, freak out.”

Even hovering around .500 at the moment, the Cubs are still only 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central division lead. There has definitely seemed to be a post-championship hangover element in play with them, and it may be more of a testament to the ridiculous pace they were on in the regular season last year (sitting at 35-14 through their first 49 games).

The Cubs are still a top-10 team in ERA (per ESPN) with a good run differential, so Maddon, who has never been one to listen to outside noise, does not, to this point, appear to be at all misguided in his nonchalance.

Tommy Lasorda released from hospital after surgery

Tommy Lasorda

There is good news on the Tommy Lasorda front.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and baseball icon was hospitalized last weekend for an infection. Then on Friday, the Dodgers said Lasorda underwent surgery to replace his pacemaker.

But Lasorda, 89, has been released from the hospital and is now at home.

Lasorda has been hospitalized many times over the past year. A former pitcher with the Dodgers, Lasorda led the team to two World Series as a manager in the 80s. The Hall of Famer made his debut with the Dodgers in 1954.

Mike Trout to undergo MRI after suffering thumb injury

Mike Trout

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout was forced to exit Sunday’s 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins after suffering a jammed thumb following a headfirst slide into second base.

Although initial X-rays came back negative, the reigning American League MVP will be sent for an MRI on Monday.

After the game, Trout acknowledged he was “sore,” but didn’t care to speculate on the potential severity or how much time he might miss.

Immediately following the injury, Trout was examined on the field by a trainer and initially stayed in the game. He took the field in the bottom of the fifth, but was ultimately removed in the sixth.

The Angels are obviously hoping their slugger won’t miss too much time, but no disabled list decision will be made until the results of the MRI come back.

Entering the game, Trout led the league with 16 home runs, but after going 0-for-2, he finished the day tied with New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge, who hit his first grand slam in a 9-5 victory over the Oakland A’s.

Yankees’ Aaron Judge belts first career grand slam (Video)

Aaron Judge

All rise! Court is now in session.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge stepped to the plate with the bases juiced. And after getting ahead in the count, Judge continued his power surge by taking a 2-1 Andrew Triggs pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam.

For Judge, it was his first career grand salami.

The laser shot to right not only gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead, but it was also Judge’s 16th home run of the season, tying him with Mike Trout for the league lead.

His latest in-game heroics come less than 24 hours after he made a dazzling catch on a ball that went off the glove of second baseman Starling Castro.

Although many expected Judge’s hot start to eventually cool off and his power surge to slow down, he’s now batting .318/.442/.429 on the season with the aforementioned 16 home runs and 34 RBI. And not only do those numbers put him out ahead of the Rookie of the Year race, they also put him smack dab in the middle of the MVP debate.

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes suffers setback during rehab

Yoenis Cespedes Mets

Yoenis Cespedes appeared to be on the comeback trail for the New York Mets, appearing in his first rehab game on Friday night. However, after experiencing some soreness in his right quadriceps, the outfielder was scratched from his scheduled rehab start at Single-A St. Lucie on Saturday.

This latest injury for Cespedes, who is returning from a strained right hamstring, provided some additional frustration for manager Terry Collins, who has had to wade through snake bite after snake bite this season.

“Right now, if you put your sleeves on wrong, the wrong sleeve in first, the wrong arm in first, it backfires and you rip your shirt,” Collins told the New York Post. “No matter what we do, it’s not working.”

Considering Cespedes missed a good chunk of time during the second half of last season due to a similar right quadriceps issue, this certainly is more than enough reason to give the Mets pause.

“I will sit them all down as a group and explain what the process of what we are going to do and how we are going to go about it,” Collins told the New York Daily News. “Certainly when Ces gets back. I know him and he’ll want to play every game. We can’t afford to lose him for another month, so he’ll be getting some time off.”

Cespedes has been on the disabled list since April 28, but the Mets were cautiously optimistic he would be able to return for the next homestand.

Bryce Harper to Little Leaguers: Participation trophies mean nothing

Bryce Harper hat

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is an outspoken person no matter what the topic and no matter who the audience. If you want his blunt take on something, simply ask him and he’ll give it to you.

Such was the case on Saturday when Harper and his Nationals teammates met with Little Leaguers from around the Washington D.C. area prior to their game against the San Diego Pardes.

Included among Harper’s Q&A was an inquiry about participation trophies and whether or not all kids should receive them and take pride in them.

Simply put, the four-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP thinks they’re a bunch of malarkey.

“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s okay you guys lost,’ but no, Johnny, no. No participation trophies, okay. First place only,” Harper said.

Although Harper’s answer may offend some, those in the audience — parents and Little Leaguers alike — seem to be 100 percent on board with his answer. In fact, the reaction says it all.

The reality of sports is that athletes play to win the game. They don’t find solace in being second best and it’s an honest lesson for the kids to learn. Yes, some parents want Johnny to be recognized for merely showing up, but if the dream is to be a Major League ballplayer, that’s just not how it goes. If you’re not on the winning side, you’re not given an award for merely showing up.

(H/T: Yahoo! Sports)

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