Remember when Baseball Tonight said the NL West race was over?

Baseball-Tonight-logoWhen the month of June began, the San Francisco Giants were one of the hottest teams in baseball. Those same Giants have now lost 15 of their last 19 games. It was not long ago that Bruce Bochy’s team was 9.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West division. Now, the two teams are tied.

While the Giants were streaking in May and June, the Dodgers looked lost. LA quickly turned things around and ended the month of June with a 17-10 record after Sunday night’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals. That brings us to the following tweet from “Baseball Tonight,” which was sent just over two weeks ago.

Oops. Fortunately, MLB Memes was not about to let that one go. Dodgers fans can’t help but smile when they look at this graphic:

This is baseball. We haven’t even gotten to the All-Star break yet, so every divisional race across the league is still open. Teams get hot and cold all the time, and you can never tell exactly where they will end up by looking at the standings in June.

Baseball Tonight could probably learn a thing or two from Seth.

Mike Napoli on Masahiro Tanaka throwing him fastball ‘what an idiot!’ (Video)

Mike Napoli was the hero of Saturday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game after breaking a 1-1 tie in the 9th with a solo home run to right field to give the Sox a lead in an eventual 2-1 victory.

Mike NapoliNapoli was caught by FOX microphones saying “what an idiot!” repeatedly as he entered the Boston dugout following his home run. Napoli was saying that because he couldn’t believe Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw him a fastball instead of his deadly, signature splitter.

After throwing a first-pitch ball to Napoli, he got ahead 1-2 with a slider and splitter that fooled the Red Sox first baseman. He then threw a 1-2 fastball up and away that Napoli lined over the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium.

Napoli talked with FOX’s Ken Rosenthal about his comment that was caught on camera.

“Nothing toward him. I thought he was going to throw me a split in the dirt. He had been getting me out all night on it,” said Napoli.

You better believe that next time Tanaka faces Napoli, he’s just going to be feeding him a steady diet of splitters. No way he ever sees another fastball from Tanaka again.

Jason Kidd forcing his way out of Brooklyn to Milwaukee?

Jason KiddJason Kidd has been granted permission by the Brooklyn Nets to talk with the Milwaukee Bucks, and the whole situation feels like Kidd is trying to force his way out of Brooklyn.

The New York Post reported Saturday night that Kidd recently approached Nets management about giving him more power within the organization. According to The Post, Kidd “approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head-coaching responsibilities.”

Only veteran coaches like Gregg Popovich, Stan Van Gundy, Flip Saunders and Doc Rivers hold both positions and, until recently, Pop was the only one of the group to have both roles.

The Nets did not grant Kidd’s wishes, feeling he was not ready to have so much responsibility. That cleared the way for Kidd to begin speaking with the Bucks about their head coaching job, which probably was Kidd’s aim all along. It seems like Kidd’s plan was: ask the Nets for so much that they won’t be able to come through, and use that denial as an excuse to talk with Milwaukee.

So what’s the appeal with the Bucks? Well, they have lower expectations, significantly less pressure, they just drafted Jabari Parker, and Kidd can get a big pay raise from what he was making with Brooklyn. There’s a lot of perks with that job.

Also keep in mind that Bucks co-owner Mark Lasry is Kidd’s former financial adviser and a good friend. I have very little doubt that they discussed a potential deal and orchestrated this whole thing.

Miguel Herrera blames referee Pedro Proenca for costing Mexico

Robben Rafael Marquez

Mexico soccer coach Miguel Herrera was furious with referee Pedro Proenca for costing El Tri in a 2-1 loss to The Netherlands Sunday at the World Cup.

Proenca called a penalty on Rafael Marquez for tripping Arjen Robben in the box during injury time. The foul call gave the Dutch a penalty kick, which they converted for the 2-1 lead and win.

“Today it was the man with the whistle who eliminated us from the World Cup,” Herrera said after the match.

“If a referee invents a penalty, you’re out of the World Cup,” Herrera added. “I hope they have a look at what happened and that this gentleman goes home just like we are.”

Herrera complained that Robben, who has a reputation for flopping, flopped twice before that final penalty was called, giving him three flops during the match.

“If the referee is fair then their second goal doesn’t exist and Robben would have been expelled or suspended with a second yellow card,” Herrera said. “But if you do nothing the first time then the player knows that the referee won’t kick you out, he won’t caution you, not say anything.”

Mexico tried to protest that Robben flopped, but Proenca still called the penalty on Marquez, which ended up deciding the game.

Hank Baskett allegedly cheated on Kendra Wilkinson with transsexual

Hank Baskett Kendra Wilkinson

It’s a good thing that Hank Baskett no longer plays in the NFL, because that dude would just be totally ruined if this rumor came out while he were playing.

According to both Radar Online and The National Enquirer, Baskett cheated on wife Kendra Wilkinson with a transsexual. If that weren’t enough, Wilkinson was eight months pregnant at the time with the couple’s baby daughter, Alijah.

“Hank first met up with the woman around April 22 in Sherman Oaks, California,” an insider reveals. “He called her twice before they met in person. He said he’d seen her YouTube videos online, and he couldn’t believe that her photos were real.”

Baskett supposedly used a fake name for their first encounter, which took place at her home. And here’s where it gets really graphic.

During their first romp, “They mutually masturbated her and he touched her breasts and penis,” the source claims. “The entire encounter lasted probably about 15, 20 minutes.”

Baskett supposedly continued to talk with the woman and began worrying about the story getting out.

“He promised he would take care of her financially and even left her $2,000 in a coffee cup at her house. He promised her $5,000 to keep her mouth shut, and even threatened to kill himself if the story got out!” a source told Radar Online/The National Enquirer.

This report comes just weeks after Baskett was seen leaving the family’s home and checking into a motel. As of last weekend, he supposedly had moved back home to the couple’s Calabasas mansion.

The transsexual woman in question is a model named Ava London. She claims she was harassed by the media after the story got out. She also accused a media outlet of lying when they said they interviewed her.

Ava London

Hank and Kendra, a former Playboy Playmate, were married in 2009. Hank caught 77 passes during his NFL career from 2006-2010. He and Kendra have had a reality TV show since 2009.

Mike Trout hits record 489-foot home run at Kauffman Stadium (Video)

Mike Trout RoyalsMike Trout has been hotter than a Floyd Mayweather sidepiece lately, and the stud center fielder crushed what is going down as the longest home run in Angels and Kauffman Stadium history.

Trout took former teammate Jason Vargas deep in the first inning of Friday’s game on a 90-mph 3-1 fastball on the outer portion of the plate. Trout just blasted it to deep center field where it cleared the seats and landed to the deep part of the pool leading to the water fall.

The Royals estimated the homer at 445 feet, according to the LA Times’ Bill Shaikin, but ESPN Stats & Info, which is a leader in home run tracking, estimated it at 489 feet.

The 489-foot estimate gives Trout team and stadium records. He also is in plenty more elite company. Here are the details via ESPN Stats & Info:

The booming homer was the longest in Kansas City since Travis Hafner hit one 481 feet on April 15, 2012, and the longest ever in the history of the Angels franchise.

It was also the longest by an American League player since ESPN began tracking home runs, in 2006. The second-longest was a 488-foot shot by Edwin Encarnacion on September 1, 2012.

Trout’s homer was the longest by an Angels player since Vladimir Guerrero hit one 484 feet on July 30, 2006, and the longest in the majors since Giancarlo Stanton’s 494-footer on August 17, 2012.

Look at where the splash was for this one:

Mike Trout home run distance

Like Mark Gubicza said, that was Bo Jackson territory.

Alysia Montano runs at US Track Championships while 8 months pregnant


Alysia Montano is the defending national champion in the 800-meter women’s race. Unfortunately, the speedster came in last at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Although, she did have a pretty decent excuse.

Montano ran the 800-meter race on Thursday while eight months pregnant. With that in mind, you should probably be relieved to hear that she only finished with a time of 2:32.13. You can watch a video of the race here.

“I’ve been running throughout my entire pregnancy and I felt really, really good throughout the whole process,” Montano told reporters after the race. “I was like, ‘I think I can run a pretty decent time.’ I didn’t have a time on it, I just knew I didn’t want to get lapped.”

The five-time USA Outdoor champion said she consulted her doctor and was assured that running is perfectly safe for both her and the child.

“I found out that exercising or maintaining (your usual routine) during pregnancy is actually much better for the mom and for the baby,” Montano explained.

Well, alright then…

H/T Deadspin