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Jose Vidro Ruined Ichiro’s Stolen Base Streak

I guess this is kind of a streak that went under the radar, but I thought it was pretty cool. Dating back to last season, Ichiro had stolen 45 straight bases without being caught. That’s pretty impressive when you think about it. He was only 5 away from tying Vince Coleman’s record, that is, until he got thrown out on Thursday night. Jose Vidro was up with nobody out and Ichiro on first in the bottom of the 7th and the Mariners trailing 6-3. Then, in what was an obvious hit-and-run play, Jose Vidro botched the sign, failed to swing, and left Ichiro hanging out to dry. Just check out Vidro’s reaction — he completely drops his head in disgust, fully knowing that he screwed up. And Ichiro isn’t even in the picture when the ball arrives at second base. It’s very clear that it was a botched hit-and-run:

Not surprisingly, the Angels announcers completely missed it. Rex Hudler was going on and on about how good Jose Molina is behind the plate, how tough it is to run on him and Colon. Well, that might be the case in general, but it wasn’t at all the case Thursday night. They played the replay again in the 9th, and Hudler went off again, “out by a mile.” Man Rex, you played the game, you’re supposed to be the analyst. Aren’t these plays just the sort of thing you’re supposed to recognize?

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed by the Seattle Times that it was a busted hit-and-run play

That Recent Barry Bonds Poll Was a Load of B.S.

A poll came out suggesting that only 52% of fans do not want to see Barry break Hank Aaron’s home run record, that 58% of fans want to see Bonds in the Hall of Fame, and that 73% of fans think Bonds used steroids. But before going out there and saying that fans are conflicted about Bonds based on the study, did anyone scrutinize the methods and data of the study? Or did people just blindly run with what was served to them and make assumptions based on that?

To find out how much bullcrap that recent poll was, check out my scrutiny of it at MLB FanHouse.

While you’re there, check out some of my other recent stories to find out…

Wow, Scouts Inc. Really Sucks at Mock Drafts

Which are pretty stupid to begin with (except for AA’s), because all it takes is one trade and nearly everything becomes FUBAR. I’m just not a real big fan truth be told. So what happens to all those mock drafts once the draft has been completed? Usually everyone’s busy breaking down who picked who, winners and losers, sleepers, and steals, and they completely forget to check up on the work of the mock drafters. Except for the guys over at Cold Hard Football Facts. Through the awesomeness of Ben Maller, I found out that CHFF tracked the picks of several mock drafts to see how they stacked up. And lets just say that Scouts Inc. sucked. And by sucked, I mean my three year old cousin could have done just as well. Check it out, with correct picks in bold (all courtesy Cold Hard Football Facts):

Hey, at least they got the JaMarcus Russell pick right! I have to say, I am impressed by Kiper nailing the first seven picks too.

Charles Barkley Really Loves the Bay Area

Looks like someone’s been having some nice photoshop fun with Charles Barkley. These photos remind me a lot of the Joakim Noah photos the Bruin Report Online crowd put together. But these, oh boy, these are outstanding. I’ll throw a couple of my favorites up, and then you can go to C.W. Nevius’ blog to check out the rest. Mad props to Fark for the link.

Oh these are just too good!

Did Scott Van Pelt Unload an S-Bomb on SportsCenter?

Without a doubt, Scott Van Pelt is my favorite SportsCenter anchor. He’s witty, energetic, and delivers highlights in an entertaining fashion. That being said, he was left hanging out to dry badly last night. He seemed completely lost doing hockey highlights of the Red Wings/Sharks game, and even admitted on-air that he didn’t have a shot sheet in front of him (a list from which the anchor can read and describe the video highlights the audience is viewing). And then at one point, around the :42 second mark, it sounds like he says “shit, it’s too late for that,” as if a producer was telling him in his ear that they had the shot sheets or highlights ready. Then after he wraps up the hockey highlights and moves onto the Laker game, he jokingly says “I may have lost my job it’s hard to say, but until then someone takes me off the set I’ll do highlights…” Have to wonder why he would throw that line out there. Clearly someone hung Van Peezy out to dry and made him look really bad unfortunately.

Of course whatever Van Pelt did or did not say, it’s nothing compared to Danyelle Sargeant dropping an F-Bomb on ESPNEWS.

Keyshawn Did Not Receive the Big Bonus, And He Still Sucks

Why is it that Keyshawn Johnson still sparks interest? Why is it that there is a sizzle and allure that so neatly corresponds to his name? Remember when he joined Carolina? People said that he was the missing piece to the Panthers’ Super Bowl puzzle. Riiiight. That sure went well. So what on Earth makes Keyshawn an asset now? He’s a year older, another year removed from productivity. He’s living off the same name and big mouth that led to him getting drafted 1st overall in 1996 (which was the best WR draft of all-time), when he didn’t even turn into the playmaker that he assured everybody he was. Keyshawn now, is nothing different from what he’s always been — a name with a big mouth. And now he’s an unemployed big mouth.

But contrary to popular belief, the Panthers did not pay him a $3 million roster bonus before cutting him. That couldn’t have happened — everyone knew the Panthers weren’t that dumb.

Contrary to widespread reports, the Panthers did not pay Johnson a $3 million bonus April 1. They did pay him $1 million April 1, but that money was deferred from his initial $3 million signing bonus and had to be paid under any circumstances.

The Panthers will avoid a $1 million reporting bonus that would have been due if he came to training camp.

He will be designated as a June 1 cut, allowing the Panthers to spread his cap hit over two seasons. Had he played this season, he would have cost $3.25 million against the cap. Instead, he will count $1.25 million this year and $2.5 million in 2008.

OK, so admittedly, this is all just a matter of complicated finances. But the bottom line is that Keyshawn has been cut…once again…because he’s not very good. And certainly it helps that his “protege” Dwayne Jarrett, is much better. I would take the opportunity to say goodbye Key, but that would be senseless — I know I’ll be seeing him on TV sooner rather than later.

Why you Shouldn’t Share an Email Account with the Wife

Aside from the fact that she then receives the dirty little emails…she also gets to receive….your dirty little emails. Someone please pass this along to Rich Eisen who shared his email address with his wife and missed out on some hot action. Check it out, Philly TV reporter Alycia Lane sent over some suggestive photos to Rich Eisen in an email along with the message that she’d be in LA sometime soon and would love to meet up with him. Only problem, wife Suzy Shuster got her intercept on:

A seething Shuster wrote: “Boy, do you look amazing in a bikini . . . congrats! Whatever you’re doing, (Pilates? yoga?) keep doing it – it’s working for you. Anyway, sorry but those seven e-mails you sent to my husband, Rich, well, oops, they came to the e-mail address we both use from time to time, but no worries, I’ll forward the beach shots as well as the ones of you dancing with your friends on to his main address. Do you have it?”

She then provides her hubby’s private e-mail, “since you surely are trying so hard to get his attention. I mean, what better way to get a guy’s attention than with skin! Best – Suzy Shuster Eisen”

Man, so you telling me Rich didn’t even get to check out the pics? Well that sucks. Men, another reason to make sure you have a separate email account from the wife. And if you’re sharing an account with her, it’s probably time to start picking out your own clothes too.

Thanks to WBRS Sports Blog and Ballhype for the story