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Chris Davis got hilarious silent treatment after homer (Video)

Chris-Davis-silent-treatmentBaltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis belted his eighth home run of the season on Thursday night — a solo shot that gave the O’s a 5-2 lead over the Texas Rangers in the fifth. For whatever reason, his teammates decided to treat him like a rookie when he returned to the dugout.

None of the Orioles players or coaches left their seats or looked at Davis. The 2013 American League home run king took the prank in stride, handing out imaginary high-fives and hugs as he walked down the steps into the dugout.

The dugout silent treatment is one of the oldest tricks in the book after a player hits his first career MLB homer. I’m not sure what Davis did to deserve it, but we’re glad the O’s gave it to him.

GIF via The Big Lead

Man robbed at gunpoint on bike, captures it on GoPro camera (Video)

Bike-armed-robberAssuming this video isn’t a well-executed viral prank, it is a fantastic example of how frightening the world can be.

A man was minding his business riding his mountain bike through some trails in Somerset West, South Africa, recently when he was approached by a man holding a gun. The armed robber demanded that he turn over his bike and any other valuables, but he forgot to take the GoPro camera.

According to the YouTube description, the thief – who had two accomplices — made off with the bike, a cellphone, car keys and Oakley sunglasses. He looked directly into the GoPro at one point but decided not to take it. That ultimately led to his arrest, as the footage produced an image of the robber that was clear as day.

Fortunately, the biker was not injured in any way. He handled the situation well and did what he was told, which was wise. And, just as you might have figured, the camera footage helped lead to arrests.

From The Citizen in New Zealand:

With the help of the GoPro police managed to arrest two suspects on Sunday, a day after the incident occurred, with the third being arrested on Monday.

“Thorough investigation work led investigators to the suspects with the help of the footage,” said Traut.

The first suspect was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Sir Lowry’s Pass and a Luger firearm was seized. The same day another suspect was arrested in Sir Lowry’s pass, while a third was arrested on Monday.

The three men made a brief court appearance on Tuesday and will remain in custody until their court date later this month.

Video via @1000steps
H/T The Big Lead

Florida Judge John Murphy picks actual fight with public defender in court (Video)

A Florida judge is stepping down temporarily and seeking anger management after he instigated a physical altercation with a public defender in a courtroom on Monday.

Florida-courtFlorida Judge John Murphy allegedly became furious during the scheduling of a trial when public defender Andrew Weinstock refused to waive his client’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. Murphy lambasted Weinstock and told him how much he is angering him before challenging him to step outside the courtroom and fight.

“You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy said. “Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.”

“You know I’m the public defender,” Weinstock shot back. “I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”

At that point, Murphy told Weinstock “If you want to fight, let’s just go out back and I’ll beat your ass.”

The two men stepped outside the courtroom where one was heard yelling, “You want to f– with me?” Weinstock later claimed that Murphy grabbed him by the collar and punched him in the head.

“According to the lawyer, the judge grabbed him about the collar as soon as he walked into the hallway and began punching him in the head, and the lawyer just tried to stop the blows,” Weinstock’s boss Blaise Trettis explained, via Reuters. “And the deputies came into the hallway and pulled the judge off the lawyer.”

Regardless of who was right or wrong, that is obviously some seriously disturbing behavior from a person who is supposed to remain objective and decide the fate of those who have been accused of a crime. But hey, we’ll take a great viral video any way we can get it.

H/T Toucher and Rich

Cubs scoreboard operator falls asleep

The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets in a 2-1 pitchers’ duel on Tuesday night that was apparently too much for a certain scoreboard operator to handle. In the top of the fifth inning, one of the guys who sits behind the manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field was caught on camera catching some Z’s.

Of course, Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez couldn’t resist sharing his thoughts.

“Ohhh, he’s fired,” Hernandez said while chuckling. “Sorry pal, your supervisor will be calling you shortly.”

Those manual scoreboards can take a lot out of you, though I’m guessing the Cubs have more than one employee operating that massive thing. One thing’s for sure — the guy who fell asleep is ready to leave all the nostalgia of Wrigley Field in the rearview and catch up with the times.

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H/T Cut 4

Pablo Sandoval foul ball destroyed a reporter’s laptop (Video)

After starting the season off slowly, San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been hitting nearly everything in sight lately. He came into Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with a 12-game hitting streak in tact.

Unfortunately for Sandoval, his streak is no more after going 0-for-3.

Also among the things that are no more is the laptop of Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon, which was reduced to scrap heap material after it was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Sandoval. Sheldon shared the above photo via his Twitter account with “RIP my laptop” as part of the caption, which is appropriate since it’s no longer with us.

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Photo via Twitter/m_sheldon

H/T Big Lead

Vladimir Guerrero hits a double on 50 Cent’s first pitch (Video)

Vladimir Guerrero 50 Cent50 Cent’s first pitch at a Mets-Pirates game last week was one of the worst ceremonial first pitches we’ve ever seen. It was so bad it went partway up the first base line and nearly hit a photographer, and it left the entertainer giving a pretty bizarre explanation for it. But the pitch wasn’t so bad that Vladimir Guerrero wouldn’t have been able to get a piece of it.

The folks over at MLB FanCave took the 50 Cent first pitch and knew exactly what to do with it, splicing in the former Angels MVP and notorious bad-ball hitter getting a double on it.

How clever and awesome was that?

But wait! MetsKevin11 may have 1-upped the Vlad video. Here’s 50 Cent striking out Bartolo Colon:

Chris Paul got signed picture from Kelly Kapowski for his birthday

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Chris Paul turned 29 earlier this month. He was probably hoping he would have to hold off on celebrating until the middle of June when the NBA Finals were over, but the Los Angeles Clippers were unable to get by the Oklahoma City Thunder. One benefit of that is CP3 got to enjoy his autographed photo of Kelly Kapowski a bit sooner.

“This is easily one of the best Bday gifts I’ve ever received in my 29yrs on this Earth!!!” Paul wrote on Instagram along with the photo you see above. “#KellyKapowski #My1stLove #WeWereTogether #SheJustDidntKnowIt #CuzImSavedByTheBell.”

If you’re somewhere in your mid-20s to early-30s, I know you can relate to this. Kelly Kapowski, the “Saved By the Bell” beauty played by Tiffani Thiessen, had many of us under a spell during our adolescent years. Everyone knows she was the hottest girl at Bayside High. I still wonder how Zack Morris locked that down.

Good for you, CP3. Good for you.