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Manny Ramirez shows off new haircut in Fenway Park return

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Manny Ramirez sure is making the rounds in MLB this week. Not only was it announced over the weekend that he’ll be taking a player-coach role within the Chicago Cubs organization, but he returned to Fenway Park on Wednesday for a 10-year anniversary celebration of the Boston Red Sox’s 2004 World Series-winning team. And Manny showed off quite the new hairdo while he was in town.

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I don’t know what you call that hairstyle, but I’m calling it the skunk.

Lovely style, Manny. But I still prefer you as a conehead.

Photos: Twitter/JohnTelich8, Twitter/LindseyBaseball

Gregg Popovich stared at David Aldridge for 8 seconds before answering him (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-David-AldridgeWe all know the wrath that Gregg Popovich can bring unto sideline reporters, and TNT’s David Aldridge has to deal with it quite frequently. On Tuesday night, Aldridge had the pleasure of interviewing Pop with the San Antonio Spurs trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder 26-20 after the first quarter.

Popovich was actually in a better mood than expected. However, we didn’t get to see that until after he stared at Aldridge for about eight seconds when Aldridge asked him how his team played in the first quarter.

“This is live television,” Aldridge jokingly reminded Pop.

“That means I have to answer, right?” Popovich replied.

Pop then went on to give a fairly detailed assessment of how the Spurs started out by moving the ball well and then began committing turnovers. By Pop standards, the interview was actually quite wordy. He simply couldn’t resist making his boy Aldridge squirm a little first. After all, the two have had an up-and-down relationship in the past.

Video via The Big Lead

Tiago Splitter flops like he got shot (Video)

Tiago Splitter flopTiago Splitter will likely be hearing from the league office about this flop he pulled in the second quarter of Game 4 between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

With the Spurs trailing the Thunder by eight, Splitter decided to try pulling a trick out of his back pocket to see if it would help. While defending Serge Ibaka at the elbow, he got pushed and flopped to the ground like he got shot.

Splitter didn’t receive a call for his acting job, but he still might hear from the league. We’re guessing he learned the move from his teammate, the flop master.

Video via @cjzero

50 Cent throws out worst first pitch of all time (Video)

50 Cent first pitchMove over, President Obama. You’re off the hook, John Wall. Rapper 50 Cent has now taken the top spot for worst first pitch thrown out at a baseball game of all time.

50 Cent was throwing out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Mets-Pirates game, and his pitch was so bad that Bob Uecker’s “Juuuuuust a bit outside” line wouldn’t even apply.

The ball must have slipped out of the southpaw’s hand, because it went about a third of the way up the first base line instead of towards the catcher.

Seriously, that was as atrocious as it gets. He definitely needs a makeup pitch. Like tomorrow.

Here’s another look at it

For reference, here is a video compilation of the worst first pitches of all time:

Video via @ForbesToFederal

Reporter angers Nicolas Mahut by congratulating him after loss (Video)

Nicolas-MahutNicolas Mahut lost a tough match to Mikhail Kukushkin in four sets at the French Open on Monday. After the disappointing defeat, Mahut had a cringe-worthy exchange with an American reporter who came to his press conference unprepared.

Before asking his question, the reporter started by congratulating Mahut.

“Congratulations?” Mahut said with a look of disgust. “I lost.”

“You lost, oh, OK,” the reporter replied. “So, what happened out there?”

The question seemed to infuriate Mahut, and who can blame him? While entertaining for people like us, the fact that the guy was writing about a match he didn’t pay attention to is incredibly insulting.

“Are you serious? Mahut fired back. “Did you watch the match?”

“No, I didn’t,” the reporter said. “I was told you won. I’m sorry.”

Mahut then ended his segment with English-speaking reporters, asking in French for French questions only. Talk about an embarrassment.

Video via Busted Racquet

Heat fans make fun of Paul George with catfish selfies

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The Miami Heat may be known for having the worst bandwagon fans in sports, but a few of them actually came up with a pretty clever bit on Monday night. During the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, some Miami fans made fun of Paul George and his catfish debacle from back in March.

As many of you know, George was allegedly tricked into sending nude photos to a gay man who has catfished other athletes and celebrities like Kenyon Martin and Lil Romeo. George scored 23 points in the loss, so it doesn’t seem like the signs distracted him. That doesn’t make them any less hilarious.

Photo via @BlkEricForman
H/T Black Sports Online

Father of Astros prospect Conrad Gregor catches son’s home run (Video)

If you noticed that the man in the video above who caught the home run ball was particularly happy about it, there’s a good reason for that: that was Marty Gregor who made the catch, and it was his son, Conrad, who hit the home run. True story.

Marty Gregor home run catchMarty Gregor and his wife decided to make the trip from Carmel, Indiana, to Davenport, Iowa, to watch their son’s weekend series at Cedar Rapids. They were rewarded for the long drive by witnessing their son’s first home run for the Quad Cities Bandits, and Marty just so happened to be in the right spot to make a great snag for the souvenir.

Conrad was a 4th-round pick by Houston last year out of Vanderbilt. He batted .289/.379/.385 in 74 games with low-A Tri City last year, and he’s batting .299/.410/.414 in 43 games with Single-A Quad Cities this season. His 3-run shot on Saturday helped the Bandits beat Cedar Rapids 5-2.

“It’s a little unbelievable, but I’m glad my parents were here to see it,” Gregor told the Quad-City Times, “and when I got back to the dugout, I heard he made a pretty good catch.”

Congrad’s manager thinks there was something special at work with the home run.

We have to agree. Look at that proud dad!