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Aroldis Chapman slowed by Cuban guava and cream cheese pastries?

Aroldis-Chapman-hotel-room-robberyAroldis Chapman uncharacteristically blew a save against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday by allowing two home runs in the ninth inning. The Cuban fireballer walked Delmon Young to start the inning, was gifted an out when Cliff Lee, who was pinch-running for Young, made a mistake on the bases, and then gave up back-to-back home runs to Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis to lose the game 3-2.

Chapman is normally automatic as a closer, so seeing him allow two home runs in the same game was unusual considering he’d only allowed seven in his entire career prior to Sunday. But our friend Spike Eskin at CBS Philly shared a theory about what may have slowed down the Cuban Missile on Sunday.

Phillies Spanish language broadcaster Rickie Ricardo told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday that Chapman may have been undone by an extra helping (or two, or three) of a special pastry he ate before the game.

Ricardo explained that there is a special Cuban bakery nearby where he lives in Union City, N.J., and that Cuban ballplayers will often ask him to bring them a special bakery item.

“They cook this little Cuban pastry, which is a flaky-crust pasty with cream cheese and guava and it’s baked, and it’s absolutely delicious,” Ricardo told WIP. “Now, if you eat more than two of these you’re clogging up your arteries—you’re a stroke waiting to happen!

“Well, Chapman asked me on Friday night after the game to stop by the bakery and pick up a box of 50. For example, Livan Hernandez, guys like that—even Chooch, guys on our team, they’ll put 10-15 of these things away with a couple of glasses of milk. It’s equivalent of the Krispy Kreme donuts when they come right out of the oven, it’s that kind of a thing.”

Ricardo told WIP that Chapman asked him for 100 of the pastelitos de guayaba — two boxes of 50 — and that the Reds closer was about five fist-fulls deep into the box before Sunday’s game.

“When I saw him on Sunday morning before the game, he was in the club house, he had just eaten about 18 of them. He couldn’t breathe! I looked at my partner, I said, ‘he’s ripe for the taking today.’”

Sure enough, Ricardo was right. Chapman has now blown back-to-back saves, giving him 10 blown saves for his career. Eskin says Chapman was mostly around 95 mph during the appearance. So, was he slowed by the pastries? If so, it wouldn’t be the first time someone was ruined by the food they ate before a game. You make the call.

Aroldis Chapman somersaults twice after converting save (Video)

Aroldis Chapman celebrated a save on Tuesday night in a bizarre way. The Cuban reliever busted out a double-somersault after striking out pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado for the final out of the Reds’ 4-3 win over the Brewers. Chapman must have felt pretty good about converting the save after blowing his previous two chances, so that’s probably why he busted out the double rolls. It probably didn’t hurt that he recorded strikeouts for all three of his outs. That certainly was weird, but cool. Let’s hope he makes it just a one-time deal.

The Reds apparently weren’t pleased with Chapman’s celebration and addressed it with him after the game.

Woman who said she was robbed in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room charged with filing a false police report

If the story we shared with you last month about a woman getting robbed in the Pittsburgh hotel room of Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman seemed like a bizarre account with a number of holes in it, that’s because it was. Claudia Manrique, a 26-year-old, told police back in May that she was alone in Chapman’s hotel room while he was still at the ballpark. Manrique said she was attacked by a man posing as a maintenance worker for the Omni William Penn hotel, who she claimed tied her up when she refused to give him a bag that contained $200,000 worth of Chapman’s jewlery. Now, the young lady has been charged with filing a false police report.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police say Manrique changed her story during 12 hours of questioning. After initially saying the man attacked her disguised as a hotel employee, she later told officers that she encountered the assailant earlier that day at a CVS store and he stole her wallet. She also says he threatened to hurt her friend if she did not tell him her room number at the hotel.

Obviously, her changed story raises a number of questions. First of all, how did he come to find out that she was staying at the Omni William Penn? Assuming Manrique told the alleged assailant out of fear or he discovered a room card on her, how did he know he could hit the jackpot with jewelry by going to that particular room? Did he intend to rob her regardless and happened to be lucky enough to show up at the hotel room of a baseball player who had $200,000 worth of jewelry lying around?

Chapman says he met Manrique in April while he was in Washington, D.C. and that she has traveled to different cities to meet him ever since. From the sound of it, she may also have come up with a complicated scheme to rob him of $200,000 worth of possessions.

Photo credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman cover Adam Sandler song (Video)

It’s good to be in first place. The Cincinnati Reds are sitting atop the NL Central and seem to be enjoying it, as pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman showed us when they recreated some old school Adam Sandler magic (before Adam Sandler sucked). Arroyo made decent work of “The Red Headed Sweatshirt Song“, but Chapman deserves an Oscar for his effort. Shamalama ding-dong, indeed, Aroldis.

But again, it’s nice to do this kind of lighthearted stuff when you’re in first place. Maybe the Cubs, who are already 20 games under and in last place, can do a cover of Sandler’s “The Turkey Song”.

Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room reportedly robbed, woman left tied up

Talk about bizarre news. Pittsburgh police are currently investigating a robbery that took place inside the hotel room of Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, officers were dispatched to Chapman’s Omni William Penn hotel room at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday night while he was still at the ballpark for the Reds-Pirates game. Upon arrival, they discovered a 26-year-old woman tied up and crying.

Hotel security said that two guests alerted them of the woman screaming for help, which is why they called the police. According to the police report, the woman was “the hotel guest of a male who attended the Pirates baseball game and who was not present at the time of the incident.”

The woman said she heard a knock at the door and the person on the other side claimed to be from hotel maintenance and said he needed to fix the toilet. When she let him in, she says he tied her up and took her jewelry, clothing, credit card, ID card, and a computer.

Maybe I’m missing something, but what was the hotel guest of a man who attended the Pirates-Reds game doing in Chapman’s hotel room. If she wasn’t Chapman’s guest, whose guest was she? I suppose that is all part of the investigation.

H/T Hardball Talk

Aroldis Chapman Buys Sick Mansion in South Florida (Pictures)

Throw a 104 mile per hour fastball and you too can own a fantabulous mansion like the one just purchased by Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman. Chapman bought this bad boy on September 1st. You want details? Fine. This is a 5 bedroom/5.5 bathroom, 10,548 square-foot mansion in Davie, Florida. It was initially listed for $2.25 mil but Chapman snagged it for $1.85 million. Let’s take a look inside this reliever’s paradise:

The LBS headquarters are pretty expansive, but I’m guessing we could manage in a place like that. Just not sure it could hold all our laptops.

Chapman has pitched well since returning from the minor leagues in May. He signed a six-year $30.25 million contract as a free agent defector from Cuba. If it makes you feel any better, his pad has nothing on Adrian Beltre’s mansion.

Thanks to Fan Phooey for the story

Aroldis Chapman Throws Ball Through the Backstop Behind Home Plate

Chances are the ball happened to hit the screen just right or on a weak spot, but that’s still fun to see.  We have seen Aroldis Chapman blow up radar guns many times before (see this pitch and this pitch), but throwing a ball through the screen is a feat that is rarely accomplished.  This particular pitch was clocked at a measly 99mph but still managed to make its way through.  Lucky for the Reds, no fans were sitting directly behind the screen.  I’m no lawyer, but that seems like it would be a slam dunk of a lawsuit.

H/T to OMGreds via Hardball Talk for the picture.