Dirk Hayhurst implies David Price and Evan Longoria are potheads

Evan-Longorioa-David-Price-Reid-Brignac-RobbedFormer MLB pitcher turned broadcaster/writer Dirk Hayhurst wrote a column about the popularity of marijuana throughout MLB and, in the article, he implied there are several potheads on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hayhurst’s column was inspired by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan’s recent column about the disparity between drug punishments for MLB and minor league players. Passan’s argument is that because of the lax drug penalties on MLB players, minor leaguers who love weed can smoke their way onto a 40-man roster. It’s a really interesting read.

In response, Hayhurst wrote on Sports on Earth about how widespread marijuana is and has been throughout MLB. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

As far back as I can remember, players were getting high. Guys in the minors, on or off the 40-man, would take apples from the locker-room spread, hollow them out and then sneak behind dumpsters and smoke an apple pipe. In Triple-A, the now-defunct Portland Beavers would hide in stadium supply tunnels doing the old puff-puff-pass before jumping a knuckleball fight over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even seen coaches toking up with their players.

You really should read the whole thing to get the full flavor, but that’s a nice sampling.

Anyway, Hayhurst then decided to share a story about a time when he was in spring training with a team and a group of players got robbed. All of the details point to a 2011 robbery involving three Rays players.

Hayhurst was a spring training invitee of the Rays in 2011. In March 2011, a Port Charlotte home being rented by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed.

The Tampa Bay Times says police estimated $56,000 in valuables were stolen, including “a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, cash, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s fancy watches.” It later came out that Longoria had an AK47 stolen as well.

Now here’s what Hayhurst wrote. See if it matches up with the robbery story.

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Evan Longoria has a blond mohawk

Evan Longoria blond mohawk

Evan Longoria is absolutely styling with his new haircut.

The Tampa Bay Rays third baseman was seen sporting a new ‘do during his team’s game against the Baltimore Orioles Monday. He’s got a bleached-blond mohawk happening:

I think he needs a few teeth knocked out to complete the badass look. The blond hair is cool, but I would have preferred to see him go Demolition Man instead of mohawk.

Photo: Twitter/CorkGaines

Jaime Edmondson, Evan Longoria got their ugly sweater on


Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and his girlfriend Jaime Edmondson got engaged earlier this week. The couple has been dating for quite some time and has a daughter together, but they still manage to set aside time for themselves. We know this because Edmondson is always posting goofy pictures on her Twitter, like the one she shared on Thursday of her and Longoria rocking ugly Christmas sweaters.

The best part about the Playboy Playmate’s Twitter timeline is that she tags a lot of stuff with “#MILF” and “#DILF” now that she and Evan have a kid together. Gotta love the sense of humor.

Evan Longoria: Alex Rodriguez should not be playing during suspension

Alex Rodriguez YankeesAlex Rodriguez will likely be able to play out the remainder of the 2013 season with the New York Yankees while his 211-game suspension goes through a tedious appeal process. Knowing that he is 38 years old and is likely going to be suspended for a significant period of time, A-Rod has chosen to turn down a settlement and play this season. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is disappointed by that.

Longoria, who said he believes a 50-game suspension for first-time offenders is too light, spoke with our friend Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated for the Hot Clicks podcast this week. Like most of us, he wishes the appeals process would be quicker.

“I don’t think it’s fair for the other teams, because I’m in the American League East,” Longoria said, via The Strike Zone. “Whether he is 100 percent or not, whether his mind is where it needs to be or not, he can affect the game in a positive way. He can affect the game in a tremendous way, which is being in the lineup. In a pennant race, he’s a guy you don’t want in the lineup. Looking at it from that perspective and that perspective only, I don’t think it’s fair that we can’t have an arbitrator hear the case sooner.”

All players are entitled to an appeal, and Rodriguez has no obligation to waive that right simply because a dozen of his peers did. However, Longoria’s point is that a conclusion should be reached more rapidly like it would be with a brawl or an ejection.

“If you get in a bench clearing brawl and a guy punches another guy and is ejected from the game and gets a 10-game suspension, you appeal that and it’s heard in the next three weeks,” he said. “You either get 10 games or six games or whatever. I don’t understand why that process can’t happen for this.”

It’s a fair point, but A-Rod’s situation is much more complex than that of a player who was ejected for bumping an umpire. There is far more information for arbitrators to examine, especially with a case of this magnitude. Needless to say, Longoria and this NBA owner have very different opinions on the subject.

Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson are having a baby


Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson announced on Sunday that they are having a baby, and they did so in about the cutest way possible.

Edmondson, who is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and Playboy’s Miss January 2010, shared the adorable picture you see above as part of her announcement.

“Evan & I really appreciate all of the kind words & well wishes we have gotten today…we look forward to being parents,” she wrote on Twitter.

Longoria and Edmondson publicly confirmed they were dating back in February, though Edmondson says the two began dating a year before that.

The Rays signed Longoria to a six-year extension in November, which means he is under contract with Tampa Bay through 2022. The three-time All-Star and former AL Rookie of the Year bounced back from a down 2011 season by posting a career-high .896 OPS in 2012. He missed more than half the season with a hamstring injury, but returned in August. He underwent a procedure on his hamstring after the season and should be ready for spring training.

Congratulations to the couple.

Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson give a car a push during tropical storm (Video)

It has been a long couple of days for some folks in Florida who are caught right in the path of Tropical Storm Debby. The Tampa Bay area among other sections of the state have been hit pretty hard with heavy rain, wind and flooding. Naturally, there have been a number of people with small cars who attempt to drive through deep puddles. This rarely ever works out. Fortunately for one of those people, Evan Longoria drives a large vehicle.

As you can see from the video above that his girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson (pictures here), shared on Twitter, Longoria gave the unlucky motorist a friendly little shove to safety. Who says Americans are glutenous with their massive cars? The person in the compact car is certainly happy that our society takes pride in overindulgence.

H/T The Rays Index via The Big Lead

Evan Longoria confirms he is dating Jaime Edmondson

The photo you see above — which was shared by Jaime Edmondson herself — and a series of tweets have recently sparked speculation that a certain Rays third baseman and a certain Playboy model may be dating. Evan Longoria has ended any speculation by confirming that he is one lucky dude.

“Yes, we are dating,” Longoria said according to the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s been a secret for long enough; it’s not really been a secret,  but nobody has asked about it. We are dating.”

“I don’t even think of her like that,” he said when someone reminded him that he’s now dating Playboy’s Miss January 2010 and a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader. “She’s actually more informed on sports. She did a fantasy football blog the whole year, and she does a show on Sirius satellite radio. So it’s pretty cool to be able to talk to somebody on that level outside of the whole modeling thing.”

Jaime does seem to know sports. Or, I should say, she is constantly connected with sports by doing things like recreating the Super Bowl’s best moments in a fun-to-look-at photo shoot and frequently being featured in Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks.

From the sound of it, Longoria found himself a nice catch. We had a hunch he was looking for love when he lobbed a couple of compliments toward Alex Morgan on Twitter back in November, so we’re happy for him. And a little jealous.

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