John Axford was 18-for-18 on his Oscar predictions

john-axford-cardinalsMuch of the country spent Sunday evening watching the Academy Awards and Cleveland Indians pitcher John Axford was among those who tuned in.

Axford has fared quite well over the past few years with predicting Oscar winners. He was correct on 14 of his 15 picks last year, 11 of 15 in 2012, and 11 of 13 in 2011. For this year’s awards, the National League leader in saves in 2011 upped his number of categories to 18.

As awards were handed out Axford chronicled his success via his Twitter account.

And we have perfection!

This is the kind of performance you retire after. Go out on top. Call it quits after your finest moment. How do you top this?

The bar has been raised.

John Axford signs pregnant Brewers fan’s baby bump (Picture)


Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford has joined an elite club. Not all professional athletes will get the opportunity to sign a baby bump before their careers end, but Axford was recently given the privilege courtesy of a Brewers fan named Kristin Corcoran.

As you can see from the above photo that Concoran shared on Twitter on Monday, Axford was a good sport and signed her belly during an autograph session with fans.

“Thanks for the autographs & for reassuring that signing my belly wasn’t the strangest request you’ve had!” Corcoran wrote.

Unlike the stomach former Kentucky star Terrence Jones signed last year, Axford signed the woman’s shirt instead of her actual belly. Had Concoran lifted her shirt up, Axford may not have told her it wasn’t the most bizarre request he’s ever gotten.

H/T Big League Stew

John Axford snubs media after blown save, leaves behind funny note instead (Photo)

Brewers closer John Axford‘s club-record streak of 49 consecutive converted saves came to an end Friday when he conceded the lead back to the Cubs in the top of the ninth, his first blown save in over a year. After the Brewers finally secured the W in the 13th, Axford skipped talking to the press.

There are guys who after a rough outing can snub the media afterward and look like a tool (Hi, Kerry Wood). But Axford skipped his postgame chat and still came off looking charming and classy as hell. As the hilarious note he left behind indicates, he had a good excuse to hurry out of the ballpark: his wife was going into labor with their second child.

This probably won’t be the last time Axford will be using his kids as an excuse to get out of stuff.

H/T Hardball Talk

John Axford Has a Killer Mustache

We here at LBS have had a long standing fascination with athlete’s facial hair. A few years ago it was Eric Byrnes bringing back the porn stache, then it was Jason Giambi sporting a lucky stache, and this Spring it was Jayson Werth invoking the Jesus look. On Thursday night, I and many others noticed that Twins pitcher Carl Pavano’s stache was coming in well. While Pavano has a beauty going, nothing compares to new Brewers closer John Axford whose got the best Rollie Fingers mustache since Clay Zavada. Here’s a picture of John Axford’s mustache in full form:

Axford has emerged as Milwaukee’s closer now that Trevor Hoffman and Carlos Villanueva have struggled. With the Brewers’ closing situation there’s always instability, but as long as Axford keeps converting saves he should stick with it. And that would be great for all of us because more mustache is better for everyone.