Archive for June 29th, 2009


I Don’t Care for That Last Call You Made

Big league front offices like to instill a standard set of values and training methods in their minor league players starting from the early-going, clearly the Braves are doing the same with their managers. Bobby Cox holds the all-time record for most ejections, Double-A Mississippi Braves manager became legendary for an ejection where he lobbed a rosin bag as a grenade amongst other antics, now, Randy Ingle of the Single A Rome Braves can add his name to the illustrious list of blustery Braves mangers.

Following a blown call down the third base line, Ingle gets into it with the home plate umpire, eventually walks down the line, picks up third, places it around the shortstop position and then signals “Foul” which is what he believed the ump should have done before. Well-played sir.

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Khalil Greene Needs a Hug

7233From the papers of St. Louis comes this:

Infielder Khalil Greene was absent from the lineup for a second straight game Saturday after experiencing what the club hopes is only a temporary setback in his battle against an anxiety-related disorder.

So Khalil Greene is on the DL with a case of the SAD? I have to imagine that he’s having a hard time if it has now caused him to go on the DL twice this season. At the same time, I wonder if having your employers constantly announcing to the media that you have an anxiety problem isn’t compounding the issue…

[STL Today]


The Bat Man Does Tricks

Remember Josh Womack of the Long Beach Armada who had the neat little bat trick? Well, it turns out he was only getting started, he’s got a whole bunch more in his arsenal and he’s slowly letting them out as the Armada see a possible way to drum up attention for a player who otherwise hasn’t been too successful.

Now, I may be crazy, but I wonder if just some of the time that Womack spent practicing these tricks could have been better spent practicing actual baseball skills if he might have done better than a minor league career .257 average and an OPS of .702? Either way, these bat tricks are totally cool.


Wimbledon Opts for Hotties Over Talent

In a SHOCKING development, a spokesman at the All England Club admitted that when it comes to choosing who plays at center court “Good looks are a factor.” Several matches were held recently at the premier court that featured lower ranked female players while top seeds were relegated to less-prestigious courts.

According to the BBC who broadcast the matches in the UK, “It’s the Wimbledon play committee, not us who decides on the order of play. But obviously it’s advantageous to us if there are good-looking women players on Centre Court. No one has heard of many of the women now, so if they are pretty it definitely gives them an edge. Our preference would always be a Brit or a babe as this always delivers high viewing figures.”

So, the after Roger Federer played on Friday, the next match at center court featured two 19 year old hotties, Victoria Azarenka (8th seed) and Sorana Cirstea (28th seed), while that same day #2 seed Serana Williams was shunted to the number 2 court.

Even better, on Wednesday unseeded Gisela Dulko (world rank: 45) faced off against Maria Sharapova (also unseeded and currently world ranked 60) in a so-called “Battle of the Babes.” Thursday featured a similar bumping when 9th seed Caroline Wozniacki won her match on center court while #1 seed Dinara Safina was force to play on an outer court.

Johnny Perkins, the spokesman at All England added to his earlier comment saying court selection is “a great big mixture of where the players are in the draw, who they’re playing, what their ranking is.” But, “It’s not a coincidence that those (on Centre Court) are attractive.”

Of course, I’d be horribly remiss to not showcase some of these highly talented women tennis stars, just as the folks at Wimbledon have, so, after the jump join us.

[Daily Mail]

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Mariners Fans Have New Reason to Go to Games

safecotoplessGoing to see a Seattle Mariners game or Seattle Seahawks game is going to be a lot more fun thanks to a judge’s ruling that will allow a new strip club, named “Deja Vu” a few hundred feet from Safeco Field and Qwest Field. The Mariners had taken Roger Forbes, the owner of Deja Vu to court trying to utilize a city ordinance that bans adult enterprises¬† within 800 feet of any community center, child care center, elementary or secondary school or public parks and open space use.

The Mariners were arguing that their stadium fits that description but Judge John Erlick disagreed and Forbes’ permit was upheld.

“We’re very happy,” said Forbes’ attorney Peter Buck. “It’s a huge go ahead signal, with a strong opinion by a good judge.”

Now plenty of fans can go to the game, stop by the strip club, enjoy the buffet and come home sated. I’m just disappointed that there are all of a couple hundred feet between the stadium and the club, there had better be a shuttle or pedi-cab or something…



Bike Gangs Are Dangerous

During a race at the British Speedway in Cardiff two of the motobikers got into a shoving match after their heat. Nothing major happened because the buzz-kills in security came out and separated the two men. I do however, like how as Scott Nichols (White) leaves the arena one of (presumably) Emil Sayfutdinov’s (Blue) crew brushes by him and gives Nichols a shove. Classy.

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June 2009