Month: August 2017

Home Run Derby 2017: Giancarlo Stanton to defend his crown at home

The participants for the 2017 Home Run Derby haven’t yet been announced, but we do know the defending champion will be in the field. Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton announced on Sunday that he would compete in this year’s festivities, which happen to be in his home part in Miami.

Stanton stole the show last year in San Diego, hitting a record 61 home runs in the three-round event, including 20 home runs in the final round to beat Todd Frazier for the championship.

Now THAT’S called being a good teammate. And as we get closer and closer to the All-Star picks being announced, Votto wants people to know that he’s not kidding.

“I’ve got a donkey in the works,” Votto told WCOP Cincinnati. “I’m anticipating a piece of news Sunday that will get Zack in the All-Star Game. But the donkey has already been spoken for.”

As All-Star voting comes to a close this week, Cozart leads the ballot for National League shortstops by almost 300,000 votes. So it looks like the odds are good that Votto will have to track Baseball Jerseys down that donkey.

Meanwhile, Cozart is having second thoughts about his choice of gift.

“I should have started with a Lamborghini,” he told WCOP. “But I like donkeys so much, maybe a donkey is my Lamborghini.”

Baseball beards are common facts of life — especially in the postseason — and college baseball players know well the value of #GraveBeforeShave come tournament time. Take for instance Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Bethune-Cookman’s Austin Garcia, who took some time from game action to weigh in on the importance of sound beard hygiene.

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Miguel Cabrera tried to steal a fan’s beard in the middle of a game

Wednesday night, while playing the Seattle Mariners, Tigers first baseman made a showstopping play. It wasn’t a diving catch or impressive tag — instead, the baseball star caught a Cheap NFL Jerseys beard.

Yes, caught a beard. No, that’s not a metaphor or a some baseball slang you’ve never heard before — he actually reached into the stands, reached out and snagged a Mariners fan’s beard with his glove.

Wow, catch of the game! But what inspired Miggy to touch this guy’s beard? Was it some sort of sheer admiration for facial hair? Or just a desire to make some random fans day?

The final best-of-three series of the CWS kicks off on Monday, and there’s no clear favorite to win. LSU has lights-out pitching. Florida has lights-out pitching. Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park is a pitcher’s spot, notwithstanding this year’s CWS generating the most home runs in park history. That perhaps grants advantage to the Tigers, who’ve been slamming balls all over the place this past week, while Florida’s bats have fallen dead asleep in recent outings.

If there’s going to be scoring, it’ll come in bursts, and each team will have to find ways to cover. LSU probably holds the scoring edge, though the Gators can bust through in pockets themselves. This is a veritable anvil of a series between big time heavyweights, and it promises outright fantastic Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale baseball.

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Josh Jackson and David Ortiz both had a rough night throwing ceremonial first pitches

It was a rough Friday for first pitches.

To be fair, the pressure of going to the mound in front of thousands of fans and delivering the ceremonial pitch is stressful. But Friday delivered a pair of stinkers that could be all-timers.

And while the internet did have fun calling Pagan a dingus, his lawyer did do a good job making me feel bad about that.

“He’s in counseling, he has significant anxiety issues. He’s afraid that everyone he meets will know who is already and have formed an idea in their minds that he is a jerk,” Smith said outside court. “He’s suffered with respect to the shame that he feels and the shame that he has brought on to his family and his friends.”
It can’t have been easy, especially considering Pagan lost his job because of his actions.

On the other hand, don’t throw beer cans at baseball players from the upper deck. The best possible upside is hitting an athlete with a beer can. The downsides, though, include getting arrested, fined, humiliated, and banned from baseball games for a full year.

Let this be one of the most visible, memorable cautionary tales for future generations.

All three games in the Gainesville super tilt required rain delays before their completion. Two of the games went to 11 innings even after those delays. Such atmospheric chaos thus yielded Wholesale Jerseys China Florida first baseman JJ Schwarz blasting two home runs in the same game but on two consecutive Cheap Jerseys From China days, or Wake Forest’s Johnny Aiello knocking two homers on the same day but in two separate games.

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Fan who chucked beer can from upper deck banned from MLB games for year

Last year, a dingus in Toronto threw a beer at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Hyun-soo Kim in the seventh inning of the American League Wild Card Game. We would like to update you on this dingus. It turns out that he was given a conditional discharge, partially because of articles like this calling him a dingus.

According to the Globe and Mail, Ken Pagan was required to perform 100 hours of community service, banned from all Major League Baseball games for a year, and ordered to stay away from Rogers Centre. His conditional discharge had a lot to do with the punishment he has already received in the court of public opinion.

“He no longer enjoys the relative anonymity that most of us do,” said Smith. “He’s become known … as the beer can guy.”

Pagan has become the butt of jokes and been subjected to online harassment, Smith added.
I would like to think that the ellipsis in the first sentence has nothing to do with omitted words, but was instead a dramatic pause.

Josh Jackson, who was just drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA draft, got to throw the first pitch for the Diamondbacks. The pitch was off. Way off.

To be fair, Jackson was also throwing the first pitch with fellow draftee Hasson Reddick. With another person cramping his space and what’s essentially two catchers, you can’t blame him for messing up the way he did.

But someone who did play baseball was David Ortiz. He had his number retired by Cheap Moto X Jerseys the Red Sox and threw a first pitch as well. And his pitch wasn’t all that great either, even though Cheap NFL Jerseys China he played the sport. But Ortiz was a DH, so we’ll let it slide.

What do you think? Who had a worse time on the mound?

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Hurricanes’ Eddie Lack stretchered off ice after collision on game-winning goal

Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack was removed from the ice on a stretcher Monday following a collision with Red Wings power forward Andreas Athanasiou on the game’s final play.

Athanasiou’s goal with 3:01 remaining in overtime gave Detroit a 4-3 win, but the 22-year-old centerman inadvertently made contact with Lack’s head just after the puck crossed the goal line, causing Lack to tumble backward into the net. Lack’s right leg also twisted awkwardly in the process.

The combination of cost and production figures to earn him a ticket back to the postseason. Dallas entered Friday’s games 10 points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference while the Ducks sat in playoff position, third in the Pacific Division with 74 points.

Eaves has battled injuries throughout a career that has also included stints with the Red Wings, Hurricanes and Predators, but if he can stay healthy the rest of the way, he’ll Cheap Jerseys China have a shot at the Stanley Cup.

Dallas would also benefit if the Ducks make it that far. Should Anaheim Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids advance to the third round of the postseason with Eaves playing in at least 50 percent of the games, Dallas will get the Ducks’ 2017 first-round pick instead of the second-rounder.

“The fans are standing up to them! The security guards are standing up to them! The peanut vendors are standing up to them! And by golly, if I could get down there, I’d be standing up to them!”

This is not one of the best collection of lines from Slap Shot. It is one of the most repeated, considering nearly every NHL arena has “time to get the crowd riled up” montages and this scene is a staple for those such endeavors.

There are many lines from Slap Shot that could make this list, but are not on here for fairly obvious reasons. This isn’t the last one, though.

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Jerry Jones hints Ezekiel Elliott suspension would be tied to recent incidents, not domestic violence

Jerry Jones believes Ezekiel Elliott is in the clear from domestic violence allegations. It’s more recent incidents that could lead to a suspension of the Cowboys running back.

Jones, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, told NBC Sports on Thursday during the Hall of Fame Game he expects the NFL to announce its decision in the very near future.

Should Elliott be suspended, it won’t be because of the domestic violence allegations made against him in July of 2016.

Miami coach Adam Gase was able to talk to Cutler, and while Cutler hasn’t given a resounding “yes” to joining the team, he also hasn’t turned down the opportunity, giving Gase hope.

According to ESPN, the Dolphins are remaining patient with Cutler, given that this situation came out of left field and Cutler is still getting used to the idea of playing.

If anyone could get Cutler back in a uniform, it will be Gase. The pair previously worked together when Gase was with the Bears and have maintained a good relationship.

Cutler announced his retirement from football in May and was later hired as a Fox Sports anaylist.

The Dolphins were put in a rough situation last week, when Tannehill injured ligaments in his left knee during a non-contact drill at practice.

“They’ll talk to that person and help identify other crisis lines that are available,” said Dwight Hollier, NFL vice president for wellness and clinical services. “They’re not going to just hang up. They are crisis counselors. They can navigate most crisis situations, but they are specifically hired to work with Cheap Jerseys Bulk this particular population. You can’t just balk at a situation based on their profession. Crises happen Cheap Jerseys AUStralia in many different ways.”

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Like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers wants to play into his 40s, with one caveat

With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrating his 40th birthday Thursday, conversation at Packers camp turned to what Aaron Rodgers may be doing when he turns The Big Four-Oh.

Playing football for the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers said is his hope.

“I do think it’s realistic. I hope it’s in this locker room, though,” Rodgers, who turns 34 on Dec. 2, said via Packers.com. “That would mean it’s been at a high level.”

The Cowboys were on the verge of bankruptcy when Jones purchased the team in ’89. Forbes Magazine recently valued the Cowboys at an NFL-high $4 billion.

Jones also helped make his peers richer by providing expertise that allowed the NFL to secure monster deals from TV networks and open untapped revenue streams. Asked about what he envisions for the NFL’s financial future, Jones pointed to upcoming technological changes that would impact how fans consume the product.

“I’ve always known that only 7 percent of NFL fans have ever been inside a Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys stadium,” Jones said. “The majority watch it through television. … No one knew that the fragmentation of television — that is going from three channels to where you might have several hundred — would make the NFL that much more valuable, that much more substantive, that much more influential if you will.”

Jones can fully distance himself from Johnson’s shadow if the Cowboys can capture another Lombardi Cheap Jerseys Trophy under their current front-office configuration. While he has entrusted the Stephen Jones-led front office and coach Jason Garrett with ample responsibilities, Jones unquestionably retains final say over major decisions that have impacted the team both positively and negatively through the post-Johnson era.

Jones’ philosophy toward some of the off-field trouble, drug suspensions and controversy involving his players remains the same as well. Simply put, someone known for having a good time himself isn’t going to tell his players they can’t do the same within reason.

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Vikings sign Xavier Rhodes to huge contract extension, report says

Xavier Rhodes has hit the jackpot.

The Vikings announced Sunday that Rhodes had signed a contract extension, but didn’t disclose the terms of the deal.

We just see the game the same way. We’re similar personality-type guys. On and off the field we have really good dialogue about football. That’s a huge plus for us. He has a lot of faith in me at the line of scrimmage to make a check and I have a ton of faith in him at the right time of the game when we need a great call and he’s making it as well as making great in-game adjustments. He’s a really smart guy on his feet and a really good, quick decision-maker.

How quick an impact is rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay making?

He’s doing a nice job for us. He’s a big, physical guy — 6-foot-4 and about 215-220 pounds. He runs really good for his size and is just trying to soak up all the information he can get, which is awesome. He came in with an open mind to learn and work hard. He’s a guy that is after practice grabbing me saying, Hey, I want to throw these couple of routes with you. I need to work on my footwork or my timing.

Whatever it is, he’s a great worker. For rookies sometimes being a diligent worker is something that’s kind of hard to find. Really, all the guys we’ve brought in as rookies are really good workers.

According to NFL.com reporter Tom Pelissero, Bell turned down a deal that would have averaged $14 million per year over his next three seasons. Instead, he’ll make a shade over $12 million — fully Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys guaranteed — as the team’s designated franchise player. A repeat of his 2016 performance, in which he gained Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys more than 100 yards per game on 4.9 yards per carry, could eclipse that extra $30 million in guarantees.

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NFL Chief Medical Officer says marijuana research ‘really important’ for pain treatment

NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills thinks it’s really important for the league to research marijuana as a potential way to treat pain among its players.

Allen Sills — hired in March as the league’s first CMO — said in a Wednesday interview with The Washington Post the league still has a lot to learn about marijuana’s use as a pain medication.

Cowherd said it was a difficult call.

I don’t think Odell’s productivity translates necessarily to wins, said Cowherd. He is easily the most fascinating New York sports figure by a mile. Aaron Judge is second and he’s a baseball player.

Whitlock did not agree.

You’ve fallen for the okeydoke, said Whitlock. Odell Beckham Jr. is the most overhyped, overrated player — and he is a great player but he is overrated. And his celebrity is completely overrated. You put him and Carmelo Anthony in the same room and watch what happens. It ain’t even close. If Odell, not for the blonde hair, people wouldn’t even know who the hell Odell Beckham Jr. is.

Carr: We kind of finish each other’s sentences. We just have discussions. There’s decisions I make out there, whether it’s checking a play here or there, and he says, What if you would have went here? What if you would have done this? It just makes me think. He’s always making me think. That way when we hit the Cheap Fishing Jerseys games, I put us in the best possible situations.

We as an offense are doing some really good things. But at the same time, we see little things where it’s like, Man, if we would have done that a little bit better, it would have been a great day. As Cheap Gaa Jerseys long as we can continue to every day take a step and not make that same mistake, we’re gonna be good.

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Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore kicked out of Patriots practice after fight

Tempers are flaring at Patriots training camp.

Veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Stephon Gilmore were kicked out of practice Tuesday after getting into a scuffle.

We’re just going to play it by ear and see how it is, Mularkey told Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone Friday night. He’ll be out at least a week, maybe longer.

Davis, who helped Western Michigan go 13-1 and reach the Cotton Bowl last Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys season, had been one of the stars in the first week of training camp. He was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year last season and left Western Michigan as the the all-time NCAA FBS receiving yards leader with 5,278 yards on 331 receptions.

Am I worried about that?, Mularkey said when asked about Davis following Friday’s practice. I am not worried about that — it is part of the game. It is out of my control right now, and we’ll try and do whatever we can to get him back healthy. But we are OK at that position.

Carr: I remember sitting in my brother’s house watching the Super Bowl and they’re like, Hey, could Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys you have played today? And I remember getting up and starting to do drops in the living room showing them, yes, I could have played. So I’ve been good for a while.

People always talk about the mental side of the injury. That was easy for me because when it’s me versus me I’m going to win. My mind’s not going to beat me. The physical part was the hard part, getting the stretching in and all that pain and stuff. But, I’m glad to be back.

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