It'll be the smallest ballpark in the MLB with only 37,000 seats, but will have two 600-gallon salt water fish tanks encased in bullet-proof glass. The Marlins (believe it or not) are trucking along with the new ballpark the city/county was pimp-slapped into building. The big questions for MLB is if anyone will care whether there is a new facility to watch the Marlins. Joe Robbie's upper deck has been closed & the Marlins are averaging 17k a game. Pics - JUMP!
Just as we were preparing ourselves for Debbie Clemens to take the stand in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, the U.S. government goes and screws up its case on Day 2. Seriously, a mistrial was just issued on Day 2! The government, today, played a video of Roger answering questions from Rep. Elijah Cummings. The video included pieces that the judge in this case had barred. The jury saw the video, Clemens' lawyers objected and Judge Walton just ended the case.
Thanks to Brian Wilson the ESPYs were watchable for like 15 minutes until Seth Meyers was done with his opening series of one-liners. Then they started handing out the hardware and it was time to bail. If you guys hate the Home Run Derby, how do you possibly sit through hours of ESPN coverage of an ESPN fabricated event. Did you watch Cowherd try to be funny on the red carpet? Absolutely horrid. In the end it was all about Wilson. And that's a good thing. JUMP!
Moment #1: She took this photo of her photographer (looking at that finger and it's confirmed he's married) in the arms of the women hired to swim around the pool at last night's all-star game. Moment #2: Heidi dips her feet in the pool and tweets to us about forgetting her swimsuit. That's it. Nothing else even remotely newsworthy. Um, you want to entertain readers, boot the married guy and get in with the bikini chicks. JUMP!
That is Bryce Harper sitting in a tattoo parlor chair this week in Arizona where the tatted to not tatted ratio has been hovering at the 3:1 mark, according to our Scottsdale tat tipsters. Anyway, Bryce decided last night was the perfect time to get 'Mom' inked on his left wrist and 'Pops' on the right wrist. As if the millions weren't enough, now the Harper's will forever be memorialized on their son's flesh. Finished product & a new name for Harrisburg, Pa. - JUMP!
Either someone is a really big fan of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Class A affiliate of the Florida Marlins, or someone was really drunk. Either way, the Grasshoppers are down one sculpture of the their dog mascot, Miss Babe Ruth. In a brazen moment of thievery, a punk has ripped the Miss Babe Ruth off at the ankles and taken her to an undisclosed location. Details - JUMP!
Busted Coverage 5 Questions Editor Joe Student was lucky enough this week to spend 15 minutes talking legacy, baseball all-star memories, USC coeds & what social media would have been like during Fred Lynn's baseball career. Lynn, not trying to impress anyone, even talks about Atlee Hammaker's wife's impression of him after jacking a grand slam off her husband during the 1983 midsummer classic. The full interview - JUMP!
We had a conversation with our old friend David Freedman of Tempe12 fame yesterday afternoon. BC had ambitions of getting a reporter into a MLB Home Run Derby afterparty so the initial reaction was to contact David. Come to find out Freedman had his Tempe12 ladies scheduled to work the Marucci Bats party at the Scottsdale W. But no go on getting our reporter into that bash. As a consolation prize, we had intel officers keeping tabs on Twitter accounts. JUMP!
We've noticed an excellent trend out of the New York sports reporters covering the Roger Clemens perjury trial. While the normal tweet updates concerning jury selection nearly leave us choking on our dark chocolate acai covered blueberries, it's the court lunch breaks when the real reporting gets going. Newsday's Jim Baumbach and the NY Daily News sports i-Team have been updating us on Roger's lunch activities. Why is this important to BC? JUMP.
Got a text message from our ESPN insider at 1 a.m. EST this morning: "This was the girl Cano showed up with," said the tipster. That was in reference to the Baseball Tonight set piece Cano did for ESPN after winning the MLB Home Run Derby. Why is the girlfriend news? We think it's going to show you Cano's maturity level. It seems he has officially moved on from blondes. Is it possible the legendary Cano has gone soft? We hope not. Photos - JUMP!
We had a sneaking suspicion that the RideNow Powersports Pool at Chase Park would become a focal point for last night's home run derby activities. But a guy jumping into the pool - with beer in hand - to snag a ball away from bikini chicks? Can't write that script. It happened and ESPN cameras gave the guy his due, resulting in YouTube videos of the fun. See the video and the reaction from the chicks - JUMP!
Now, before you guys destroy us for posting a "Hottest Rangers....Gallery"...gallery, you need to understand that we were in negotiations with infamous #FriskyFriday model @heathero14 before the dude fell out of the stands Thursday night. There is a time for mourning and then we move on. Our original goal last week was to sex up Bud Selig's all-star game. Heather was game. She owned a Rangers jersey and a shirt. Add a smart phone & we get this gallery. JUMP!
This tweet crossed the BC desk 30 minutes ago from Kissing Suzy Kolber's Jack Kogod: Text from my cousin: "Chris Berman just showed up to the W in Scottsdale with 4 20-something blondes. There are three sporting events where Boomer never ceases to amaze us. Super Bowl. Baseball all-star game. Jim Kelly golf tournament. Of course we're putting the pieces together on Berman's ladies. We know at least one blonde he's chasing. She's semi-famous. JUMP!
There will be plenty of attention paid to the RideNow Powersports Pool at Chase Field tonight during the 2011 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby. The novelty of hitting a home run in the pool, we're guessing, will create huge excitement from TV viewers hoping for a pool fight over a $10 baseball. It's perfect TV. Of course your buddy Todd will think he knows everything about that pool. Here are facts that will totally silence that know-it-all buddy about the pool in right-center.
Of course we're using the term overload liberally here. But this is Kate Upton. This is Kate Upton in the most ridiculous shorts we've ever seen on a baseball field. Guys, Jordin Sparks played in last night's MLB Celebrity All-Star Game and wore baseball pants. Erin Andrews, Kate Upton & Jenni Finch wore shorts and knee-high socks. We've officially seen the future and it should include Upton for at least the next 10-12 celeb softball games. PHOTOS! JUMP!
Our guy, Garrett, on the ground in Phoenix has been bugging us for weeks about writing something about the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. After at least 7-8 emails we finally told him to create an all-star drinking game because that's about the only way the BC staff can get through 9 innings of pitching changes & references to Albert Pujols. Garrett complied and promises this game will help make Joe Buck & Tim McCarver way less annoying. JUMP!