When did the Orioles start using Intercourse, PA as their Spring Training home? Oh, it's Florida, you say? Then how the hell did these bros get all the way to Florida by horse & buggy from Mechanicsville, MD? And how do these bros know anything about baseball? You guys been cheating on God? Been sneaking away and hitting Buffalo Wild Wings for 7:15 first pitches? Ladies of Sarasota, you've been warned. Amos & his bros will be slaying this week. (via @ProtectThisYar)
What else would you expect from Ryan Braun's girlfriend, model Larisa Fraser, over the news that her man had been cleared (on technicality) in his PED case. Fraser, not very well known on the girlfriend market, went on her Facebook page yesterday and dropped this: the truth is always relevant :). She has 464 'Likes' so the message isn't causing much commotion. Come on, Milwaukee media, this is your chance to go all Gisele on this chick. JUMP!
Remember the name Curt Hogg. The kid is only 16, but somehow this high schooler landed the scoop of his lifetime and not a soul noticed. A self-described Brewers fan & Brewers blogging junky, Hogg had a source tip him off to the news that Ryan Braun's PED urine sample might have been mishandled. That was 9 days ago. Last night, baseball announced Braun was cleared of his failed drug test because of a mishandled sample. Not kidding. JUMP!
What a month for the left side of the Tampa Rays infield. First, Busted Coverage tells you guys that Evan Longoria & Jaime Edmondson are dating and the dogs are getting along. Now, The Big Lead was tipped off that shortstop Reid Brignac has knocked up Miss July 2002, Lauren Anderson. These kids have been dating on-and-off, according to the Internet, since 2009. That was just after she broke it off with legendary Florida basketballer Matt Walsh. JUMP!
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: It's Day 3 of Busted Coverage's Gronk-watch and instead of sitting by the pool and getting kissed by local chicks, today the Patriots tight end stopped into Red Sox training camp to bro out. Good news for the ladies: this was at 1:22 p.m. JUMP!
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland continues to claim the mantle as the weirdest dude in baseball. We're not sure if he still has the pederast mustache, but he's now driving something that will probably kill him before spring training is over -- a dune buggy. He doesn't just drive it off road, though. He also drives it to spring training, which is pretty much a totally Derek Holland thing to do. Check it!
Get ready to be terrified. The the jowly Don Zimmer bear is a reality. We're serious. The Tampa Bay Rays will be giving away a promotional item to fans in June known as the Zim Bear. It's half teddy bear, half Don Zimmer and all creepy as hell. Here's a look at the Zim Bear and one alternative fan promotion involving Zimmer that we just know would bring the fans to the park and not scare children. Check it!
Not sure what finally made Nomar Garciaparra unload his Whittier, California childhood home, but it's on the market and can be all yours for only $595,000. Documents show that Nomar & Mia Hamm took ownership of the one-story house in 2010. His father bought it for $44,500 in 1976. Will your kid eventually hit .300 and drive in 120 if he sleeps in Nomar's room? Of course not. JUMP!
Former major leaguer and injury risk Eric Davis is dumping his Los Angeles home, presumably because he's spending most of his time in Cincinnati. The two-time All Star, who made his name with the Reds, now works in the team's front office, so he probably has no need for this pad anymore. It can be all yours for a little over $2 million and it comes with a basketball court. Or at least half of one. Check it!
Can't remember the exact night last week, but we told you that it seemed Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson was dating dreamy Rays 3B Evan Longoria. And now Tampa media is asking him about it at Spring Training. "It's been a secret for long enough; it's not really been a secret, but nobody has asked about it. We are dating.'' And there you have it. In Europe, this kind of news would send the tabloids into a frenzy. In Tampa, it makes a barely trafficked blog. Ho-hum.
That's Jose Canseco and his on again girlfriend Leila Shennib who filed a restraining order on his ass last summer. It must be love because Leila is in Cancun with Jose. Guess they've patched things up since this NY Daily News story in August '11. (via @josecanseco) As for what else is hot this morning, last night Deron Williams dropped 38 on Jeremy Lin and the Knicks went 5-of-21 from 3-point range in the 100-92 loss. It was only the Nets 10th win. Let's get rolling!
You know how we think we know Tommy Lasorda has some gangsta bones left in his body? We think he hustled the guys from the Art of Shaving. At some point this week, Tommy got creamed up by the shaving experts and got razored. Next thing you know he's tweeting out this photo. Was it paid? Can't say for sure, but if it was we'd want our f*cking money back. Lasorda has 37,500 followers and only got six RTs and 1 favorite out of this. Straight cash, homey!
Does it look like, at 47, Jose Canseco has stopped taking steroids to keep him in baseball playing shape? Not to us. Guess who's back in professional baseball, albeit the Mexican League? The Bash Brother. He's signed with Cancun and joins other former MLB luminaries such as Joey Gathright on the Quintana Roo Tigres. If you want a good laugh, follow Jose's tweets from Mexico and do not miss the replies that are pouring in. Good stuff. Let's get rolling!
Nevermind the fact that ESPN had Dwight Gooden on this afternoon to chat about Jeremy Lin's sensation in NYC. That's right, the WWL has burned through all of its other possible guests and we're down to Doc. So imagine our surprise when Chris McKendry started rapping with the Mets legend and the screen said Tony Stewart was on the line. Nope, wrong black guy. Nope, Tony Stewart wasn't a former Met or Yankee. Nope, it didn't appear again.
Josh Hamilton broke his TV interview silence yesterday for the Glenn Beck TV channel. No, silly, Glenn wasn't available to do the interview so religious right tough guy James Robison handled the gig. You might remember how much emphasis Hamilton puts on 'God' and his religion. So the two sat down for a chat and the Dallas media did their thing. Mac Engel of the Dallas Morning News penned a piece that asked what we've been wondering. What if Josh were black? JUMP!
Nope, we have no specific news that Evan Longoria and BC Hall of Famer Jaime Edmondson are dating, but these two kids looked awfully happy to be hanging out together today at Disney World's Animal Kingdom. Either they're dating or their dogs are dating because we've never seen more doggy sleepovers at Longoria's place in Twitter history. Edmondson's dachshund, Molly. Longoria's bull terrier, Jango. Could be power couple of 2012. JUMP!
Here we figured the Curtis Leskanic DUI story was history and that he'd cleared up that mess. Not so, according to Florida media who are reporting Curt will be in court today to keep evidence out of his trial. We assume the former MLB pitcher doesn't want the dash cam video - released in January - to be used against him. Haven't seen the video? YOU MUST WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW! JUMP!
We've shown you stupid sports-related tattoos before, but Benjamin Christensen's might take the cake. Or, it might be the coolest thing you've ever seen. That will largely depend on whether you're as insane about baseball as he is. We're quite sane, so we're going to fall into the first category. In honor of Christensen's stupid sports tattoo, we're breaking out a gallery. We'll call it a gallery of regret, since that's what these idiots will feel about their sports tattoos sometime down the road. JUMP!
Have we ever mentioned how enamored BC is with the Oakland A's baseball wives? What site was the first one to introduce you to Amanda McCarthy and her ballsy tweet to pitcher Brandon McCarthy? This one. So add the Sizemores to our growing list of must-follows on Twitter. When a wiener Valentine's card ends up Instagramed, BC takes notice. Add in that these two 20-somethings are tatted up, drink beer and upload bikini photos - we can't not be fans. JUMP!
Big news out of the aviation world today as Jet Blue and the Red Sox unleashed a new plane that'll be flying out of Boston Logan and is painted with the Red Sox logo on the tail. Yes, customers were given those jerseys you see and were promptly asked to wear it or they'd be shot by an air marshal. No seriously, they were allowed to keep the jersey and then charged $25 to stow it in the carry-on bin. No seriously, there are more photos. JUMP!
The things you can find on eBay. Today, we've got some guy who apparently got swindled by a tech school that no longer exists trying to swindle some fool into paying $37,000 for an autographed jersey worn by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. The seller claims the money will go to repay the student load debt. Sounds pretty legit to us because, hell, tech schools definitely cost that much and this jersey is totally worth that much. Check it!
Oil Can Boyd is in the news this week over some comments he made about being coked up during most of his MLB career career. The former Red Sox starter has a book coming out in which he talks about the coke use and how he would have won 150 games if he could ever get some sleep. Now into his 50s, Boyd is talking about a culture that dominated MLB during the 1980s. Today, we've compiled our all-star roster of coke users from the era & it's a beast team. JUMP!
It's time for our weekly look at the new Marlins ballpark, the home run feature and whatever else the construction workers have been up to. Big news this week: green grass & the roof works! It also seems that that video board is good to go. Opening Day is April 4 so there's still plenty of time to get that LSD-inspired HR feature covered up and ready to trip out those coked up bandwagon Marlins' fans. Go have fun with the Marlins ballpark cam.
Matt Cain is due for a pay raise after the 2012 season and he'll either get a huge contract from the Giants or sign elsewhere as a free agent. So what's the logical move at this point? Sell that $1.8mm house you've been slumming in while playing in San Fran. He'll make $15,000,000 this season and will probably demand at least that over 6-7 years in his next contract. Is this a move to rid himself of a house before leaving for NY? JUMP!
Still working our way through the piles of photos from Super Bowl XLVI & had to post this one of Chris Berman not exactly impressed by @EastSideDave. In baseball news this morning, the NY Post is having a blast with the Brian Cashman cheating story. His mistress was recently spotted tooling around her neighborhood in a 2009 Toyota Highlander registered to the Yankees, one neighbor said. Oh, hey, first Baseball Tonight of 2012 is today at 3:30. Let's get rolling!
That's a painting of Derek Lowe pitching for the Dodgers hanging in one of the spare bedrooms in his Atlanta home that is now on the market for just shy of $4,000,000. Why is Derek selling? Good chance it has to do with his trade to Cleveland and the fact that he won't be needing a 5,000 sq. ft. home in the Buckhead neighborhood. As for the painting, we figure if you pay full price he'll throw it into the deal. JUMP!
Yep, BC will be checking in with the Miami Marlins home run feature from time to time until this slice of Americana makes its debut in April. Today, via the ballpark webcam, we get to see that since last week workers have installed the pink flamingos and the palm trees. Sweet Jesus, things seem to be coming along nicely. Pieces are moving into place. According to the original plans, not much remains but lighting up this bad boy. (Watch Marlins construction cam - here)
The people at the Topps trading card company are some funny, wacky bastards! They decided to make St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker's 2012 baseball card a shot of the so-called rally squirrel. Schumaker's leg also makes a brief cameo in his baseball card. The company says they did it to honor the Cardinals' postseason run. We're sure Schumaker is ecstatic. Here's the story and the card. Check it!
Had a phone conversation with Terry Francona this afternoon concerning his activities at the Red Lantern bar on Friday night. Terry says he was out and about, took about 30 photos with fans but he never bought drinks for any chicks and was pretty much just minding his business. There were some unscrupulous rumors on Twitter that the ex-Sox skipper needs to put to bed. We'll believe Terry's word over some dumb broad any day of the week. JUMP!
ESPN Boston is reporting that its very own, Jenny Bell, is the new Heidi Watney of Red Sox Nation. How big is that news? Huge if you are Jenny Bell. She's about to go from the world of X Games reporting to traveling the country & asking Dustin Pedroia about groin injuries. She'll be the new face of the Red Sox dugout on NESN, the official home of Red Sox games. Who is this chick? She went to UMass & was a cheerleader. She also liked - or still likes - to party. JUMP!
Thanks to the guys at Baseball Nation for tipping us off to the webcam at the new Marlins Ballpark that is showing the construction of that super gay, super crazy home run feature the team promised fans. Yes, that thing will go off after a Marlins dong. Seriously. Fish will fly and lights will blink. NY might have its stupid apple. Milwaukee might have that mascot sliding into a fake pool of water. But nobody in the MLB can compete with this massive 'thing.' PHOTOS - JUMP!
Call him a jerkoff all you want. If there's one thing that's becoming apparent with the wallet of ARod, it's that the dude doesn't plan on going broke anytime soon. What's he been up to this offseason, besides pumping iron with WWE Diva Torrie Wilson? Oh, just flipping his NYC Riverside Drive penthouse for a healthy profit. Numbers weren't disclosed (until tax records are filed) but figure he didn't take less than $7.5mm This guy is going to be wiping his ass with $100 bills for years! JUMP!
Former MLBer Curtis Leskanic was arrested in September 2011 on DUI charges and had his 14 or so hours of play on the blogs and news outlets. Now, thanks to those pesky Florida journalists, we have the police dash cam from that night in Orlando. This isn't your ordinary 1 hour video. Leskanic puts on a show for us. From the minute the cops walk up to his truck, Curtis in on. But the real gut-busting LOL moments come when he gets in the cruiser. JUMP!
They're even using Tebowing snow sculptures on the slopes to get some damn snow. Smart move, but does Mother Nature really care about some option-read QB from the Broncos? If you care & are a degenerate: the Pro Bowl OVER/UNDER is up to 73. In Prince Fielder news, SI's Andy Gray unearthed this gem of the Tigers new $200mm man as a chubby kid throwing the ball with Alan Trammell. Dude will make $65,000 every single day for next 9 years. Let's get rolling!
Who is Paige Brendel? She's the new blonde girlfriend of Toronto Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie. What the hell is the big deal with Ms. Brendel? Well, she's a former college soccer player, is an Arizona State broadcast journalism major and cheerleader (still efforting if she's an ASU cheerleader). Why does all this matter? Because Lawrie was engaged in the fall, got disengaged from this chick & is now having tattoos removed. DRAMA! JUMP!
Sammy Sosa's bukkake face is back in the news down in Columbia. Why? It has something to do with baseball, a key to the city, blah, blah, blah. The real news is that some newspaper photographer snapped a shot of Sammy, the paper ran it and his face is the same shade of cream as the shirt he's wearing. Put that guy's face on bright white newsprint & he'd look whiter than Casper. This skin condition is officially out of control. JUMP!