New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz teamed up to create a summer rap music video for Dunkin Donuts coffee. It’s so bad it’s good!
Leave it to Major League Baseball umpires to screw up a call even when they have instant replay. It’s long been known that umpires are the most egotistical of all officials in sports (although NBA referees are challenging for that distinction). Wednesday night was the ultimate in idiocy when umpire Angel Hernandez ruled the home run by the Oakland A’s Adam Rosales with two outs in the 9th inning was a double when it clearly was obviously via replays it was a home run. Hernandez claimed there was not enough clear proof to overturn the original call. And oh by the way–the Cleveland Indians won 4-3. Of course MLB officials have said it was a mistake but it’s just a tad too late. Just another embarrassing moment for what used to be America’s pastime.
It’s not just in the major’s where pitchers are at danger to taking line drives off their heads. The same also can happen at the lower levels of baseball including high school. Syracuse Utah high school pitcher Jordan Cobabe avoided what could have been a very nasty line drive shot to the head with a great face-saving catch. Quite the quick reflexes to say the least.
(H/T Jeremiah Jensen KSL-TV, Sale Lake City)
A very scary moment Tuesday night when Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a line drive off his head from the bat of the Tampa Bay Rays Desmond Jennings. Fortunately Happ was released from a Florida hospital Wednesday morning. This has led to further speculation that baseball should allow pitchers to wear protective headgear. As players continue to get bigger and stronger this may not be such a bad idea. MLB officials however says nothing is imminent at this point.
During Wednesday nights Houston Astros-Seattle Mariners game a fan caught a foul ball. Not unusual for an MLB game of course but what was unique is that the fan caught it with his beer. He then celebrated the achievement by chugging said beer. Got to give kudos to that guy even though most of expensive beverage ended up all over him as opposed to his mouth!
On the MLB Network legendary broadcaster Bob Costas went “gangster” (is that what the kids are still saying these days?) by quoting rap lyrics from Ludacris. Responding to Jay Z becoming a sports agent, Costas told Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds on MLB Now that it was Ludacris was the first rapper to “name check” him. He then goes on to “rap” the lyrics. Classic Costas.
Of the five years hosting a radio show in Salt Lake City with Salt Lake Tribune columnist and 97.5FM/1280 The Zone host Gordon Monson we had many spirited arguments. One that clearly stands out was a hard hitting stirring debate whether taking a woman to a baseball game on a first date was a good thing. He of course thought it was perfect as you had plenty of time to get to know a person, find out what they like/dislike, have deep emotional conversations–blah, blah, blah. I on the other hand thought it was the worst idea possible because of how slow the game goes and the pressure to fill all that time. The first date is to just start getting to know someone to see if they’re worthy for a second date. You’re not trying to determine if you want to marry the girls. Plus if she’s a complete dud it would make it extremely awkward sitting in silence during all that time during a game. That’s why a movie is the perfect first date.
Well apparently for the couple in the video above their first date at an Arizona Diamondback-St. Louis Cardinals game went well. Honestly surprised considering he had a sign saying they were on a first date. I really can’t see this relationship lasting for that reason alone!
Washington Nationals 19 year old prodigy Bryce Harper made his major league debut over the weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers and got his first hit–a double to centerfield in the seventh inning. It’s one of many hits sure to come. In the meantime a fan behind home plate decided to moon the camera on the at bat. And I have to admit that it was well executed. I can see Harper now showing the video to his grandkids some day having to explain that one.
As always it was an interesting and busy week in sports. The NBA season winded down, the NHL playoffs were in full swing, news broke that we will finally get a college football playoff and of course the greatest male soap opera took place–the NFL Draft. With all that said Sports Mashup’s Top 5 posts featured a hot girl’s indecent proposal, Jim Nantz in a jacuzzi, an unbelievable locker room, a kid crying and girls in bikini’s on skates. It’s pretty clear all of you are definitely into the hard hitting impactful stories!
Just some random thoughts and opinions from around the sports world on this Monday cleverly called the Monday Mashup:
-The Utah Jazz playoff hopes took a big hit with losses to New Orleans and Memphis over the weekend. One could understand falling to a good Grizzlies team playing on a back-to-back but the Hornets loss was inexcusable. It just once again shows the Jazz are truly not a playoff team. And for those that say it would be good for the younger players to get playoff experience–I say it’s more important to get into the lottery (and still hope somehow they can get Golden State’s pick even though the Warriors are clearly tanking games) to continue the building process. If they made the postseason this year it’s highly probable they would get swept in the first round and in reality the experience won’t matter because they’ll most likely get eliminated in the same fashion next year. To me it makes better sense to continue to acquire young talent and slowly grow to where you could be a playoff factor in a couple years. Meanwhile the radio voice of the Jazz and good friend of mine (worked and built 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City together in the mid 90’s) went national with this call on a blown Derrick Favors layup. It was picked up by ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in which Locke joined them to talk about it (Locke appears around the 2:50 mark).
-New New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson made comments recently that he may try to bring the Jazz name back to its original home. It appears this has not been embraced by Utah Jazz fans which is not surprising and quite honestly they shouldn’t. I worked in sports radio in Salt Lake City for several years and while the argument that the area isn’t known for its bustling jazz music scene is true, the loyal fan base there have adopted and embraced the name and team as its own. Besides is there a bunch of lakes in LA? Should Minnesota (where the Lakers moved from) reclaim that name since their state is full of them? The only advantage I could see for the Jazz organization is that it would be a boom for merchandising if every fan had to buy garb with the new name on it. But at the same time I’m sure the franchise would lose a ton of credibility for allowing the name to be stolen back. It’s not going to happen–the Jazz name will remain in Utah and Benson should just concentrate on putting a winner on the floor. He does that then I’m guessing most fans will support them as the Bobcats or whatever other moniker they end up going by.
-Conflicting reports on whether Tim Tebow was cheered or booed at Sunday’s New York Yankees game. Obviously it was both. It just shows we cynical New York Jets fans won’t be instantly wooed and sold on his charm, christian values etc. That’s right–we’re not like those gullible, soft Denver Broncos fans. He needs to lead us to a Super Bowl and anything else is consider a failure. Speaking of the Donkeys some dude tried out to be a cheerleader and it’s as funy as you would expect. Wouldn’t be surprised if their fans put up billboards in support of him!
-Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questions the commitment of Kevin Youkilis and everybody acts like it’s the worst thing ever. Now granted he should have talked to Youkilis (he has since apologized) about this before the media but you can’t be surprised–this is how Valentine operates. In the end ownership is to be blamed when Valentine is eventually fired. You can’t bring in a me-manager with a declining veteran franchise and expect it’s going to work. I think most of us could see that as soon as he was hired.
-Love the NHL playoffs but the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series is getting flat out brutal with cheap shots:
-And those who know me well realize I’m a huge IndyCar fan. Sunday they raced along the streets of Long Beach (a race I attended and loved last year) and it proved to be entertaining. More passing than you would expect on a tight circuit, great strategy that allowed Team Penske’s Will Power to win his second straight race and plenty of contact including Marco Andretti’s car going airborne. Action wise the sport is definitely better with the new engines and chassis’. However I still think no one really cares which is too bad.