Cecil… Er… Prince Gets A Little Touchy

If anyone has ever attended a Chicago Cubs game, you know how rowdy those fans can sometimes get. So, during Tuesday night’s game, Chi-Town fans thought it would be fun to get under Prince Fielder’s skin by calling him Cecil, the name of his estranged father. Prince responded by going yard twice in the Brewers 5-4 loss to the Cubs. He also responded by showing us how thin his middle finger is despite his recent weight gain.

Relax, Cecil! Oops… my bad.

Princes gives Cubs fans the bird

Princes gives Cubs fans the bird

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Jose Reyes Gets His Groove On

Jose Reyes is recently accused of getting his groove on with someone other than his wife. TheDirty.com alerted the media of the sites exclusive evidence that Met’s SS, Jose Reyes, was having an affair with a semi known pin up model, Bentley Matthews. The New York Daily News tracked her down and shockingly she denies ever being involved with him. Nik Richie, the site’s proprietor, stands by his sources and says that Reyes is in fact doing TheDirty.com with her.

Richie even goes as far to say that Matthews is only one of Reyes’ many “girlfriends”, and is also one of the many “girlfriends” to sleep with other Mets players. GROUPIE ALERT! Richie gets catty and charmingly calls Matthews a “cross eyed Ricki Lake”.

I see where they got the Ricky Lake comparison...

I see where they got the Ricky Lake comparison...

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings

And that poor fat lady must be tied up in a closet somewhere because it is far from over for the Florida Marlins! A few weeks ago, the word ‘postseason’ was out of the Marlins vocabulary, but after tonight’s 9th straight win, it is evident that the Marlins still have a chance at the World Series.

With hot bats, great defense, and fresh players, the Marlins have every chance to make it in the race in the NL East. This evening’s game began a little rocky for pitcher, Josh Johnson, but you would’ve never been able to tell with the Marlins hot bats. Dan Uggla blasted a two run dinger in the first, Amezaga shot a 3 run homer to right field in the 5th, and Cantu added his 29th to his HR counter in the 8th. With help from every player on the team, including the newest addition Cameron Maybin who has gotten 8 consecutive hits at bat, the Marlins defeated the Phillies 14-2.

Hopefully the Marlins can keep on doing what they are doing and reclaim their spot at first in the NL East and make it to the play offs! Good luck, boys!

Winning pitcher, Josh Johnson (10-1)

Winning pitcher, Josh Johnson (6-1)

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Gary Sheffield Can Still Swing

In a brawl….

Like many batters, Gary Sheffield got a little steamed when he was hit by an inside pitch thrown by Indians pitcher, Fausto Carmona. Sheffield gave Carmona a stare down on his walk to first base and while he was filled with rage, it wasn’t until Carmona attempted to throw Sheffield out at first that Gary turned into a tough 15 year old and started a fight. The fight caused both benches to clear in the 7th innning and resulted with 4 players being ejected, including Sheffield, Carmona, Martinez and Polanco.

Can’t we all just get along? 

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Good Karma For Josh Willingham

Sundays at Dolphin Stadium are traditionally known for being Family Sundays. A day for parents to spend making memories with their children and enjoy the great game of baseball. Disney radio, kid’s giveaways, and a Kid’s Corner photo op with a marlins player are a few treats for the little ones. Generally, Sundays are a great experience for our kids and a memory they will cherish for a lifetime. As wonderful as these days can be, I have sadly witnessed many instances that players from both the visiting and home team, have been rude to children requesting an auto or have just flat out ignored them. Today, I witnessed for the first time, an undeniable act of kindness.

A group of young children were grouped up in the corner of the stands nearest to the Marlins dug out. Many of them requested autographs of random players that walked by, often calling them “Hey number 12” or “Hey Ross” because they didn’t know who they were. Most of the children got their autos and were very pleased, but one ballsy little boy had the courage to ask Josh Willingham for his batting gloves. Josh gave the boy a pleasant smile and replied with a simple “maybe” as he walked towards the batting cages. The young boy looked disappointed as Willingham walked away. He naturally assumed that the ball player would not return. After a few minutes, to the surprise of everyone, Josh had returned. He tossed the young boy his batting gloves and the child jumped with glee. “Thank you!” shouted the boy. He then placed the enormous batting gloves on his tiny hands and proclaimed “The Hammer just gave me his batting gloves!”. It is always wonderful to see players interacting with fans and I am willing to bet anything that this will be a memory that this young boy will cherish well into his teenage years.

I believe that Willingham’s good karma did not go unnoticed by the baseball gods because Willingham was brought into the 8th inning that day and was given the chance to save his team from a 6-1 loss. Long story short, Josh became some what of a hero that Sunday as he helped lift his team to an 8-6 win against the Washington Nationals.

A big thumbs up to Josh Willingham, a class act both on and off the field! 🙂

Josh Willingham walking back to the dugout. Gloves in hand.

Josh Willingham walking back to the dugout. Gloves in hand.

Josh about to hand over his gloves.

Josh about to hand over his gloves.

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Marlins Make History

Last night, the Florida Marlins became the first team in history to have all four infielders with at least 25 home runs. Jorge Cantu was the one to set history last night with his 25th homer. Cantu joins first baseman Mike Jacobs(32), second baseman Dan Uggla(30), and short stop Hanley Ramirez(29).

Of all the great infields in the history of the league, the Marlins achieved the feat with a relatively young infield. Cantu, 26, is in his fourth season, while Ramirez ,24, Uggla, 28 and Jacobs, 27, are all in their third, full big league seasons.

Hopefully, our boys will be recognized in the Hall of Fame somehow. The foursome has already taken some photos together in anticipation of the feat. Dan Uggla hopes to get a photo to recognize their acheivement, while Cantu hopes to take home the ball.

Congratulations, boys!

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Sarah Palin Likes Baseball… and Guns

Sarah Palin is pretty hard to get an interview with. It may have something to do with her not wanting to talk about her pregnant 17 yr old daughter and her recent extra marital affair… allegedly, or maybe just the simple fact that she is the vice president nominee. Whatever the case may be, this lucky and unprofessional brodcaster for a summer collegiate baseball team in Alaska was fortunate enough to score an interview with Sarah. Fine. The interview was shot during the days when she was simply just known as the “hottest female governor” and not the VP nominee, but the interview is still worth a listen due to the fact that Mrs. Palin expresses her love for sports and nature. Plus, hearing her nervous laugh when she is asked “off the record” which ‘policitian she has most wanted to shoot’ is absolutely priceless. Ah, being part of the N.R.A. is fun.

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