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May 31, 2012

Memo to Yahoo! Sports: Fix Quintin Berry's profile picture (Photo,UPDATE)


Unless the profile picture of Detroit Tigers center fielder Quintin Berry on Yahoo! Sports is a sideways picture of Berry with his head cut off, this should probably be fixed:


As of this writing, Berry's profile still shows this picture. So what gives?

H/T Sports Pickle.

UPDATE: Looks like Yahoo! Sports got the message. Berry's picture is fixed now. Would still be curious to know what happened.

Fan at Padres-Cubs game catches two home runs (Video)


A fan sitting in the front row of the outfield seats at Wrigley Field caught two home run balls during Wednesday's Chicago Cubs game against the San Diego Padres, including the walk-off game winning home run by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney.



The fan, who brought a glove to the game and appeared to be wearing a red Clint Dempsey Nike soccer jersey, caught the first home run ball in the third inning hit by Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. He reached to his left to catch the ball, but decided to throw it back. (He did not get ejected from the stadium, unlike an unlucky fan at Coors Field did earlier this month.)

Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Barney hit his walk-off home run with two outs and a man on first to win the game for the Cubs 8-6. A group of fans converged near the front row to try to catch the ball, but the same fan reached up with his glove and came down with it again. We don't have confirmation, but we're pretty sure that the fan kept the ball this time.

Amazingly, this is the second time in a span of 10 games that a fan has caught two home run balls during the same game. In fact, the lucky Cincinnati Reds fan caught two home run balls in the same inning,but he decided to give both of them away.

Video via MLB.com.

May 29, 2012

Andruw Jones hit by his own foul ball off backstop (Video)


New York Yankees DH Andruw Jones had a bit of a surprise Sunday after he hit a foul ball into the backstop and it bounced back and hit him during Sunday's game against the Oakland A's.



It happened in the top of the eighth inning when Jones hit a foul ball straight back behind home plate into the bottom of the backstop. The ball made a loud bang as it hit the backstop on a bounce, then went high into the air and hit Jones in the elbow. Jones was fine and finished the at-bat by striking out.

Would love to see Jones try that again. That's a one in a million shot right there.

Video via MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher collide in outfield (Video)


New York Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher collided in the outfield while trying to catch a fly ball during Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.



It happened in the bottom of the third inning when Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo hit a deep fly ball to right-center field. Granderson ran over from center field and was calling for it, but Swisher was also sprinting towards the ball from right field. Both players reached out for it, and the ball bounced in and out of Swisher's glove before the players collided and knocked each other to the ground. The ball rolled towards center field along the base of the outfield wall. Granderson chased it down and threw it back to the infield, but in the end, Trumbo had himself a stand-up triple.

Fortunately for the Yankees, Granderson and Swisher got up and were very lucky to be uninjured. Trumbo scored as the next Angels batter, Howard Kendrick, hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

Trumbo hit a ground-rule double earlier in the game and finished off the game by hitting a solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Angels defeat the Yankees 9-8.

Video via MLB.com.

Bird nearly interferes with play at Padres-Cubs game (Video)


A small bird planted itself on the grass about 15 feet in front of third base at Wrigley Field during the seventh inning of Monday's Chicago Cubs game against the visiting San Diego Padres.



The bird did not move at all as Padres batter Everth Cabrera hit a grounder to Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart. Stewart managed to throw the ball to home plate for a fielder's choice and prevent a run from scoring while avoiding disturbing the bird.

The Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and did not allow another Padres run in the game to win 11-7, ending a 12-game losing streak. Some Cubs fans are already trying to call this bird the "Rally Bird", but it may be too soon for that.

Video via MLB.com.

May 28, 2012

Ryan Harrison gets warning for racket abuse (Video)


20-year-old US tennis player Ryan Harrison got a warning from the chair umpire during Monday's first round French Open match against Gilles Simon for racket abuse after tossing his racket, which happened to land near a ballboy.



It happened when Harrison was broken in the second set. After hitting a return volley wide, Harrison flipped his racket behind him without looking, and it looked worse because the ballboy happened to be positioned in the general direction where the racket was thrown.

Although true that Harrison didn't intend to throw the racket at anyone, he did deserve the warning as there is no place for tossing a racket during a tennis match for any reason, whether intentional or not.

Harrison has become known for his temper tantrums, especially at last year's US Open. Mary Carillo gave Harrison the nickname "Mr. Cranky Pants" after he not only tossed a racket, but kicked a tennis ball into the stands during his opening round match, which he lost.

Some commentators argue that his outbursts are just part of his competitive nature. I would argue that Harrison's temper tantrums makes him a wild card who can't win on a regular basis until he can learn to control himself.

Harrison is still young and has time to learn this lesson. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to turn things around today as Harrison lost to Simon in four sets.

Video via SnappyTV. H/T Busted Racquet.

Manu Ginobili and James Harden flop at same time (Video)


Raising the bar on the recent trend of flopping in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden flopped at the same time during Sunday's opening game of the NBA Western Conference finals.



It happened in the fourth quarter as Ginobili had the ball and was looking for someone to pass to while Harden came in close to guard him. Both players flopped and fell backwards to the floor at the exact same time, pulling off an extremely rare 'double flop'. However, the call went in Ginobili's favor as the foul was called on Harden.

Ginobili is becoming well known for his "floppiness". This one just continues the trend, and Ginobili will continue to do it until the officials do something about it. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon.

NBA/TNT video via. H/T Sports Grid.

Related: San Antonio Sneaks One By the Thunder for a Game 1 Victory [Bustasports]

Riley Nelson plays office quarterback for BYU TV (Video)


BYU football quarterback Riley Nelson recently filmed a video for BYUTV featuring himself as the "Office Quarterback". Nelson spends most of his time in the office looking for open receivers who aren't necessarily expecting a pass:



Definitely some good laughs, although it doesn't quite reach the bar set a few years back with the classic "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker". (DISCLAIMER: Some NSFW language):



H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Gordon Ramsay taken out during charity soccer match (Video)


British chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay was injured Sunday during a charity soccer match after being taken out by retired English soccer player Teddy Sheringham.



While Ramsay was down on the ground in pain, Sheringham gave Ramsay a gentle pat on the face. Ramsay had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

It happened during the second half of Sunday's Soccer Aid friendly match between England against the Rest of the World, with both teams comprised of various celebrities and retired soccer stars and proceeds from the match to benefit UNICEF. Ramsay played for the Rest of the World team along with celebrities Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers, Ed Norton and Woody Harrelson.

England won the match 3-1.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

May 27, 2012

Eric Hosmer gets infield double against Orioles (Video)


Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer hit a rare infield double in the seventh inning of Saturday's game at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.



Hosmer chopped a slow grounder down the third base line that looked like it might roll foul. Orioles catcher Matt Weiters, pitcher Darren O'Day and third baseman Wilson Betemit all chose to watch the ball roll down the line. By the time the ball finally stopped on the line about 10 feet from third base, Hosmer made it into second with the infield double.

Hosmer scored when the next Royals batter, Humberto Quintero, hit a double to deep left field. The Royals won the game 4-3.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Twins fan makes one-handed grab of Justin Morneau's home run (Video)


A Minnesota Twins fan made a great one-handed grab of Justin Morneau's home run ball in the second inning of Saturday's game at Target Field against the Detroit Tigers.



The fan was in the right field stands holding his beer in his right hand and his jacket with his right arm, but still managed to catch the ball barehanded with his left hand. Nice job.

Video via MLB.com.

May 26, 2012

Red Sox fan sticks camera phone in Joe Maddon's face (Video)


On Friday night at Fenway Park, a Boston Red Sox fan sitting next to the visiting dugout snapped some pictures of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon during the top of the second inning. Normally there's nothing wrong with that, except that Maddon was standing right next to the fan on the top step of the dugout.


The fan had no shame in using the opportunity to stick his camera phone right in Maddon's face and take the extreme close-up shot from a foot away. Maddon tried to pretend the Red Sox fan wasn't there, which must have been hard to do with a stranger invading his personal space. To Maddon's credit, he appeared to keep his cool, despite the awkwardness of the situation.



MLB/NESN video via MLB.com.

May 25, 2012

Ichiro loses track of outs in the field (Video)


On Thursday, Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki lost track of the outs and started jogging off the field after catching a fly ball, not realizing that there was only two outs in the top of the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels.



With runners on first and second with one out, Angels batter Howard Kendrick hit a fly ball to right field. Ichiro caught it, put his head down and started jogging towards the dugout, not realizing that there were only two outs.

Albert Pujols was the Angels runner on second base and would have made it to third base regardless as the fly ball was deep enough for him to tag up. However, with Ichiro not paying attention, Pujols started rounding third and took a few steps towards home plate. Fortunately, Ichiro picked his head up, realized his mistake and threw the ball to home plate just in time to prevent Pujols from scoring a run.

It's the second time this week that a major league baseball player lost track of the number of outs while out in the field (that we know about, anyway). Earlier this week, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks lost count and settled for a simple force play at second when he should have turned a double play. It's inexcusable considering the amount of money these guys are making. Come on, guys, snap out of it!

Video via MLB.com.

Snoop Dogg throws first pitch at White Sox game (Video)


Rapper Snoop Dogg threw out the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field before Thursday's Chicago White Sox game against the Minnesota Twins.



Snoop Dogg made the toss to home plate and followed it up by Tebowing on his way off the field.

Video via MLB.com. H/T Big League Stew.

Giancarlo Stanton almost hits Logan Morrison with throw to home plate (Video)


Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton nearly hit cutoff man Logan Morrison with a throw to home plate during Thursday's game at Marlins Park against the San Francisco Giants.



It happened in the top of the seventh inning with one out a runner on second. Giants catcher Buster Posey hit a single to short right field, and first baseman Morrison (aka LoMo) positioned himself as the cutoff man. Stanton threw the ball straight to home plate to prevent the Giants runner from coming around third to score, which LoMo was not expecting. LoMo threw himself on his back to avoid getting nailed with the throw.

Both Stanton and LoMo got a good laugh out of it afterwards. Unfortunately, the Marlins lost to the Giants, 14-7.

Video via MLB.com.

May 24, 2012

Giants to give out Rory McIlroy bobbleheads at upcoming game (Video)


San Francisco Giants will hold Irish Heritage Night on June 12th before that night's game against the Houston Astros. Package includes a pregame celebration, with cultural food and drink specials, Irish entertainment, and a special edition Rory McIlroy bobblehead. Because when you think of the Giants, you think of golfer Rory McIlroy. Wait, what?


Based on the picture, it's actually a nice looking bobblehead, with McIlroy wearing a Giants baseball cap and golf shirt. The Giants are taking advantage of the fact that the 2012 U.S. Open golf tournament will be held at Olympic Club in San Francisco during that same week, so there's your golf connection.

H/T Devil Ball Golf.

Blake Griffin dunk highlights get NBA Jam-mified (Video)


The folks at SBNation honored Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin by taking some of his dunk highlights and mashing them up with graphics, sound and moves from the classic NBA Jam video game. The result is pure gold.



Video via SBNation. H/T Sports Grid.

Indians reliever Joe Smith gets mixed up in bullpen (Video)


Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Joe Smith came out onto the field, but had to quickly turn around and run back into the bullpen during the seventh inning of Thursday's game at Progressive Field against the Detroit Tigers.



It happened in the top of the seventh inning. With two men on and one out, Indians manager Manny Acta came out to the pitcher's mound to talk with starter Justin Masterson. Although Acta had no intention of taking Masterson out of the game at that time, Smith jogged about 5-10 yards onto the field before realizing that he wasn't actually getting the call to come into the game.

Of course, Smith may have been confused when he saw the bullpen door open, and it is a little curious why the Indians had the bullpen door open if they weren't sending anyone into the game.

Masterson finished the seventh inning without giving up any runs and was replaced in the eighth inning...by Vinnie Pestano, not Smith. Pestano pitched the eighth inning, while Chris Perez pitched the ninth and got the save in a 2-1 victory. So in the end, Smith never got into the game at all. Talk about awkward.

Video via MLB.com.

Mike Blowers drops foul ball in broadcast booth (Video)


Seattle Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers dropped a foul ball in the booth that hit him right in the hands during Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers.


It happened in the top of the fourth inning with a foul ball behind home plate coming off the bat of Rangers batter David Murphy. The ball came right to Blowers in the Mariners broadcast booth, and he didn't have to move from his seat. The ball hit Blowers in the hands, but he failed to grab it, and it fell down to the stands below.

Fellow broadcaster Dave Sims screamed so loud after getting on Blowers for the miss that he nearly blew out the eardrums of the viewers at home (so if you watch the video, you might want to turn the volume down a bit).



Video via MLB.com.

Brandon Prust gets penalty for dive against Devils (Video)


New York Rangers right winger Brandon Prust took a dive after being checked after the whistle by New Jersey Devils defenseman Peter Harrold during the second period of Wednesday night's NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game.



As the whistle was blown for a play stoppage, Prust was trying to ram Harrold's head into the goalpost of the Devils net. Harrold fell down but got right back up and pushed Prust, who took the swan dive. Prust's embellishment was a bit too obvious as he is about 4 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier than Harrold, so the referees couldn't miss this one.

The referees gave Harrold a two-minute roughing penalty, but also gave Prust a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the flop.

NHL/NBCS video via. H/T Puck Daddy.

May 23, 2012

Big 12 tournament sign misspells 'baseball' (Photo)


Someone forgot to run a spellcheck on the giant sign hanging at the Big 12 conference baseball championship tournament in Oklahoma City.


There should be only 2 'L's, people. Unless this actually is a tournament for a new sport called 'baseballl' that we've never heard of. You would think that not only would it be impossible to misspell the name of the sport that happens to be our national pastime, but that the misspelling would be impossible to miss on such a big sign before hanging it up. Come on, people, wake up.

Photo via @KeithLaw. H/T Big League Stew.

Humberto Quintero falls in batter's box during at-bat (Video)


Kansas City Royals catcher Humberto Quintero lost his footing and fell to the ground during his at-bat in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's against the New York Yankees.



Quintero's right foot slipped and he fell down in the batter's box just as he hit a foul ball . The bottom of Quintero's cleats were covered with mud, which may have been a factor in the fall.

Quintero struck out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Video via MLB.com.

Cheerleader kicks herself in head (Video)


The cheerleader in this video has not been identified yet, which is a good thing for her, as this video where she kicks herself in the head is going viral.


More importantly, however, she appeared to be uninjured.



H/T Off the Bench.

Dexter Pittman clotheslines Lance Stephenson with flagrant foul (Video)


Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman committed a flagrant foul by clotheslining Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson with under 20 seconds left in Tuesday night's Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.



Pittman nailed Stephenson in the throat, and with the Heat holding a 35 point lead at the time, the play was completely uncalled for. Hopefully Pittman will get some type of suspension for this dirty play.

Youth soccer player goes airborne after taking shot to the face (Video)


Somewhere in Utah at a recent youth soccer game, a young boy went airborne after taking a shot in the face from a ball kicked by the other team.



According to the video description, posted by the boy's father, "My son learned a lesson the hard way. When kicking off in soccer, Don't kick it to the best guy on the other team! Best thing of all is that he got up and kept playing and his team ended up scoring. What a tough kid."

We'll have to take his word for it. However, he had a good point: the key is to get back up after you get knocked down.

Fortunately, the kid can not be identified from the video, so he can always deny this was him, and years from now no one will know the difference.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Fan proposes to girlfriend at Rockies-Marlins game (Video)


A Marlins fan at Tuesday night's Miami Marlins game proposed to his girlfriend, and she said yes. The happy couple, Gus and Fanny, became the first couple to get engaged at the new Marlins Park.


The couple was interviewed by FOX Sports reporter Allison Williams afterwards. Gus had been busy coordinating the event with Marlins Park staff for about 2 weeks, and fortunately everything worked out.



Video via MLB.com.

May 22, 2012

Sebastian Grazzini gets yellow card for diving (Video)


In MLS action Sunday, Chicago Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini was given a yellow card for diving after trying to draw a foul on Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace.



Grazzini made sure there was some contact between him and Wallace before he went to the ground, but it was a bit much. Looks like a good call by the referee on this one.

Video via MLSsoccer.com.

Tracy McGrady appears in Chinese beer commercial (Video)


NBA journeyman Tracy McGrady is now appearing in a commercial airing in China for Xeujin beer.



You can't blame T-Mac for trying to get paid while he can.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

John Smoltz tries his hand at weather forecasting (Video)


Retired Atlanta Braves ace John Smoltz attempted a weather forecast during a recent appearance on The Weather Channel, covering the weather for some baseball cities.



Smoltz took a serious take on his weather forecast, unlike Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, who goofed around while doing a local weather forecast in Texas back in December.

Smoltz got some tips from meteorologist Eric Fisher and gained an appreciation for the job, but will probably stick to being a baseball analyst for now.

Video via weather.com.

Rickie Weeks loses track of outs in the field (Video)


Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks had a bit of an embarrassing moment in the field when he lost track of the number of outs during Monday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.



In the top of the second inning, with one out and a Giants runners on first and second, Giants batter Brandon Crawford hit a grounder to Brewers shortstop Cesar Izturis that could have been a double play. The only problem was, after Izturis tossed the ball to Weeks at second base, Weeks started jogging towards the dugout, thinking that the force play was the third out and the inning was over. Instead, the Giants now had runners on first and third with two outs.

Brewers fans gave Weeks a round of boos, and deservedly so, as they didn't pay their hard-earned money on tickets to the game to watch Weeks make a Little League mistake. Fortunately, the next Giants batter, Melky Cabrera, grounded out to third to end the inning, so Weeks' mistake didn't cost the Brewers a run.

Hopefully this will be a reminder for Weeks to always keep track of the number of outs in the inning. Let that be today's lesson for the kids at home.

Video via MLB.com.

Mariners fans catch Kyle Seager's bat (Video)


On Monday night, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager lost his bat after an aggressive swing at a pitch, and it was grabbed in the stands by a man and a woman who were watching the game together.


Seager's bat went flying into the stands on the first-base side during his at-bat in the bottom of the third inning. Fortunately, the bat bounced in a row of empty seats before being grabbed by the man and woman, who stood up to a round of applause. The man was on his cell phone at the time and continued his conversation throughout the entire event.



Video via MLB.com.

Rays players wear gladiator helmets in dugout (Video)


During Monday night's game at Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney and another Rays player had some fun by putting on gladiator helmets during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays.



Nothing wrong with a little harmless fun in the dugout, as long as no one is getting hurt. If the Rays start pulling out swords, then it might be time to worry.

The Rays might have had a little too much fun Monday night, however, as they lost to the Blue Jays 6-2.

Video via MLB.com.

Rick Ankiel late getting out to center field (Video)


During Monday night's baseball game in Philadelphia, Washington Nationals center fielder Rick Ankiel delayed the start of the bottom of the first inning as he was late getting out to center field.



The rest of the Nationals took their positions in the field and were ready to go, but they would have been at a disadvantage without a center fielder, so Ankiel was nice enough to join them.

Ankiel raised his cap to acknowledge his goof as was booed by the hometown Phillies fans. It's unclear why Ankiel was late getting out to center field.

Video via MLB.com.

May 21, 2012

Padres fan catches foul ball while holding beer (Video)


A San Diego Padres fan made a great barehanded grab of a foul ball during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The fan bobbled it twice before catching it with his right hand while holding a can of beer in his left hand.



It happened in the top of the eighth inning when Los Angeles Angels batter Howard Kendrick hit a foul ball into the upper deck on the first base side. The fan got a big hand from the crowd after the great grab. It's a good thing he didn't lose his beer in the process, because that would have been expensive to replace.

The fan's friend sitting next to him lost his balance and nearly fell over his chair, but he appeared to be OK.

Video via MLB.com.

Blake Griffin's tooth goes through lip in collision with Manu Ginobili (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin suffered a nasty cut as his tooth went through his lip after a collision with San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili in the second quarter of Sunday's NBA Western Conference playoff game.



Griffin and Ginobili were chasing after a loose ball when Ginobili's shoulder bumped into Griffin's face, knocking him down. Ironically, the Clippers came down with the rebound and were able to score a basket on the other end while Griffin was still down on the floor.

The Spurs defeated the Clippers 102-99 to complete a sweep of their playoff series and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

NBA/TNT video via.

Cameroon goalkeeper shows acrobatic skill with flip-and-throw clearance (Video)


A Cameroon goalkeeper demonstrated some unique skill with an acrobatic flip-and-throw clearance move during extra time in the second half of a friendly soccer match against Egypt on Sunday.



Unfortunately, this goalkeeper wasn't able to pull out all the stops, as Cameroon lost the match to Egypt 2-1.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Fan catches foul ball with cap at Dodgers game (Video)


At Sunday's Los Angeles Dodgers game, a fan used a baseball cap to catch a foul ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal.



In the top of the second inning, Furcal hit a foul ball down the third base side. Dodgers third baseman Adam Kennedy chased it but ran into a wall that was thigh-high at the edge of the stands. Meanwhile, the fan in the front row used his cap and made a nice grab.

Video via MLB.com.

May 20, 2012

Hulk Hogan look-a-like runs wild at Yankee Stadium (Video)


A Hulk Hogan look-a-like attended Sunday's New York Yankees game against the Cincinnati Reds, enjoying himself by posing for pictures with the fans.



The fan did bear a resemblance to Hogan with the blond hair and mustache and wearing a similar yellow bandana, wristbands and tank top. However, he wasn't in quite as good shape as the real Hulk Hogan, and he seemed to be getting a sunburn on his forehead.

Video via MLB.com.

Pau Gasol gives Serge Ibaka a 'bad touch' (Video)


Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol gave Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka a light tap in the groin near the end of Saturday night's NBA playoff game as they got tangled up during a Kobe Bryant foul shot.



With 1:09 left in the fourth quarter, Bryant made a free throw to give the Lakers a 93-92 lead. As the ball was in the air, Ibaka basically wrapped up Gasol with both arms and boxed him out of position for a rebound. However, Ibaka wasn't trying to be rough, as Gasol and Ibaka know each other from playing basketball in Spain. After having a quick chat, Gasol gave Ibaka a 'bad touch'. Talk about awkward.

ESPN commentator Mike Breen mentioned that Gasol and Ibaka are good pals. I have close friends, too, but I don't let them do that. I guess everybody's different.

H/T Sports Grid.

Rory McIlroy poses with gladiators at Coliseum in Rome (Photo)


Golfer Rory McIlroy posed for pictures with some men in gladiator costumes during a recent visit to the Coliseum in Rome, Italy.


Rory McIlroy on WhoSay

McIlroy held a sword pointed at the throat of one of the gladiators while he himself wore a gladiator helmet. Other pictures posted by McIlroy on his WhoSay account include him posing on a moped. None of the pictures featured his girlfriend, tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

May 19, 2012

Freddie Freeman hits Braves mascot with foul ball (Video)


Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit the Braves mascot Homer with a foul ball during the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.



Homer was in the left field party section of Tropicana Field just to the left of the foul pole when Freeman's foul ball hit him in the head. Homer pretended to be dazed by the ball and went down briefly, but appeared to be OK afterwards. Fortunately the head piece of the costume appeared to be big enough and soft enough to protect the person inside.

Nice of the Braves to let Homer travel with them on a road trip.

Video via MLB.com.

Brandon Prust elbows Anton Volchenkov in back of the head (Video)


New York Rangers right winger Brandon Prust elbowed New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the back of the head during the second period of Saturday's Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.



Volchenkov went down but stayed in the game. Prust did not receive a penalty on the play, as apparently none of the officials saw the elbow. Not sure how they missed this one.

The Rangers won the game 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the playoff series.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Umpire loses gum on Bobby Valentine after ejecting him (Video)


Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was ejected in Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies by first base umpire Gary Darling after arguing a close play at first base in the top of the ninth inning. The argument ended awkwardly, however, as the gum that Darling was chewing came out of his mouth while he was cursing at Valentine and landed on Valentine's chest.



Darling clearly did not mean to lose his gum on Valentine, but it did end the argument quickly.

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson hits home run at Tigers batting practice (Video)


Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, was a guest at Tigers batting practice before Friday's game and was given a chance to take a few swings at the plate. Johnson made the most of his opportunity to impress the full-time baseball players by hitting a home run to left field.



Looks like Megatron has something to fall back on if this football thing doesn't work out. Considering Johnson is this year's Madden 13 cover athlete and there's that little curse to deal with, that may not be a bad thing.

Johnson threw out the first pitch before Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

H/T Sports Grid and Shutdown Corner.

Father and son Reds fans make great foul ball catch at Yankees game (Video)


On Friday night, a father and son team combined to make a great foul ball catch off the bat of Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto during Friday night's New York Yankees game.



The father held the son and lifted him up while the son made the grab with his glove. Both were wearing Reds gear, so they were particularly excited to catch a ball off Votto's bat.

Previously at Holdout Sports we've seen things go wrong where the father drops the kid when trying to grab the ball himself (like in Los Angeles and Taiwan last year). This time, it's nice to see the father let his son make the play, and a great play at that. That's a memory that lasts a lifetime.

H/T Sports Grid.

James Harden fan pays respect to the beard (Video)


Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden made a steal and shot a 3-pointer in one fourth quarter sequence during Friday night's Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Lakers called a timeout, ESPN cut to a James Harden fan wearing his jersey, headband and beard who was pretty excited after the play.



Harden scored 21 points off the bench, but the Thunder lost to the Lakers 99-96.

H/T Sports Grid.

May 18, 2012

Diamondbacks fan ejected from Rockies game for throwing back home run ball (Video)


Arizona Diamondbacks fan Joshua Pickett was ejected from Coors Field during Thursday's Colorado Rockies game for throwing a home run ball back onto the field.



Pickett flew in from Arizona to watch the D-backs take on their division rival from the left field stands of Coors Field, and was fortunate enough to snag the home run ball hit by Rockies third baseman Jordan Pachecko in the bottom of the fifth. Since Pickett is not a fan of the Rockies, he decided to throw the ball back onto the field, which is something that's pretty commonplace for major league baseball fans to do.

Afterwards, a Coors Field security guard came over and told Pickett that he had won a prize. However, the prize probably wasn't one that Pickett was expecting to get: an ejection from the park.

Not only does this punishment seem completely unfair, but in fact, there is no mention in the Coors Field ground rules that says that throwing a baseball back onto the field is prohibited.

Naturally, the D-backs broadcast team sided with Pickett, and gave him an interview on his way out of the stadium, offering him tickets to the next Diamondbacks home game, which was a very nice gesture. Pickett didn't seem too upset by the incident and, to his credit, took it all in stride.

As for the Colorado Rockies, they should look into this and see if this security guard didn't overstep his bounds. If there is such a rule prohibiting baseballs from being thrown onto the field, it needs to be clearly listed in the ground rules or posted in the stadium. Otherwise, Coors Field security needs to lighten up and focus their efforts on more important issues.

This wasn't the only strange occurrence during the game, as there was a brief delay of the game in the top of the fifth inning after a swarm of bees began to congregate near the Rockies dugout.

Video via FOX Sports Arizona. H/T Business Insider.

Gary Sinise throws first pitch at Rangers game...poorly (Video)


Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lt. Dan from the movie Forrest Gump, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday night's Texas Rangers game. Or at least, Sinise tried to throw out the first pitch.



Not sure if that counts as a throw, as the ball didn't even make it halfway to home plate before bouncing, plus it was a few feet offline. Sinise seemed to take it in stride, though.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Alex Gordon hits foul ball into his groin (Video)


To say that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon had a painful at-bat in the 15th inning of Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles would be an understatement. Gordon hit a ball straight into the ground that bounced up and hit him in the groin.



Ouch.

After taking some much needed time to recover, Gordon was able to finish the at-bat, but made the final out of the game by grounding out to second base, which gave the Orioles a 4-3 victory.

Video via MLB.com.

Rockies game delayed by swarm of bees (Video)


Thursday's Colorado Rockies game was briefly delayed when a swarm of bees began to congregate in front of a camera near the Rockies dugout on the first base side of the field.



After the nearby cameraman and some fans who were allergic to bees were moved out of harm's way, the game resumed while the Rockies tracked down a beekeeper to safely remove the bees. No word yet as to why the bees converged on that spot.

Video via MLB.com.

May 17, 2012

Rays fan falls face first onto field (Video)


A man sitting in the front row along the foul line of Wednesday night's Tampa Bay Rays game fell onto the field face first while reaching for a foul ball.



It happened in the top of the fourth inning as Boston Red Sox batter Mike Aviles hit the ball foul down the third base side. The fan fell onto the field, along with a bunch of his belongings, including a pair of sunglasses and what appeared to be his cell phone. The man did get the ball, and was able to collect everything he dropped, but most likely had to be ejected from the game for entering the field of play.

This guy seemed to be a little bit old to be getting so carried away over a baseball.

Video via MLB.com.

Penalty box door problem delays Devils-Rangers game (Video)


A problem with one of the penalty box doors at Madison Square Garden caused an eight-minute delay during Wednesday night's game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.



It happened in the second period when Devils center Travis Zajac was assessed a two minute interference penalty, but couldn't leave the ice because the penalty box door would not open. MSG staff came down to the ice to fix the door, but meanwhile officials considered having Zajac sit in the Rangers penalty box as a backup plan if the door could not be fixed. That would have been interesting if the Rangers got a quick penalty afterwards, but fortunately the Devils penalty box door was fixed and the game resumed after the unusual delay.

Even Devils coach Peter DeBoer was seen getting a good chuckle out of the broken door.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

May 16, 2012

Adam Schefter gets salty on Mike and Mike radio show (Video)


ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter dropped a bomb on radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic during their Mike and Mike in the Morning show Wednesday that caught ESPN censors napping.

Schefter was a guest caller on the show, and when asked to comment on New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's weight loss after lap band surgery he had last year, Schefter commented: "90 pounds...that's skipping a lot of g** d*** snacks, if you know what I'm talking about."

(DISCLAIMER: NSFW language at about the 22 second mark. Turn the volume down if the kids are nearby.)



Greenberg and Golic quickly got Schefter off the phone after that little surprise. Behind the scenes, ESPN execs probably sent Schefter to get his mouth washed out with soap, and we hope they scolded the censors for being asleep at the wheel.

ESPN video via.

Rangers fan brings Ron Washington puppet to game (Video)


A Texas Rangers fan brought a Ron Washington puppet that he made to a game this week.



Look, you can move his arms fast and pretend you're waving runners home, just like the real Ron Washington!

The fan said that it took two weeks to make the puppet. Whether that was time well spent is subject to debate.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Dwyane Wade gets flagrant foul for elbowing Darren Collison in the back (Video)


Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was called for a flagrant foul Tuesday night when he knocked Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison down with an elbow to the back.



It happened in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. Wade was apparently upset about a prior play where he felt he was fouled by Dahntay Jones on a shot attempt, but no foul was called. Shortly afterwards, Danny Granger and Collison led the Pacers down the floor on a fast break when Wade teed off on Collison from behind with the elbow, even though Granger had the ball.

The Pacers won the game 78-75 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Mike Tyson sounds siren for Las Vegas Wranglers (Video)


Boxer Mike Tyson sounded the siren before Game 1 of the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals as the Las Vegas Wranglers hosted the Florida Everblades.



The Wranglers won the game 2-1, so maybe they need to have Tyson sound the siren before every home game now.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Brett Lawrie ejected for tossing helmet at umpire (Video)


Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays for tossing his batting helmet at home plate umpire Bill Miller after a called third strike.



Lawrie tossed the helmet into the ground, but it bounced up and hit Miller in the right hip. No question that Lawrie deserves a suspension.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell was also ejected after he came out to argue the questionable strike call with Miller while trying to restrain Lawrie.

To top it off, Miller was hit by a cup of beer thrown by a fan as he walked off the field after the game was over.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

May 15, 2012

Substitute goalkeeper in Argentina steps onto pitch to stop goal (Video)


In a lower tier soccer match from Argentina, substitute Huracan Las Heras goalkeeper Fernando Espinoza stepped onto the pitch and knocked a shot away from the net with his hand, which would have been a sure goal for the opposing Union de Villa Krause.



Afterwards, Espinoza tried to walk away nonchalantly as if nothing had happened, while the Villa Krause players naturally freaked out after being robbed. Espinoza was given a yellow card and Villa Krause was awarded a corner kick in the Huracan end of the pitch, but that hardly seemed like enough of a punishment for Espinoza's blatant cheating.

It's rather curious that Espinoza was allowed to stand behind his team's net, rather than on the sideline, which is normal for just about all soccer matches of all levels. Standing there so close to the action must have been too tempting for Espinoza not to jump into the action. Of course, maybe Espinoza misunderstood the meaning of "backup goalkeeper" and took it a little too literally.

This play was reminiscent of an incident in Brazil last month where a ball boy snuck onto the field to stop a breakaway by the opposing team, then ran away.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Carlos Lee knocks over umpire, takes elbow to the eye (Video)


In MLB action Tuesday from Philadelphia, Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee accidentally collided with umpire Hunter Wendelstedt as he chased a ground ball hit down the first base line by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jimmy Rollins. Wendelstedt was knocked to the ground, but Lee got an elbow in the eye from Wendelstedt, who was trying to absorb the collision.



The play resulted in a double for Rollins. Wendelstedt got up quickly and was OK, while Lee had to have his eye checked out by a trainer. Lee stayed in the game and went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Just goes to show you can't mess with the umpires!

Video via MLB.com.

Umpires at Nationals game not ready after rain delay ends (Video)


Tuesday's Washington Nationals game against the San Diego Padres was set to resume in the top of the first inning after a brief 8-minute rain delay, and everyone was ready to go...except the umpires.



Home plate umpire Brian Gorman was ready to call balls and strikes, but had to call time as Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was getting ready to deliver the first pitch. Apparently it was only at the moment when first base umpire Tony Randazzo, second base umpire Alan Porter, and third base umpire Larry Vanover ran back out onto the field to take their positions that Gorman realized that they were missing. That's a little scary to think about. Come on, umps, get with the program.

On a side note, we can not confirm the claim by the Nationals broadcast team that the umpire delay was caused because Randazzo, Porter and Vanover were in the middle of eating their leftover dollar hot dogs from the previous night's game.

Video via MLB.com.

John Tortorella's postgame press conference interrupted by cell phone ring (Video)


The postgame press conference held by New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella after Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals was briefly interrupted by a reporter's loud cell phone ring. Tortorella was not happy about it, to say the least.

(DISCLAIMER: NSFW language at about the 22 second mark. Turn the volume down if the kids are nearby.)



Come on, people, have some common courtesy. Put your cell phones on vibrate.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Hiroshima celebrates 75-yard goal by "bowling" (Video)


In a J-League pro soccer match from Japan, Hiroshima's Toshihiro Aoyama made the highlight reel by scoring a goal from 75 yards away. To celebrate, his Hiroshima teammates lined up like bowling pins so Aoyama could "knock them down".



Aoyoma did not get a strike on the first "roll", but did get the 7-10 split on the second.

However, the orchestrated (and excessive) celebration may have backfired, as visiting Yokohama scored 3 unanswered goals on the way to a 3-1 victory. Next time, save the celebration for after the game.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Kevin Na's great shot makes golf announcer curse (Video)


Golfer Kevin Na hit a great shot off the cart path onto the green at the 18th hole during Sunday's final round of The Players Championship. In the midst of expressing his excitement over Na's amazing shot, a Golf Channel announcer accidentally cursed on live television.

(DISCLAIMER: NSFW language at the 40 second mark of this video. Turn the volume down if the kids are nearby)



Obviously the censors were asleep, but the announcers need to watch themselves. No word as to whether an apology was made later in the broadcast.

H/T Business Insider.

May 14, 2012

Brian Scalabrine uses "White Mamba" persona in new commercial (Video)


Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine uses his popular "White Mamba" persona to promote a program called Power2Switch.



This commercial tells us nothing about what Power2Switch is. Brian Scalabrine might not even know what it is. But Scalabrine does know one thing - he's getting paid for this. And that might be all that matters. Scalabrine's gotta make his money while he can.

(Side note: According to the official Youtube posting, Power2Switch claims to be able to help save you money on your electric bill if you live in Illinois or Texas. Holdout Sports can not confirm or deny that claim).

H/T Awful Announcing.

Ron Washington caught cursing on television after close pitch call by umpire (Video)


Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was upset with a close pitch call by the home plate umpire that went against his team in the top of the seventh inning during Sunday night's game in Arlington against the Los Angeles Angels. Washington expressed his frustration with some choice words, but unfortunately ESPN picked that exact moment to switch on his microphone, leading to an F-bomb being dropped on television.

(DISCLAIMER: NSFW language - not for the kids).



Bad timing on ESPN's part. Next time that a TV network turns on Washington's microphone, the network censors better be ready.

ESPN video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Olympic torch flame goes out during Greek ceremony (Video)


The 2012 London Olympic torch relay began last week as the flame was lit in Olympia, Greece during a traditional ceremony. However, there was a bit of an embarrassing moment in the middle of the ceremony when a gust of wind came through and blew out the flame.



Fortunately a "backup flame" was ready to go, and hopefully it will stay lit all the way through its journey to London.

Video via BBC News.

Freddy Adu sent off for diving (Video)


In Sunday MLS action, Philadelphia Union star Freddy Adu receive a yellow card of the match when he was called for diving in the NY Red Bulls penalty box near the end of the first half. Since it was Adu's second yellow card, he received a red card and was sent off for the rest of the match.



Based on the video, it appeared that Adu lost his balance after trying to dribble through two NY Red Bull defenders, and was not a deliberate dive. It was unfortunate as Adu had an assist on a Union goal earlier in the first half. The Red Bulls won the match 3-2.

ESPN/MLS video via MLSSoccer.com.

Derek Morris scores goal from center ice (Video)


Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris scored a goal from center ice in the first period of Sunday night's NHL Western Conference final playoff game against the Los Angeles Kings.



Morris took a slapshot from center ice towards the Kings net and caught goalie Jonathan Quick napping. However, the Kings were able to overcome Quick's mistake and defeated the Coyotes 4-2 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Video via NHL Network.

Jered Weaver sings along with "Hit the Road Jack" on his way out (Video)


Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was taken out of Sunday night's game against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning, and sang along to "Hit the Road Jack" as he walked back to the dugout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.



Weaver was rocked for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings for his first loss of the year as the Rangers defeated the Angels 13-6.

Video via MLB.com.

Mike Richards deflects shot with his head (Video)


Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards uses his head, literally, to knock a shot attempt aside in the first period of Sunday night's NHL Western Conference final playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes.



Maybe Richards should join David Beckham and the LA Galaxy in the offseason.

NHL/TSN video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

May 13, 2012

Justin Meram bicycle kicks Hernan Pertuz in the throat (Video)


In MLS action Saturday, Columbus Crew forward Justin Meram attemped a shot on goal with a bicycle kick, but accidentally kicked FC Dallas defender Hernan Pertuz in the throat as he knocked the ball away with his head.



Meram was given a yellow card, but did score a goal later in the half to help Columbus defeat FC Dallas 2-1.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Kobe Bryant high-fives Justin Timberlake after big basket (Video)


After Kobe Bryant made a key shot in the final minute of the Los Angeles Lakers' series-clinching win over the Denver Nuggets Saturday night, he gave a high-five to Justin Timberlake in the front row while running back on defense.



NBA/TNT video via.

Mariano Rivera's injury inspires a song parody (Video)


Network of Champions has come up with a song parody to cover the topic of Mariano Rivera's recent season-ending injury. Borrowing the melody from Journey's classic hit "Don't Stop Believing", the new lyrics use inspiration from Rivera's promise to return next season. The end result is "Don't Stop Relievin'".

USA's Alex Goligosky boarded by Finland's Anssi Salmela (Video)


At the IIHF World Championship hockey tournament, Finland's Anssi Salmela was ejected for drilling USA's Alex Goligosky into the boards from behind during the third period of Sunday's game, which USA won handily by a 5-0 score. The hit was so brutal that both announcers said "Oh my goodness!" at the same time.



Goligosky was OK afterwards and stayed in the game, but Salmela received a five minute major and a game misconduct, and will likely receive supplemental punishment that will be assessed over the remainder of the tournament.

Video via CBSEyeonHockey. H/T Puck Daddy.

Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson meets Super Mario Brothers (Video)


What do you get when you take Bo Jackson from the Oakland Raiders in the Tecmo Bowl video game and put him in the first level of the Super Mario Brothers? See for yourself.



As the title of the Youtube video states, "Bo Knows Mario", and Jackson pretty much dominates Super Mario Bros like he did Tecmo Bowl.

H/T Off the Bench.

Ryan Hollins fails to convert alley-oop (Video)


Boston Celtics center Ryan Hollins blew a slam dunk after getting the alley-oop pass from guard Rajon Rondo during Saturday's Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers.



It happened near the end of the first quarter on a fast break. Hollins failed on the dunk and then landed very hard on his back, but fortunately he was OK. The Celtics won the game 92-91.

NBA/TNT video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Dan Majerle snags ground rule double at Diamondbacks game (Video)


While attending Saturday's Arizona Diamondbacks game, a ground rule double hit by D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra was snagged behind the outfield wall by none other than former NBA star Dan Majerle.



Majerle was enjoying a barbecue and holding a plate of food with his left hand when the ball came his way, but he was able to grab the ball with his right hand without dropping any food. Majerle appeared to be as surprised as anyone when he caught the ball, and he got to watch himself live on a nearby television screen. Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Video via MLB.com.

May 12, 2012

Tiger Woods hits 'Light the Candle' tee shot (Video)


After Tiger Woods hit his tee shot to open Friday's second round of The Players Championship, a fan shouted "Light the candle!"



Not sure what it means, but it certainly sounds better than "Mashed potatoes!".

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Devil Ball Golf.

Yankees broadcaster compares Jeff Nieman to Jeff Daniels (Video)


During Wednesday night's New York Yankees game, YES network broadcaster Michael Kay made a look-alike comparison between Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann and actor Jeff Daniels.



When Jeff Daniels' picture was shown next to Jeff Neimann while he was on the mound, there did appear to be a resemblance.

Daniels is probably best known for his role as Harry Dunne in the movie "Dumb and Dumber", which Kay made a reference to, although that reference was not meant to imply anything about Niemann's intelligence.

(Side note: Jeff Daniels does plan to reprise his role in an upcoming "Dumb and Dumber" sequel, along with original co-star Jim Carrey).

Video via MLB.com.

Reggie Evans gets technical foul...and no one knows why (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans was given a technical foul in Friday night's playoff Game 6 against the Memphis Grizzlies, and no one has any idea why. On the surface, it looks like he received the technical after high-fiving his teammate Blake Griffin.



But that would make no sense. Evans couldn't have received the technical for that, right? Referee Marc Davis has some explaining to do.

H/T Ball Don't Lie.

May 11, 2012

Luis Perez ordered by umpire to change undershirt (Video)


Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Luis Perez was ordered by home plate umpire Bill Welke to change the shirt underneath his jersey when he came into Thursday night's game in the top of the eighth inning to face the Minnesota Twins.



Perez was warming up when Welke told him to change the shirt, which had a white line separating two shades of blue around the elbow of each sleeve. As Big League Stew points out, this is a clear violation of an MLB rule which states that "any part of an undershirt exposed to view shall be of a uniform solid color for all players on a team". It further states that "no player whose uniform does not conform to that of his teammates shall be permitted to participate in a game."

Perez's teammates were all wearing a solid blue undershirt, so the game was delayed a minute or two as Perez was sent to the locker room and changed his undershirt to the one his teammates were wearing. Kudos to Welke for knowing the rule and enforcing it correctly.

The last-minute shirt change didn't affect Perez as he pitched a three-up, three-down inning, but let that be a lesson learned for Perez. He probably won't be wearing that two-toned undershirt again...at least, not on the baseball field.

Video via MLB.com.

Robbie Ross warms up wearing wrong jersey (Video)


Texas Rangers rookie pitcher Robbie Ross was caught warming up in the bullpen while wearing the wrong colored jersey during Thursday night's game at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.



Ross was wearing his grey road jersey while the rest of the Rangers were wearing their blue road jerseys. Eventually Ross caught on and switched to the blue jersey, and he clearly appreciated the joke as he couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

Ross was likely told to wear the grey jersey as a form of rookie hazing by his teammates. Last month, Ross had to walk to the bullpen at Fenway Park dressed as a cowboy.

UPDATE: According to the Dallas Morning News, this was apparently a complete goof on Ross' part and not rookie hazing. After a Wednesday rain-out, the Rangers wore their grey road jerseys in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles Thursday, then switched to their blue road jerseys for the second game. Apparently Ross didn't get the memo and didn't realize his goof until he started warming up in the bullpen during the night game.

Video via MLB.com.

May 10, 2012

Josh Hamilton runs barefoot on wet field during rain out (Video)


After hitting four home runs Tuesday night, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton decided to have some fun during Wednesday's rain-out by leading some teammates onto the field at Camden Yards to slide across the rain-drenched tarp.



Sure, it's all fun and games...until someone gets hurt. Fortunately no one was in this instance, but Rangers ownership had to be holding their breath as they watched their star player Hamilton taking part in this stunt, especially after what just happened to Mariano Rivera last week.

Although there were seven Ranger players that took part in the tarp slide, Hamilton's participation was more reckless given the fact that he ran across the field barefoot, putting himself at greater risk of losing his footing and getting himself injured. After the big slide, Hamilton had to navigate his way back to the dugout on the slippery tarp with bare feet, which would have been difficult enough to do with baseball cleats on. You would think that Hamilton would want to be more cautious, given the fact that he has an expiring contract and an injury could end up costing him millions of dollars on a potential new deal.

Granted this may be an overreaction, but the bottom line is that Josh Hamilton is a great player and no one wants to see him get hurt, especially if it were to happen while doing something silly like this. Hopefully one way or another, Rangers ownership will get the message to Hamilton and the other Rangers that they shouldn't pull a stunt like this again. Then the Rangers can move on to more important issues...like getting rid of "stale air" in the dugout.

Video via MLB.com.

Philly Phanatic visits Mets broadcast booth (Video)


On Wednesday, the Philly Phanatic made a surprise visit to the SNY broadcast booth as the television network was covering the New York Mets as they took on the Philadelphia Phillies.



Broadcaster Gary Cohen had his head "polished" by the Phanatic, and also had a souvenir cheese steak hat placed on his head. Cohen didn't seem completely thrilled by the Phanatic's antics, but Keith Hernandez seemed to enjoy his visit.

Video via MLB.com.

May 9, 2012

Kris Medlen sends kids racing after baseball (Video)


Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kris Medlen chatted with a group of young fans at Wrigley Field before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, but only had one baseball to give them. Rather than picking one kid over the other using the "eenie, meenie, miney, moe" method, Medlen just tossed the ball into the stands and let the kids race after it.



That's a good way to give the kid a ball - make him work for it.

Video via MLB.com.

Female Flyers fan calls Devils coach rude for blocking her view (Video)


A female Philadelphia Flyers fan was caught yelling at New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer for blocking her view from the front row of the stands during Tuesday night's NHL playoff game at the Wells Fargo Center.



The woman is seen saying "MOVE!! Really? That's rude! That's really rude!"

So, was DeBoer being considered rude for doing his job? Maybe she was just bitter because the Devils were winning 3-1 in the third period and about to close out the series, knocking the Flyers out of the playoffs.

NHL/NBC video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

May 8, 2012

Royals fan jumps into fountain for home run ball (Video)


On Sunday, a Kansas City Royals fan jumped into the fountain behind the outfield wall at Kaufmann Stadium to get a home run ball hit by Royals catcher Humberto Quintero.

(DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this behavior.)



The fan ignored the warning sign which clearly stated that "Persons entering the fountains will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law". Naturally he was ejected from the stadium, although it did appear that he was allowed to keep the baseball. So, was it worth it?

Video via MLB.com.

Rangers dugout clears after someone lets it rip (Video)


The Texas Rangers cleared one side of the dugout when someone let one rip during Monday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.



The broadcaster touched upon it by mentioning the appearance of something "stale in the air" in the dugout. Sure, that's one way of putting it.

Video via MLB.com.

May 7, 2012

Woman walks onto floor during Lakers-Nuggets game (Video)


A strange moment occured during Sunday's Game 4 as a woman walked onto the court in the middle of the action between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets as a woman, almost as if she was going to join in.



The referee blew the whistle and the woman was escorted by security out of the building.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports was at the game and reported the following through a series of Tweets:
Woman ran onto the floor and has been detained by police. Before that she was screaming at [Nuggets] bench...Sources tell [Yahoo! Sports] they believe the girl that ran on floor in Denver was the same one that stalked Kenyon Martin in his DEN days...the woman was screaming: "Where is Kenyon?" to [Nuggets] bench before running on floor...Woman that ran on court just left Pepsi Center looking bewildered holding her mother's hand...Source tells [Yahoo! Sports] that woman that ran on floor was given a trespassing ticket and released to mother.

This woman clearly needs help. Let's hope she gets it before she hurts someone...or worse.

NBA/TNT video via.