Philadelphia Phillies rookie outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has been trying to get him a date with model, Hollywood actress, and mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean Antoinette Nikprelaj. Here’s the e-mail that Mayberry’s representatives at CAA sent out to Nikprelaj’s agent on his behalf:
“I imagine you’re familiar with CAA and some of our clients, as we work with Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Buster Posey and Andre Ethier among others. I hate to even be sending you this e-mail, and I’m quite embarrassed to say the least, but we have a young client on the Philadelphia Phillies who asked us if we knew any agents at Innovative Artists and could connect him to Antoinette Nikprelaj.
I know you’re not a dating or set-up service, but John Mayberry Jr. would love to meet Antoinette or invite her to a baseball game sometime. Would this be possible? Here’s a bio of John to give you some more info on him (he’s a great guy, down-to-earth, humble, Stanford-educated, etc.) Thanks for considering this as you know how this business is and servicing clients.”
Turns out though Nikprelaj is married and has a daughter. However the fun didn’t stop there as word circulated around the team clubhouse and teammate Hunter Pence took to Twitter to see if he could help Mayberry out in dating scene by tweeting out:
“So does anyone want a date Mayberry?….He’s Stanford educated….”
Former Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes has done a little bit of everything from in his time from hitting home runs, crashing into walls, to retiring and playing in a men’s softball league. No longer on the field or in the clubhouse instead co-hosting several duties on the MLB Network believes that there’s to much stock put into his current line of work.
“We’re going to give our opinions. At the end of the day, who really cares? What we say doesn’t affect what goes on out there.”
His comments stemmed from the discussion of Philadelphia Phillies announcer Gary Matthews saying that the New York Mets were crybabies to which Mets manager Terry Collins became angered over. Byrnes even said he doesn’t mind when local announcers go the homer route and ignore the evidence in front of them
“I love broadcasters who are homers. I think you should be a homer!”
Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged in Los Angeles for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist. The city attorney’s office said the 48-year-old baseball star could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each indecent exposure count.
Dykstra is accused of finding victims by placing online ads seeking personal assistants or housekeepers. He allegedly exposed himself to women who responded to the ads on several occasions between 2009 and 2011.
County records show Dykstra has been jailed since June on $455,000 bail on car theft and drug possession charges. He also faces bankruptcy fraud charges.
Philadelphia Phillies television broadcaster Gary Matthews didn’t pull any punches on the air Wednesday, calling the New York Mets “crybabies.” Afterward, he took things even further, according to the New York Daily News.
The crybaby reference happened in the sixth inning after Mets righthander Mike Pelfrey nearly hit Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco with a pitch. Pelfrey had some words for Polanco, believing he leaned into the pitch. Polanco jawed back to Pelfrey and Mets catcher Josh Thole. At that point Matthews referred to the Mets as “crybabies.”
Afterward, Matthews told a Daily News reporter: “Tell them Sarge said it, the Mets are crybabies. That’s why they lose.”
Matthews then chased down the reporter and made crying motions with his fists under eyes. “Make sure you have tears, like this,” Matthews said.
Last night during the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies game I saw this play made by Gerardo Parra out in left field. However it was the Philadelphia beer vendor that caught my eye more than anything. Not sure what he’s doing but hey they love their teams in the city of brotherly love.
Bring in the instrumental to Will Smith’s and and DJ Jazzy Jeff “Summertime” and mix it up with some lyrics about the Philadelphia Phillies and this is what you get. Gotta love the bootleg Phillie Phanatic.
Former Chicago Cubs star first baseman Mark Grace told Dan Patrick Show on Friday that his former team should have hired Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as manager after last season, instead of retaining interim manager Mike Quade. The Cubs passed over Sandberg to retain manager Quade in the offseason.
“First of all, the Cubs needed a PR jolt and certainly Ryne Sandberg is a god in Chicago. Chicago’s entertainment is sports, they are so passionate and they love their own. What Hall of Famer goes down and rides buses for five years to pay their dues? … It just made all the sense in the world to give it to Sandberg because he is a hell of a manager.”
Grace was referring to Sandberg’s years as a manager in the Cubs minor league system who later left the organization and became the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies Triple A team.
Quade led the team to a 24-13 finish after taking over on an interim basis following Lou Piniella’s resignation last season.
Looking for a PR nightmare at any point in the Major League Baseball season? Then pick any day for the 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers, mainly because of their owner Frank McCourt. However this week this probably hit an all-time low for the team when an usher took away a foul ball from little Tommy during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dodger’s spokesman Josh Rawitch said that the incident was “all in good fun.” Sure it was. Like anytime a grown man approaches a little kid and craps on his enjoyment, it’s all in good fun.
Remember on July 14, when we posted the picture of San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson showed up to the ESPY’s in a spandex tuxedo suit alone with a cane? Well it didn’t take long for a Giants fan to match Wilson and take his dress up act to AT&T Park. D.J. Silva showed up to the Philadelphia Phillies-Giants game on Sunday and took the outfield bleachers by storm.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says he is still bothered by the “racist comment” nationally syndicated talk-show host Tony Bruno tweeted about his reliever Ramon Ramirez. Bruno, who is based in Philadelphia, made the Twitter comment after Ramirez hit the Philadelphia Phillies Shane Victorino in the lower back with a pitch Friday night. The teams engaged in a bench-clearing altercation as a result.
Bruno tweeted that the Giants were “gutless” and added that, “Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy…”
Bruno deleted the tweet quickly and later apologized for the “illegal alien” remark on his Facebook page. But he didn’t back down from calling Bochy a coward.
“Forget the remarks about me,” Bochy said. “That doesn’t bother me. For a guy to make a racist comment like that and have the ear of so many people, that bothers me. I can defend myself as a coward. I don’t know if you can defend yourself making a racist comment.”
Bochy said he had not heard of Bruno before.
Bay Area radio host Tony Bruno posted a racist remark on his Twitter page after San Francisco Giants pitcher Ramon Ramirez hit Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, sparking a bench-clearing altercation at AT&T Park.
Bruno tweeted, “gutless #!@%*# Giants. Bochy is a coward for having having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy since mighty Frisco boys …”
Bruno quickly deleted the tweet and posted an apology on his Facebook page:
“I did remove my post and apologize for my comments regarding illegal aliens. I was angry and on the air and I stand behind my comments that Bruce Bochy is a coward, as are all managers who order pitchers to throw at guys just because their pitchers can’t get a guy out. All of you people resorting to name calling are more classless and vile.”
Ramirez, a native of the Dominican Republic, hit Victorino in the sixth inning of Friday’s game with the Phillies holding an 8-2 lead over the Giants.
Last night newly acquired Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence went 1-5 and his team beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in 10 innings. Pence went 1-5 and left two runners on base but it was his at-bat in the 10th inning that caught everyone by surprise. That’s because Pence made it all the way to the batters box with his doughnut weight still around his bat. He even took a couple of practice swings until someone in his dugout pointed out the mistake.
New city, new teammates, must be that chicken with his head cut off syndrome.
The Atlanta Braves became the second franchise in Major League Baseball to lose 10,000 games in its history after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Florida Marlins. The Philadelphia Phillies reached the mark in 2007 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves however picked up their 10,000th win just a couple of weeks ago on July 15, which has included their time in Boston and Milwaukee. The Braves franchise has seen won a World Series in each city that has hosted the team and each city has also seen its troublesome years.
The franchise has seen 13 100-loss seasons but only two of those seasons were in Atlanta, while the other 11 were near the start of the team history during their tenure in Boston. The worst stretch in team history was seen from 1903-13, when the Braves went a combined 595-1,062 between winning seasons. The biggest contributors to the team’s losing ways are four current Hall of Fame members and two future members. Knuckleball specialist Phil Niekro has the most losses in franchise history with 230, followed by Warren Spahn at 229 and Kid Nicholas at 183. Tom Glavine and John Smoltz recording 147 losses each while Vic Willis also had 147 help make up the rest.
Overall the franchise has seen 619 players earn a loss to help bring the team to this.
Every Tuesday Sports Grind Entertainment presents you with the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player of the Week. This week the recipient of this prestigious honor goes to Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, and Pat Gillick for being elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Alomar becomes just the third Puerto Rican and first Toronto Blue Jays position player to enter the hall as well as become the 19th second baseman. Alomar holds the most Gold Golves at the his position with 10 and is a lifetime .300 hitter. Blyleven ranks fifth all-time in strikeouts and finished a career with 287 wins. Gillick becomes just the fourth general manager to enter the hall after guiding four franchises to playoff appearances and a winning a total of three World Series championships with two different organizations. Gillick engineered titles for the Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies while also helping the Seattle Mariners win 116 games the most ever by an American League team in the history of baseball.
Congratulations Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, and Pat Gillick you are this weeks Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Player.
Former Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville took away time from writing another good book to throw out the opening pitch at Wrigley Field between his two former teams but all didn’t go well as he sailed it.
Sailed it might be an understatement.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan is Major League Baseballs version of Ron Artest. Morgan started his big league career off with promise of potential and then came accusation he threw a ball at a fan during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park back in August 2010. Just one week later Morgan was involved in a brawl with Florida Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad after bowling into Marlins catcher Brett Hayes and separating his shoulder the previous night. Morgan was hit with an eight game suspension and a $15,000 fine in addition to the suspension.
Other similarities he shares with Artest is his aloofness such as his game winning walkoff hit against the New York Mets on June 8th. When he spoke to reporters after the game he said he didn’t know he had hit the game winning hit even as his teammates mobbed him. Morgan said he didn’t even know what inning it was “even with all the scoreboards and everything.”
The most recent incident happened to come yesterday on the Brewers off day. Left with time on his hands and no game to play he went to Twitter and ask how he should spend his day and that’s when fan told him to go fly a kite. Within hours Morgan was taking twitpics of himself flying a shark kite.
Now Morgan still has a ways to go before he’s actually on the level of Artest but as he continues to come out of his shell, his acts look awfully familiar.
The Phillie Phanatic made an appearance at the Philadelphia Phillies minor league club the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and got nailed in the neck by a line drive during the game. Tom Burgoyne the man that is under the Phanatic costume ended up being taken to the hospital but was later released in a clean bill of health.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Florida Marlins who have now gone 1-14 since starting the month of June. The Marlins finished May only two games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East Division to now a full 10.5 games behind and have lost six straight. In the midst of this June losing streak the Marlins went ahead and fired hitting coach John Mallee after languishing in most of the key offensive categories and replaced him with ESPN studio analyst Eduardo Perez. The team as a whole though is 24th in the majors with a .235 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Some of the reasons for the slump is that ace pitcher Josh Johnson went on the disabled list May 17 with an inflamed shoulder but was recently moved to the 60 day disabled list and won’t return until after the All-Star break. Chris Volstad (6.07 ERA) and Javier Vazquez (7.09) have been very hittable and All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is only hitting .206 with four homers.
Philadelphia Phillies Shane Victorino aka ‘The Flyin Hawaiian’ and his entourage are in search of Modell’s sporting goods store in the King of Prussia mall. Everyone should have an entourage that resembles Victorino’s, especially the guy blowing the seashell horn.
Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was charged Monday with grand theft auto and drug possession by prosecutors who claim he used phony information to lease a car from a Southern California dealership. Dykstra was charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes and faces up to 12 years in state prison if convicted. His accountant and a friend were charged in connection with the alleged auto theft but not with drug crimes.
Prosecutors contend that the three men tried to lease high-end cars from dealers this year by providing phony information and claiming credit through a phony business called Home Free Systems. Two dealerships rejected the lease applications but a third allowed the men to drive off with three cars, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.
Police who arrested Dykstra on April 14 found cocaine, Ecstasy and the synthetic human growth hormone Somatropin at his San Fernando Valley home, the statement said. In May he was charged with more than a dozen federal counts, including bankruptcy fraud. Federal prosecutors contend that he hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.
A frustrated New York Mets manager Terry Collins laid into his team Wednesday after a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He vowed to make changes while pointing out the team’s inability to make plays.
“I’m running out of ideas here,” Collins told reporters in his postgame news conference. “Do we play hard? Absolutely. That’s not the issue. The issue is not effort. That’s not it. It’s about execution.”
Collins spoke with the media after chewing out players in the clubhouse.
“He got his point across,” Mets left fielder Jason Bay said. “He was fed up with the way we were playing.”
New York allowed five runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth as the Pirates won, 9-3. The seventh-inning meltdown included a failed double play attempt and two lapses by third baseman Willie Harris.
“He wasn’t very happy, he wasn’t very happy at all,” Harris told reporters. “And he had no reason to be.”
Said Collins: “That seventh and eighth inning are my players that I put out there. I truly believe in them. Therefore maybe I’ve got to make some adjustments. And, by god, they’ll be made. I don’t know if it comes with finding different players. But they’ll be made. Something is going to be changing.”
The Mets fell to 25-30 with the loss, their second in three games to the Pirates. They’re fourth in the National League East, 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies. On top of all that, they became the fifth team in major league history to lose five consecutive home games after leading in the seventh inning or later.
“I sit up every night trying to figure out what can we do to get us over the top. Should we hit-and-run more? Well, who do you have up there? You have guys up there you shouldn’t hit-and-run with. Should we bunt more? Well, if we don’t get bunts down, you’re putting them in situations to fail. Guys are pitching good. We get in situations where we’ve got to make a pitch, we don’t make a pitch. I don’t have the answers. I’m searching. I’m wringing the rag dry of coming in here and having to look at [the media], and having you look at me like I’m a stinking fool. And I told these guys: ‘We’re good enough. We’ve got to go play the game right.’ We just can’t continue to make foolish mistakes….“They’re big league players. They should be able to do it.”
2K Sports announced they had a winner of the MLB 2K11 $1 Million Perfect Game Contest. Brian Kingrey, a music teacher from Hammond, Louisiana walks away with the prize after pitching the first verified perfect game following the opening of the contest on April 1st. Like last year the feat was completed on the first day however it happened even quicker this time around as it came within two hours of the contest opening up.
It was accomplished using cover athlete Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies against the Houston Astros. The best part of it all is that Kingrey had never even played a baseball video game before picking this one up.
The Washington Nationals usually allow little Tommy to run the bases after every Sunday home game now this Memorial Day they will allow the adults the chance to run the base paths. Of course though adults will not get the chance to run them for free as little Tommy would instead for a $10 donation they make to Hike for Heroes, that helps military families, they will get the opportunity to turn back the clock and be a kid all over again.
“As part of the Memorial Day festivities, fans of all ages are invited to “Run the Bases for Military Families.” For the low-price of $20, fans can take advantage of a special holiday ticket deal that includes a Left Field Corner seat, a $10 donation to Hike for Heroes benefitting military families and entry to run the bases after the game. Tickets may be purchased at the Main Box Office. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Memorial Day game against the Phillies may buy wristbands to run the bases for a $10 donation to Hike for Heroes. Wristbands can be purchased at the Community Relations kiosk behind Section 109 the day of the game.”
The 2008 World Series ring of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick, which was stolen from his home during spring training on April 4, has been found inside a Mentos container at the bottom of a swamp in Mount Vernon, Washington. The police were led to the ring by someone known to law enforcement, who was unconnected with the burglary.
Signed jerseys and a 2009 NL championship ring had previously been recovered from the burglary as five people already have been arrested for being connected to the crime. The World Series ring, though, wasn’t found until yesterday.