Last night’s call in the Atlanta vs. St. Louis game was horrendous. While it likely wasn’t the reason the Braves lost the game, it’s no less of a disaster for MLB as they unveiled their new Wild Card format to the masses.
In true interweb form, Memes and photos mocking the blown call immediately started popping up.
Here are a few of the better ones that I’ve seen:
Cleveland Indians outfielder, Austin Kearns was arrested for DUI in Lexington, KY according to a report by Fox 8 Cleveland. A professional athlete getting arrested for DUI unfortunately isn’t all that uncommon these days, but this isn’t your everyday DUI story.
In typical Cleveland Indians fashion, the team didn’t even learn of the DUI that took place on February 12th until news of the arrest was published in the Jessamine Journal on monday. According to the Jessamine Journal, Kearns was stopped by a Lexington officer who noticed Kearns’ vehicle weaving.
Kearns reportedly told the officer that he had “a couple bourbon and cokes.” The report also indicates that Kearns refused the field sobriety tests and pleaded with the officer to “cut him a break.”
Kearns’ court date is scheduled for March 10th at 9:00 a.m.
Hey, at least he didn’t pull out the “Do you know who I am?” card for once or require several knees to the thighs to subdue him…
After an eventful few weeks in MLB in terms of Free Agency acquisitions, the latest and greatest player to move is young Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke. After the Yankees were shut out of the Free Agency signings, which NEVER happens and especially after being turned down by prized free agent, Cliff Lee, many speculated that the Yankees would now turn their attention to the next best pitcher out there, Greinke. But in a surprising turn of events, the Kansas City Royals have traded Greinke to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Many question why the Brewers would make this move as they’re not considered to be close to contending and with their previous unwillingness to pay star players. They have played the small market card over the years by saying that they simply cannot afford to pay to keep their big time players. I tend to agree when you look at what they could have offered C.C. Sabbathia as compared to the contract he got from the Yankees. It also would appear that they’re not going to be able to pay to keep Prince Fielder when he’s a free agent next year.
But one thing that this trade does point to, is that the Brewers will likely hang onto Fielder through this season as opposed to trading him around the deadline to get something in return for him. The trade certainly seems to have caught baseball insiders off guard and we’ll see how it plays out. I’m not sure even with Greinke that the Brewers will be able to compete.
World Series MVP, Edgar Renteria
Edgar Renteria has been around for what seems like 30 years and he has always done one thing extremely well…. get clutch hits in the post-season! Cleveland fans will remember (or be haunted by) Renteria for his game winning hit off of Jose Mesa in the 1997 World Series when he was a 21 year old with the Marlins. He is now 34 years old and came up with yet another clutch hit in the World Series last night against the previously untouchable Cliff Lee. With batters on 2nd and 3rd, Renteria came up to face Lee who is known for rarely walking a batter. Despite his catcher’s wishes to pitch him carefully, Cliff Lee did what had gotten him to this point and went right at Edgar. This move would ultimately cost Lee the game and the Rangers the World Series as Renteria hit a 3 run homerun and the Giants ultimately closed out the game and the series in 5 games.
Last night wasn’t the only clutch hit by Renteria, however, as he came up with others throughout the course of this post season and the World Series. Not to mention his clutch hitting for the Marlins and the Cardinals in years past. Renteria isn’t a hall of fame player, he isn’t a perennial all-star, but he is undoubtedly one thing… CLUTCH! Much the same as “Big Shot Rob” was for the Rockets, the Lakers and the Spurs, Renteria isn’t flashy, doesn’t get a lot of attention, but he ALWAYS comes through in big moments. This off-season, a lot of attention will be paid to big name free agents like Rivera, Jeter, etc. and rightly so, but what we’ve come to know is that every great championship team needs at least one guy like Edgar Renteria.