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While this was really funny, it’s not exactly a good look for Yankee fans. Basically just saying “Hey tough guys, you wanna boo him as a picture or even from the upper deck, do it in person” and everyone pussies out. Kinda makes us look like Rays fans. God damn Jimmy Fallon just fucking everyone in the ass in late night television.

Fallon is so likeable I hate the Red Sox with my whole heart yet I always watch Fever Pitch. Fuck him.

-Jesse

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Because he’s fucking Tori Hunter that’s why! After you win 9 gold gloves I guess you can pretty much just stare at the sun all day and spin around in circles out in right field if you want. I’m surprised he wasn’t kicking the tops off of dandelions when the ball was hit. Although I might have to draw the line at sitting Indian style with his glove on his head during pitching changes. Baseball isn’t all fun and games.

So here’s the video break down in case it’s too grainy: The ball is hit which he never sees, probably because it’s bright outside. He finally notices it in the air then sprints and dives to catch it, losing the sunglasses that were on top of his hat in the process. Then he picks them up and puts them BACK ON TOP OF HIS HAT! “Fuck You, I’m Tori Hunter.”

Yes I know the sun was at his back and not in his eyes. That doesn’t matter. Is the sun in your eyes all the way down the road when you’re driving? No, you wear them because it’s bright. They should be called ‘bright glasses’ but no one would buy them because that sounds stupid. And apparently owning AND wearing sunglasses on your head of all places does not guarantee that you’re using them correctly. But like I said, 9 Gold Gloves….do what you want.

-Ken

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ESPN- New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda admitted to using pine tar on the baseball during the second inning of Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, but said he did it not to cheat, rather to ensure he did not hit anyone with an errant pitch.It was a really cold night and in the first inning I (couldn’t) feel the ball,” Pineda said. “I don’t want to like hit anybody so I decided to use it.” Pineda was ejected by home plate umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis after Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to complain about the shiny blotch on the right side of Pineda’s neck, which was clearly visible to television cameras broadcasting the game. “I fully respect that on a cold night, you’re trying to get a grip, but when it’s that obvious something has got to be said,” Farrell said.

Everyone just needs to calm down a tad, we’re talking about a guy who was looking out for the safety of others. It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter one fucking lick that the Red Sox were hitting in the first and he has allegedly used pine tar in the past. He couldn’t feel the ball and didn’t want to ruin someone’s life with a 95 miler to the dome. And about it being on his neck, he’s not a stupid fucking bafoon for doing that, he was just making it the most obvious thing ever that it was there so people would know. He wanted the million HD cameras pointed directly at him to see that he was doing the safest thing possible and adding some grip to the ball. Easy peasy Japanesey. Michael Pineda, the safety watchman of the New York Yankees. They should give him a god damn medal not a suspension.

-Jesse

In the Top 10 Baseball Players You Never Want to Fight

In the Top 10 Baseball Players You Never Want to Fight


ESPN- Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night. The three-time NL MVP connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3) — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth — to become the 26th player in big league history to reach the milestone. “It tastes better with a win,” Pujols said. “I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win.” Pujols is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he’s also the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32.

When I was younger, not that long ago, when someone got to 500 home runs it was a front page news story. 500 fucking home runs. Less than 30 people in the history of the sport have achieved that accomplishment and Albert is the 3rd youngest to ever do it but thanks to the “Steroid Era” no one cares anymore if you hit the mark. I am a complete advocate for allowing steroids in baseball but I truly feel bad for Pujols. He has never been connected to juice or anything like it and he has been raking since day one of his career. But right now on the front of every sports website and paper (outside of St. Louis and probably some places in Cali) the main news is about the first round of the NBA playoffs that no one cares about and one was even NASCAR. Pujols wasn’t even a top headline on NBC Sports and there are like 15 of those stories on there. Sorry Albert, you are a giant of the game and will be in the Hall one day but today no one gives a shit you went yard for the 500th time. Thems the breaks these days.

-Jesse

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ESPN- Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time reminding the Red Sox how he used to help them win. He did it for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night. The boos had barely subsided when Ellsbury tripled leading off the game, his first as an opponent at Fenway Park. Then in the bottom of the first he stole a hit from Boston leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore with a sliding catch in left-center field as his cap flew off. New York won 9-3 and Ellsbury, who spent seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees, was a major contributor. “You want to go out there and put on a good performance,” said Ellsbury, who received a mixed reception. “It was nice to get a triple right off the bat, just allow us to score right from the get-go.” The two-run double in the fifth also was pretty satisfying. It gave the Yankees a 7-2 lead one inning after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox. That was a “big hit,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “They had climbed a little bit closer to get it to 4-2. I thought he played extremely well.” Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he’s walked just two batters in 29 1/3 innings. But this was his first game at Fenway. “I understand it’s a stadium rich in tradition,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Going up on the mound, I did feel that.”

I used to fucking HATE Ellsbury. Pure, blind, uninhibited hate every single time I saw him in the field, at bat, or on the bases and it was because he did shit like this. He can turn a routine single into a triple. He can steal home. He can run down a fly ball and ruin a potential RBI situation for the other team except now he is doing it in pinstripes. It almost feels like with Ellsbury and Gardner in the outfield there really is only right field as an option for a fly ball. Gotta love that White Speed (not Power, I repeat not White Power). I’m sure in the long run we overpaid for Jacoby but as long as he stays healthy and keeps hitting the ball I will be a very happy fan.
Now to the pitching of Tanaka. I don’t care if we rename the fucking Bronx after this guy. If he keeps pitching this way for the foreseeable future he will be the best in baseball and I will get his name tattooed on my forehead. He throws strikes while giving up very few hits and even fewer walks, something that just ruins the oppositions chance to put up runs. And he does it on the biggest stages in New York and Fenway. Love the pitching, the hitting is starting to pick up, 1st in the East. It’s Murdddaaaahhhhhhhh

-Jesse


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I love this list because it always makes me laugh. GMs and Executives always think they are so fucking smart signing someone who has a big year or two to a decade long contract where the biggest pay days are WELL past their primes. Let’s break down some of the more interesting people on the list.
Floyd has basically dominated the list every year since Tiger got divorced.
Crisitano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi being 2nd and 3rd makes since because people who have never watched soccer know how good they are. Simple as that, worldwide stars.
Aaron Rodgers being the highest paid football player may not seem right to some people but I don’t mind it. 40 million for last year is a little nuts for on the field performance but he is the face of the NFL. He is the future and he will be a/the top QB for years to come.
Matt Stafford, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco being in the top 10 is fucking great. These are the guys who cashed in on a few good years (only Flacco has anything to show for it) and are now banging the buttholes of their teams cap limits. Good job boys.
The Phillies have 3 guys in the top 25 and they are in last place. I honestly don’t think Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee even play baseball anymore and I refuse to look it up for the correct information. There are 6 guys above anyone on the Yankees at all so all those “you buy your players” people can suck a dick under a bridge. (Thank God A-Rod is suspended and doesn’t count)
Gilbert Arenas. He may not be in the top 25 total but he is the 3rd highest paid NBA player and WASN’T IN THE LEAGUE. There is always someone like that and this time it’s Gilbert. Play on playa.

-Jesse

ESPN- Cold, shorter rest, a bigger ball. No matter the challenges, Masahiro Tanaka is making a smooth transition from Japan to the major leagues for one major reason: his split-fingered fastball. Tanaka allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings on a frigid Monday, Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game and New York welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the current Yankee Stadium with a 3-0 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. “That split is not something you want to sit on. It’s not something you’re going to be able to handle,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “But, as it was coming out of the hand, as the guys were coming in, they were saying, `Gosh, it looks like a fastball. It ends up diving.” And it makes batters look silly. The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander struck out 10 for his second straight start, this time while wearing three-quarter sleeves on a 43-degree day that felt much colder because of a brisk wind. Tanaka (2-0) gave up a replay-aided hit to Junior Lake in the second inning, and Anthony Rizzo pushed a bunt toward a vacated third base with a shifted infield leading off the seventh. Tanaka has 28 strikeouts in 22 innings, the most strikeouts for a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts, according to the Yankees via the Elias Sports Bureau. His 28 strikeouts through his first three major league games are tied for third-most since 1900, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He is also the second pitcher since 1900 to start his MLB career with at least eight K’s in each of his first three games, joining the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg (who did it in four straight in 2010).
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I can hear all of you simple fucks right now “It’s only April. He won’t be shit. There are still 10000 more games left.” Well you can all go fuck yourselves. I know what day it is, I’m not slow. I understand that 60% through the season he could and most likely will slow down with his strikeout-walk ratio but I don’t give a shit right now. The pitching has been awful for the Yanks the past few years and I am going to be excited about this right now. CC looks terrible. Kuroda will be solid and Nova looks like he can string some wins together. But Pineda and Tanaka are the guys to watch and they will be the most exciting 4-5 in baseball by far. Sure Pineda puts a little ‘dirt’ in his hand for grip, who cares. He looks a billion times better than fat boy Jose Montero out in Seattle so I think we won out on that trade, even if it is 3 years after the fact. So fellow Yankee fans, rejoice! We are having a good April with minimal injuries and some solid pitching. Outside of CC. That guy needs to start eating some Captain Crunch holy shit.

-Jesse