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Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber Launches Home Run out of PNC Park vs. Pittsburgh

During the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday night, Chi-Town rookie Kyle Schwarber crushed a home run literally out of PNC Park.

It was his third RBI of the game and left Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole visibly frustrated. 

The blast made some Cubs history. Schwarber became the youngest player to homer in the postseason for Chicago in 83 years:

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Pirates Fans Given Instructions on How to Annoy Cubs Pitcher Jake Arrieta

With the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game, Pittsburgh saw an opportunity. Capitalizing on home-field advantage is key to a successful playoff run, so why not give the players a little (legal) help?

We’re not talking instructing fans to cheer or yell “charge.” We’re talking full-fledged instructions.

During the Wednesday night game, Yahoo Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan pointed out that fans were chanting the name of Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in a rather irritating manner. 

KTGR radio host Brandon Kiley shared an interesting image in response:

The plan is for fans to be united in a more complex strategy than merely making noise. Clever, Pittsburgh. At worst, it’s much more respectable than when the Georgia Bulldogs had to teach “fans” how to properly cheer on their team:


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Dodgers Send Cubs’ Jake Arrieta the Rubber & Dirt from Mound After His No-Hitter

Only a handful of no-hitters are thrown each year at the major league level, and should a team fall victim to one, morale can quickly plummet. While one team celebrates ecstatically, the other quietly saunters into an even quieter clubhouse.

On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit by Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, resulting in a 2-0 loss. Despite the frustrating defeat, the organization toughed it out and showed the highest level of class in addressing the loss.  

Arrieta opened up on the kind gesture the Dodgers presented to him, per’s Jesse Rogers:

Really nice gesture. They sent a bucket of dirt from the mound, and they dug up the pitching rubber, which weighed 60 pounds. That’s something I’ll cherish as much or more than anything I’ve been given throughout the process.

That deserves a tip of the cap, if ever a gesture were worthy.

[h/t The Score]

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Detroit Tigers Catcher James McCann Hits Bird with Foul Ball

Almost 14 years to the day that National Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson destroyed a bird with one of his signature fastballs, another bird has been obliterated during an MLB spring training game.

This time, Detroit Tigers rookie catcher James McCann is the culprit. 

In footage of a Friday afternoon Tigers-Braves exhibition game provided by Detroit new station WDIV Local 4, McCann launches a foul ball backward, but the ball crosses paths with an unfortunate creature resting atop the netting.

Quite the unexpected result.

Here is Johnson’s infamous pitch (which took place on March 24, 2001):

[WDIV Local 4, h/t]

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Miguel Cabrera Tosses ‘Touchdown’ Pass to Calvin Johnson at Detroit Tigers Game

Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson exploded for 164 yards and two touchdowns on Monday Night Football as the Lions routed the New York Giants, 35-14, in their first game of the 2014 season.

Johnson was in the house for the Detroit Tigers’ Tuesday night showdown with the Kansas City Royals, and nine-time MLB All-Star Miguel Cabrera honored him in an appropriate wayby throwing him a lob of a “touchdown pass” into the stands.


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A Young Boy Is Named ‘Camden Yards’ After the Baltimore Orioles’ Ballpark

We’ve all heard gimmicky names, though “Camden Yards” may have set the standard.

No, we’re not talking about the home of the Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. We’re talking about a 10-year-old who bares that name.

What’s next, a kid named U.S. Cellular Field? There’s already Fenway Parks and Wrigley Fields.

[MLB, h/t NBC Sports, The Washington Post]

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Little League World Series Star Mo’ne Davis Signs Autograph for Yasiel Puig

Mo’ne Davis exploded into the national spotlight after she showed she could not only hang with the boys in the Little League World Series but also that she could dominate.

How bright does her star shine? Here she is giving an autograph tonot receiving one fromLos Angeles Dodgers All-Star Yasiel Puig.


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Yasiel Puig Shares Silly Video of Him Going Through Outfield Wall for a Catch

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is built like a brick, so when he collides with the outfield wall to make a catch, damage will happen to either him or the wall. 

MLB FanCave created this goofy video, which Puig himself shared from his Twitter account. It’s well edited and quite entertaining.

Here’s the full video:

[MLB FanCave, h/t Yasiel Puig]

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Tigers Give Out Miguel Cabrera NL MVP Bobbleheads, Despite Him Playing in the AL

To non-baseball fans, it may seem like nothing. To baseball fans, it’s an incredible blunder.

The Detroit Tigers were giving away bobbleheads of two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera on Friday. The small figures show Cabrera holding MVP awards…for the National League.

Unlike their slugger, the Detroit Tigers took a swing and missed wildly.

 [Twitter, h/t CBS Sports via CBS Detroit]

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McKayla Maroney Throws 1st Pitch for White Sox, Does Cartwheels from Mound

McKayla Maroney is showing the world her supreme athleticism once again. 

In case you need a refresher, Maroney became famous after silver-medaling in the vault during the 2012 Summer Olympics, when she made this face on the podium:

She and her other four Team USA teammates won the gold medal in women’s artistic team all-around. 

Now this. How would you grade the acrobatic throw?

[White Sox]

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