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Lenny Dykstra Had a Confrontation with Ex-Teammate Mitch Williams at a Mall

Former Philadelphia Phillies stars Lenny Dykstra and Mitch Williams were allegedly involved in an altercation at an autograph signing at a Philadelphia mall, according to Kyle Scott of CrossingBroad.com (h/t Mike Foss of For The Win).

Dykstra and Williams had been teammates on the Phillies team that fell to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 World Series. Both men were in attendance at the signing and pent-up emotions allegedly boiled over into a brief, physical confrontation.

CrossingBroad.com posted a video of the tail-end of the confrontation taken by a fan on the scene. 

Warning: Video features NSFW language.

The incident occurred at First and Goal Sports in the Granite Run Mall on Saturday. Fans at the signing said the hostility began when Williams arrived on the scene and rebuffed a greeting from Dykstra.

Dykstra extended his hand to Williams, who slapped it away and muttered, “I’m not shaking your ****ing hand.”

Things were defused, however, when former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton (who was also on hand for the signing) interposed himself between the two and led Williams from the store.

The incident occurred in front of “40 to 50 people,” according to Scott’s report. Children were also present for the less than pleasant scene.

Clearly, some bad blood from the 1993 World Series loss continues to flow between these two men.

Dykstra went on “The Alex Jones Show” in 2011 and trashed Williams, blaming his former teammate for the team’s loss and claiming the defeat “tortured” him to this day.

So yes, there are still issues to be resolved here, if resolution is even a possibility at this point.

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Power Ranking All Red Sox Beards at the 2013 World Series

Sasquatch hunters would lose their minds if they happened across Fenway Park. The men of the 2013 Boston Red Sox own some of the gnarliest beards in baseball, and it’s about time we settle the argument of who has the best. 

I mean, seeing as how these players went through all of the trouble and weeks (hours when it comes to Jonny Gomes) to grow these things, we might as well judge them. 

From the scraggly to those who would make The Most Interesting Man in the World happy, we have you covered. 

Never before have a group of men been so lauded for merely not shaving. It’s time to celebrate laziness and superstitious playoff facial hair. 

We will also give you a non-baseball comparison of the first thing we think of when we see each beard. Feel free to play along. 

Now let’s see those mugs. 

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Boston Red Sox Fans Gobbling Up World Series Tickets at Absurd Prices

The 2013 World Series has seen suspicious green goop on a pitcher’s glove, controversial calls and home run heroics. Now it will see some pretty outrageous ticket prices as the series moves on to Boston. 

ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports prices for tickets to Games 6 at Fenway Park have skyrocketed, which makes sense considering the Red Sox haven’t clinched a title at home since 1918. 

Using ticket-tracking company TiqIQ, Rovell states that the latest average resale value of tickets had reached $1,860 for Wednesday’s clash with the Cardinals

All of this stems from fans eager to see their beloved team finally win the World Series within the historic confines of the iconic stadium. 

While that pesky curse has been vanquished (the Red Sox swept the series in 2004 and 2007), the Red Sox haven’t won in Boston since their series against the Chicago Cubs nearly a century ago.

That means bleacher seats that were going for about $300 last week are now hitting the after-sale market for $1,100. 

Fenway faithful are certainly making it rain, because Rovell also notes one Mr. Moneybags dropped $24,000 on StubHub for two seats in prime baseball-watching real estate for one of the remaining games. 

“People want to see them win it here,” Jim Holzman of Ace Ticket, a brokerage firm based in Boston, told Rovell. “That’s what has made this the biggest ticket we’ve ever seen. It’s the Super Bowl except people don’t have to pay $1,000 for a hotel and $2,000 for airfare.”

The demand is not dissimilar to what we saw back in 2004 when the franchise was preparing to finally get back into the land of the victorious. 

A CNN report from that year states prices were reaching lofty levels as fans grabbed at a glimpse of the eventual World Series champions. 

The cost of a ticket to the show in 2004 was nearly as pricey: “One pair of front-row box seats for game one of the World Series sold for $5,300 in an auction completed Thursday morning on eBay.”

The same report also issued that four box seats were going for as much as $25,000 back then. 

Holzman continued with an idea of how quickly this year’s prices escalated: “Prices were going up $50 an inning.”

It makes sense when you consider Fenway isn’t just the oldest stadiums in MLB, but also one of the coziest (capacity rests at 38,400). 

There is always a moment when fans consider taking the jaunt out to the park, dropping massive amounts of cash and sidling up with the crowd instead of just watching from home. 

For the Red Sox collective, that moment happened after an odd weekend wherein Jonny Gomes homered and the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong was picked off to end a raucous Game 4

When Boston then took a 3-2 series lead behind another stout performance from Jon Lester—who left the green goop at home this time around—fans could be confident in buying tickets for the remainder of the series.

However, as Red Sox fans drop serious money on the last two games, we would like to caution them that this series is far from over. 

If there is anything to take from this iteration of the Fall Classic, it’s that anything can and will happen. From dunderheaded base running to wacky calls from the umpires, this series offers little to feel confident about for either side. 

Still, that will hardly deter many from paying thousands at the very good chance they get to see the Red Sox finally celebrate at home. 

Is that enough of an incentive to part with thousands? According to the absurd prices, the answer from Sox fans is a resounding yes. 


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Jose Canseco’s Bloody Halloween Costume Is Cause for Concern

Trick or treat? How about trick or murder-clown.

That’s what Jose Canseco is dressing up as for Halloween this year, as evidenced by this insane outfit he wore to some spooky red carpet event where costumes of this nature are encouraged.

The faux-grisly image was spotted by Mike Foss of ForTheWin, who presumably checked in on Jose Canseco’s Twitter account for his weekly dose of bat-stick craziness (something we all do) and found an image of the former Oakland Athletics star in a clown mask and blood-spattered coveralls.

Yes, that was Jose Canseco, being arrested by a young Wilford Brimley. Brimley was just doing his job, while Canseco’s ex-girlfriend/now-girlfriend Leila Knight stood by, waiting to move in on the officer once her whack-job ex was off the streets.

Canseco also posted a video of himself  in the costume on YouTube. He’s still covered in blood, but this time he’s waving a bat and rambling about murdering his “haters.” It adds another layer of terror to the outfit, considering he’s an insane clown who also shoots his phone videos vertically.

Notice the dog barking at the end of the video. You don’t have to be Cesar Millan to realize that isn’t a fear-inspiring animal. That’s not a hound of Baskerville baying at the sliding glass door. It might be a poodle, possibly of the toy variety.

Regardless, it’s good to see that Canseco’s disproportionate fixation with his detractors is still intact, though he may be confusing haters with people who grew up loving him as an athlete until he kicked over their childhood dreams like a sandcastle.

Either way, it looks as though Canseco will be roving the streets at night with a bat this week. Take that however you wish.


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Ryan Dempster Wins Sartorial Silliness Award with Audacious Plaid Suit

Wearing a pattern fashioned from my grandma’s throw pillow, Ryan Dempster boarded a plane for St. Louis. 

Really, you don’t need a runway when there is a charter flight to Game 3 of the World Series to utilize. Dressed in the season’s most stunning and fashion-forward suit, Dempster moved the conversation of plaid into baseball’s consciousness where it belongs. 

Here is the Red Sox pitcher/awesome suit wearer, via the club’s Twitter feed

Here is another look from Janet Wu of WHDH-TV 7News in Boston: 

Is that thing made out of flannel? Please tell me it’s made out of flannel. OK, I’ll just assume the entire suit is flannel and move on with my life. 

Now we should take a step back and play Project Runway: The Home Edition. Let’s go ahead and judge how this suit—one we assume comes with a side of pancakes—would fare on the sliding scale below. 

On a scale of flummoxed Tim Gunn: 

(GIF Credit: Giphy)

To rather pleased Tim Gunn: 

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We give Dempster’s attempt a very concerned Tim Gunn: 

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This is just par for the course for a guy who has dominated the MLB postseason. No, just kidding. Dempster has pitched three innings in the playoffs, including an inning during garbage time of an eventual 8-1 Red Sox win in Game 1 of the World Series. 

Oh, and he allowed the Sox’s only run in that game. 

Still, he is making his presence known here, and we applaud him for that effort. However, audacious suits don’t always bring tidings of success. 

Be warned, Red Sox fans. We have seen a similar suit this postseason, finding its way onto the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier

Here is a tweet from catcher A.J. Ellis showing off a dapper Ethier wearing a suit that features roughly all the colors in the visible spectrum—as well as a bow tie that would make Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal proud: 

Let’s just hope things work out better for Dempster and the Sox than they did for Ethier and the Dodgers, who found out plaid suits weren’t exactly lucky in St. Louis. 


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Fan Charged After His Ploy to Steal Mike Napoli’s Glove Was Bungled

Thomas Robbins very nearly stole Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli‘s glove this past Sunday, and he would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling security guards. 

The Boston Globe’s Melissa Hanson (via Next Impulse Sports) reports 23-year-old Robbins was caught looming around the Red Sox clubhouse on Sunday morning. 

Boston dispatched with the Detroit Tigers on Saturday with a win in Game 6 of the ALCS, 5-2. After the champagne bottles were popped and most had cleared out, one person remained to nab a souvenir: 

At around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Yawkey Way for a report of larceny and found Robbins inside the Sox clubhouse. When asked what he was doing, Robbins began to exit the clubhouse, dropping Napoli’s beloved glove along the way, the statement said.

Robbins was stopped by fast-thinking Fenway security staff in a parking lot reserved for players. He was carrying Red Sox and Major League Baseball press box passes, which lead them to believe Robbins had also been in the press box, the statement said. It was unclear how he had obtained the credentials.

Hanson reports Robbins was arraigned on Monday on charges of “attempting to commit a crime and trespassing.”

He may have had better luck walking away with one of their beard trimmers, because it doesn’t seem like any of the players are using them anyway. 

That item he was hoping to get away with, Napoli‘s glove, is valued at $450, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. 

Conley made the obvious statement that actual cost isn’t what matters here, because players are very particular how their gloves fit and feel. 

Anyone who has ever played understands the benefit to working in a mitt just right. Now extrapolate that to an MLB player about to play in the World Series and you get how important it might be for Napoli to have his glove. 

While there is no word on how Robbins happened upon credentials, the report states he most likely made his way into what Red Sox fans might consider hallowed ground, through an “authorized personnel” door.

For Napoli, he will be at first base along with his trusty mitt to open the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 31-year-old heated up against the Tigers after struggling at the plate in the ALDS. In 20 at-bats against Detroit, he batted .300 and clubbed two home runs, including a mammoth blast in Game 5.  

I am sure Cardinals pitchers were slightly hoping Robbins would have nabbed Napoli‘s bat instead. 


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Dodgers’ Brian Wilson and His Big, Bad, Black Beard Return to MLB Postseason

Amid a bevy of young stars and Cinderella hopefuls, a familiar beard emerges in the MLB postseason. 

You either love him or hate him, but you certainly can’t take your eyes off Brian Wilson or his beard that continues to build as big a legacy as the man hidden beneath it. 

Last we saw of Wilson in the playoffs, he was tipping his hat to the Giants bullpen and giving them all the support he and his outrageous beard could muster. 

It’s all he could do as he came back from Tommy John surgery that April, a surgery he felt would help him return to the team he delivered 171 saves for from 2006-2012.  

Before that, he was busy providing the menacing gaze and powerful arm that gave the Giants six saves during the 2010 postseason, helping the franchise eventually win their first World Series since 1954. 

Fearing the beard was at an all-time high. 

Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine and a Tommy John procedure that is becoming as routine as a McDonald’s drive-thru, Wilson is back—only he pitches for the enemy

His arm is nearly as lively and his beard is iconic.  

Proving that he is as confounding to hitters as well as fans, Wilson provided remarkable stats to close the 2013 season as well as one peculiar moment featuring his former team’s CEO. 

As CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports, Wilson confronted CEO Larry Baer after the Giants win over the Dodgers on Sept. 26. 

While Wilson shrugged off the exchange as, “Just a conversation between me and him.” Baggarly found from sources it centered on his World Series ring he was yet to receive from his former team.

The act didn’t sit well with some, namely The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins who offers an interesting insight into a man he believes has become more on an off-kilter character than the one who once pitched for San Francisco. 

As Wilson crossed the field to lecture Larry Baer about not receiving his 2012 World Series ring (yo, Brian, they’ve been trying to give you that ring for seven months), I couldn’t help but recall a scene in Philadelphia before the start of the 2010 NLCS

Jenkins goes on to recall a forthcoming athlete who, in 2010, delved into an honest discussion of his personal history, sans wild beard and silly peripherals. 

Jenkins continues with what he believes Wilson has become. 

Now he’s someone who was invited to the Giants’ ring ceremony (in April) and refused. Someone who was offered a private ring presentation with the Dodgers in town this week, but turned it down.

If one were so inclined, you could draw a comparison to his neat beard that was trimmed and in control to the one that seems to have taken over his face. Can we possibly believe Wilson is now as wild as his facial hair because of one interaction in 2013?

That’s what some might believe. Jenkins even points to The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman who he quotes as saying, “Somewhere along the line, Wilson got angry. And he’s been mistreating a lot of people who were awfully good to him over the years. Sad.”

Once again, Wilson will hit the big stage, beard in tow. The fact that his velocity is up and his ball has movement means those outside the Los Angeles area will get to reintroduce themselves to the wacky antics of Wilson anew. 

Fangraphs shows Wilson’s fastball averages in at 92.6 miles per hour, faster than what we saw before he went down in 2012—their velocity chart illustrates his speed even approaches that of his 2011 totals.

In just over 13 innings pitched with the Dodgers, Wilson has posted a 0.66 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, striking out 13 batters. 

So we assume the Dodgers will look to Wilson, a man with postseason experience, a few times in the coming weeks. It’s then that most will have to ponder a question that has no real answer: Who is the real Brian Wilson?

Is he the candid pitcher who was just beginning to reach his potential with the Giants? Is the jokester who introduced a world to The Machine? Or is he just a great pitcher who is a genius at marketing his brand?

Perhaps he is all, or maybe none truly encapsulate someone so seemingly bizarre off the mound but calm and collected when he is on it. 

The only thing we know for sure is he commands your attention, and will be a welcomed addition to an already star-studded MLB postseason. 


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Dodgers Reportedly Urinated in Diamondbacks Pool; Alert Willie Bloomquist

OK, who peed in the pool?

The screams that emanate from public pools throughout the summer now surround the lamest controversy to ever saddle MLB.

Dodger Scribe’s Tony Jackson (h/t Deadspin) reports there may have been some Los Angeles Dodgers players who relieved themselves when they jumped into the pool at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field last Thursday, causing the reporter to change his stance on whether it was fine for the team to take over that area of the stadium:

The reason I am doing an about-face here is that it has come to my attention that one of the Dodgers players who jumped in the pool — and I will do him the favor of leaving his name out of this for now — openly and loudly bragged after leaving the pool about having urinated in it.

To me, that takes this to a whole different place. It takes it from a giddy, spontaneous celebration to an ugly, disgusting display of utter classlessness.

There also are indications that MULTIPLE Dodgers players urinated into the pool, but I can’t tell you that with any certainty. 

Allegations about several players peeing into the pool are based on hearsay, so we will take them with a healthy measure of skepticism.

First, I would like to put you pool urinators in the same class of people who think it’s fine to leave the bathroom without washing your hands.

The reason I never enter the bacteria frappe that is every Las Vegas swimming pool is the same that I shake my head at every dude leaving the bathroom without a courtesy wash: People are gross.

If you don’t believe me, Ryan Lochte is an admitted pool violator.

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As a general rule, do the exact opposite of Lochte and your life should continue swimmingly.

For some reason, people think that if a body of water surrounds you, it’s completely fine to urinate, as if the pool has some mystical power that makes it socially acceptable.

That is hardly the point, because we are talking about the Dodgers and that now infamous pool scene, as if the sport’s unwritten rules also included a subsection on proper pool etiquette.

It’s not fine for any player to urinate in the pool—even though we assume whoever rented that bad boy out for the game did the exact same thing at some point over nine innings.

With that said, whichever Dodgers player peed in the pool should be ashamed of himself and deserves public mocking—but that’s about it. If an Olympian can admit the same to a nonchalant world, we can do the same for the Dodgers.

Still, Jackson should come clean with the name so we can all laugh and chide him for being awful. Aside from that, I am done caring about something that doesn’t really matter.

Are we all that shocked that an MLB player urinated in the pool like a child? Have you ever been in a dugout? It’s the nastiest place in the world, filled to the brim with discarded paper cups, chewed seeds and pools of dip spit.

Let’s be adults and admit we all just assumed someone peed in the pool. They jumped in with dirty uniforms and cleats on. Something hinted at the fact that someone was going to leave a calling card.

Now we patiently wait for Senator John McCain and D-Backs utility man Willie Bloomquist to offer their thoughts on the matter.

As you might recall, McCain called the Dodgers’ mere act of jumping into the pool a “No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats!” He tweeted that opinion well before this urine turn in the story. 

Bloomquist was a tad more reserved with his statement. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that,” he said, via Tyler Emerick of MLB.com.

For the rest of you who are outraged and want to destroy the Dodgers over what you consider a classless and disgusting act, relax.

Let’s all put things into perspective, although it will be near impossible for many of you.

The team jumped into a pool. One, or possibly a few of them, urinated in the pool like an immature heathen.

If true, it’s gross. But this is hardly the Black Sox scandal here. Take a deep breath, because you will need all your energy when you lose your minds over the next silly Yasiel Puig controversy.


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Atlanta Braves Celebrate Winning NL East with ‘Baselines’ Robin Thicke Parody

They said you couldn’t parody “Blurred Lines” without skin suits. They said it couldn’t be done tastefully. And they were wrong.

After winning the NL East, the Atlanta Braves have plenty to celebrate—and their fans are doing it in style.

MyFoxAtlanta.com discovered this recently released gem from Atlanta comedian Aaron Chewning, who collaborated with former catcher Javypez and members of the Braves organization to create “Baselines,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines.”

Put simply, it’s pretty great.

Image via @AaronChewning

Chewning, López and Homer (the mascot) get their suit and tie on and strut it out. They’ve got the Uptons and the Johnsons. They’ve also got members of the Braves’ Tomahawk Team, who do a bang-up job of prancing about and looking completely fine with all this weird stuff, as in the original Robin Thicke spot.

Image via @AaronChewning

Some of my personal favorites from the parody:

  • “When you release the Kimbrel—HE’S GOT THE FASTEST PITCH IN THIS PLACE.”
  • Tomahawk team girls winging a bat at Homer’s head.
  • Anytime you get to see López strut backward through the frame.

Unlike the original video, it would appear no livestock was awkwardly cradled in the making of this parody, which I believe we can all agree is a big step forward for everyone.

Image via Vevo

So there you are. You have your rallying call and ballpark anthem for the rest of the postseason. The other good news is that your team won’t trade Justin Upton—not at this point in time at least.

At the trade deadline, the Braves turned down an offer from the Texas Rangers, who were looking to swap Matt Garza, Joe Nathan and David Murphy for the younger Upton. 

Be proud of your team, Braves fans. Just don’t slip and fall while dancing to this song in the shower.


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Houston Astros Have Dance Competition for Charity; Awful Dancing Ensues

The Houston Astros dance roughly as well as they play baseball. 

Looming at 99 losses on the season, you can probably guess how these guys did on the dance floor. Of course, we are just giving MLB‘s answer to the Bad News Bears a hard time. 

As CSN Houston reports, five players competed in what was called Dancing with the ‘Stros, a charity event to help raise money for the Astros Foundation

While some of the players had some issues with moving rhythmically, they all seemed to have had a blast. You can see why this team is especially easy to root for in 2013. 

Now, the report states Dallas Keuchel beat out Jake Elmore, and that Jose Altuve fell to a controversial third place. Jarred Cosart and Trevor Crowe completed the five players who had what seems to be one epic dance off. 

We also like to point out that Altuve is always an optimist: “I have to be in the top five, easily.” The other important thing to note is the players had all of one hour to practice before getting up in front of people as they laughed and judged their dancing. 

You can see how smart that idea was as we watch Crowe attempt to slide under one of the dancers. His Willie May Hayes impression is easily the best part of the video. 

Hey, at least it wasn’t a slide into third during a crucial game. Still, he may want to work on that move a little more. 

Wacky shirts and bad dancing were enough to get the crowd smiling, but Elmore chimed in with what the night was really about: “Doing it for charity, that’s the number one thing, and getting people here and entertaining them. We had a good time.”

It would be easy to hang heads and mope in what is a very trying season. Sure, we give these guys a hard time, but it’s only because we care—and the dancing is that bad. 

Wins and losses are meaningless, because these guys are a fun team to watch as long as there is a dance floor involved. 


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