Friday, September 21, 2012

Humor: Baseball 2012

Rookie gets makeover

After absorbing a lesson in how to dress for success, Mets rookie Jordany Valdespin wore a collared shirt to the clubhouse for the series finale against the Giants.

The day before, Valdespin arrived at AT&T Park wearing a white T-shirt. After the game ended, he found the T-shirt's sleeves shredded, and the front and back marked with: "El Hombre," and "N.Y. Loves Valdy."

"He thought it was OK to wear a white T-shirt to the ballpark," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Guys sent the message that we dress better than that."

Hackers infiltrate teams on Facebook

Baseball got a lesson in how difficult it can be for a tradition-bound game to live with social media. Hackers invaded several teams' Facebook pages to post some embarrassing, albeit false, items on their pages, including these gems:

On the Yankees' FB page: "We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez."

On the Marlins' page: "Just a reminder tonight is FREE PITBULL NIGHT at Marlins Park. The first 10,000 fans 18 and under will receive a free rescued fighting pitbull . . .." Never mind that the Fish were playing in Atlanta.

And on the Nationals' page: "We're going back to Montreal. SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!!!"

DJ ticks off ump

The music stopped at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla., after an umpire ejected the DJ for playing "Three Blind Mice" during a game between the Daytona Cubs and the Fort Myers Miracle, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Cubs manager Brian Harper was arguing a call at first base in the eighth inning when plate umpire Mario Seneca bellowed: "You're out."

Only Seneca's ire was directed at the DJ, who was tossed. What's more, the public-address system was shut down for the rest of the game.

The newspaper said fans took it upon themselves to announce the players as they approached the plate.