Category: MLB

Fresh of his creation of the new Miami Heat anthem, rapper Flo Rida made his way to the west coast to throw out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game.

Flo Rida’s song “Jump” is played at home games when Ichiro Suzuki is at the plate. Last year he presented the all-star outfielder with a special copy of “Jump,” with Ichiro’s name worked into it.

Right now his focus may be on baseball, but come November I’m sure you can find Flo Rida at American Airlines Arena in Miami watching the new super team.


When it comes to obsessions, hockey is often the source for most Canadians. Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee, however, obsesses over America’s pastime as opposed to the fastest game on ice.

Lee recently did an interview with ESPN, and the subject of fantasy baseball arose. He calls himself a “huge devotee of the hobby,” and goes on to name the studs and duds of his roster. I’m impressed.

On June 5, 2008, Lee donated his entire collection of almost 200 autographed Negro League baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

The above photo is of Lee at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Not sure how many celebrities the Bluebirds usually attract, but I doubt they’re at the Yankees level.

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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was in New York for a series against the Mets recently and decided to drop by ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ to talk baseball, and managed to work some batting practice in as well.

He faced-off against Letterman, who surprisingly has some pop in his bat, and not to mention an athletic-looking swing.

Actor and comedian Denis Leary was a guest on the show as well, and was kind enough to play the role of pitcher for both of the contestants.

Watch the face-off first, followed by the interview.

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The newest sports movie to hit the pre-production stage, titled Moneyball, is a story that tracks the Oakland A’s baseball team and its unconventional general manager Billy Beane, played by none other than Brad Pitt.

Beane is infamously known for using computer-generated analysis of statistics to draft players, which brought the A’s organization success both on and off the field.

The script was rewritten by Steven Soderbergh in an attempt to include more authentic scenes. Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra will both be making appearances in the movie.

The film also stars Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. They have begun shooting scenes of real day and night games at the coliseum to include in the movie.

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Alex Rodriguez has been romantically linked to the likes of Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz, and now the roidhead Yankees slugger will attempt to move into the movie genre himself.

A-Rod is well-accustomed to the spotlight playing for the world champion Yankees, so it should be an easy transition from Yankee Stadium to the big screen.

Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, and Andy Samberg are also set to star in the film, titled “Friends with Benefits,” so it looks like A-Rod will hit the ground running.

It is rumored that he will play himself in the movie, but his actual role has yet to be announced. My guess would be Rodriguez plays the “friend” whose “benefit” is the provision of steroids, for whatever reason. Brilliant plot line, right?

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The MLB All-Star game took place last night, where the National League beat the American League for the first time in thirteen years to gain home field advantage in the World Series.

Singer and 2-time Grammy award winner Colbie Caillat sang “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.

George Steinbrenner on Seinfeld

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Today legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died, and even though he will be forever missed by the game of baseball, he will not be forgotten.

During his tenure as Yankees owner Steinbrenner made several appearances in pop culture, including Saturday Night Live in 1990, which he hosted.

 He was also portrayed on the TV show Seinfeld, although he never actually made an appearance on air, as Larry David usually did voiceovers while the back of “Steinbrenner’s” head was shown.

He did however shoot some scenes that appeared in the deleted scenes on the Season 7 DVD, and thanks to YouTube they are available for viewing.

It’s been a busy week for English royalty in the sports world, with Queen Elizabeth attending a few tennis matches at Wimbledon and Prince Harry throwing out the first pitch at a Mets game.

To my and most likely all the present photographers dismay, the prince put out a pretty good throw. I’d imagine the Queen throwing a baseball is in my top five list of things to see at a sporting event.

Lady Gaga caused quite a stir last Friday when she intruded into the Yankees clubhouse after a Yankees loss to the Mets, just a couple of weeks after she flipped off the crowd at Citi Field during a Mets game.

She showed up to the Yankees game on Friday in Yankees attire, and talked her way past security after the game to get into the Yankees clubhouse. She reportedly met Robinson Cano and a few other Yankees players.

Actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld went on the radio with WFAN’s Steve Somers to talk about things including the Mets before he joins Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez in the booth tonight, and of course Lady Gaga came up.

Seinfeld eventually went  on to say, regarding Lady Gaga, that “This woman is a jerk. I hate her. You give people the finger and you get upgraded?” You can listen to the entire 20 minute conversation here.

I’ve yet to hear a response by Lady Gaga, or rather Lady Gaga’s publicist, but with all the hype this story has been getting I’m sure we’ll see one soon.


B.J. Upton has World Cup Fever

The Tampa Bay Rays may have the best record in major league baseball, but that doesn’t keep outfielder B.J. Upton from focusing on other sports.

People all over the planet are obsessing with the World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, including Upton. Judging from the video below, which is an advertisement for Adidas,  it’s safe to say he’s caught World Cup fever.

Don’t let Upton’s skill with his hands and arms fool you, he’s also very capable with his feet when it comes to soccer. The speed demon combines both baseball and soccer for the best of both worlds during batting practice. Whoever thought of softball-sized soccer balls is a genius.

B.J.’s brother, Justin, plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I certainly wouldn’t mind a little sibling rivalry action on the soccer field in the near future.