Oakland A’s Bark at the Park had good surfing dogs again

Felix Hernandez and Beltre were teammates for five years, and we’re sure that tons of fun was had between the two during that span. But they’ve become only more entertaining from an outsider’s perspective since Beltre left Seattle, and boy have they had some classic moments over the years.

There was the “oh shit!” home run off Felix that Beltre couldn’t believe.

There was the time when Beltre lined out right into Felix’s glove, and Felix tossed it right back to him as he walked back to the dugout.

Sometimes the moments aren’t as blink-and-you’ll-miss-them, like the one game where they spent more or less the entire time jawing at each other jokingly back and forth:

It’s a tradition unlike any other. Lots of MLB teams have their own version of Bark at the Park — the White Sox broke a world record with so many good dogs (1,122, to be exact) at their ballpark last year. The A’s, for their part, have a cooler way to have fun with their good dogs: surfing.

I feel like every MLB team should have a wave pool for dogs Cheap Vintage NHL Jerseys from now on. The A’s can’t have this for themselves. I want this to be a topic of discussion at MLB owners’ meetings — how do we improve Bark at the Park and make sure the good doggos hang ten in front of the fans? Have a separate budget to rent out wave pools, then buy a bunch of sunglasses that can fit the dogs’ heads, then hire Washed Out and Toro y Moi to write new chillwave songs to soundtrack the surfing footage, maybe buy Cheap Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping dog-friendly Tommy Bahama shirts. These are all free ideas, MLB. Use them.

We regret to inform you that The Freeze lost his All-Star Game race

Maybe The Freeze isn’t a superhuman, after all. The Atlanta Braves costumed sensation made a name for himself this season by racing contestants between innings — giving his opponents a massive head start and still (usually) winning.

Drat — and just like that, a hero falls. Congratulations to the speedy fan who took him down, but it’s always hard to see beloved heroes like The Freeze lose their touch. After all, some kid was out there, watching excitedly in his Freeze costume, holding his Freeze action figure … only to watch his favorite hero get dusted by some fan.

And yes, The Freeze has lost before — but the stakes were so much higher tonight. This was the gosh dang All-Star Game and The Freeze had his chance to prove he was an All-Star.

Another great moment in The Freeze’s history. And even if he didn’t win at the All-Star Game, hopefully there are many more great moments to come.

Back then, though, there were just a couple of relievers traded, and the Mariners got most of them. Which brings us to the next section.

If you’ve never explored baseball newsgroups from the ‘90s, I heartily encourage it. It’s absolutely necessary perspective to read lengthy missives from people who are absolutely freaking out because their team traded Hancy Drendelaza. You realize that nothing matters, prospects always disappoint you, everyone is wrong, and baseball keeps moving on.

I used to have opinions on Jason Bay, if you can imagine.

And for my money, it’s hard to get a better freakout than Mariners fans had over Jose Cruz, Jr. being traded for Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin. Cruz was ranked the top prospect Cheap USA Basketball Jerseys in the Mariners’ system in 1996 and 1997, and he started his MLB career hitting Cheap Vikings Jerseys China dingers, with a .268/.315/.541 line in his first 198 plate appearances.

Brewers trade for White Sox reliever Anthony Swarzak, send back Ryan Cordell

Anthony Swarzak is going taking the quick trip from Chicago to Milwaukee as the Brewers have traded for the right-handed reliever to help solidify their bullpen as they continue to fight for the division against the Cubs.

The White Sox are currently on a “road trip” but as they’re just on the other side of the city playing the Cubs, Swarzak gets to leave Wrigley, head to Washington to meet the Brewers during their series against the Nationals, and then go right back to Wrigley on Friday when the Brewers head to Chicago looking to put some space between them and the Cubs for the division lead.

With Chris Sale pitching, Yunel Escobar bashed one to straightaway center, it wouldn’t have been a home run but it most certainly would have been a few bases at the least. But that wasn’t to be on this night, as JBJ made a fantastic leaping catch at the wall.

Watching him control his physicality in the air is impressive all on it’s own – that’s not an easy catch to track and execute at that angle – but the fact that he slammed into the wall in the process and held on to the ball like it was nothing is beyond impressive.

For those who missed it, Bradley has been doing this type of thing for a while. It’s not just a special West Coast talent that he breaks out a few games a year.

This probably won’t be the last time we see JBJ show off like Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale this Cheap Reversible Jerseys either. Beware, Sox opponents, your center field hits aren’t sure things while he’s on the roster.

Salvador Perez steals his 1st base in 2 years

Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez is not necessarily known for his speed, but on Thursday night he provided us with quite the rarity — a catcher stolen base.

One pitch after Eric Hosmer homered to widen the Royals lead to 5-0 in the third inning, Detroit Tigers starter Michael Fulmer hit Perez with a pitch. Two pitches later, Perez took off and stole second base.

It was Perez’s first steal since 2015.

A Marlins player who is not super happy about this particular stretch of games is Giancarlo Stanton, Miami’s star outfielder and someone the Marlins have recently said they will not take offers for at the trade deadline, despite an imminent sale of the team.

“If you can’t win a series against the worst team in the league, there’s not much going for you, right there.”

Even if the Marlins did decide to try and unload Stanton (and his salary) at this point, and Giancarlo found it in him to waive his no-trade clause for select teams, that 13-year/$325 million contract through 2028 certainly won’t make things easy.

However, considering Stanton’s obvious dissatisfaction, that no-trade clause might be waived sooner than people think, and the fish might have to say goodbye.

Beckham is batting .259 with 12 homers this season, bringing 36 Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys runners around to home in the process. It’s his best offensive output of his career so far, minimum Cheap Replica Jerseys 10 plate appearances in the league.

Fort Worth Zoo names baby giraffe Beltre and baseball got a lot cuter

Choosing names for animals is hard — shoot, choosing names in general is hard. That’s how you end up with names like, uh … Patrick.

But here’s one name that was easy to pick — and amazing, too. The Fort Worth Zoo just named a baby giraffe calf “Beltre,” after Texas Rangers star Adrian Beltre, who just got his 3,000th career hit. And, yes, baby Beltre is cute:

But it’s even cooler as a tribute to Beltre, who just became the 31st player EVER to have 3,000 hits. And what better way to celebrate that than to have a giraffe named after you? That’s every athlete’s dream.

And now, to bring the two worlds together perfectly… enjoy this photo of Beltre the giraffe flipping a bat like the real Beltre might.

Apparently, the 2002 season featured the most five-win left fielders. The list included Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols, though, so I’m throwing it the hell out. Fake left fielders! Fake!

So if we’re going to rig this, we’ll have to include either a) Ted Williams, b) Rickey Henderson, or c) Barry Bonds. The correct answer might b) and c). In 1993, Bonds won the NL MVP, Henderson helped the Blue Jays win a World Series, Juan Gonzalez led the AL in home runs, Albert Belle led Cheap Paintball Jerseys the AL in RBI, Ron Gant was an MVP contender, and Tim Raines was building on a Hall of Cheap Pirates Jerseys Fame career. That would appear to be the winner.

Except in the late ‘20s/early ‘30s, when teams scored roughly 50 runs per game, you had …

‘Freak of nature’ Julius Peppers leading by example in return to Carolina

Julius Peppers is not much of a talker.

He’s never been a player to do many media interviews during his 16-year NFL career, but he doesn’t even say much to his teammates.

The football world said, “It can’t get worse than a quarterback out of Arena Football (David Olson, Ravens), or off some team’s practice squad (Josh Woodrum, again, Ravens).’’ The Dolphins replied, “Hold my beer.”

Quarterbacks? That’s so 2016. Now, we’re into ex-quarterbacks. If Cutler was ahead of Kaepernick in line — when it was assumed he wasn’t in line at all — then everybody’s ahead of him. But who does that mean, exactly?

Theoretically, Kaepernick is still in the hunt for potential openings, either through injury or roster cutdowns. But in practice, his competition now includes quarterbacks who have been let go, and anyone who played the position within the last few years — not necessarily limited to the NFL.

Christian Ponder, Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow: They all were named in various reports as players the Dolphins considered before signing Cutler. Orton retired after the 2014 season with the Bills. Ponder was the 49ers’ No. 3 quarterback last season, behind Kaepernick and Gabbert. Tebow kind of doesn’t play football anymore.

So let’s say that Ben Roethlisberger, the guy who turns a two-month injury into a one-game absence, surprises everyone and actually retires instead Quality Cheap Jerseys of just teasing it. That would leave the Steelers with a Super Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys Bowl-winning coach, one of the league’s top wide receivers, maaaaybe the best offensive weapon (depending on what happens with Le’Veon Bell’s contract next offseason), and a defense on the rise. And no real option under center (sorry, Landry Jones).

He had been wearing a brace on the knee during camp.

When the Jaguars selected Gabbert with the 10th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, they thought the former Missouri standout would be their franchise quarterback for years to come. But he struggled during three disappointing seasons that saw the Jaguars go through three head coaches. He was traded to San Francisco in 2014 and became the starter late in the 2015 season following an injury to Colin Kaepernick.

Gabbert’s play was underwhelming during his three seasons with the 49ers, who also went through three head coaches in as many years. Gabbert was San Francisco’s opening-day starter last season, but eventually lost his job after throwing for 925 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions in five starts.

The deal is for one year and $10 million, plus incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The contract has a $5 million salary base, with a $5 million bonus and up to $3 million in incentives, NFL Media reported.

Cutler’s previous relationship with Dolphins coach Adam Gase proved to be the reason the team signed Cutler instead of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Tannehill’s left knee buckled during a scramble Thursday morning and it was initially reported he simply had a hyperextended left knee. An MRI the next day proved inconclusive and he sought a second and third opinion. Tannehill, who Patriots Cheap Jerseys is in his sixth season out of Texas A&M, was later seen walking into the Dolphins training facility with a slight limp.

Tannehill missed the final three games of the regular season Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys and the Dolphins’ playoff loss to Pittsburgh after spraining ligaments in his left knee.

The Cowboys did win a Super Bowl following the 1995 season with Barry Switzer

Jones gave Johnson control over player personnel decisions when he hired him, but Jones wanted more of a say in those decisions as the owner. The standoff came to a head in 1994 and Johnson stepped down in March.

“After Jimmy screwed up and we parted ways… I come home and, of course, [wife] Gene has been watching the news and finds out about it and I lay down,” Jones said. “It’s as silent as anything you can imagine. After I laid there a minute, she just looks over and says, ‘You can’t stand it, can you? You just absolutely, when it gets going, you’ve just got to get in it and mess it up.’ I was asked what I said, and I just shut up and went to sleep.”

The Cowboys did win a Super Bowl following the 1995 season with Barry Switzer, but Johnson’s relationship with Jones remained fractured.

“I’ve been knowing Jimmy going on 45 years,” Jones said. “We played together. You didn’t have scholarship meals when we were playing. Me and him been to the grocery store together putting them sandwiches together.

“He inspired me and I know I inspired him too.

“What you can’t misinterpret here is how much I appreciate him and how we worked together,” Jones added. “We’ve got one of those up-and-down brother relationships.”

Sammy Watkins has never managed to stay healthy and is scheduled to become a free agent after the team declined his fifth-year option. LeSean McCoy is the most dangerous man on offense, but he’d be 30 when Cousins joined the team in 2018. The Order Cheap Jerseys other interesting option is Zay Jones, but it’s way too early to know if the East Carolina Nike NFL Jerseys Size Chart product is a worthwhile option.

Getting more help would be much easier if Buffalo doesn’t commit $28 million or so per year to a quarterback.

So which team is going to swoop in and steal away Cousins?

“It’s definitely something that’s very special to me because that’s something I feel I can control as a player,” Peterson told co-host Gil Brandt and me last Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I can control what I put on film.

“Obviously to be a Super Bowl champ, you have to have great individual play that leads into the collective play to ultimately get you that goal. But as far as getting the Gold Jacket, I control every bit of that.”

Heading into his seventh NFL season, Peterson is off to a good start toward gridiron immortality. His statistics tell the story. The fact that Peterson registered a career-low six pass breakups along with a modest three interceptions in 2016 isn’t indicative of poor play, but rather how reticent teams are to throw in his direction.

That has created another challenge besides being given the responsibility of blanketing the opponent’s best wide receiver. Peterson must try and remain sharp play after play despite being the league’s lowest-targeted cornerback last season.

To that end, how Jackson concludes likely means it’s one and done for Osweiler.

“We are going to see a lot more of all of them this preseason and everyone in that room still has the chance to earn more opportunities and the right NHL Hockey Jerseys to lead our team as the starter when the regular season begins Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap on September 10th,” Jackson coach said.

The most realistic way Washington keeps him is if the team manages to negotiate a long-term deal before Cousins reaches free agency. Based on the negotiations of the last two offseasons, that seems like a long shot.

Blaine Gabbert keeps away Kaepernick comps with impressive Cardinals debut

Third-and-12 might seem meaningless in a preseason game, but you still make the play.

The Cardinals’ Blaine Gabbert faced that situation on the second drive of the Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday. Arizona’s third-string quarterback zipped a pass on a crossing route to tight Troy Niklas for a 20-yard gain and another first down.

“He’s got a lot of great attributes, and one of the best, I think, is his first name,” Kraft joked “Secondly, as Coach and I have described, he was a great player for us for nearly a decade. But, equally important to me, he was a great ambassador in our community and always represented us in a very classy way and always was available to do whatever our people asked him, interacting with fans of all ages.

“But one attribute stands out above all the others. I think he’s probably had the greatest beard in franchise history. In a region that truly likes and respects playoff beards, he possessed one of the best — sorry to all the others here — that [Boston] has ever seen. His beard put most of those hockey playoff beards to shame. He had a kind of a Yukon Cornelius look going.”

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