Despite being Canadian, Texas Rangers pitcher Ryan Dempster missed his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays because he lost his passport.
The team said Dempster did not play because of “personal reasons,” but the Dallas Morning News is reporting the 35-year old did not have his passport, prohibiting him to get through customs.
Dempster has spent the last 8-years with the Chicago Cubs pitching against the National League and has not played in Canada since 2004. The two-time All-Star is a free agent this summer and told Cubs GM Theo Epstein he wanted to be traded to a contender. Dempster exercised his no-trade clause and vetoed a trade to the Atlanta Bravesallowing the Rangers to steal him at the trade deadline. Despite Dempster’s rocky summer, he is not blaming Canada.
Although the replay debate goes on in Major League Baseball, the subject is keeping the Nanakuli- Hawaii All-Stars out of the Little League World Series. The controversey comes after it was shown the Nanakuli runner missed third base. In the top of the sixth, Petulama- Calfironia All-Stars led against Nanakuli, 7-6. With two outs in the inning, Petaluma manager came to the mound to discuss the next pitch, when his third baseman told his manager the prevous scoring Hawaii runner missed third base. On appeal the umpire called the runner out, giving the win to Petaluma.
“I was obsessed in the early 2000s when we had [Bobby] Valentine,” Snooki told MLB.com. “I loved [John] Franco, Robin Ventura, all of them. I was obsessed.”
The MTV reality star, who is pregnant, revealed she became a Mets fan because of her grandfather. Before she found fame on Jersey Shore, Snooki was featured on the Sports Illustrated blog Hot Clicks in a YouTube video featuring her singing the Mets Fight Song. The name of the video was posted under “Hottest Mets Fan Ever.”
Unfortunately, the Mets lost 2-8 to the Nationals, and Snooki was booed.
Bryce Harper has taken the Major League by storm and has created a storm of his own with Miami Marlin manager Ozzie Guillen. Three years ago, Harper became the youngest baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and he is living up to his hype. The fearless 19-year old is batting third best on his team,taking on clown-reporters (which you may have heard your boyfriend say) and not backing down to outspoken Guillen.
Over the weekend, Guillen accused Harper of using too much pine tar on his bat. The Nationals won 4-0 and Guillen called Harper of unprofessional after he retaliated and pointed to his bat in his second-plate appearance.
Despite Harper offering no comment, Nationals Adam LaRoche further instigated the fued. LaRoche asked Harper to autograph a bat and later addressed it to Guillen with pine tar smeared all over it.
Guillen found humor in the gag gift telling reporters, “It was funny. I’ve got a few friends on their side. All those guys were making fun of me. I found out later they made the kid sign the bat.’”