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.
A foul play in last night’s Texas Rangers-New York Yankees game is being disputed. Soon-to-be married couple Sean Leonard and Shannon Moore caught a foul ball from Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland. But what they didn’t catch was that the young toddler sitting next to them was distraught he did not catch the ball instead. Yankees announcer Michael Kay chastised Leonard and Moore for taking pictures with their souvenir and paying no attention to the crying Rangers fan.
Now, Leonard and Moore are being called out for not giving three-year-old Cameron Shores the ball in what baseball fans say is proper etiquette. But Leonard claims he never even saw Shores. “My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger’s baseball game together,” he wrote in a statement.
Just a week before their wedding, Leonard and Moore are being harassed by fans and tormented for media interviews. “It’s very hurtful, especially when you know you wouldn’t intentionally hurt somebody or hurt their feelings,” Moore said. “Especially when it’s a little-bitty toddler.”
Shores eventually received another foul ball, and the couple believe Kay over exaggerated the situation. “He took an event and sensationalized it, threw it out there, never checked or validated the facts,” Leonard said. Stuck in a pickle, Leonard and Moore want an apology from Kay.
Zooey Deschanel sang the National Anthem at the World Series Saturday, but apparently she isn’t a baseball fan. Deschanel currently stars in the series, New Girl, and Fox was nice enough to have the star of their newest sitcom sing before Game 4. After, the cast of New Girl and Glee watched on the third baseline. MLB analyst Joe Buck even commented, “A lot of times, the stars have their moment on TV and then they just bolt.”
That was until the 7th inning, when the camera shot back to Deschanel, but the seats were empty. This time, Buck joked, “Maybe they’re just out getting a snack … all of ‘em at once.”
Deschanel took to her Twitter saying, “Would have loved to have watched the whole game but I had to catch a plane so I can go to work tomorrow. That’s all guys. I’m not a jerk.”
I guess it didn’t matter to Deschanel that St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols broke a baseball record by hitting three home runs.