Berra, who quit school after the eighth grade, has a tendency toward clever quips. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” is arguably his most famous example, often quoted. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”[
Hall of Fame baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and one of the most popular
figures in baseball, his teams won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, he retired
early when he lost the sight in one eye due to glaucoma
As the image to follow will imply and connote, the late, impossibly great Earl Weaver had the personality of 10 men, all of them drunk …
I had long suspected as much, but it’s still nice to disinter photographic evidence that Earl Weaver was indeed powered by pop-top Schlitzes, wholesome and restorative cigarettes and UHF programming. Let us also assume that the Earl of Baltimore began each day with a pair of all-cotton, snap-tight BVD grippers. And if that’s an appendectomy scar, then I have no doubt that the procedure was self-performed with a shank made from a crushed Schlitz can.
What’s also notable is that in this photo Weaver is locked in hardy embrace with reliever Don Stanhouse. Weaver, you may recall, nicknamed Stanhouse “Full Pack” in reference to thumbnail estimations of how many cigarettes Weaver would suck down while the erratic reliever was on the mound. “He doesn’t suffer from stress,” Weaver once said of Stanhouse, “he’s a carrier.”
Also ruefully fitting is Stanhouse’s shirt, which reads “Stan the Man Unusual,” which is nod to Stanhouse’s weird-ball personality. It’s also, of course, a nod to the great Stan Musial, who passed from this earth almost arm-in-arm with Weaver.
Let us raise a Schlitz and a smoke to both of them.
The lasting visions of Earl Weaver always will include an irate man with hat askew, kicking dirt and screaming at an umpire. But the Hall of Fame manager was more innovator than instigator.
Weaver, who won four American League pennants and a World Series during his 17 seasons as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, died early today after collapsing during an Orioles-sponsored cruise. He was 82.
It was Weaver who pioneered use of radar guns to measure pitchers’ velocity. It was Weaver who kept a stack of index cards to keep track of pitcher-vs.-batter matchups, long before the computerization of the game’s statistics.
And, of course, it was Weaver whose 94 ejections – often flamboyant and even once before a game even started – that made him most memorable. That total still is an American League record, topped in the majors only be the recently retired Bobby Cox and Hall of Famer John McGraw.
“The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager,” Weaver once said. “It won’t hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.”
But he also said, in a 1986 interview, “On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived.’ ”
The Orioles are holding their annual FanFest this weekend and a moment of silence was held as the event opened this morning.
“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Baltimore Orioles and one of the greatest in the history of the game,” Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement released by the team. “Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. This is a sad day.”
Weaver, who never played in the majors, replaced Hank Bauer as Baltimore manager midway through the 1968 season. His 48-34 record the rest of that season wasn’t enough to catch the Detroit Tigers in the AL race, but the Orioles’ second-place finish was a message to the rest of the league. Weaver’s teams would win the next three pennants and the 1970 World Series.
“Bad ballplayers make good managers,” Weaver said. “Not the other way around. … A manager’s job is simple. For 162 games, you try not to screw up all the smart stuff your organization did last December.”
Weaver’s organization, the one he joined in 1957 at manager of a minor league team in Fitzgerald, Ga.
He worked his way through the Baltimore farm system and was added to the major league coaching staff in 1987.
The Orioles team he inherited certainly was talented. It included future Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Another, pitcher Jim Palmer, would be promoted from the minors in 1969, the year Weaver’s heavily favored team lost the World Series to the New York Mets.
He got his World Series victory a year later, winning seven of eight post-season games – a three-game sweep of Minnesota in the AL Championship Series and a five-game World Series triumph over Cincinnati.
Weaver’s relationship with his players often was as colorful as his celebrated battles with umpires.
Palmer once said, “The only thing Earl knows about a curveball is that he couldn’t hit it.”
But Weaver hardly was worried about his relationships.
“I don’t know if I said 10 words to Frank Robinson while he played for me,” Weaver said.
But those players understood the Weaver was ahead of his time.
“He used to keep these little cards with what guys used to hit off certain guys,” said current Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who was an Oriole in Weaver’s first five seasons as manager. “This guy was 2-for-6. This guy was 1-for-10. I tried to explain to him, ‘Earl, you know what the standard deviation curve is?’ He says, ‘What the hell is that.’ ”
But he knew how to use players, making frequent use of platoons, having a left- and a right-handed hitter share a position. He also would list as the designated hitter in his starting lineup a pitcher who he didn’t plan to use, then insert a real hitter when that spot in the batting order came up.
NBA fans watched as New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett got in a verbal altercation during a game earlier this week. And recently, it’s come out why Anthony was so heated. Photographer: Bruce Bennett Copyright Getty Images
By: Michael Ayaub, WXYZ
NBA fans watched as New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett got in a verbal altercation during a game earlier this week. And recently, it’s come out why Anthony was so heated.
Kevin Garnett allegedly told Carmelo Anthony that LaLa Vasquez, Anthony’s wife, “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.”
Anthony was so furious that he waited for Garnett in the arena tunnel, and in the parking garage following the game at Madison Square Garden to confront him. The threat was serious enough that New York City police officers were dispatched to the scene. Anthony has since been suspended for one game without pay by the league
Garnett has a history of trash talking amongst the league–one that dates back to 2010 in Detroit.
It was during a game that Garnett allegedly called Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva “a cancer patient.” Villanueva has a form of alopecia that prevents hair growth.
After the comments, which also came during a game, Villanueva tweeted on his account ( @CV31 ) “KG called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.” He went on tweeting, “I wouldn’t even trip about that, but a cancer patient, I know way 2 many people who passed away from it, and I have a special place 4 those.”
Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank wasn’t with the team when those comments were made, but he didn’t mind sharing his opinion on Kevin Garnett yesterday after practice.
Frank said, “I think people really over, overstate his trash-talking, I really do. He’s one of the great competitors in the game.”
He went on to give KG some pretty high praise saying, “He [Kevin Garnett] is to me, what Ray Lewis is to football.”
Milwaukee native and former NBA star Latrell Sprewell was arrested for disorderly conduct Monday afternoon after police received repeated complaints about loud music coming from a house on E. Pleasant St. on Milwaukee’s east side, according to jail records reviewed by the Journal Sentinel Tuesday.
Police would not release details of the incident other than to report that police had received two complaints within one hour Monday afternoon and had received several complaints of loud music from the residence in recent months.
Sprewell, 42 and a graduate of Washington High School, was booked into the jail about 4:15 p.m.
Sprewell’s NBA career spanned 13 years. He played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves before ending his career in 2005. According to media reports at the time, Sprewell turned down a $21 million three-year contract with the Timberwolves, suggesting the amount wasn’t enough to feed his children.
His career was marred by a 1997 incident when he was playing for the Golden State Warriors and attacked and choked P.J. Carlesimo, the head coach for Oakland, during a practice.
Sprewell’s River Hills home was foreclosed on in 2008. U.S. marshals auctioned off his 70-foot, $1.5 million yacht in 2007 and in 2011 Sprewell was among Wisconsin’s top “tax deadbeats,” owing the state $3.5 million in unpaid income taxes.
Monday’s incident has been referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office for investigation.
Brett’s pube seller: The equipment staff “took Favre’s uniform and pads from his locker and noticed his jock strap had more than the usual amount of pubic hair left in it.”
Who needs a game-worn jersey when you can have game-worn pubes?
Today, a Craigslist poster in Minneapolis is testing the proposition that you can sell anything on the internet — he or she is hawking Brett Favre’s alleged pubes for $200… or the best offer. Thankfully, as you can see at the top of this post, the Ol’ Gunslinger’s short ‘n’ curlies (as Deadspin so eloquently characterizes them) come safely enclosed in a plastic bag. Though after all Favre put his groin area through during the latter part of his career, you might want the additional protection of a Hazmat suit if you have 200 bucks to blow on a bag of sweaty, disgusting hairs.
Interested in stimulating the economy? Here’s the Craigslist post(click to enlarge):
Note how the pube bag is meticulously labeled with Favre’s name and the date on which the sample was collected. It suggests that this “equipment manager” might have a whole collection of player pubes stowed away somewhere, doesn’t it?
“These are game-worn pubes from a living legend, and they aren’t going to a Green Bay fan.” Purple Pride!
Joe Mauer’s biggest — and possibly hairiest — fan.
Want to show up at the Twins game showing support for your hometown team, but too cheap to shell out $30 for a jhirt? (“jhirt” = jersey-shirt)
Well, If you’ve got enough back hair to carpet an apartment or two, here’s an idea: Take this creative dude’s lead and simply shave the number and name of your favorite player into you back! Assuming, of course, you not only have the requisite hair, but also have a friend/lover tolerant enough to invest that much TLC in your Chewbacca-like nether dorsal region.
On Saturday, this unnamed fan showed up at the Twins-Royals tilt donning a Joe Mauer jersey made entirely out of the stuff God gave him. And, as NESN notes, it wasn’t the first time, either — the dude showed up last season at a Twins game in Milwaukee “wearing” the same “jersey.”
I’ll tell you what — that’s one game-worn jersey I’m thrilled not to have.
Meet the future Meg McCracken. She’s marrying a gentleman named Phil. Heard that one before?
The Minnesota Twins broadcast team have a longstanding tradition of doing “Circle Me Bert” which involves people attempting to get analyst Bert Blyleven to circle them with the telestrator. During home games, one of those folks also wins $100 in MN State Lottery tickets. Today happened to be Meg’s day because Bert really likes the signs that people put their head into. And during her chat with Robby Incmikoski of FSN, we learn all about her fiancee Phil…
I wish you luck, Meg – introducing your husband to others should provide a lifetime of merriment.
[UPDATED] Robby sent us a picture of Phil’s driver’s license, this is legit folks. Note that we have altered it solely to remove the actual license number only.