Nationals to give away Jayson Werth Chia Pet

  • Some promotional items are no-brainers. Such is the case with one of the Washington Nationals's stadium giveaways for the 2015 season.No, not the Anthony Rendon gnome, though that was an easy choice after last year's Jayson Werth gnome lovefest (there are only three listed on eBay, the cheapest is $165).  This season's best Nationals giveaway is another Werth gem. This time, it's a Jayson Werth Chia-Pet.Yep, a Chia Pet. In place of Werth's signature facial hair, you can sprout greenery. How great is that?  The Nats 2015 promo schedule includes a Rendon gnome, a Star Wars day, and a Werth Chia Pet http://t.co/WGQX4nMTE3 pic.twitter.com/TRZ8AoH8u3— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) February 13, 2015“The gnome was so fantastic, and we felt like we had to push the envelope,” Valerie 夜网论坛Camillo, the team's chief revenue and marketing officer, told the Washington Post. “We were just thinking of something creative that people would get into. and Jayson is such a personality and lends himself so well to this sort of promotional fun, probably better than the average player….The first time that was mentioned, it was like ‘Yeah, that’s it.’ Then it was a matter of please don’t let it be too expensive.”The Werth Chia Pets will be given away to the first 20,000 fans before the August 5 game against the Diamondbacks.[......]

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    Cardinals remind rest of NL Central who's the boss

  • The Cardinals have won the National League Central 10 times in the 20 years the division has existed. So St. Louis decided to use its throwback-style 2015 scorecard to remind the rest of the division members who rules the roost (it's the Cardinals).We're loving this year's Official Scorecard! Pick up yours at #OpeningDaySTL or at any home game this season. pic.twitter.com/LVTKKkP1KZ— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 13, 2015That's actually pretty cool, and it's certainly factual. But the scorecard is bound to rub some people the wrong way because, well, it's the Cardinals. Rubbing some people the wrong way is what the Cardinals do. That and win division titles. The best part, though, is the upper right corner: "Learn to Score the 'Cardinal Way.' "Here's some reaction, much of it positive: There is a thing in the Cardinals scor夜网论坛ecard that says "Learn to score the Cardinal Way." Never been a more self-important organization— FullCountTommy (@FullCountTommy) April 13, 2015The Front Cover of This Year's St. Louis Cardinals Scorecard is Absolutely Fantastic: http://t.co/BydmNY9tdS— SABR Media Committee (@MediaSABR) April 13, 2015Hate to admit it, but that is a pretty great scorecard. https://t.co/yUT3klnkal— Ryan Atkinson (@ryandatkinson) April 13, 2015I actually like what the Cardinals did for their scorecard, gotta trash talk a bit. I'm sure the other NLC teams (ahem #Cubs) will respond.— Rice Cube (@CubicSnarkonia) April 13, 2015Wow, really?!? RT @BestFansStLou[......]

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    SEC Baseball Tournament 2015: Bracket, TV schedule, dates, times, tickets

  • The 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament will run from Tuesday until Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.Here is the complete schedule (all times CT): MORE: Printable bracket | Get ticketsTuesday, May 19 (all games single elimination)Game 1: No. 6 Ole Miss  vs. No. 11 Alabama, 9:30 a.m. | SEC Network Game 2: No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 South Carolina, time TBD | SEC NetworkGame 3: No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9  Auburn, 4:30 p.m. | SEC NetworkGame 4: No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 12 Tennessee, time TBD | SEC NetworkWednesday, May 20 (all games double elimination)Game 5: No. 3 Texas A&M vs. Winner of Game 1, 9:30 a.m. | SEC NetworkGame 6: No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. Winner of Game 2, time TBD | SEC NetworkGame 7: No. 1 LSU vs. Winner of Game 3, 4:30 p.m. | SEC NetworkGame 8: No. 4 Florida vs. Winner of Game 4, time TBD | SEC NetworkThursday, May 21 (all games double elimination)Game 9: Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6, 9:30 a.m. | SEC NetworkGame 10: Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8, time TBD | SEC NetworkGame 11: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 4:30 p.m. | SEC NetworkGame 12: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8, time TBD | SEC NetworkFriday, May 22 (all games double elimination)Game 13: Winner of Game 9 vs. Loser of Game 11, 3 p.m. | SEC NetworkGame 14: Winner of Game of 10 vs. Loser of Game 12, time TBD | SEC NetworkSaturday, May 23 (all games single elimination)Game 15: Winner of G夜网论坛ame 13 vs. Winner of Game 11, 12 noon | SEC NetworkGame 16: Winner of Ga[......]

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    Yankees make 'Today' show surprise for baseball player whose mother was killed in church shooting

  • Chris Singleton, a member of Charleston Southern's baseball team, lost his mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton when 夜网论坛she was gunned down in the horrific shooting that took the lives of eight others at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.Since then, the 19-year-old outfielder has received an outpouring of support from family, friends, teammates and even strangers. MORE: Panthers donate $100K  | Dwight Howard visits CharlestonSingleton was a guest on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, and as if meeting special guest host John Cena wasn't cool enough, he got a special surprise from several members of the Yankees. Alex Rodriguez, Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances showed up to the set to surprise Singleton as part of the organization's seventh annual "Hope Week," an event that recognizes individuals and organizations that inspire others to do good.Privileged to take part in @Yankees #HOPEWeek and to meet @csingleton__2 on the @TodayShow pic.twitter.com/fqpYziw3r6— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) August 17, 2015Chris Singleton learns from the #Yankees that he'll throw out the ceremonial first pitch at The Stadium tonight. pic.twitter.com/sWQBy7FgfO— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 17, 2015Singleton also found out he will get the chance to throw out the first pitch at the Yankees' home game against the Twins on Monday night.UPDATE: Singleton delivered a strike to Yankees outfielder Chris Young.What #HOPEWeek is all about: http://t.co/GrPjcukv[......]

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    Keith Hernandez takes issue with Matt Harvey's innings limit

  • The entire saga of Matt Harvey’s possible shutdown shines a light on the trouble with tracking pitchers by how many innings they throw. Not all innings are created equal.Harvey has thrown 166 1/3 innings for the Mets this season, with 2,459 pitches logged on his surgically repaired right arm. At that pace, if he goes exactly to the much-discussed figure of 180 innings for the season, the Mets’ ace will have thrown 2,661 pitches — 36 fewer than he threw in 2013, when he tossed 178 1/3 innings before a torn elbow ligament ended his breakout campaign. MORE: The worst contracts in this season“You can throw innings, and they can be easy innings, they can be 1-2-3 innings, and you can throw 35 pitches and you’re in trouble, where every pitch, you’ve got to rare back and fire,” former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez told Sporting News Tuesday. “So, that’s suggestive, right there. I don’t like all this innings stuff anyway. It does have import here because Matt has had the Tommy John surgery. I’m not a fan of pampering these pitchers with innings and pitch counts. I don’t think they develop and are able to go nine innings, because they’re not conditioned to. I think they wear down — you wear down, any athlete, you increase your chance to get hurt.” The Mets have done their best to curtail Harvey’s workload, skipping starts, trying a six-man rotation and holding him to 105 or fewer pitches in 19 of his 25 starts. Harvey’s own increased efficiency, averaging 0.18 fewer[......]

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    World Series 2015: Frank Thomas tells why Mets shouldn't feel bad, makes Mets feel bad

  • The Royals are celebrating their first World Series title since 1985. Champagne, goggles, a big trophy! But remember, in a nearby locker room, the Mets are agonizing over what might have been.Don't worry, Mets fans. Fox Sports analyst Frank Thomas is here to cheer you up. Sort of. Not really. MORE: Best World Series photos | Royals win it all with clutch play Thomas said "The Mets have nothing to hold their heads down for, except they didn't play that well, and they gave away this World Series." That's a real pick-me-up!You might think that's not a great way to take away the sting of coming up short on baseball's biggest stage, but this actually falls in line with what Thomas has said in the past.— Frank Thomas on a first date: "I think this is going really well, except I don't find you that interesting, and you're not what I would call attractive."— Frank Thomas at your pet's funeral: "You gave him the best life possible, except he seemed hungry most of the time, and when I came to watch him for you he looked really depressed."— Frank Thomas after you spilled red wine on the new carpet: "It's not your fault there's wine on the carpet, except it is, and you're going to pay to have a new one installed."— Frank Th夜网论坛omas when you hand in your expense report late: "It's fine that you didn't hand it in on time, except I'm going to need you to clean out your cubicle, and you're fired."(Note: Frank Thomas has never said any of these things and seems like a swell guy. He j[......]

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    Rays prospect bashes Bryce Harper's 'make baseball fun again' hat

  • null Baseball null To say Rays prospect Brent Honeywell had an issue with the "make baseball fun again" hat Bryce Harper donned after the Nationals won their opening day game is an understatement.The pitcher took to Twitter to express his disapproval of Harper's hat and his offseason comments about baseball being a "tired" sport. MORE: Most-hated players in baseball history"Make baseball fun again" it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best.— Brent Honeywel夜网论坛l (@brent_honeywell) April 5, 2016Baseball is not a "tired" game either. It's been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real "clown move"— Brent Honeywell (@brent_honeywell) April 5, 2016Most of those who have criticized Harper's comments have been older or retired players, while many closer to Harper's age have agreed with him. Not Honeywell. Unsurprisingly, the 21-year-old pitcher received some backlash over Twitter. He was quick to clarify that he would never intentionally hit Harper, but that he would like to go up against him in a professional setting.SN Q&A: Johnny Bench on board with Harper bringing excitement to baseballHowever, many did point out that Honeywell was missing the purpose of H[......]

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    Step aside, pitchers, gymnasts dominate the mound

  • Forget throwing strikes. Perfect 10s are much more entertaining. It was a little — correction, way too — high to be a strike, but when you have a windup like the one Simone Biles showed Monday, where the pitch is placed doesn't matter.  MORE: Portraits of Team USA athletesThe three-time all-around world champion threw a ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners-Astros game in Houston, near her Texas home, and it's safe to say neither team's pitchers could have replicated the act.  MORE: Simone Biles dominates U.S. championshipsConsider this preparation for the gymnast's U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose this weekend..@Simone_Biles does a flip and throws a pitch at the @astros game today. (@DTGoteraKHOU) pic.twitter.com/iaLxugSODT— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) July 4, 2016Now, technically that's not a flip. It's a side aerial, which is basically a flip and a cartwheel combined. If her hands had touched the ground, it would have been a cartwheel, but it's also not a flip because of her body orientation.  Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney did throw a cartwheel in 2014 during her ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field for a Twins-White Sox game. She also ended her extended windup with a front walkover. These two tricks landed her only feet away from the catch, so good thing she didn't put too much heat behind her actual pitch. MORE: American McKayla Maoney retiring from gymnasticsSometimes, it's not about the windup. It's about the follow-through.Gymnasts Al[......]

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    Tickets to historic game at Fort Bragg not for sale

  • null null Baseball null Sunday's historic game at Fort Bragg between the Braves and Marlins is meant to be a first-of-its-kind Fourth of July weekend tribute to the military.And Fort Bragg officials want to keep it that way, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reported. MORE: Sporting News ranks the 50 best coaches/managers of all timeAll 12,500 tickets to the 8 p.m. ET game (ESPN) are non-transferable and not for resale. Still, according to the Observer, several "wanted" ads have popped up on Craigslist and other online classified-ad sites, posted by fans hoping to score the hottest ticket in town. In fact, at least one of those ads offered $1,000 for the chance to attend: "Looking for a soldier at Fort Bragg who has an extra ticket for the game on July 3rd. I do not have a military ID, so I would need you to escort me onto the base. I'm dying to get into this game (I've been to 51 different stadiums) and will pay $1,000 if you can make it happen for me."Any service member with tickets who gives them away or sells them could face "repercussions," said Eric Hill, the recreation division chief for Fort Bragg's D夜网论坛irectorate of Family and Morale, W[......]

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    Bartolo Colon, home run hitter, draws first walk of his 19-year career

  • Take your base, Bartolo. You've earned power-hitter respect.Yes, for the first time in his 19-year career, beloved portly Mets hurler Bartolo Colon drew a walk Monday against the Diamondbacks. MORE: Best active players by ageThe giver of the seven-pitch free pass was Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray, who was obviously fearful of Colon's home run prowess and preferred to face leadoff batter Jose Reyes instead. The walk came three months after the 43-year-old Colon slugged his first career home run. Power, and now on-base savvy. It's never too late to up your g夜网论坛ame.[......]

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