Great Moments in Awkward History

Not since some bright guy invited Stephen Colbert to the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinners, have we been able to witness a more uncomfortable public verbal flogging.

Hat tip to Big League Stew for the link.

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WOW. That was completely fascinating. For real. When did this happen?

I guess last night.

Was anybody slammed through the Spanish announcers' table? That's the real question on everyone's mind this morning.

I'm not sure if it's true, but I always think of Soriano as being a guy with very limited english speaking/comprehending skills.

Assuming he understood what was being said, it seems odd that he'd just stand there. Unless he was prepped for what was going to go down and was complicent in the whole thing, he'd have been better suited to have just laughed dismissively and walked off.

Very odd.

I'm sure he was in on it...I'm just not sure he knew what he was in on before agreeing to it.

HA HA

That is exactly what I was thinking.

Very weird. They should have gotten someone else who understand/speaks English.

They should have gotten someone else who understand/speaks English.

Sure... except for the fact that Soriano does understand and speak English.

Good Catch.

I should have added the word 'better' as the last word of that sentence.

LEVINE REVEALS

Telander, what a disgrace! what an arrogant lazy fuck!, introduced himself to Ryan Theriot FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME YESTERDAY!

http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog?post=41734...

firericktelander.com is available, dude. You better strike while the iron's hot.

JR- "Well Miz is letting Soriano have it..."

INTERUPTED by NWA "F#ck the Police" blaring over speakers.

JR screams _"Wait a minute!! By GAWD!! That's Milton Bradley's Music!!"

Bradley walks to ring with empty water bottle.

JR- "Buziness just picked up!!"

well played

http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

biz's favorite link from Parachat...

Who cares if Fonzie was in on it or not, that was equal parts hilarious and retarded.

Did a google search and apparently that whole shtick is standard fare for NWE. The wrestler the dude was calling out came by and hugged Soriano after his "match".

There are a ton of these wrestling blogs that give blow by blow accounts of every thing that is said at these events. Wow.

You mean it wasn't REAL? ;)

I've placed a call to the Attorney General's office to begin an investigation.

Kidding aside, even if it is standard fare, I wonder how often the standard fare includes a MLB player??

Yeah, these things are all staged... like a Manny Ramirez or Albert Pujols home run.

Fonzi was likely paid to be part of that, at the very least his evening was comped by whatever lame group runs those things. If Fonzi had been told what the skit was, then he's an idiot for being part of it. But I doubt anyone told him, they probably were looking to take advantage of him. It's tasteless garbage from a phony sport with an even bigger PED problem than MLB.

Check out this article about how many wrestlers have had steroids related deaths in a 10 year period, it's 60 something.

http://www.ickypeople.com/2007/06/60-wrestlers-und...

Wow.
Thats a long list of of dead wrestlers. I'm surprised the 'sport' hasnt been shut down completely.

no wonder BB and Clemens are so crabby.

It's a hillbilly thing. They're really into it still.

they're not technically a sport and WWE, especially, has been very active for many years to brand themselves as anything but a sport.

they steroid test wrestlers in washington state or oregon...i think oregon...not sure. anyway, you don't see much wrestling there.

the biggest problem, though...imo...is how these people treat their pain.

there's house shows (non-televised/taped) performances in between the TV stuff. most of these guys work matches 4-6 times a week and some never take much time off. it all looks choreographed and etc, but really...take all the fancy moves and keeping moving while the match is going on, the acting, etc...just imagine being picked up 6-8' in the air and thrown down for a living as a starting point then think about all the other gymnastic and stunt-man crap they do.

lot of pills and booze. i'm actually surprised there's not more killing/injuring themselves with their automobiles before they get to the point where they're OD'ing on something.

ah, it's just a bit of fun.

he probably just got choice seats for him and friends, a really nice ride there, and food/drinks.

the "heel" with the mic was just there to make damn sure everyone in the room knew they were supposed to hate him.

it's a lot more classy than dressing sgt. slaughter up as an iraqi sympathizer during Gulf War 1 (the one with the nifty trading cards...war is fun sometimes).

...and yes, it's a classless sport...or entertainment...

saw the japanese version of this...taunting Fukudome?

http://www.wwe.co.jp/ppvspecial/

Sorry about posting a lol post, but...

LOL!

Wow. A total setup and a shameless use of Soriano and the Cubs, but still hilarious. I don't think he could have handled it much better though.

One wonders if this won't fire Sori up a little bit. :)

What does Soriano have to be fired up about again?

no wonder BB and Clemens are so crabby.

...it's the hot sauce treatment that makes em crabby.

old style cure for crabs:

cut away half the hair
light the other half on fire
smash crabs with hammers as they run from the fire to the hairless side

yeah... that'd make you crabby alright...

Sort of on topic, looks like the WWE and the Nuggets have a little conflict of dates. Both have booked the Pepsi Center next Monday, even though the WWE actually have a signed contract.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4176082

In it Vince McMahon takes a pretty good jab at the Nuggets owner. Not sure how they can move the WWE out of that spot now with so many tickets sold. Looks like the NBA will have to move the date of the game. It will be interesting to see this play out as McMahon will love the attention it gets and will be very hard nosed I am sure.

Rickie Weeks out for the season.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/45348082.html

Brew Crew just signed Catalanotto. It probably means Counsel and Catalanotto will get most of the time at 2b with Hall getting more time back at 3b now.

There goes my Dan Uggla plan B. Guess I'll go get Polanco. *sigh*

I should also add that he's cranked out some good offensive fantasy numbers for me for the short time I've had him, so I can only assume that means he was a big part of the Brewers over-achieving offense this year.

Once again, I'd like to apologize to Ne!f! saved us!. That is shitty luck.

I'd totally be willing to trade them Aaron Miles. The Cubs will take anything back...Hendry has authorized me to make the deal.

I was reading Doug Melvin's statement to the press when he signed Catalanotto last week, and he said Cat was going to the minors and had to prove himself first. And from the latest article I linked to above, he's not coming up right now to replace Weeks roster spot.

"One option to bring up from the minors is 2B Hernan Iribarren, who is batting .311 at Class AAA Nashville. But whomever comes out will not be a regular player. Melvin said he'd have a replacement by game time tomorrow in Houston.

Melvin did say that shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar would begin to get some action at second base at Nashville in the event there is another injury. But Melvin said Escobar would not be coming up now.

For the present, Counsell will handle the bulk of the duty at second with right-handed-hitting Casey McGehee getting some starts against lefties."

And Bill Hall will still be riding the pine quite a bit, as they have Matt Gamel up now to take away Hall's playing time. Interesting times in Milwaukee. It's about time our division foes starting having their own share of injuries.

Phillies signed Paul Bako to a minor league deal.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies_zone/P...

Inbox: Can Harden work deeper?

(14-yr old chuckle)

This was so uncomfortable to watch. It would have been better if it had been Manny, A-Rod, Clemens, and their dealer getting ridiculed at the 'roid show. Also check out for things to do around Wrigley that don't involve lame wrestlers at mywrigleyville.com

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  • If it was 2006 Hendry would be there w a Bible and a contract
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/77...

    jacos 40 min 42 sec ago view
  • he subscribes to my twitter, he's beyond TCR. #yolo #swag

    crunch 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Whoops. Maddon must have been reading TCR (for his daily crunch) and got confused.

    CTSteve 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • kuhl is a righty, not a lefty.

    i think maddon might think kuhl is a lefty, too. i wonder what the reasoning is for baez leading off vs a rightie.

    crunch 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 6 hours 26 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 33 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 7 hours 9 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 7 hours 13 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 7 hours 16 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 7 hours 16 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 7 hours 21 min ago view