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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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, 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?

Sorry about posting a lol post, but...


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.'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.

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.

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.

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

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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).