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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  • Agreed. And, with Hendricks on the mound, Cubs will probably need to score some runs to win -- why not start Soler for his bat and bring in Ajax for defense later?

    NEVER MIND....just re-read the lineup.

  • If the Cubs have the lead in the 8th, who pitches? Rodney? Travis? Yikes.

  • The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.

  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.