Rookie Hazing: New York Yankees Pop Stars Parade!

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The New York Yankees annual rookie hazing tradition took a musical turn Sunday night. Per ESPN’s Ian Begley, Joba Chamberlain created his own little ‘pop’ stars. Pictured left to right:  Preston Claiborne as Billy Ray Cyrus, Cesar Cabral as Rick James, interpreter Jiwon Bang as Psy, Brett Marshall as a “Gangnam Style’ dancer, David Adams as Vanilla Ice and, the ultimate humiliation, J.R. Murphy as Justin Bieber.

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Pic: St. Louis Cardinals website ‘moves’ team to NL WEST!

St. Louis Cardinals "Gateway to the West."

St. Louis Cardinals “Gateway to the West.”

After the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals website proclaimed “Cards remain atop NL West perch.” While it’s true that the Redbirds are in first place, they are in the National League Central.

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Rookie Hazing: Colorado Rockies in Speedos!

The Colorado Rockies did a little rookie hazing this afternoon following their game against the San Francisco Giants. Notice the well placed smartphone on third basemen Nolan Arenado’s, um, lap.  Carlos Gonzalez wasted no time posting to his Twitter account.

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Video: Orioles Chris Davis Fouls a Ball into his Own Jersey!

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis managed a near impossible feat last night by pitch fouling a ball off the ground, then off his knee and into his own jersey. The sinker was toss by New York Yankees starter C. C. Sabathia.

Video Courtesy: MLB

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Hit the Deck: Twitter pix of the week: @Braves abs, ‘school’ supplies, purple kicks, @JDate

Baseball’s tweeps aren’t shy about sharing pictures some of their most humorous, mundane and intimate moments with the world. READ THE COLUMN HERE!

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Picture: Atlanta Braves Abs Contest – Dan Uggla v. Gerald Laird v. Photobomb

The Atlanta Braves are mere days from clinching yet another National League East title, but that is stopping them from having a little fun. Today, Braves back-up second baseman Elliot Johnson decided to conduct a Twitter poll between second basement Dan Uggla and catcher Gerald Laird. Check out the photobomb – first baseman Freddy Freeman – peeking through these manly-men. Who would you choose?

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Hit the Deck: Players chime in on #PeytonManning, #FantasyFootball

Baseball players had plenty to say during Thursday night’s 2013 NFL Kickoff match between the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. Whether it was anticipation and snarking during the lightning delay, bashing Ryan Seacrest (too easy) or watching their fantasy football teams get shredded as Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns, baseball’s tweeps did not disappoint. Like the rest of Twitter, lots of action during the pregame delay and as Manning started racking up fantasy and real points. Timeline from pregame to post-game. READ THE COLUMN HERE!

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Hit the Deck! Oakland A’s Josh Reddick’s Twitter scavenger hunt!

Even though Oakland Athletics outfielder, and on-again, off-again beard-off challenger, Josh Reddick is on the DL with a sprained wrist, it didn’t stop him from organizing an impromptu scavenger hunt in Walnut Creek, Calif., for his tweeps last week. Watch it unfold as Reddick gives mysterious clues, a bonus round and a surprise ending. All tweets and retweets come from Reddick’s timeline. READ THE COLUMN HERE!

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Hit the Deck! Baseball’s tweeps are back!

After an 18-month hiatus, “Hit The Deck,” your go-to source for what our favorite MLB and MiLB players are sharing about their daily lives and insights, has returned. Oh, and food still matters to our tweeps.

READ THE COLUMN HERE!

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Video: High School Baseball Team Does the Hokey Pokey!

The Jackson High School baseball team learns how to do the Hokey Pokey. Watch as these Alabama boys take direction from their manager (the good stuff starts around 1:18) and then put it all together in a music video the begins at 3:17. Will this “training” help the Aggies during the 2012 season? Did they do this voluntarily or is this some sort of punishment? Could this be classified as hazing? You be the judge!

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Video: Justin Verlander Stars in Hilarious New Commercial – Verlander vs. Verlander

The first MLB 2K12 commercial is out! AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson are parked outside the Perfect Club, a private club reserved for everything perfect — including past perfect game pitchers and even 2K Sports’ alumni of $1,000,000 winners. Despite Justin’s many accomplishments, he has yet to achieve perfection on the mound and thus is not allowed in the club. Does Justin care? Watch it and judge for yourself!

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Reality or Comedy? Twins Auction Ball Signed by Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

Desperate times, desperate measures. This is what happens when you finish in last place, lose 99 games and lose almost two-thirds of your games in your almost-new stadium. Below is the official press release.

Kris Humphries during his "Glory Days."

The Minnesota Twins today announced that bidding has started on a very unusual auction to raise funds for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund at www.twinsbaseball.com. Fans can now bid on an official Major League baseball autographed by both reality TV star Kim Kardashian and soon-to-be former husband andMinneapolis,Minnesota native Kris Humphries .

“We have as far as we know, a one-of-a-kind item – a baseball with both of their signatures which we believe is best used to raise incremental funds for the good works of the Community Fund,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of public affairs for the Twins.

The baseball up for auction was signed by the ill-fated couple prior to the Friday July 1, 2011 game at Target Field. Kris Humphries threw out a ceremonial first pitch that evening. Fans now have the opportunity to bid on this unique piece of memorabilia with proceeds benefitting the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.

The auction will end on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. CT.

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Hit The Deck! @Decker6: Funniest player you’re not following on Twitter

Cody Decker: A Subtle Man .... Not!

So, who is @Decker6 aka Cody Decker? While at UCLA, the slugger was named twice to the All-Pac-10 team and was known for his unique “batters box stomp” featured in this video. Now in the San Diego Padres organization, the self-proclaimed “anti-hero,” who is “rarely wrong, often a jerk, always adorable,” is witty, sarcastic, sometimes sophomoric, and can do a serious beat down in a Twitter war — especially with favorite target @cswag8 (Chris Swauger). BTW – His 25th birthday is today and all he wants is to reach 1,500 followers, a surprisingly modest goal. Do it for Cody, you just might get a bat out of it. <a title=”HTD! Cody Decker” href=”So, who is @Decker6 aka Cody Decker? While at UCLA, the slugger was named twice to the All-Pac-10 team and was known for his unique “batters box stomp” featured in this video. Now in the San Diego Padres organization, the self-proclaimed “anti-hero,” who is “rarely wrong, often a jerk, always adorable,” is witty, sarcastic, sometimes sophomoric, and can do a serious beat down in a Twitter war — especially with favorite target @cswag8 (Chris Swauger). BTW – His 25th birthday is today and all he wants is to reach 1,500 followers, a surprisingly modest goal. Do it for Cody, you just might get a bat out of it.” READ THE COLUMN HERE.

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Funny Video: Baseball Player’s Hilarious Batter’s Box Ritual

Cody Decker is a minor league first baseman drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2009. While at UCLA, the slugger was named twice to the All-Pac-10 team and was known for his lengthy, unique “batters box stomp.” (He developed in little league.) Don’t be fooled, Decker is well aware of the potential ridicule if he makes it to the majors and can’t wait for it!

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Hit the Deck! Baseball’s tweeps are #Tebowing!

Timmy Defies the Odds Again! Photo: John Leyba, The Denver Post

As Tim Tebow was leading the Denver Broncos to another improbable victory against the Chicago Bears yesterday, baseball’s tweeps got “Tebow Fever.” The action picked up as Tebow was driving the Broncos for their first score with a little more than two minutes left in regulation. The fever gets so hot that one tweep gave him credit for Matt Prater’s 59-yard game-tying field goal! READ THE COLUMN HERE!

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