Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rays minor-league team cancels ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’

The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate, had intended to give the first 500 fans a free juice box as a subtle jab at Alex Rodriguez before Friday night’s game. But, after the Yankees complained about the “A-Rod Juice Box Night” promotion, saying they found it "in poor taste," the Florida team cancelled the free giveaway.

In a photo illustration on the team's Twitter and Facebook pages, a woman is drinking from a juice box with this label (containing the wrong spelling of effects):

The Sports Drink
100 % Juiced
Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!

The Yankees contacted the MLB commissioner's office and the Florida State League after consulting with the Rays, who notified them of the promotion, according to — even after the controversy of his return to baseball from a year-long suspension seems to be wearing off.

The team web site said the first 500 fans would get a free juice box (which they can drink or donate to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition) and any fans bringing A-Rod T-shirts, hats or other merchandise to be donated to the Salvation Army can get a free ticket.

The Stone Crabs later apologized:

"On behalf of our entire organization I apologize to the New York Yankees, our affiliate club the Tampa Bay Rays, and all fans who may have taken offense," said Stone Crabs General Manager, Jared Forma.  "While our intent was to raise awareness for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and the Salvation Army, we realize this promotion may have been offensive to many and for that we are sorry and have decided to cancel the promotion.  The Stone Crabs organization has the utmost respect for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays organizations and wishes both organizations only the best in the future."

The Charlotte Sports Park had a mixed bag of other promotions set up for the 6:30 p.m. game as well. The team was also offering a free beer special ($15, all you can drink from when gates open at 5 until end of the first inning) and it's All-Star Kids Club Night!

Rodriguez, who would be in New York while the Yankees played the Texas Rangers had no comment.

The Stone Crabs team is owned by Ripken Baseball, and operated independently of the Rays front office.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mets fan caught on camera groping woman's breast during game (VIDEO)

A New York Mets fan was caught on a broadcast camera as he repeatedly groped a woman during a game at Citi Field on Sunday.

The man, whose identity is not known at this time, could be seen sitting on the third base line during the seventh inning of the game grabbing at the breast of the woman next to him.

The woman seemed annoyed by his actions as the PIX11 network camera caught her angrily pushing away the man's hand.  

The two appeared to be attending the game against the Milwaukee Brewers together, but it is still clear from the video that the woman was not happy with the physical contact. 

"Guy just grabbed the girls boob with the striped shirt in background of Mets game. Anyone get that? I can't rewind with Optimum," wrote WFANtrades on Twitter, the first to notice the incident.

The Mets organization has yet to respond or comment on the video.

Police searching for man who stole glove off Islanders bench during last game at Nassau Coliseum

Long Island police are searching for a man they say stole a glove from the Islanders bench during Game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The matchup against the Washington Capitals turned out to be the team's final game at Nassau Coliseum.

A photo has been released of the suspect, who is seen holding a beer bottle with a CCM glove in Islander blue and orange. He is described as a white male with a beard that was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, blue shirt and blue hat, according to Newsday.

The Nassau County Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Other Islanders fans also took pieces of the Coliseum home with them as the season came to an end. There were several reports of stolen chairs after Game 3 of the same series against the Capitals on April 19.

The Isles move from the 40-year-old arena to Barclays Center at the start of next season.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tony Mangia on assignment in China

A message to the readers of The Other Paper:

I will be in China  for the next month working with the kids for a couple of weeks before heading north to photograph the eagle hunters of Mongolia.

And, depending on the availability of the Internet, Facebook and blog postings will probably be difficult — specially while on a Li river raft or on horseback with the native Kazakh people. 

Keep checking to see if any photos or stories appear on The Other Paper site. Regular postings should return around May 20.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in some Shanghai saloon. And, as for those dramas with A-Rod and Don Draper, I’ll just have to wait and see how they play out.

Thanks for the support — Zaijian — Tony Mangia

Carlos Carrasco carted off field after taking line-drive to face (VIDEO)

Even with a swollen face Carlo Carrasco considered himself one lucky dude Tuesday night.

The Indians pitcher was struck on the right side of the face with a line drive hit by Chicago's Melky Cabrera in the first inning of Cleveland's 4-1 loss to the White Sox and is grateful it wasn't worse.

Carrasco was carted off the field after he was knocked down by the liner that glanced off his glove and right hand before smacking him on the right side of the face. The right-hander crumpled to the ground in front of the mound as manager Terry Francona and a trainer quickly raced out to check on him.

After lying on the ground for a few minutes, Carrasco was helped to his feet by two Indians trainers before walking slowly to the cart holding the left side of his face. As he was driven off, he was given a warm ovation by Cleveland fans.

NBC pays tribute to Nassau Coliseum in final season (VIDEO)

The Islanders might have stumbled a bit down the stretch leading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but NBC does recognize a good story when it sees one.

And the Isles' curtain call at the Nassau Coliseum — before heading 30 miles west to Brooklyn next season — is certainly one of those.

Although it's been 22 years since the Isles last won a playoff series, NBC's promotional advertisement for its playoff coverage should bring back cherished memories of the glory days at the self-proclaimed barn to nostalgic Islanders fans.

The Islanders begin the first-round playoff series at Washington on Wednesday night, with Games 3 and 4 at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday and Tuesday.

Cardinals fan has Busch Stadium painted on his beer belly (PHOTOS)

It's not unusual for fans to have a favorite team logo or player shaved or tattooed onto their bodies but what does a person do to show his devotion to a whole stadium?

Well, one Cardinals fan showed his love by having a mural of Busch Stadium painted on his gut. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Jeff Rearden got it painted on at a bar before the game and proudly displayed it for the world to see.

"I just let the artist do whatever she wanted. And she painted this," he said.

Rearden was more than happy to oblige other fans with photographs. But here's hoping nobody asked to see the flagpole.