Theo Epstein says people should “ask Wetbutt” when it comes to Cubs trade rumors

The Cubs shipped some of their top prospects, including Eloy Jimenez, across town to the White Sox for Jose Quintana this week which would have been surprising no matter what the tertiary details of the deal were. But the universe delivered this time and not only did the trade go down over the All-Star break with secret phone calls taking place at fan conventions, but some of the most unlikely baseball “insiders” broke the news: two Redditors named “Wetbutt23” and “KatyPerrysBootyHole.”

That might not be enough to get him a promotion to the show, but it’s definitely enough for people to keep paying attention, especially after his recent promotion to St. Lucie. On Cheap Vintage NBA Jerseys Thursday night, Tebow blasted a walk-off homer over the left field fence to seal a 5-4 win for the Mets.

The excitement fans had in the park isn’t exactly translating to pure positivity about Tebow’s attempted baseball career, but he’s driven in seven runs in 33 chances at the plate through his last 10 games, so there’s at least an argument to be made that he can hack it at this level for a while longer.

His continued presence in the minors is still most likely tied more to ticket sales and merchandising opportunities than his skill set. Yet, as long as he’s down there chasing his Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China dreams. he can hopefully continue to make fans as happy as they are in the footage of this homer.

Robinson Cano named 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP

Robinson Cano had a pretty good Tuesday night.

The Mariners second baseman kept the All-Star Game from going any longer in the 10th inning with a shot off of Cubs closer Wade Davis that put the American League in the lead.

But not only did that shot win the game, finishing with the American League up 2-1, it also made the case for Cano to win the All-Star MVP award, which was presented after the game.

Of course, you don’t just get a cool glass bat for being the MVP. You also win a new car. Cano had the choice between a Chevy pickup and a Corvette, but for him, it was an easy decision: He went Corvette.

Cano ended the game 1-2 at the plate but had the game’s most important hit — and any night that you end with a brand new Corvette is a good one.

The 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2011 seasons supposedly had seven different 5-WAR center fielders, and, no, I’m not buying any of them as the Golden Age of center fielders. There were 30 teams and 30 center fielders, and a few of them were bound to have some out-of-character defensive seasons that would jimmy with the WAR. Peter Bourjos is one of the center fielders included in the above. Which is swell, but he probably isn’t the herald of the Golden Age.

Not when you could travel back to 1925, when Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Al Simmons, Edd Roush, Earle Combs, Hack Wilson, and Max Carey were all building Hall of Fame careers. If we’re Cheap Vikings Jerseys China going to give extra credit for fewer teams in the league in previous sections, it has to be considered here.

In the end, though, we’re talking about seven Hall of Famers — including one of the inner-circliest of inner-circle Hall of Famers — out of 16 starting center fielders. I’ll Cheap US Soccer Jerseys go to 1925 and regret nothing later.

Jackie Bradley Jr. slams into outfield wall during latest amazing catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to amaze in centerfield for Boston. On Friday night against the Angels, after the Sox offense had taken care of a healthy lead early in the game, Bradley made a spectacular defensive play that kept the score as-is.

Swarzak has struck out 52 batters in 48 1/3 innings this year for the White Sox, where he was on a 1-year contract for $900,000 and has appeared in 41 games.

With a 2.23 ERA and 2.34 FIP, he’ll be a rental for Milwaukee but a solid one as it has been looking to acquire relief help to upgrade its bullpen — even if only marginally.

Ryan Cordell is a 25-year-old minor league outfielder, ranked 17th in the Brewers system (which was itself ranked sixth in the league by ESPN before this season), according to MLB Pipeline, and was spending time with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the Pacific Coast League.

Cordell isn’t a bad return for Swarzak, as he’s batting .284 with 10 homers and 45 RBI in 68 games this year in AAA. According to Jeff Passan, he’s a favorite of many scouts Cheap Reversible Jerseys and could be ready to join the majors sooner rather than later.

The White Sox are fully in rebuilding mode, so another young gun Cheap Soccer Jerseys to pad their ranks and contribute in the future is more than welcome, especially someone who may be able to contribute fairly soon.

Adrian Beltre got ejected for relocating the on-deck circle, which is such an Adrian Beltre thing to do

Adrian Beltre is about to reach the 3,000 hit milestone. He’s expected to reach it sometime this weekend. He racked up three more hits on Wednesday night, but all of the attention was on him for a completely different (and yet very Beltre) reason.

As he was preparing for his final at-bat of the game, hoping to notch another hit on his tally, he was standing slightly away from the on-deck circle going through his warm up swings.

Then, the umpire asked him to get into the actual on-deck circle. Beltre, being Beltre, decided that instead of just following instructions he would simply relocate the on-deck circle to where he wanted it to be.

It took until there were under three minutes on the clock for Giancarlo Stanton to get going, but once he did, he went DEEP with a 496 footer. 496!

Stanton does not wait for his balls to land before hitting the next one, and it makes for some homers that start before the last one lands. He caught fire just before the two-minute mark, jumping to eight shortly after his timeout, and number nine earned him his 30 seconds of bonus time, which he will definitely need to catch Sanchez.

Why can’t we have Stanton and Sanchez advance who booked this bracket what is wrong with you

Giancarlo started to look real tired as time winded down, but Cheap Quality Soccer Jerseys picked up two more to give him 15 total — 10 of them over 440 feet — before his 30 seconds of bonus time began.

Stanton used his break to get the crowd behind him, needing Cheap Red Wings Jerseys two to tie Sanchez and three to eliminate him. He picked up the first with 10 seconds left, but that was it, and the defending champ is eliminated!

Rafael Devers is the youngest Red Sox player to hit a home run since Tony Conigliaro

Rafael Devers made his first appearance in the majors during Boston’s Tuesday game against the Mariners, but he didn’t notch a hit. On Wednesday he more than made up for it by making his first major league hit a home run.

Not only a home run, but a 427-foot shot straight out to center field to increase the Sox’s lead against Seattle in what turned out to be a much-needed win.

This isn’t to make fun of Perez for being slow. All catchers are relatively slow, and they take a beating behind the plate. Catchers accounted for just 2.75 percent of all major league steals entering play Thursday.

Perez has been an iron man of sorts, regularly atop the league leaders in defensive innings behind the plate, so his body takes more of a beating than most. In 2014-15, he set a major league record for most innings caught in a two-year span.

Maybe Perez, who made his fifth consecutive All-Star team this year, is just selective about when he chooses to unleash his speed. He is 3-for-3 in his career in stolen base Cheap Pirates Jerseys attempts, so he’s Cheap Packer Jerseys doing something right.

But Thursday’s swipe of second base was even more rare, given that Fulmer has only allowed six stolen bases in 45 career starts. So we had an iron man catcher on base after getting plunked, with a pitcher on the mound who’s hard to steal against. Of course Perez was going to steal second base.

Hall of Fame Game is no prize, but at least an ugly NFL offseason is over

There’s an actual, real-life NFL football game Thursday night, the Hall of Fame Game. (All right, it’s an exhibition game, and it’s the one that never made it to kickoff last year. Close enough.)

Does that mean the offseason is over … finally? That is, what passes for the NFL offseason. It never really was off, we all know. There was no down time, no space to breathe, no pause button.

Yes, training camp has been going on for more than a week in most places. However, this is what people circle on the calendar: when the post-Super Bowl drought ends, the games return and are here to stay until February. But as we know, and as we’re accustomed to now, you can’t return if you never actually leave.

“I kind of whiffed and he pushed me to the ground.

“Coaches were like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘Have you seen that guy? You want to block him?’

Anderson said “it’s cool” to have Peppers as a teammate and he has “a lot of respect” for what Peppers has done during his career.

“I think God really just built him like this perfect specimen and was like, ‘Here, don’t mess it up.’ Cam is kind of the same way,” Anderson added. “They just have these physical tools that not many people have.

“Obviously it’s a testament to what he does in his offseason and in his training. To be able to play this long, it’s not by accident.”

While Peppers is entering what might be his final NFL season, the Panthers still have Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys high expectations and his teammates would love nothing more than to send him off with another Super Bowl appearance.

“He’s still one of those top defensive ends,” Short said. “Put him anywhere Quality Cheap Jerseys on the line and he’s still going to show out.”

Delaying Ezekiel Elliott decision is smart, but Roger Goodell still stepped in it

It’s not that big a surprise that a decision by the NFL about its Ezekiel Elliott investigation likely won’t come this week. That is not the kind of news to release during what is largely going to be Cowboys Week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Jerry Jones is one of Saturday’s inductees, and the Cowboys are playing in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night.

Elway has to be rooting for Lynch, because a continued failure to launch into the Patriots Cheap Jerseys lineup will be the undoubted biggest dent of Elway’s GM tenure. He was fortunate with how things worked with Peyton Manning, but between Brock Osweiler and Lynch, the best quarterback in Broncos history has had trouble nailing down a true, long-term franchise passer.

Early in the offseason, it seemed like it was breaking the right way, that Elway opting for Lynch as the better prospect than Dak Prescott could end up with Lynch playing at the latter’s level in ’17. As Elway has kept declaring, he liked both of his quarterbacks since the beginning of the year, he was hoping to like Lynch a whole lot more, and that hasn’t materialized.

Siemian will start the preseason opener, with Lynch getting his nod for the second preseason game next week. Both Elway and Vance Joseph have extended the competition as far Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys as possible in exhibitions, desperately hoping that it will lean toward Lynch, given more time.

But it’s looking now more like Siemian has to be choice, because Lynch hasn’t proven to be much of one yet. That’s not a good development, for either the present or the future — and certainly not a good look for Elway.

Leonard Fournette melts his past, puts all weight in Jacksonville’s future

Leonard Fournette became a legend at LSU for his dazzling feats on the football field. Now he’s only worried about what’s next for him in the NFL with the Jaguars.

Fournette, as part of his partnership with sports nutrition company MET-Rx, found a perfect way to focus on the future and put his past behind him — by melting the trophies he has already earned.

Unlike the only future Hall of Fame lock currently on Arizona’s roster, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Peterson is nowhere near ready to begin approaching his career on a year-to-year basis. Peterson turned 27 earlier this month and could be in line for a new contract before his five-year, $70 million deal is set to expire after the 2020 season.

Peterson, though, knows Hall of Fame selection isn’t bought but earned — and that’s fine with him.

“I believe if I continue to stay on the path that I am on, he said, “continue shutting premiere receivers down, continue going to these Pro Bowls, continue being voted All Pro, things like that, I guess I just leave the rest into the voters’ hands.”

The whole point was to get Lynch looser and more comfortable with his Nike NFL Jerseys Size Chart natural physical tools, but Siemian has carried himself as the cooler, more confident player beyond his years. Based on play — not talent — Siemian still is the better overall QB, the one enough at ease Online Cheap Jerseys to call one of his practice performances “slappy” and have it be more endearing than worrisome.

Lynch has worked out well and hard, but he is having trouble putting it all together to look the part at 6-7, 244 pounds. His draft pedigree can only be propped up so much against the seventh-round Siemian.

Jones has changed the way the NFL does business.

The Class of 2017 consists of Morten Andersen (kicker), Terrell Davis (running back), Kenny Easley (safety), Jerry Jones (owner, president and general manager), Jason Taylor (defensive end), LaDainian Tomlinson (running back) and Kurt Warner (quarterback).

Andersen set NFL records for career points (2,544), most field goals (565) and games played (382). He became the first player in NFL history to make three field goals of 50 yards or more in a single game. At the time of his retirement in 2007, after 25 seasons in the league, Andersen’s 40 field goals of 50-plus yards were the most in NFL history.

His induction is well-deserved: He has turned the Cowboys into the world’s most valuable sports team less than three decades after buying them for $140 million. Forbes estimates the Cowboys are worth $4.2 billion, which is nearly $1 billion more than the Patriots, the next highest-valued squad, at $3.4 billion.

Jones helped thrust “America’s Team” back into national prominence by building a team that won three Super Bowls in four years during the 1990s. Critics will always knock Jones and his players for their antics and the franchise’s failures over the past two-plus decades (no titles since the ’94 season), and much of that is deserved.

I missed it. Why is Jerry Jones being inducted into the NFL Hall of NHL Cheap Jerseys Fame? It seems more like a participation trophy inductee than merit. No?

But his place in Canton was cemented not only by his accomplishments Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 as an owner and executive, but also his status as the most influential owner in professional sports.

How the NFL Life Line is saving lives 5 years after the Junior Seau tragedy

NFL Life Line has “absolutely saved lives,” said league vice president for wellness and clinical services Dwight Hollier. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
It was five years ago this month that the NFL launched its suicide-prevention hotline, NFL Life Line.

The anniversary date is no accident. It was in May 2012 that Pro Football Hall of Famer Junior Seau shot himself in the chest, killing him. While the NFL had seen suicides before, this was one of the greatest players of all time who spent 20 seasons in the league.

“That really rocked the community,” said NFL Life Line program director Ciara Dockery, “and the NFL wanted to do something greater to support those in crisis.”

At least two dozen former NFL players are known to have committed suicide.

While NFL Life Line is designed to help people in the NFL, no one’s phone call gets dismissed. If fans make calls, they will be heard.

Kirk Cousins, made of nothing but gritty aw-shucks Midwestern marrow, would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. There’s debate about whether Pennsylvania itself is part of the Midwest, but Pittsburgh — once booming, then declining, and now charmingly underrated — is definitely Midwestern, if not geographically, then in spirit. And that’s the kind of place Cousins belongs, both professionally and personally.

“We tend to forget football players are regular people too, and NFL Jerseys China life comes at them like the rest of us,” Docker said. “Most of the callers are talking about normal stressors NFL Jerseys Wholesale like everyone else.”

One of the keys to success for NFL Life Line, Hollier said, is staying current.