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Must Be…Nice? L.A. Dodgers Star Matt Kemp Renting A New House for $30,000…Per Month

June 22nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Sometimes, I read about the lives of celebrities and wonder if I would just throw my money away just because I had it.

Fine baseball player Matt Kemp has decided he wants to go all out for his new Los Angeles digs. The mansion he rented, formerly owned by Tamar Braxton and hubby Vincent Herbert, has 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a movie theater, elevator, pool and spa. If you recall on the Tamar & Vince show, the couple had a very hard time renovating and redecorating the place. They sold it to realtor Carlton Gebbia for $3 million more than they paid for it.

Kemp has decided to rent it from Gebbia at a whopping $30,000 per month. He signed a one year lease so yes, that means he will be spending $360,000 in rent for one year (and it’s likely to be a little more than that as TMZ is reporting the rent is a little over $30k).

I’m sorry…what?? Matt Kemp has been a member of the Dodgers since 2006 so first of all, why doesn’t he just buy a home or condo in Los Angeles. Second, if he doesn’t want to own, aren’t there places that go for a bit cheaper?  I mean, that’s a lot of money for one house.

You know what? Who am I to count someone’s pockets? I guess it’s easier for someone without those kinds of dollars (and believe me, Kemp is a very wealthy man) to think about how they could be spent in a better, more affordable way.

But, if he’s ever looking for someone to help him figure his way out through life, he can find me at…nevermind, I’ll keep that to myself!

We love you Matt, frivolous spending and all!

HE LEFT HER FUH DEAD!: Arizona Man Moves Out The Way And Lets Girlfriend Get Hit In The Face With A Baseball At Game

April 3rd, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We told you chivalry has been dead for years. Okay, maybe it’s not completely kaput, but after watching this video of a couple having their date interrupted by a baseball coming at light speed, it’s safe to say that some men have just given up.

While enjoying an Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in centerfield seats last night, according to the Daily Mail, Cardinals shortstop Peter Kozma hit a homerun, sending the baseball into the seats–ironically, the centerfield seats. As you can see from the video, before the ball comes this couple’s way, the man is leaned all up on his lady. But as the ball is launched towards the young woman’s seat, he thinks, and has enough time to step out of the way just in time–so that she can be blasted in the face by the ball. Nice job, bruh. The boyfriend can then be seen trying to come to her aid after the fact, as she jumps out of her seat from the pain of the ball.

Interestingly enough, one of the sportscasters sarcastically said out loud, “Nice job, boyfriend” at the guy’s choice to dive for cover.

While I definitely didn’t expect him to do some action hero ish and push her out of her seat like a bullet was coming her way, he sure got away from her like she was the plague, didn’t he? But then again, I guess she could have followed his lead and dived for the sake of her face. Either way, we sure don’t want to be her. Check out the short clip for yourself below and let us know if you think her boyfriend played the mess out of her, or if it’s not that deep and she should have looked out for herself.

Tat-Tat-Tatted Up! Can You Guess The Chest?

January 20th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There it is.

That chest belongs to every woman’s favorite fine baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp.  Anytime we’re able to get a glance at that face and chest, you know it’s going to be a good day. But I digress.

Matt got the tattoo about a week ago and the work was done by celebrity tattoo artist, Jun Cha, who is based in Los Angeles.

The tat illustrates his grandparents, Doris and the late Vernon Mukes. The picture was originally on what appeared to be a church fan. According to USA Today, his grandmother once said, “You’ve got this beautiful body and you mar it all up.” It’s amazing that his grandmother and all the ladies of the world – or, at least the ones who know who he is – can agree on the fact that he has a beautiful body.

Let me ask this though: Does it kind of freak you out?  We know that people get tattooed all the time with others’ faces but to be honest, this particular one is huge.  If Matt had his shirt off in front of you, do you think it would seem like three people would be looking back at you?

Eh, let’s keep it real: Once the shirt is off, that tattoo is not going to do one thing to stop the inevitable.

Are you tatted off? Would a face tat this big on your man be a turn?

Another Day, Another Crazy Athlete: Former Baseball Star Milton Bradley Facing Spousal Abuse Charges

January 12th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Most professional sports leagues do psychiatric testing on their players at some point but maybe they’re missing something because some of these fools are insane.

Former baseball star Milton Bradley is facing 13 charges related to spousal abuse, according to TMZ.  If you’re a baseball fan, you know Badley’s name and know he’s had lots of trouble on and off the field most of his career.  He and his wife Monique married in 2005 but Bradley filed for divorced 11 months later after the police had been to their house three times during those 11 months on domestic related calls. He was never arrested and the divorce was never finalized.

Two years ago, he was arrested for making criminal threats to Monique but in exchange for an out-of-court hearing, the charges were dropped. However, seven months later, he was arrested for allegedly attacking his wife with a bat and yet again in March 2012 for threatening her with a knife and adding, “You’ll be dead before you divorce me, Itchbay.”

These 13 counts of domestic charges stem from all the aforementioned accounts and another in November where Monique claimed Milton choked her with two hands after she asked him to stop smoking weed in front of their two children.

The charges are as follows: 4 counts of spousal battery, 4 counts of criminal threats, 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of vandalism and 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report.  If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison.

He’ll be arraigned on January 24th and is denying the charges.

I’m sure many of you are wondering why his wife didn’t just leave but based on the descriptions of his attacks, she likely feared for her life and the lives of her children.  Hopefully, she can finally get out and she and her children get the help they need.

Auto-Tuned Up! Lil Tunechi Sings “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” At A Real Ball Game

October 23rd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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See this is why people like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj and half the rappers out here think they can really sing — people start letting them really sing.

During Game Six of the San Francisco Giants versus the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game over the weekend, the unlikeliest of entertainers appeared in the field during the Seventh inning to deliver their own special rendition of the Baseball classic, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

Thankfully, Young Moula relied heavily on the crowd to carry the song — and he definitely wouldn’t be considered the worst musical offender on the diamond (see Roseanne), buttt all in all I still want to know how this happened. Either way Weezy was pretty happy, tweeting this after his solo:


Shawty Swing My Way! Baseball Cuties We Love

March 25th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Baseball season is right around the corner and with that comes a new group of cuties we need to keep our eyes on: baseball players! See, everyone is so fixated on the NFL and NBA players that we tend to forget about MLB boos.  Well, I’ve been looking and researching on who the hottest players are and compiled a short list of who we should give a second – and maybe, third – glance. I’ve got my eye on one in particular! Feel free to add a name or two because we need all of our bases (lol) covered!

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Thank You, Baseball Wives

January 10th, 2012 - By L. Nicole Williams
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Vh1, the Viacom cable channel known for catapulting D-list reality programming to the forefront (think Surreal Life), appears to have taken a break from their usual proliferation of black female stereotypes on Sundays to, instead, make way for foul-mouthed, drink-tossing white women.

A few Wednesdays ago we were introduced to the Baseball Wives who, like the Basketball Wives, may be some of the worst representations of women they could find, and the drama is all the same. Amidst prying into each woman’s personal business, spreading rumors and the subsequent physical altercations, each undoubtedly regards herself as the classiest of the bunch—class translating, “I have a substantial amount of disposable income with a stripper mentality.” Within five minutes of airing, they ruined every positive stereotype associated with the ladies of baseball–if there were any positive ones to begin with.

But, don’t credit Shaunie O’Neal for this one. Shed Media is the production force behind this mess.

Likewise, it was only fitting when the Mob Wives returned to Sundays for a second season of prison calls and death threats that executives decided the baseball wives should join them. Of course, it could be because they are making room for Love & Hip-Hop LA or something, but, nevertheless, Vh1 Sunday nights are now filled with brawling white women.

And, while Vh1 is doing women a disservice in our entirety, their new white-hot Sundays show exploitative television is going all equal-opportunity, with the first installment of Mob Wives: Chicago is set to air this spring. For that, I say thank you Vh1 for momentarily diverting the heat. A round of applause for showing the world women of all complexions are the same kind of crazy and willing to yank weaves for attention and/or money. And a big applause to your station for proving you’ll exploit any and every thirsty chick for a quick dollar. Kudos!

The only question left to answer is when will we stop watching?
LaShaun Williams is a Madame Noire contributor and columnist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and across several popular sites, such as HuffPost Black Voices and the Grio.  You can visit her blog at lashaunwilliams.com or follow her on Twitter @itsmelashaun and Facebook.

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Late Night Eye Candy: Matt Kemp

September 28th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m not a baseball fan whatsoever, so last time (and first time) I heard anything about Matt Kemp, he was the arm candy for Rihanna. The stylish couple were together for almost a year, and in that time, we thought Matt was cute, but not all that.

But GEEZ! Were we wrong! Homeboy is fine as all out doors in this photoshoot for Flaunt magazine, literally flaunting his fit body and beautiful eyes. Allegedly he’s having an MVP-esque season in the MLB, and is getting paid nearly $7 million this season for his work. But honestly, if he worked at Starbucks slinging frappuccinos and looked this good, I’d probably be down. Feel free to drool…You’re welcome.

 

Far From the Negro Leagues

July 20th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(USA Today) — New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson isn’t telling Major League Baseball anything it doesn’t already know. Baseball appears to lack appeal and access to some blacks, whether they are participants or fans. And Granderson wasn’t necessarily trying to stir the pot when he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “Count the number of African-American fans.”  On a recent trip to Texas, Granderson said it was difficult to push the count to double digits.  “At first, it starts off as a joke (with teammates),” Granderson said. “As the game moves on, you’ll get to 10, or maybe 15. Depends on where you are, too. Places like Chicago or New York, other places it’s easy. (In Texas), it’s hard. So after a while it becomes, ‘Told you so.’ ”

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What Ever Happened to African-American Baseball Players?

June 22nd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Padres Star: African-Americans in BaseballBy Alexis Garrett Stodghill

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball, African-Americans continued to excel in the field for many years — but are dwindling in numbers today. What was once America’s greatest pastime spawned Hall of Famers like Roy Campanella,  Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, plus many other great African-American legends. But despite this rich history, black youth today are focused more on the glitzy trappings of football and basketball. Their synergies with hip-hop have led young African-Americans away from baseball, known for its more conservative crowd. This decline in interest has contributed to the fact that there are fewer black American baseball players than ever. The Boston Globe reports:

We’re always a bit surprised when a young baseball prospect turns out to be African-American.

“It hurts, it really does, to see the decline of the sport,’’ says San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson, one of the dwindling number of African-American major league players. “To think that our baseball ancestors put up such great numbers and stood for so much and how much they went through in this great game.’’

Once upon a time, baseball was the city game, for all races. There was always a field or lot somewhere. Playing baseball was a standard way of life. It can easily be argued that, in the first 50 or 60 years of the 20th century, baseball was, by far, the most popular sport for African-Americans.

And now?

“I’ve had kids come up to me and ask why I’m playing that white man’s game,’’ sighs Hudson.

Hudson works to reverse this trend through his program Around the Mound, which promotes baseball to inner city youth. But the competition to gain interest in baseball’s slow-paced game is rough. Training for baseball emphasizes slow growth over the exciting expression of raw talent witnessed in the NBA. African-American kids are enchanted by the prospect of breaking into basketball right out of high school using innate skills. And very few baseball luminaries receive the massive contracts offered to the brightest of the NFL. By comparison the understated life of a baseball player seems unappealing.

But playing baseball over more flashy sports has it’s advantages. According to Hudson, “We make the most money,” and the sport is far less damaging to the body. The overall quality of life for the players is better, as they receive daily perks like better food in their club houses. Ironically, baseball is less glamorous, but is considered the preferred deal both financially and personally by professional athletes. It would be a shame for black American players to miss out.

Worse than African-American athletes turning down a better way of life would be seeing our pioneering legacy in baseball die. Black Americans made inroads into the sport so that players who are Dominican or Asian would not have to face the same racial barriers we did. Following in the footsteps of African-American greats who battled their way to the mound is an opportunity our youth are entitled to enjoy. Baseball is not “the white man’s game.” We paid the price to make it ours, too.