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Forget The Rent For A Few Months! Tickets To Derek Jeter’s Last Game At Yankee Stadium Top $15,225

September 24th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Anyone attending Derek Jeter’s last game as a New York Yankee at Yankee Stadium, saved a pretty penny. The tickets for Thursday’s game were a minimum of $379 per ticket. And that is for the upper deck.

“As of Tuesday afternoon there were 1,398 tickets available for the game on, ranging in price from $379 for upper deck seats in the outfield to $15,225 for upper deck seats behind home plate,” reports Business Insider.

The least expensive “good” seats available in the first 15 to 20 rows closest to the infield are going for $3,852 per seat. Seats in the bleachers where tickets are starting at $432 per seat.This is quite a markup–seats that are now $379 usually go for $20 and the $3,852 seats would be normally sold for $655.

Jeter has made news on and off the field. He will be wrapping up his 20th season with the team during which time was a five-time World Series champion. Team caption Jeter is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits, games played, stolen bases, and at bats. (Maybe someone should tell Keith Olbermann.)  Jeter was also in the spotlight during his romance with Mariah Carey.

Outside of sports, Jeter has a partnership with Simon & Schuster for an imprint called Jeter Publishing, which will put out nonfiction books for adults, children’s picture books, elementary grade fiction, and books for children who are learning to read. Its first book was released earlier this month. The Contract is aimed at the middle school market and loosely based on Jeter’s own Little League baseball memories, reports The New York Post. It immediately went to No. 1  on children’s baseball book on Amazon and was ranked No. 61 overall in the children’s market. Jeter’s big coffee table photo book, Jeter Unfiltered, will be published October 28.

More than that, he’ll clearly be missed just because. Check out this tearjerker, ICYMI.

Baseball’s Newest “It Girl” Mo’Ne Davis Covers Sports Illustrated

August 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Sports Illustrated

Mo’Ne Davis is making all types of history these days. We told you how the thirteen year old, dominated the sports news cycle last week when she pitched a two-hitter in the Mid-Atlantic Final. Then Davis became the first girl to throw a shutout, striking out eight batters.  Mo’Ne was throwing fastballs at 70 mph.

Just to put that into perspective, grown men in the pros, on average throw around 92 mph. In other words, Mo’Ne is no joke. As Michael Eric Dyson said on MSNBC, when reporting on Mo’Ne, “Girls, be throwing fire, son.” Amen.

And now she’ll make history again, becoming the first little leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

SI managing editor Chris Stone said it only made sense. “Last week, this week, maybe next week, she’s owned the sports conversation. How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It’s the easiest step of story to identify as a cover story.”

The writer of Mo’Ne’s cover story, Albert Chen said that Mo’Ne “is a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew. Most of all she’s a laid back kid just having a really good time.”

While people are falling over themselves, waiting to see what Mo’Ne will do next,  Davis says she doesn’t even know if she’ll continue playing baseball.

In fact, her dream is to play basketball for the University of Connecticut.

She told SI, “To be honest, I never though I’d be famous for baseball. I want to play basketball, and I could also do both basketball and baseball–but I really want to play basketball.”

With her recent accomplishments, Mo’Ne has a new level of celebrity and importance in the media, which she’s learning to deal with. But Mo’Ne’s quite self assured.

In a recent interview, ESPN’s Jaymee Sire asked Davis whether it was hard for her to handle all the media attention.

To which Mo’Ne responded: “Not really. I can always say no, so that’s like my special weapon for the media.”

Yaaassss!! If there’s one thing a young woman needs in life, it’s the ability to say no confidently, without providing any further explanation.

Still, Mo’Ne will have to develop a similarly special weapon for the fan reaction.

“People were like, ‘Oh there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids. But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy.”

Davis and her team are set to play again, against Nevada tomorrow evening. If she wins and they end up winning the entire Little League World Series, we’ll hope the adults learn to tuck their fandom in a bit so Mo’Ne can go back to being a girl, an exceptionally talented girl.

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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Source: WENN

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 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.