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Willson Contreras strikes out . . . with Mia Khalifa

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Cubs catcher Willson Contereas may be on the disabled list, but he struck out pretty decisively yesterday. It was adult film star Mia Khalifa, not a pitcher, who sat him down, and she did it better than even Max Scherzer could’ve.

Seems that, over the last month or so, Contreras has sent Khalifa a number of direct messages on Twitter. He’s a big fan, he said, and he’d just like her to talk to him. He got no response and, rather than do what one should do in such a situation (i.e. leave the woman alone) he persisted. By yesterday Khalifa had had enough so she shared screenshots of his messages with the world:

Following Khalifa’s tweet, Contreras’ agency, Octagon Management, claimed that his “twitter account was hacked.” Which is 100% what happened, I’m sure.

Not gonna fault Contreras for trying. As Michael Scott said Wayne Gretzky once said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. But after he shot and missed, he probably should’ve got the message before Khalifa had to send it so explicitly.

(h/t to @h_peezy_f_baby for the heads up)

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.