Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Wanna Buy Coco Crisp’s 17,900-square-foot estate?

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We’ve featured a lot of ballplayer real estate here in the past. Usually they’re McMansions. There are some exceptions to that. Babe Ruth’s apartment was not exactly a faux-Tudor exurban monstrosity. Barry Zito’s pad was quite a bit different than the usual gated golf community in which these guys tend to live. So was Barry Zito’s other house.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp‘s pad is likewise an exception.

Less a house than a gigantic compound/playground, it’s in Rancho Mirage, California in the Coachella Valley. It’s about 17,900-square-feet, has five-bedrooms, an elevator, a game room, a home theater with a popcorn machine, a built-in saltwater fish tank and a gym and a miniature baseball diamond for kids. It has “a swimming pool with a built-in dining table,” which seems impractical, but what do I know? A description of it at WSJ.com is here. Here is the full MLS listing at Realtor.com, with lots of pictures. One of the bedrooms has a baseball-themed bedspread. It looks like a kids room but it’s nicer than most bank executives’ master suites.

The Crisps are asking $9.995 million for it after purchasing it for $7 million a couple of years ago. The reason? Coco Crisp and his wife just want to. They’re keeping their offseason home in the same area. They just want a new pad. Good for them. When you’ve made roughly $60 million in career earnings and have another $11 million due this year, you can do that sort of thing too.

Padres issue a second statement following the Gay Men’s Chorus debacle

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Yesterday we told you about Saturday night’s incident at Petco Park in which the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ rendition of the National Anthem was headed off by someone in a control room at Petco Park playing a recorded version of a woman singing the National Anthem. The Chorus stood there on the field, doing nothing, and then was escorted off with no explanation given to the crowd and some fans in the crowd jeering the Chorus.

After the game the Padres issued a statement apologizing, but the Chorus was still upset and demanded an investigation into what happened and why. Last night the Padres issued a second statement:

“After a thorough examination of the events that occurred during last night’s National Anthem, we have concluded our internal investigation and have found no evidence of malicious intent on the part of any individuals involved. Based on both the unintentional mistake that was made, as well as the failure to immediately intervene and correct the situation by those who had oversight, we have terminated our relationship with the third-party contractor who was responsible for the error, and taken disciplinary action against our employee who was responsible for the game production on Saturday.

We once again sincerely apologize to members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, their families and those who came out to support their Pride Night performance. The Padres organization is proud of our longstanding commitment to inclusion — within both our sport and our community. We deeply regret that a mistake on our part has called this into question, but accept full responsibility.”

Following the statement, the Padres indicated that the Chorus has been invited back for a do-over:

No word if the invitation has been accepted.

Yasiel Puig made a pretty epic blunder yesterday

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The Dodgers played a 17-inning game against the Padres yesterday. And they won! And Yasiel Puig knocked in the the go-ahead runs in the 17th. Hero, right? Well, in the end, sure. But they may not have had to play 17 innings if he wasn’t daydreaming in the ninth inning.

In the ninth, Puig reached second base following a single and a subsequent wild pitch. Catcher A.J. Ellis came to the plate and looked to bunt Puig to third base, putting him in position to score on a sac fly or whatever. There would only be one out after the sacrifice. Ellis got the bunt down. Yay!

Except . . . Puig didn’t run. He just stood there at second base. Despite the fact no one was covering third after the third baseman charged the ball and despite the fact that he would’ve easily beaten the shortstop over there who had broken to cover. You go on contact with a sacrifice, but Puig just stopped and gawked. Watch:

The next two batters flied out. You can’t assume anything after a certain series of events are put in motion, but it sure would’ve been nice for the Dodgers to have had a base runner on third for the first one of those fly outs.

After the game no one had a great explanation for it. Puig admitted he screwed up. Dave Roberts said he didn’t have a bunt sign on, but it’s common for someone to bunt in that situation and Ellis squared well before the pitch, which should’ve clued Puig in. When the press was in the clubhouse Roberts said he hadn’t talked to Puig about it yet. And, obviously, the Dodgers winning and Puig providing the winning RBIs helped soothe that a good bit.

But boy howdy, that was a first class blunder. One that caused the teams to have to play eight more innings and caused Roberts to have to use his Tuesday starter for three innings on Sunday.