Craig Calcaterra

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

Video: Fan dives for foul ball, gets a magical free beer instead


Sometimes fans will dive out of their seats and into the field of play in order to retrieve a foul ball. Sometimes they’ll get it, sometimes they won’t.

Sometimes, however, they’ll dive out of their seats and into the field of play in order to retrieve a foul ball and get something even better. Like, say, a beer someone hid or dropped behind the tarp.

It’s not a baseball but, hey, free beer:

Tigers closer Rodriguez says he contracted Zika virus


Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika virus over the offseason in his home country of Venezuela and advises potential Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the virus before heading to Rio de Janeiro.

Rodriguez told on Tuesday that he wouldn’t blame athletes for skipping the Olympics, and that “if they have plans to have kids in the future, you’ve got to think about it.”

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.

Rodriguez says he was bedridden for about two weeks with head and body aches, sore joints and other symptoms. It felt like he had a cold at first, but as symptoms worsened, he went for bloodwork that determined it was Zika. It took about two months until he felt normal again.

The World Health Organization last week rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Olympics due to Zika in hard-hit Brazil. WHO argued the shift would make no significant difference to the spread of the virus.

A number of possible Olympic participants have voiced concerns about Zika recently, including Pau Gasol, Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy. Gasol says he has considering skipping Rio altogether.

“It’s something people have to be careful with and worry about,” Rodriguez said. “There’s no vaccine for it. It’s not like you take a shot and (improve). … It could be global.”

Do NOT mess with the Durham Bulls on Twitter


The ACC baseball tournament was taking place in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in North Carolina. It’s a fine park. Most everyone says so. But Luke Bowanko, offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars doesn’t think so, apparently. He made a point to yell at the ACC Twitter account about it. The Bulls Twitter account saw it.

He learned a hard lesson: mess with the bulls, you get the horns:

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