Craig Calcaterra

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

Royals fans rescue a puppy left in a hot car at Kauffman Stadium


A group of Royals fans left Kauffman Stadium during the eighth inning of a 13-inning game Sunday afternoon. Sometimes people who leave games early are accused of being “bad fans,” but they were hero fans that day. And someone who stayed at the game to watch the action unfold was the bad one. Why? Because whoever stayed behind left their puppy in a hot car in the parking lot. The fans who left early saved its life.

The full story is at the Kansas City Star. The fans saw the puppy, which is only four months old or so, in a car with the windows cracked. It was a day game, however, with temperatures in the 90s, so you know it was as hot as all get-out in that car. They alerted authorities and the puppy was rescued. The owner has not yet come forward to claim it — probably out of shame — and the puppy will likely have a safe new home with one of the rescuers.

What in the hell is wrong with people?

Video: Miguel Cabrera hit a looooooong home run

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Adams Avenue is the street that runs east-west beyond the outfield wall at Comerica Park in Detroit. But it’s not just beyond the wall like, say, Waveland Avenue is in Chicago. For starters, the wall is pretty far to center and left-center in Detroit, and then there are hedges and a big wide elevated concourse and a wide sidewalk on Adams outside of the gates.

Hitting a ball out that way would be quite a poke. Miguel Cabrera hit quite a poke off of Nathan Karns of the Mariners. Just look at this thing:

Statcast calls it a 454-foot homer. Other stories I saw this morning said it was 461. I’m not sure what to believe, but it sort of doesn’t matter. It was a bomb.

Via Bless You Boys, here’s the guy who got the ball:


And Arizona player got his hair shampooed in the dugout during a College World Series game

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The University of Arizona’s baseball team was playing Oklahoma State yesterday in a College World Series game. Arizona player Cody Deason apparently didn’t feel totally fresh, clean and beautiful, however, so he had teammate Sawyer Gieseke wash his hair for him.

Like, for real. With shampoo and everything. And then gel. In the dugout. Watch:

And then the gel . . .

In other news, some people didn’t like it:

“Acting like girls?” I defy you to find me one instance in which college softball players did this. Also: this was both cute and funny, so I have no idea what you’re talking about.