Pablo Sandoval benched for liking photos on Instagram during last night’s game

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I sort of feel like this is the kind of thing that no one notice if he was still playing for the Giants. But Pablo Sandoval is playing for the Red Sox now and everyone’s watching everything. Including when you’re liking pretty girls’ photos on Instagram in the middle of a baseball game your team is losing.

Via CSNNE.com, we learn that Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports figured it out last night and tweeted it around:

The “like” happened at around 9:21 PM, which CSNNE.com notes would have put it at the top of the seventh inning when Rusney Castillo was at bat and Sandoval was the sixth batter due up. Sandoval admitted a little while ago that he did it while taking a bathroom break. Which, if we’re all honest, we all must admit we’ve done while on the clock.

The Red Sox learned about it today and, a few minutes ago, benched Sandoval for tonight’s game.

If you think in-game chicken and beer was bad, wait until the Boston columnists get their hands on this one. A losing team + in-game distractions from someone actually in the game + social media crap most of them don’t understand = a hilarious explosion of outrage, fake and otherwise.

Frontier League team names itself the “Florence Y’alls”

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If you’ve ever found yourself on I-75/71 in Kentucky, just over the river from Cincinnati, you’ve no doubt noticed the water tower for the city of Florence, Kentucky.  Its top is painted with red and white stripes and, instead of featuring the town’s name or the name of the local water concern, it says, “Florence, Y’all.”

The water tower is a nice welcome to Dixie, even if Kentucky isn’t really Dixie. The point is that, if you’re from Ohio or Michigan or someplace and you see it, you know you’re on your way to Lexington or Louisville, or points south. To warmer climes, southern charm and hospitality and, hopefully, a nice little trip.

The folks who support the Frontier League baseball team in Florence no doubt realize the kind of chatter that surrounds that water tower, because they just voted to rename their team:

And they added a handy dandy explainer:

I like it. And I like the idea of naming a baseball team after a notable and much talked-about roadside sign. Which is to say that, if I ever get a baseball team here in Ohio, I’m also gonna name it after a famous sign you see while driving on the interstate not too far from me:

Yeah, that’s a thing. And my baseball team would not even be the first sports thing named after it.

Viva local culture.