Busch Stadium banned the Joe Maddon “Try Not to Suck” t-shirts

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In spring training Cubs manager Joe Maddon gave out t-shirts to his players which said “Try Not to Suck” on them. The message and its intent, I would hope, was obvious. And, because it’s irreverent, Cubs fans started wearing “Try Not to Suck” t-shirts too. You can buy them here. A percentage of the proceeds go to Cubs charities.

But don’t try to wear them to Busch Stadium. Some Cubs fans tried to for the series against the Cardinals. Officials there banned the shirts following complaints from . . . someone. It’s not entirely clear. The Chicago Tribune has the full story on it, along with Maddon’s reaction. He’s a bit perplexed to say the least.

I’m gonna guess that “Try not to suck” is not the most offensive message to ever appear on a t-shirt in Busch Stadium, but I’m sure some of you have anecdotes about that.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.