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Cody Decker used Team Israel’s “Mensch on a Bench” to get into the carpool lane


Team Israel needed only two games to advance to the next round in the World Baseball Classic. The players will tell you that the feat is in no small part due to its mascot, the “Mensch on a Bench.”

Israel’s DH, Cody Decker, likened the Mensch to “Jobu,” the voodoo idol of slugger Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League.

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Not only does the Mensch help Team Israel win ballgames, but it also helps the players get into the carpool lane.

Sounds like the Phillie Phanatic has some competition for the title of “best mascot.”

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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