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MLB issues statement after Wiz Khalifa endorses marijuana legalization


There’s a headline I didn’t think I’d ever write. Rapper Wiz Khalifa threw out the first pitch at PNC Park on Wednesday prior to the game between the Orioles and Pirates. Khalifa wore a shirt that, as seen above, reads, “Legalize It.” Khalifa was also photographed making a hand gesture as if he were smoking.

Major League Baseball didn’t take too kindly to that and issued a statement. Via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the statement read, “Marijuana is [a prohibited] substance in all of our drug programs. It’s unfortunate this situation occurred. The Pirates have informed us that this should not have happened.”

It’s ironic writing about MLB’s statement as I watch a game between the Reds and Brewers being played at Miller Park. The stadium’s naming rights are owned by a beer company. Just saying.

Update: Craig’s comment was better than mine, so I’m including it.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.