Mike Piazza is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore

AC Reggiana

A couple of years ago, Hall of Famer Mike Piazza bought a soccer team in Italy. The team, AC Reggiana, has been down on its luck and is having stadium issues. Seems he has to pay rent to a rival club and it’s really high and . . . eh, I dunno. You don’t care and I don’t care about that.

What we do care about is that Mike Piazza is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore, so he held a press conference on Italian TV and ranted and raved about it for a while. You can watch it all on the club’s Facebook page. It was pretty great.

I can’t ever remember Piazza being too worked up about much of anything when he played. Heck, when Roger Clemens threw the bat at him back in 2000 he basically just looked at him like he was nuts. Guy always seemed pretty even-keeled. I guess Italian real estate is another matter.

(h/t CBS Sports)


Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.