Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Three Stars (and one more reason to hate the WWE): D-Backs fans melt Tony Abreu's heart

Last night’s studs:

1. NICE FANS WHO GAVE TONY ABREU HIS BALL BACK - Dodgers infielder Tony Abreu swatted a solo shot in the 10th inning last night -- his first Major League homer -- to give LA a 6-5 win over Arizona. A pair of fans fetched the ball from the bleachers, but rather than pulling a Joe “Coop” Cooperson (“I don’t have your fucking ball!”) they met Abreu in the clubhouse and returned it to him. Abreu traded them an autographed ball and one of teammate Ramon Martinez’s bats (he doesn’t have enough bats of his own to give away. Seriously.).

2. TWINS PITCHING STAFF - Minny shut down the Jays yesterday as the staff combined to allow four hits and one run while whiffing 15 batters in a 2-1, 12-inning victory. Starter Scott Baker went seven innings with nine strikeouts and the bullpen surrendered no hits.

''Everybody was pitching well tonight and it was a matter of who was going to flinch first,'' said Toronto catcher Greg Zaun after the game.

That’s two punches for flinching, Blue Jays.

3. CARLOS RUIZ - The Philly catcher led his team to a 11-4 victory over the Reds by stealing home and notching this impressive statline: 3/4, 2B, 4 RBI, BB. His stolen base was only the second of his career.

AND ONE MORE REASON TO HATE THE WWE: The “Chris Benoit killed his wife and seven-year-old son” storyline. This time, they’ve gone too far. Last week, everyone was talking about Vince McMahon’s “death” after he was supposedly blown up in a limousine. Hey, that we could deal with -- the less of that douchebag in the spotlight, the better. But a murder-suicide storyline? You’ve gone too far for a laugh, WWE. A cheap one at that.

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