Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
Another article about Andy and the imposter:
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates infielder Andy Phillips denies accusations of harassment by a California woman, and Major League Baseball agrees with him.
"Our investigation is 99 percent complete, and so far there is not a hint of truth to (the allegations)," MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said Friday.
Phillips, 31, said he and the woman are victims of someone who posed as Phillips.
"This is the craziest thing I've ever been aware of," Phillips said. "I didn't know what was happening until my agent called and told me."
"The frustrating thing is, people who know me know it's not something I would do," Phillips said. "But people who don't know me ... it's out there on the Internet, so that's what they will think."
...Phillips wonders why he was targeted by the imposter.
"I have a wife and a daughter. I do a lot of work with kids and with churches," Phillips said. "This (allegation) is a distraction. Why would someone do a sick thing like that? The sad thing is, I hear this kind of thing happens quite often."
..."I guess if some guy was going to (impersonate) a Yankee who not everyone in the world would recognize, I'd be the one," Phillips said.
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Andy Phillips says MLB has cleared him of any wrongdoing:
"It's sad that I even have to talk about this and defend myself," Phillips said. "I don't know why someone would do this. I know it's happened to other professional athletes where they've been impersonated, but it's a shame. Anyone who knows me knows I would never have been involved in anything remotely close to something like that."
The Pirates trailed 2-0 heading to the ninth, but Neil Walker and Jose Tabata drew one-out walks and Alvarez followed with a run-scoring double. Andy Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Steve Lerud grounded to first to plate the tying run before Alvarez raced home on an error by Boston shortstop Argenis Diaz for a 3-2 lead.
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Hat tip to Brendanukkah for this one...
Andy Phillips And The Bizarre Porn Star Police Report
Very weird story. Apparently, someone out there is pretending to be Andy Phillips. So successfully that his victim refuses to believe it wasn't really him.
While seemingly religious family men are hardly immune to sexual sins, I find it difficult to believe that the real Andy Phillips would try to impersonate Carl Pavano and other baseball players. That's just bizarre.
Meanwhile, the real Andy is playing first base in scenic Bradenton, FL.
And on the transaction front, Sal Fasano signed with the Rockies.
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A-Rod's pal Warren Buffet once said, "You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, the tide is fast receding, and looks like a lot of people were skinny-dipping.
Among them is one Robert Allen Stanford, now accused of running a Ponzi scheme to rival Bernie Madoff's. And it appears some Yankees have been affected. Their assets were frozen by the feds, and now they can't pay their bills.
Stanford scandal ensnares Yankees' Damon, Nady
TAMPA - Johnny Damon, earning $13 million this season, cannot pay his bills.
Xavier Nady, earning $6.55 million, cannot purchase an apartment in New York.
The Stanford Financial Group scandal extends to Major League Baseball.
The unrelenting downturn in the economy is a hot-button issue in college athletic departments, the same as at your kitchen table.
"Everybody you talk to, that's the topic of conversation," says Mike Cleary, executive director of the 6,500-member National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. "I don't care how big and how wealthy they are, this is going to impact everybody."
Sports leagues today are more dependent on economically vulnerable sources of revenue such as corporate sponsorships, luxury suites, and other premium seating. Even if attendance doesn't nosedive, teams could still find themselves swimming in red ink.
Not even pro sports' richest franchise, the Yankees, seems immune. General Motors - once baseball's biggest corporate sponsor - has canceled its sponsorship deal with the team. And even before superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez was caught up in a steroid scandal, the Yanks were having trouble selling premium seats in their new stadium - so much so that they hired a Manhattan realty firm to market unsold club seats and luxury boxes.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, another team that recently lost GM as a sponsor, have resorted to selling some season tickets at a 25% discount to 2008 prices. In Arizona the Diamondbacks' season ticket renewal rate has fallen to 83% - still respectable, but down from 94% heading into the 2008 season. Hall says he knows of other MLB teams - though he won't name them - with renewal rates as low as 60%. And as bad as 2009 looks, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf thinks 2010 could be worse if corporations keep cutting back. "Virtually every team is losing sponsors," Reinsdorf says.
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The Rice University student paper, The Rice Thresher (groan), has an article about Lance Berkman. He mentions Bubba:
Berkman takes time to reflect on years at Rice
The only reason we got invited to the SWC tournament is because that was the last year of the Southwest Conference. I remember that we lost at Oklahoma State in a heartbreaking game, right before we went to the conference tournament as a tune-up. We got beat in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off double. In that game we lost Bubba Crosby, who was a freshman that year. He broke his hand trying to steal second base. So here we are heading into the conference tournament minus our 3-hole hitter and center fielder. One of our pitchers had to fill in and play center field. We were thinking we didn't have much of a chance. … We beat three really good teams to win that tournament. We just caught a little lightning in a bottle and had a great SWC tournament.
As you may recall, former Yankee Jim Leyritz was arrested for vehicular homicide in December of 2007. He ran a red light, hit another vehicle, and killed the driver.
He was out on bail, awaiting the trial, but was back in the slammer last week.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz was arrested and jailed after a judge revoked his bond for violating his pretrial release on a DUI manslaughter charge, authorities said.
Authorities say a system in Leyritz's car that he has to blow in before starting it, and periodically while driving, recorded that he consumed alcohol four times since the device was installed in April 2008. He is not allowed to drink alcohol under the terms of his release.
Miguel Cairo signed with the Phillies. He got a minor league deal and spring training invite. No word on money.
Miggy has a job, but a lot of players still don't. The players' union and MLB have been talking about easing the rules to make it easier for "Type A" free agents to get jobs. They're proposing something called "sign and trade." It will let teams sign their players and immediately trade them (if the player agrees). That way, there's no need to give up a draft pick. Juan Cruz may be the first beneficiary.
And it looks like despite all the brouhaha, Citi's name will remain on the Mets stadium:
WASHINGTON - Citi Field it will be, and Mets fans will just have to live with the name of a tapped-out bank slapped on top of their new stadium, a key House member said Friday.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), head of the Financial Services Committee, said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner had rejected congressional demands to cancel the naming rights deal. Some lawmakers were outraged because $45 billion in taxpayer bailout money had been pumped into Citigroup last year.
For years, NASCAR drivers and teams reaped the riches of a sport confidently bankrolled by corporate America.
Now, with the economy imploding, the good times have stopped rolling for NASCAR.
Even stock car racing's elite teams are trimming the fat from already thin budgets. Hendrick Motorsports, which employs three-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, finds itself bunkered in a financial hole with some nervous sponsors.
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Spring training is here. There's the usual jump in traffic at Bubba-Crosby.com, as people turn their attention to the upcoming baseball season.
Most of the visitors found the site using the obvious search terms: Bubba Crosby or Crosby Bubba. Some were specifically looking for the web site, searching on Bubba Crosby.com. Others were clearly wondering where Bubba is now, searching on Bubba Crosby spring training 2009 or Bubba Crosby back to minors. A surprising number found the site searching on Bubba Crosby bio, which may also have been an attempt to find out where Bubba is now.
Bubba's name has been coming up in a lot of news articles and sports blogs lately. Often, it's a reference to Brian Cashman's disingenuousness: "Bubba Crosby will be our opening day center fielder." Meaning that Cashman may splash for a big money free agent, despite his claims otherwise. Sigh. That's not exactly what I hoped Bubba's legacy in NY would be. :-P
Here are some more interesting Bubba references:
6 pound, 8 ounce Baby Joba likes the young players who are scrapping for their jobs:
As a Yankee fan, I tend to take All-Stars and Hall of Famers for granted. In just the last two years the Yankees have signed CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Roger Clemens, and re-signed Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, and Jorge Posada. I love watching these high caliber players, and I will always root for them; well, as long as they are in pinstripes). But I've always been more enthralled with the guys who's destiny isn't yet set, the guys who are still trying to make a name for themselves. It's the Melky Cabreras, the Bubba Crosbys, the Brett Gardners who keep baseball in my blood.
I always seem to connect with the younger players who are still trying to prove themselves at the big league level. I quickly became an adamant supporter of Chien Ming Wang and Robinson Cano as they rapidly developed into integral members of the team, but it was Cabrera who became my favorite player. Melky is not an all-star, but it is always a blast watching him play. He just oozes energy, whether it be his bullets from center that save a run, his priceless handshakes with Cano, or his game-saving catch against the hated Red Sox, robbing Manny Ramirez of a home run. There is something about the youthful enthusiasm that he brings to the field every day that makes it impossible for me to stop rooting for him.
I had the same feeling with Bubba Crosby a few years back. One of my fondest memories of the Yankees is when he hit that walk-off homer against the Orioles. Sure, in the grand scheme of things it was insignificant, but in the moment it was one of the most exciting baseball events that I've experienced in recent years. He isn't a star, he isn't even a big leaguer anymore, but his excitement after that shot to left was a perfect example of why baseball is America's past time; it is all about living out your dreams.
Rocky Manuel says Young's contributions to the Bellaire program rank among the elite.
"Young was just a super player, a talented player arguably among the best outfielders we've had at Bellaire among (Jose) Cruz and (Bubba) Crosby and those guys. He was just outstanding."
Bubba Crosby – When the Yankees dressed their rookies like Elvis, they didn’t make him wear a wig because they figured his real hairstyle was close enough.
Most of the big names are signed now, though perhaps not for the money they were hoping for earlier this year. Adam Dunn signed with the Nationals. (I'm starting to feel very hurt that they didn't claim Bubba when the Reds released him a couple of years ago. They seem to grab every other Reds outfielder they can get their mitts on.) Ken Griffey, Jr. is signing with his old team, the Mariners. And Bobby Abreu signed with the Halos. He got a one-year deal for $5 million - a far cry from the multi-year $15 million a year deal he was supposedly expecting.
And Torre continues collecting former Yankee pitchers. The Dodgers signed Jeff Weaver and Tanyon Sturtze.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh beat reporter Dejan Kovacevic thinks Andy Phillips has a good chance of making the roster:
The bench will look almost completely different than last year, but its exact makeup is not yet known.
The locks are Hinske as a reserve outfielder, Vazquez for the infield. One of Jason Jaramillo or Robinzon Diaz will be the backup catcher, with early odds on Jaramillo. That leaves two spots, one for another outfielder and an infielder capable at shortstop. The former could be veteran tryout types Craig Monroe or Jeff Salazar or, with a very good spring, Steve Pearce. Bet on versatile, experienced Andy Phillips for the latter, with a push from Luis Cruz.
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Well, Yankee fandom is in an uproar over the SI report that A-Rod tested positive for steroids. Some fans feel betrayed that their hero is a cheater. Some never liked A-Rod, and this just confirms their opinion of them. Some think the reporter, Selena Roberts, is just out to get A-Rod.
Me, I'm not surprised. There have been allegations of juicing against A-rod before. Canseco may be a sleazeball, but given his track record, I believe him, at least when the subject is 'roids. He said A-Rod was a juicer, so I'm not exactly shocked by this article.
I’m also not surprised that A-Rod was warned. If you read the Mitchell Report, it’s pretty clear that everyone was complicit: the league, the teams, the players’ union. Players were routinely warned of upcoming testing, even though they weren't supposed to be.
Pete Abe is apparently away this weekend, but Sam Borden is covering the story at LoHud. He says that Selena Roberts is an excellent and deeply respected journalist, known for doing accurate and thorough work. He criticizes A-Rod for not warning the Yankees this was coming. (He knew, since Ms. Roberts gave him a chance to tell his side of it.) He points out that A-Rod flat-out denied using steroids, more than once. He says A-Rod should fess up, like Pettitte, not try to cover up, like Clemens. And he thinks this will not be good for the Yankees. A-Rod has always been easily distracted by this kind of off-the-field drama, and this is probably bigger than any of the other controversies that have swirled around. Unlike she-male strippers, "Slapgate," sleepovers with Jeter, fooling around with Madonna, etc., this affects the core of his baseball identity.
The denizens of Bronx Banter predict that A-Rod will "handle the situation in the worst possible way imaginable, because he always does," and refer to him as the "human PR disaster." I know what they mean.
I am really wishing the Yanks hadn't re-signed him. He's a great player, but I'm just so tired of the never-ending A-Rod circus.
Someone is selling a Bubba Crosby game-used hat on eBay.
The description says:
Former NY Yankee outfielder. Impressive New York Yankees game used hat, worn during the 2005 season, size 7 1/4, great use throughout with lots of staining to sweatband area, Crosby added some personal touches inside bill writing "BC" and "Joshua - Be Strong & Courageous" , Steiner hologram and accompanied by Letter of Authenticity from Steiner Sports. We have rarely encountered Yankees caps with personalizations such as this - we believe this hat was worn during the 2005 ALDS as we have found photos that show writing underneath Crosby's hat but have not definatively photomatched the hat.
UPDATE: Well, someone wanted it. It sold via "Buy it now," around the time I posted about it.
The Yankees DFA'd Chase Wright to make room for the return of Andy Pettitte. MLB Trade Rumors reports that he's been traded to the Brewers, for outfielder/catcher Eric Fryer. (Outfielder/catcher? That's not a combination you see very often. Though I guess there's Craig Wilson...)
The Brewers also signed Ramiro Medoza.
MLB.com has a Pirates roster rundown. Their roster is mostly set, with only two bench spots up for grabs in spring training. They will likely go an infielder and an outfielder. Andy Phillips is one of five players vying for the infielder spot. Luis Cruz, who is on the 40-man roster, likely has the inside track.
However, Cruz has some intriguing competition. There is (Garrett) Jones, who, like Hinske, could be a pinch-hitting power threat. Jones, 27, has just brief Major League experience, but he hit .279 with 23 homers, 33 doubles and 92 RBIs as a first baseman and outfielder in Triple-A last year. He led the International League in total bases and finished second in extra-base hits.
Phillips would give the Pirates needed versatility since he can play anywhere in the infield. He does have substantial Major League experience, having hit .250 with 14 homers and 70 RBIs in 557 big league at-bats.
No, I'm not denigrating today's game. I love football, and the Steelers and the Cards are worthy opponents. The historic Steelers dynasty vs. the long-downtrodden Cards. I have a feeling the Cards will face a fate similar to that of the similarly scrappy underdog Rays in the World Series, but I'm happy to see them play in the big game at last. (If the Cowboys couldn't be there, anyway. Sigh.)
Rather, I'm talking about how the ongoing financial crisis is affecting sports, including the Super Bowl. Entertainment, including sports, has traditionally been relatively recession-proof, but this economic slump is far worse than usual. Also, sports is much more dependent on advertising revenue from banks and auto manufacturers - both hard-hit by the downturn - than I had realized.
The Mets had a naming rights deal with Citibank, but now that they've been bailed out by the taxpayers, some are questioning whether it's money well spent:
Citi Field or Bailout Ballpark?
The Mets are moving into a new baseball park this year and Citigroup agreed in 2006 to pay $400 million over 20 years to have it named Citi Field.
But that deal, like the planned purchase of the jet, has come under scrutiny from Congress now that Citigroup has received $45 billion in taxpayer bailout money, as well as a government backstop for more than $300 billion in loan losses.
With that in mind, House members Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, and Ted Poe, R-TX, this week urged Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to intervene.
"Citigroup is now dependent on the support of the federal government for its survival as an institution. As such, we do not believe Citigroup ought to spend $400 million to name a stadium at the same time that they accept over $350 billion in taxpayer support and guarantees," Kucinich and Poe wrote.
Other signs of the event's troubles abound: Usually free-spending major advertisers — such as U.S. automakers and financial institutions — are in dire financial straits, sports-marketing and sports-sponsorship growth is virtually flat and the NFL itself is laying off staff members.
And if you need more evidence, Playboy and Sports Illustrated have canceled their Super Bowl soirees this year. Maxim magazine has trimmed back its party plans. And the Tampa Tribune is reporting that corporate jet traffic may be less than expected.
"No one is immune from the economy," said Reid Sigmon, the Super Bowl host committee's executive director, "not [even] the NFL."
There's no official count, but cash-strapped former and current sports stars, players' families, and staff seem more willing lately to part with their old championship rings and other personal memorabilia. Eager vendors use sites like championshiprings.net, tjscollectiblesinc.com and championshipsportsrings.com to sell MLB, NBA and NCAA rings for as much as $40,000 to buyers around the world.
Tim Robins, who owns online vendor championshiprings.net, says the offers from players and others with rings have increased dramatically since the economy turned sour. Over the past 90 days, Robins says he has bought more than 400 rings; he typically purchases about 100 a month.
"We're buying more rings than we ever have," says Robins, who's based in Trabuco Canyon, Calif. "It doesn't matter how famous a player is or how much money they've supposedly earned; the hard economic times are affecting everyone."
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