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Behold the Rare Presidential Photobomb

Camera catches George W. Bush at Rangers game Wednesday

(Newser) - The 45th President of the United States of America is hogging a lot of the media attention these days, but the 43rd got his second in the spotlight Wednesday—and it was almost literally a second. The Houston Chronicle reports George W. Bush was caught on camera walking behind Fox... More »

Man Honors Childhood Friend ... by Flushing His Ashes

Tom McDonald has flushed Roy Riegel's ashes at 16 MLB ballparks

(Newser) - "I went to the bathroom, and I was like, I know what to do," Tom McDonald tells the New York Daily News . Roy Riegel, McDonald's childhood friend and fellow New York Mets superfan, died in 2008 at the age of 48. McDonald kept Riegel's ashes in... More »

Ballplayer Has Racial Slurs and Peanuts Hurled at Him

The Red Sox and Boston's mayor have apologized to Adam Jones

(Newser) - Adam Jones has received apologies from the Boston Red Sox and the mayor of Boston after the Baltimore Orioles outfielder was subjected to a barrage of racial slurs Monday night at Fenway Park, the Boston Globe reports. According to USA Today , Jones says he "was called the n-word a... More »

Prepare to Be Amazed at This Baseball 'Slide'

Video: Toronto's Chris Coghlan dives over the catcher and is safe at home

(Newser) - It looked like a sure out. Chris Coghlan of the Toronto Blue Jays was heading for home, but a throw from the outfield to St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina got there first. Coghlan's solution? He dove over the catcher and executed a mid-air somersault onto home plate. See the... More »

Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter Buying Baseball Team: Report

Their group has reportedly won auction for Miami Marlins with $1.3B bid

(Newser) - If multiple reports are to be believed, Jeb Bush will finally be following in his brother's footsteps—as the owner of a professional baseball team. The presidential also-ran is said to be part of a group—along with former New York Yankee Derek Jeter—that will be purchasing the... More »

Former Atlanta Braves Player Otis Nixon Is Missing

He disappeared after leaving home to play golf

(Newser) - Police in Georgia are looking for a former Atlanta Braves player who left his home to play golf Saturday morning and hasn't been seen since. Otis Nixon, 58, was reported missing by his girlfriend Sunday afternoon, a Woodstock Police Department rep tells CNN . He was driving a gray 2011... More »

Baseball Player May Have Set Painful Record Scoring a Run

Stephen Piscotty gets hit by the ball 3 times in one trip around the bases

(Newser) - There's taking one for the team, and then there's Stephen Piscotty's adventures while scoring a run Tuesday for his St. Louis Cardinals. As a video at Belly Up Betting shows, he got beaned by the ball three separate times in the effort. First, he got hit by... More »

New MLB Rule Saves Time, but Some Say It's Boring

Pitchers no longer have to throw 4 pitches to intentionally walk batter

(Newser) - Those who complain baseball is too slow may be heartened to hear a quicker pace is on its way. Based on a Tuesday evening tweet from ESPN's Howard Bryant, Sports Illustrated reports that, starting with the 2017 season, MLB pitchers will no longer have to waste time lobbing four... More »

This May Be the Weirdest Double Ever Hit in Baseball

Shohei Otani sends ball through roof of Tokyo Dome

(Newser) - For several minutes after Shohei Otani's at bat on Sunday , everyone at the Tokyo Dome—players and umpires included—looked confused. Rightly so seeing as Otani's ball seemingly disappeared while arching through the air during what looked like a sure home run in an exhibition game between Japan... More »

Cleveland Indians World Series Merch Will Be Destroyed

Losing team's gear used to go to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland fans won't be getting any merchandise celebrating an Indians World Series win—and neither will people in need around the world. Championship products are usually produced for both sides so they can be sold to celebrating fans. For 10 years starting in 2005, the losing side's championship... More »

One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

Curse Over: Cubs Win It All in Game 7

Beat Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10th inning

(Newser) - Mike Montgomery retired Michael Martinez for the final out with a runner on in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs ended baseball's longest championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series, the AP reports. The Cubs won their first championship since... More »

Fans Pay Record-Busting Bucks for Game 7 of World Series

Pair of seats behind Cubs dugout went for $19.5K each

(Newser) - A World Series win Tuesday night by the Chicago Cubs against the Cleveland Indians has forced a Game 7—and apparently forced someone with a lot of disposable income to open up quite a bit of their wallet. Per MarketWatch , a pair of seats behind the Cubs dugout at Cleveland'... More »

Cubs Take It to Game 7

They hammer Indians 9-3

(Newser) - After 108 years, what's one more day? The Chicago Cubs are far from finished—they're frothing. Addison Russell hit a grand slam and tied a World Series record with six RBIs, and Chicago took advantage of a huge early misplay in Cleveland's outfield as the Cubs throttled... More »

Autopsy: Marlins Pitcher Had Cocaine, Alcohol in His System

Jose Fernandez died in a boat crash last month in Florida

(Newser) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday. The AP reports it's not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and... More »

Cubs Tie Series, Get Ready to Face the Curse

Arrieta pitched no-hitter into 6th inning

(Newser) - Jake Arrieta made a teasing try at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs, and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Arrieta carried a... More »

In First World Series Game, a Solid Shutout

Chicago Cubs lost 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians

(Newser) - Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945. Kluber pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Perez hit two home runs, and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday... More »

Ohio, Illinois Govs' World Series Bet: Beer ... Mustard?

Pizza for Bruce Rauner, 'fan favorites' like ballpark mustard for John Kasich

(Newser) - The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other cases of beer, pizza, and other ballpark favorites ahead of the World Series contest between the Cubs and the Indians. In a Monday tweet , Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wagered an extra-large Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and a case of microbrew... More »

How One Man Made $2.5M Betting on the World Series

'Vegas Dave' and his history of long-shot sports bets

(Newser) - "Vegas" Dave Oancea started his career as a professional gambler by taking out a $10,000 student loan, going straight to Vegas, and putting it all on red. Telling his story to Mel Magazine , Dave says: "It hit, and I turned the 10 grand into 20. That started... More »

Cubs Will Play in World Series

Chicago advances, will face Cleveland

(Newser) - The Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early, and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.... More »

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