Scenes From Seinfeld Night
The Brooklyn Cyclones hosted Seinfeld Night at MCU Park on Saturday. It was real and it was spectacular. Where else could you see a Keith Hernandez "Magic Loogie" bobblehead doll, an Elaine Benes Dance Contest and Festivus foul poles along the rightfield and leftfield lines? If you weren't among the 8,241 fans lucky enough to attend the event in person, this photo gallery should give you a sense of all the Seinfeld-related fun.
In Other Minor League Baseball News
The 19th Annual World Wife Carrying Championships
Yes, this is a real thing. Thirty-six couples from across the globe descended on the central Finnish municipality of Sonkajarvi, north of Helsinki, for this year's event. In the end, Finland's Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman just edged out Britain's Rich Blake Smith and Anna Marguerite Smith for the win.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Toni Garnn, whom you may know as the ridiculously hot Victoria's Secret model that Leonardo DiCaprio is currently dating, turns 22 today. More importantly, she is today's LLOD.
Oakland Welcomes Shark
Jeff Samardzija was traded to the A's over the weekend and made his first start in Oakland on Sunday. Samardzija has one of the most difficult names in sports to spell, and the home fans, after several tries, ultimately opted to use the nickname "Shark" to adorn their banners. Meanwhile, the Yankees also acquired a new hurler -- Twitter hero Brandon McCarthy. And New York's strict policy against facial hair made Mrs. McCarthy very happy.
Johnny Damon is Deluded
Despite batting .271 (2010), .262 (’11) and .222 (’12) in his last three seasons, Johnny Damon still thinks he can "outhit at least half the league" and doesn't understand why nobody will give him a chance.
LeBron James is Jacked
The free-agent forward posted this photo to Instagram. He is not weak.
From the SI Vault
Everyone's favorite Beatle, Ringo Starr, turns 74 today. In this 1964 photo, Starr throws a punch at boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson during the filming of the movie Candy (a sex farce!), in which they both appeared. For more classic sports photos, check out the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds and Ends
My favorite new baseball feud is between Red Sox pitcher John Lackey and Orioles manager Buck Showalter ... Amanda Dufner, wife of Jason, enjoyed her July 4th weekend ... Reds first baseman Joey Votto keeps a very clean locker, which led some reporters to think he had been traded ... Ducks gaolie John Gibson pays tribute to Pac-Man with his new goalie mask ... Fifty thoughts on the just-concluded fortnight at Wimbledon ... Pacers forward Paul George pulled off another 360 windmill dunk during a Drew Summer League game ... David Ortiz, 38, skipped Saturday night's game between Boston and Baltimore to attend his daughters' high school graduation ... Twenty great soundtracks from really bad movies ... The best products made with recycled skateboards ... If you're getting married soon, send Mickey and Minnie Mouse an invitation ... The Los Angeles house that serves as the fictional Dunphy residence in Modern Family sold for $2.15 million ... Pink Floyd will release their first album in 20 years ... Celebrities showing off their hips is the newest red carpet fashion trend ... Five predictions from Back the the Future II that are close to coming true.
Bo Jackson > Bryce Harper
Harper tried (and failed) to break a bat over his knee.
Tour de France Kiss Diss
Italian cyclist Vicenzo Nibali won Stage 2 of the Tour de France and kissed one of the podium girls. The other podium girl, however, wanted nothing to do with him.
Jon Maciel of the minor league West Michigan Whitecaps nailed a bird with a pitch. Randy Johnson did the same thing in 2001 with a much grosser result.
Dom Dwyer of Sporting KC received a yellow card after celebrating a goal with a crowd selfie.