This video of Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp -- limping around on crutches -- is gonna make you really sad ... or really pumped up for the baseball playoffs.
Talk about bittersweet ... the Dodgers are heading into the playoffs, but Kemp will be benched due to a swollen bone in his foot.
So, last night when we caught Matt gingerly making his way into a movie theater he confessed ... "I'm sad" -- but then added a prediction about the Dodgers' NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.
In Kemp's words ... "We gonna win."
And you gotta hear the alternative medicine tip Matty got -- albeit from our camera guy -- but ya never know. Miracle comeback?
'Last Call' for Booze & Pics
At Yankees Game
9/27/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Christopher McDonald earned his Yankees fan pinstripes last night by being the coolest guy ever when an obnoxious fan interrupted his night at the Stadium.
It went down during the late innings of future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera's final game at Yankee Stadium ... so an important game for a native New Yorker like Christopher to enjoy without being disturbed.
But you gotta see how he handled a young lady -- who may or may not have been over-served ... and wanted nothing more in life than to have a photo with Shooter McGavin. Total class act.
As the beer lady put it during the clip ... "Last call, last call!!"
Hey Chris, at least the fan left before Mariano took the mound.
Note: No beer was spilled in the taping of this clip.
We're Keeping the Horse
Of Course, Of Course
9/27/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Todd's wife Christy tells TMZ ... they had no idea the Rockies would be gifting him a horse during his send off -- but it's not a problem ... cause they just happen to have a 4,000 acre ranch (perks of earning more than $160 million).
We're told the horse -- named A Tru Bustamove -- is worth $45,000 and the Heltons already have a nickname for him ... "Busta."
Woo ha! Woo ha!!
Major League Juror
9/24/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
QUESTION: What does the all-powerful Warlock think about while on jury duty?
Charlie Sheen was ripping cigs this morning outside the L.A. courthouse where he's performing his civic service ... when we asked about his take on MLB this season.
He's got some pretty interesting thoughts on this year's World Series contenders -- plus what the best MLB iPhone app is -- but the real interesting part is his new policy on betting ... or NOT betting. Check the clip.
This guy really knows baseball.
Major Shrinkage In Miami
9/23/2013 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Alex Rodriguez -- who signed a $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007 -- is now pinching pennies by downsizing in a spectacular way.
A-Rod -- who dumped his $30 million oceanfront Miami palace -- just bought a nearby condo for $2.1 million -- around 15 times cheaper than his previous digs.
And when we say it's modest, we mean it. The "luxury" condo, purchased last month, is 1,725 sq. ft with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms -- a broom closet in ARod's world.
The Miami mansion was a comfortable 19,861 sq. ft., with 9 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms (plus 2 half bathrooms), a 4-car garage, a state of the art security system with 16 cameras, and a Zen garden.
A-Rod appears to be gearing up for a long winter in an uncertain future.
We'd say it sucks to be him ... but it still doesn't.
'The Big Unit' Randy Johnson
R.I.P. Nintendo Prez
You 'Changed the World'
9/21/2013 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Randy Johnson -- one of the legendary players from the team -- tells TMZ ... Hiroshi's death has left a major void in the video game world.
The Big Unit -- who broke a slew of records on Yamauchi's watch -- tells us he was friends with HY back in the day ... but won't be attending the funeral in Japan since its for family and people super close to him.
Randy adds, “Mr Yamauchi was a great man who changed the world with his mind and spirit. He will be greatly missed."
Another fun fact: Yamauchi never attended one Mariners game ... go figure.
Charlie Hustling the Tax Man
... Says Tax Man
9/2/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned the MLB legend has just been hit with ANOTHER tax lien ... this time the State of California has come-a-callin' for $15,520.86 in unpaid taxes for 2010 and 2011.
Rose's tax problems are legendary -- just last year, the federal government smacked Pete with a tax bill of $120k for 2009 and 2010.
And before that, Pete racked up a $973k debt with Uncle Sam for stiffing the govt. from 1997 to 2002, though he ultimately paid off that debt.
As for the new lien, sources close to Pete tell us he's aware of the situation and plans to pay in full.
9/1/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dodgers Stadium could be renamed Beamish Waterproofing Stadium unless the team antes up more than $4 million ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ has obtained liens that have been filed against the Stadium, for services that have gone unpaid. Here's the breakdown:
-- Raymond-Southern California, Inc. ... $2,037,689 for improvements of IDF rooms, clubhouse, press box, concessions and retail
-- Mark Beamish Waterproofing, Inc. ... $129,014 for caulking and sealants
-- ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Inc. ... $443,609.50 for tree location, landscaping and irrigation
-- Safe Scaffolding ... $63,808.02 for erecting and dismantling scaffolding
-- Muir-Chase Plumbing, Inc. ... $1,180,684.94 for plumbing materials and labor
Total delinquency: $3.854,985.46 ... plus interest.
A spokesman for the Dodgers tells TMZ ... this is a big misunderstanding, "It is not uncommon to have liens while the process of verifying bills goes on," adding, "all payments are now being processed." The rep expects the liens to be removed shortly.
Here's the upside ... fans with plumbers crack would get in free.
Cincinnati Reds Star
CHEWED OUT BY FAT ORG.
After Calling Reporter 'Fat Motherf**ker'
8/31/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cincinnati Reds 2nd baseman Brandon Phillips is in deep-fried trouble with a pro-fat person organization after blasting a sports reporter as a "fat motherf**ker" ... TMZ has learned.
The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) had their ears (and probably their mouths) open when Phillips went off on C. Trent Rosecrans during a news conference with Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Rosecrans -- who happens to sport a fuller figure -- had gotten on Phillips' bad side for criticizing his on-base percentage ... and while CTR was talking to Baker, Phillips interrupted and called him a "fat f**k" and a "fat motherf**ker."
Baker just sat there ... refusing to call out Brandon.
But the NAAFA is hungry for an apology ... and also probably pizza ... and meatballs ... telling TMZ, "[Brandon's] poor choice of words indicates that he may have missed the fact that verbal aggression and threats are bullying."
The org. says they're especially upset because the Reds participate in anti-bullying campaigns -- "Putting on an anti-bullying face then allowing the blasting of a reporter's body-size is not acceptable."
We've reached out to the Reds -- so far, no word back.
Sued By Lawyers Over Massive Divorce Bill
8/24/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another punch straight to the gut for ex-MLB star Dwight 'Doc' Gooden -- TMZ has learned, his own lawyers just sued him for not paying the tab on his divorce.
Doc's wife Monique filed for divorce back in November after 3 years of marriage and an extremely tumultuous relationship. Back in 2005, Doc was even accused of hitting Monique after she allegedly threw a cell phone at him.
Doc's lawyers claim the ex-pitcher hired them soon after Monique filed, and Doc agreed to pony up $325/hour for their services. They claim Gooden has since refused to pay ... and has racked up $15,254 in unpaid bills.
Rough summer for a guy who was once king of NYC, and a 3-time World Series champ.
Last month Doc and Monique (who were living together despite the divorce) were evicted from their Jersey mansion for not paying rent.
Calls to Dwight's people weren't returned.
Dodgers' Brian Wilson
Everyone Chill ...
My Beard is Here to Stay!!
8/22/2013 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
And now, a statement from Brian Wilson's million-dollar beard: "I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH MONEY'S ON THE TABLE ... NOBODY'S CUTTING ME!"
Thank you, Beard.
Despite a flurry of reports the Dodgers pitcher was in negotiations to shave his famous facial hair for a six-figure payday ... Wilson's reps tell TMZ, the Beard was never in jeopardy.
The crew over at MVP Sports Group tells us they never took the razor company's offer seriously because Brian refuses to even trim his trademark, and, in fact ... he's told them the beard is "going with him to the grave."
So, keep calm Blue Crew -- the Beard abides.
Dodgers Get Party Pass
Even If They Sucked Last Night
8/20/2013 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It doesn't matter if they played like crap last night (and lost to the sorry ass Marlins), the Dodgers can GO CLUBBIN' all they want, as long as they stay in first place ... so says Magic Johnson.
The Dodgers played like crap last night -- with Yasiel Puig (0-for-5) and Carl Crawford (1-for-4) looking especially bad ... no surprise considering they hit the Miami nightclubs HARD just hours before the game.
But Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson doesn't seem to mind an off night every now and then ... as long as the team keeps destroying the majority of their opponents.
"We just gotta come back and win tomorrow," Johnson said ... "They're grown men. They can hang out. They can party. I mean ... they're grown."
He added, "We're having a great season ... so, one game is not gonna hurt us."
Johnson said there will absolutely be NO disciplinary action taken against the players -- who dropped more than $20k at LIV nightclub early Monday morning while partying with LeBron James.
An official high up in the Dodgers organization tells TMZ ... "They party all the time. It's no big deal."
FYI -- Johnson was known to do his fair share of partying back in the day ... and he played just fine. He's even got the rings to prove it.
L.A. Dodgers Stars
NIGHTCLUBBIN' with LeBron
After Team Finally Loses
8/19/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Didn't take long for the L.A. Dodgers to shake off the sting of defeat after finally losing a game in Philly yesterday ... 'cause hours later, the biggest stars on the team flew into Miami AND WENT CLUBBIN' with LeBron James, TMZ has learned.
Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford all rolled into LIV Nightclub in Miami around 1AM Monday morning ... where they were greeted by LBJ ... and proceeded to party their faces off.
Sources inside the club tell TMZ ... the 4-some dropped more than $20,000 on Ciroc, Moet, Patron, Belvedere, and fancy champagne.
FYI -- The Dodgers (which had won 10 games in a row before losing to the Phillies) are in Miami to play the Marlins.
We're told Kemp was partying particularly hard ... but it's not like he's gotta work today anyway (injury) so, good for him.
It's good to be a pro athlete.
BTW -- We're on the hunt for photos ...