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Nomar Garciaparra

MLB Hazing's No Big Deal

... We All Did It

10/5/2015 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

RELAX ... forcing MLB rookies to wear dresses is no big deal -- despite criticism that it sends a bad message to kids -- so says ex-MLB star Nomar Garciaparra

As we previously reported, the head of a powerful LGBT group is upset that several MLB teams forced their rookies to dress like women as part of a hazing ritual ... claiming it sends the message that the idea of men who wear dresses is something to be mocked.

1002-rookies-dress-up-SUB-TWITTER-01But Nomar doesn't think it's a big deal at all -- telling TMZ Sports, "When it's fun and good taste it's all good."

He added, "I had to dress up ... that's all part of it."

Dodgers to AC/DC

You Can't Trash Our Field ...

Like Ya Did Wrigley

9/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925-dodgers-acdc-getty-01For those about to rock Dodger Stadium -- know that the team's not about to let AC/DC headbangers screw up their run at the World Series by tearing up the field during Monday's show.

The Aussie rockers already left their mark on the Cubs' Wrigley Field. Manager Joe Maddon complained his infield got trashed after AC/DC's concert. So, with the band coming to L.A. ... a Dodger rep tells TMZ Sports they're taking no chances.

Instead of copying the Cubs -- who actually removed their turf and laid it down again -- the Blue Crew will leave the field as is. Their solution will be a special tarp placed over the entire playing surface.

We're told it worked like a charm when Sir Paul McCartney played the stadium last year ... so, team officials aren't too worried about AC/DC's fans. 

Rock n' roll ain't field pollution.

MLB Star Hector Olivera

Post-Defection Perfection ...

$50k To Pimp Out Maybach

9/26/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Braves slugger Hector Olivera just came to America a year ago, but he's clearly exercising his freedom of swag ... dropping $50k to pimp out his 2016 Maybach.

Hector signed a 6 year, $62 million deal earlier this year, and dropped  a chunk on the ride. But standard features weren't enough. He went to the Auto Firm in Miami to make it truly special.

Auto Firm boss, Alex Vega, says he added red and black Avorza "Honeycomb" leather, AV9 custom 23 inch wheels, plus state-of-the-art navigation and rear entertainment systems.

FYI -- the Maybach set Hector back $200k, so there's only one thing we can say about spending an extra $50k just to make it your own ...

God Bless America.

David Ortiz

Gets $100k Porn Offer


9/24/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923_daivd_ortiz_vivd_gettyMLB slugger David Ortiz may finally get his X-rated wish ... in the form of a REAL $100,000 SEX TAPE OFFER ... after Big Papi revealed that he's always wanted a secret career as a porn star. 

In case you missed it ... the Red Sox legend told the Player's Tribune that if he wasn't an athlete, his dream job would be "Porn Star."

Well, Vivid Entertainment -- the company behind the Kim Kardashian sex tape -- wants to make Ortiz's dream come true. 

We spoke with CEO Steve Hirsch who tells us his people are already drafting up an offer for Papi's big debut ... complete with a working title.

Hirsch says the flick would be called "Big Papi's Slugger" and would feature Ortiz hitting it out of the park with 4 or 5 women at a time because "his personality is too big for just one."

Look, we all know the $100k is chump change for Ortiz, but he also told Players Tribune his favorite song was "Baby Got Back" ... so we're guessing he'd accept other forms of payment if interested.

Yogi Berra

Yankees Legend Dies at 90

9/22/2015 11:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0922-yogi-berra-GETTY-01Yogi Berra, a New York Yankees legend and one of the most beloved American sports stars in history, died Tuesday.

Yogi was an All-Star catcher for the Yankees from 1946 to 1963, and also played one year with the Mets before retiring as a player in 1965. He played in the Bronx alongside the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle ... earning a record TEN World Series rings.

Yogi also caught pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

He was just as famous for his quirky sayings, known as "Yogi-isms," as he was his Hall of Fame baseball career. Some of the best include:

- "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

- "It gets late early out there."

- "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."

- "It's like deja vu all over again."

Miller played off Yogi's idioms for a popular 1987 beer commercial that happened to co-star a young Jason Alexander -- who, coincidentally, worked for the Yankees years later on "Seinfeld."

Yogi, whose birth name was Lawrence Peter, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and participated in the D-Day invasion. He started playing pro baseball when he got out of the service.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in NJ announced his death. Yogi was 90. 


Pres. Carter

Still GETTING IT ...

In Stands at Braves Game

9/18/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There's only one thing ex-President Jimmy Carter loves as much as his Atlanta Braves ... and that's hot mouthing his wife on a stadium jumbotron, baby!!

90-year-old JC was at Thursday night's Blue Jays-Braves game, and when the kiss cam landed on him and Rosalynn Carter -- there was no hesitation. The Carters -- who've been married for 69 years (hehe) -- locked lips like they were drunken 20-somethings again.

Put him in coach, the Prez is ready to play ... 

Tom Brady

Big Papi Is Happy I'm Not Suspended

9/4/2015 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0903-david-ortiz-tom-brady-GETTY-INSTAGRAM-01Tom Brady has some big support coming his way after beating Roger Goodell and the NFL in court on Thursday ... but David Ortiz may be the biggest supporter of them all.

As our friends at BSO pointed out ... Papi posted a tweet after hearing the news of Brady's 4-game suspension being lifted ... showing some Boston love after the New England QB was set free.

Shouldn't be surprised by the support ... both Beantown sports legends are no strangers to championships and controversy ... so they definitely have stuff to bond over.


Wiener Dog On The Loose

At The Ballpark

Players Can't Catch Him

9/2/2015 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The El Paso Chihuahuas -- a Triple-A baseball team -- had a great idea to get fans amped up for the start of their game ... have a race with a bunch of Dachshunds (wiener dogs).

The Wienerschnitzel weenie dog race went smoothly in the beginning ... then all hell broke loose when one pup broke free from the pack and turned the field into his own personal playground.

Get ready to see the most exciting -- and funny -- thing to ever happen on a Minor League field.

Stacey Dash to ESPN

End Schilling's Suspension

... He Was Right!

8/27/2015 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-Stacy-Dash-Curt-Schilling-MAIN-GETTY-TMZ-01"Clueless" star Stacey Dash says Curt Schilling has the truth on his side, and ESPN was way outta line when it benched him for his controversial Muslim/Nazi tweet.

H/T BSO for pointing out Dash jumping to Schilling's defense. She tweeted that the worldwide leader actually owes the ex Red Sox ace an apology. As Dash put it ... "So, now we can't tweet things that are true?"

You'll recall Schilling posted a meme comparing today's radical Muslims to Nazis in the 1940s. ESPN immediately pulled him from its Little League World Series coverage.

Schilling hasn't had this kinda rotation support since Randy Johnson. 


Adorable 103-Year-Old Woman

Tosses Out First Pitch

For Texas Rangers

8/27/2015 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lucille Fleming doesn't have a cannon for an arm ... but she does have the guts to stand in front of thousands of people and throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers.

After recovering from a serious hospital visit -- in which she died for 3 minutes -- the 103-year-old fan got the opportunity of a lifetime to toss the opening pitch for her favorite team on August 26. 

Pretty good for someone who cracked the century mark ... and still better than 50 Cent's.

Kate Upton

Top Gun Entrance

... Into Chi-Town

8/20/2015 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kate Upton had a strong buzz over Wrigley Field -- she was riding shotgun in a World War II era fighter plane that buzzed the Cubs-Tigers game.

Four P-51 Mustangs flew over Wrigley in honor of the 1945 throwback game, and Kate was in the cockpit of one of them ... posting some badass vids (h/t BSO) from the event.

Take note -- the pilots did NOT force Kate to wear one of those ugly, confining jumpsuits during the flight. Nor did they care that her BF Justin Verlander pitches for the opposition. Smart pilots.

Words never heard with Upton on board: "Negative ghost rider, the pattern is full."

Little Girl With Robotic Hand

Throws First Pitch

At Baltimore Orioles Game

8/19/2015 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

5-year-old Hailey Dawson showed everyone that disabilities don't have to hold anyone back ... throwing out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game with her robotic hand.

Hailey's right hand is not fully developed because a rare disease called Poland Syndrome. 

UNLV engineers and Hailey's mom worked together to design her 3-D printed prosthetic called the Flexy-Hand 2 ... that helps her with the ability to grip things.

Thanks to their hard work, Hailey was able to use the Orioles-themed robotic hand to throw out the first pitch to third baseman Manny Machado before Monday night's game.


Yankees' CC Sabathia

Caught Up in Toronto

Street Brawl

8/17/2015 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar1:30 PM PT -- Sabathia says he regrets making a "bad decision" by trying to get involved in the fight.update_grey_gray_barYankees star CC Sabathia was leaving a Toronto nightclub when a massive fight broke out ... and several people had to hold him back from the action.

The brawl broke out early Saturday morning ... after the Yankees had won game 1 of their weekend series against the Blue Jays. CC stands out in the crowd for two reasons -- he's 6'7" and he's sporting BRIGHT red sneakers.

It's unclear what sparked the fight -- witnesses tell us hecklers were yelling "Go Blue Jays" -- but Sabathia definitely looks like he WANTS to jump into the fray. Ultimately, a friend shoved him into a cab and he got outta Dodge.

Good thing too ... 'cause the fight was insane.

The Yanks just scratched CC from his start tonight, which probably has nothing to do with this fight. We've got calls in to the team and CC's reps.


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