Larry King's wife pulled a risky move Friday night ... throwing a surprise birthday for her 80-year old husband ... but don't worry, the T.V. legend made it out alive.
Larry's wife Shawn King planned the whole thing without her husband having a clue ... and the look on his face when he realizes it's a surprise party is classic.
Guests like Pat Boone, Paul Anka and Warren Beatty arrived early to hit some balls on the field ... and they all had a fancy dinner after the big reveal.
It reportedly costs upward of $25k to rent out Dodger Stadium for a private event.
Take that Kim and Kanye!
Slammed $100k Bottle of Champagne
In World Series Celebration
10/31/2013 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Ortiz wasn't chugging cheap champagne during his crazy World Series celebration last night -- the stuff Big Papi was pounding runs $100,000 per bottle ... TMZ has learned.
You've seen the pics -- Ortiz hoisting a giant gold bottle of bubbly, while the rest of his Boston Red Sox teammates celebrated their victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now, we've learned ... the booze was a 15 litre bottle of Armand de Brignac Nebuchadnezzar Champagne, also known as "Ace of Spades" ... and it runs between $100k and $150k in the club scene.
These bottles are SUPER rare -- a Russian billionaire once splurged on a bottle for Zac Efron and Heather Graham when he spotted the actors at a bar in Chicago.
So, when Ortiz got up this morning and went to the bathroom -- ya might say he was pissing money away.
Mike Napoli vs. Jason Motte
Whose Beard Is Better?
10/23/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are facing off on the field tonight for Game 1 of the 2013 World Series -- but the real battle is between two bearded baseballers.
With beards like this, both teams are clear winners.
The question is...
Boston Counter- Terrorism
... In Your Face
10/21/2013 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The FBI, the Boston PD, the Dept. of Homeland Security ... just about every law enforcement group in the land will be patrolling the Boston area in force during the World Series in an effort to thwart a possible terrorist attack, TMZ has learned.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing back in April, the city is taking every possible measure to make sure people are safe when the Series comes to Beantown on Wednesday.
TMZ spoke with multiple law enforcement agencies ... who told us the Boston PD will be in charge of coordinating the plan to keep the area safe.
The police presence will be huge -- and in your face -- with uniformed and undercover officers, bomb-sniffing dogs, snipers and other counterterrorism measures in place.
Still, cops tell us ... as usual, they count on the people to provide tips if they see anything suspicious. See something, say something.
Dodgers Star to Craig Sager:
I See Your Ugly Suit ...
AND RAISE YOU
10/17/2013 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is L.A. Dodgers star Andre Ethier stealing a page from serial fashion assassin (and TBS sideline reporter) Craig Sager ... and rocking an aggressively ugly plaid suit near the team bus.
It appears the pic was taken outside Dodger Stadium today as Ethier and the team boarded the team bus for their trip to St. Louis for Game 6 of the NLCS.
We're not saying Ethier's outfit is the worst we've ever seen (we're looking at YOU Dwyane Wade) ... but it's definitely up there.
Diggin' the yellow bow tie though.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Mom's 'Healing Pretty Well'
After Attempted Carjacking
10/16/2013 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cal Ripken Jr. tells TMZ ... his mother is "doing well" after she thwarted a gun-toting bad guy who allegedly tried to jack her car in a bank parking lot in Maryland.
Cops say Violet Ripken was held up at gunpoint on Tuesday afternoon -- but calmly pressed the panic button on her car key and scared the guy away. The suspect was later arrested after cops obtained a photo of the suspect from a nearby ATM.
Scary stuff ... but last night outside Madeo in L.A. -- where Cal was having dinner with fellow Orioles legend Eddie Murray -- Ripken told us his mom is on the mend after the frightening encounter ... her second incident with a gunman in 2 years.
It's kind of a streak ...
Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mom
Threatened at Gunpoint
10/15/2013 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's something about Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom -- because cops say she was just threatened at gunpoint in Maryland ... barely a year after she was abducted at gunpoint in the same area.
Law enforcement in Aberdeen tell TMZ, Violet Ripken was leaving an NBRS bank Tuesday when she was confronted by a handgun-wielding man in the parking lot. Vi told cops the man demanded her car.
At that point, cops say Cal's mom was able to sound the panic alarm on the vehicle, and the man fled. He was later apprehended by police.
Thankfully, Cal's mom wasn't hurt during the exchange -- but it's still a scary reminder of last July, when Violet was abducted at gunpoint, forced into a car, and held against her will for 23 hours.
She was ultimately found unharmed, but still ... scary.
If NJ Had a Baseball Team
They'd Be 'The Losers!'
10/14/2013 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If New Jersey had a baseball team, it should be called "THE LOSERS," this according to Snooki ... talk about biting the hand that fed ya.
It's pretty shocking, considering the MTV star spent several years in NJ ... where she lived, boozed and shot her reality show.
But right after she made the comment on the way out of Boa Steakhouse in L.A., the backtracking began ...
Snooks insisted the comment was NOT made to be a shot at Jersey on the whole, but more of a shot at HERSELF and the "Jersey Shore" cast, because "we were all turds back then."
You buyin' that?
Dodgers Star Matt Kemp
Rollin' to the NLCS
... By Himself
10/11/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's bad enough that he can't play, but injured Dodgers star Matt Kemp isn't traveling with the team either -- and TMZ has video of the All Star gimping his way through LAX today on a scooter.
With the rest of the squad already in St. Louis for the NLCS, Kemp -- nursing two injuries -- wheeled through the airport Thursday afternoon on a medical scooter designed to help him keep the weight off his busted right ankle.
Kemp seemed pretty bummed out about the situation -- and for good reason -- telling us that having to ride around on the scooter, while the rest of the guys are prepping for the Cards, straight up blows.
But don't feel too bad for Matt -- he still raked in roughly $20 million this season ... so it's not a total loss.
Still sucks to be injured though.
Ken Griffey Jr.
My Son Chose Football
... And I'm Cool With It
10/10/2013 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
His FATHER was a baseball star. HE was a baseball star. But Ken Griffey Jr.'s son WON'T carry on the MLB legacy 'cause he chose football instead ... and KG2 tells TMZ he's totally cool with it.
Turns out, Ken's kid Trey Griffey is a freshman wide receiver for the University of Arizona ... and Ken's in L.A. to watch the Wildcats take on USC tonight.
But when we asked if he was a little disappointed that his 6'3", 190 pound kid won't be following in his Major League footsteps, Ken gave a pretty heartfelt reply.
"He loves football ... and as a parent, I've got to be supportive of that," Ken told us ... adding, "You can't tell your child what to love and not to love."
But that's not all ... we also asked Ken about his kid's chances of making the NFL, if he considers himself the greatest HR hitter of his generation, and his encounter with Charlie Sheen.
Cool guy -- check out the clip.
Broken Cameras Are TBS' Problem
Even If Puig's to Blame
10/8/2013 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The L.A. Dodgers will NOT pay for the cameras that Yasiel Puig broke during the frenzied Gatorade-fueled celebration after winning the N.L.D.S. last night ... and that's exactly the way TBS wants it, TMZ has learned.
Well-placed sources connected with the Dodgers tell TMZ, broken cameras are all part of the drill during a celebration.
As one source put it, "TBS would never approach us for that. It's all part of the celebration."
Those cameras are nothing to sneeze at -- they can run anywhere from $50k to $75k.
What's more, one well-placed Dodgers source tells TMZ ... other cameras were broken in the locker room during the champagne celebration and nobody from the outside saw it happen ... but no one is complaining.
The cost of doing business ... it ain't always cheap.
MLB Stud Gabe Kapler
Files for Divorce
Gimme My Maiden Name Back! [Update]
10/6/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former pro baseball star Gabe Kapler has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years ... and in the divorce docs he's made it clear -- he wants his maiden name back!
Kapler -- who's now an analyst on Fox Sports 1 -- filed the docs in L.A. County Superior court in an effort to end his marriage to Lisa Kapler, who he married back in 1999.
According to the docs, Gabe is serving as his own lawyer in the divorce ... and appears to have filled out the complicated docs himself ... which might explain some of the strange requests.
For example -- Gabe checked the box asking to have his former name restored ... and included the name "Jansen" ... his wife's maiden name. Oops.
Kapler also checked the box asking for spousal support ... odd, considering he earned millions of dollars over his 12 year MLB career. Again, ooops.
The couple has two minor children together. Gabe is asking for joint custody.
7:36 AM PT -- Well, our suspicions were correct ...
We spoke to Gabe who confirms there WAS a clerical error made on the document and that he's now "looking into it."
He also tells us, "My wife and I are best friends and will care for each other beautifully through this difficult time."
A-Rod Sues MLB
They Paid to Frame Me!
[Update: MLB Rips A-Rod]
10/4/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
9:05 AM PT -- MLB is lashing out against Alex's lawsuit -- calling it "nothing more than a desperate attempt to circumvent the Collective Bargaining Agreement."
MLB adds, "While we vehemently deny the allegations in the complaint, none of those allegations is relevant to the real issue: whether Mr. Rodriguez violated the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by using and possessing numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including Testosterone and human Growth Hormone, over the course of multiple years and whether he violated the Basic Agreement by attempting to cover-up his violations of the Program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner's investigation.”
A-Rod has come out swinging by filing a lawsuit against Bud Selig and MLB, claiming they paid off the star witness against the Yankee slugger ... paid him millions of dollars to help force A-Rod out of baseball.
The suit claims Selig and MLB paid $5 million to Anthony Bosch, head of the Biogenesis Clinic -- the place A-Rod allegedly went to in order to obtain undetectable steroids.
The upshot -- A-Rod believes the testimony is tainted by the hefty price tag.
The suit claims A-Rod has been unfairly targeted for a 211-game suspension -- which A-Rod's lawyer claims is a witch hunt.
The suit claims Selig and MLB interfered with A-Rod's contracts and business relationships.
Sources connected with A-Rod tell TMZ he's been tested for performance enhancing drugs 11 times since 2011 and they've come up clean every time.