Talk about a bad day getting worse ... 'cause after Clayton Kershaw lost to the SF Giants yesterday, the Dodgers ace LOCKED HIS KEYS IN HIS CAR ... and had to call in a lefty for the save.
Ya gotta feel for the guy ... you can see the look on his face when he realizes he's locked out.
Come on ... we've all been there.
Kershaw -- along with several members of the Dodgers organization (including teammate Justin Turner) -- scrambled to break into the Ford ... but to no avail.
Eventually, a hero in a reflective green vest arrived to the scene on his noble white steed (his AAA truck) ... and managed to jimmy open the door.
Kershaw kept his cool during the ordeal ... and offered the guy some chips and a bottle of water.
Guess the Wad
3/9/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Jobe was Like Jackie Robinson
They Changed Baseball Forever
3/7/2014 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The doctor who invented "Tommy John Surgery" ranks up with Jackie Robinson when it comes to people who changed baseball forever ... so says Tommy John himself.
TMZ Sports spoke with the iconic MLB pitcher after the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe -- the man who pioneered the elbow surgery that saved Tommy's pitching career ... and countless others.
The surgery, which Jobe first performed on Tommy in 1974, was revolutionary ... in which a torn tendon in the elbow is replaced with a healthy tendon from somewhere else in the body.
John was the first major athlete to undergo the procedure ... and went from considering retirement to winning 164 GAMES following the surgery.
But Tommy says Dr. Jobe wasn't 100% confident it was going to work before he went under the knife.
"Before the surgery, Frank said to me 'do you have something else to do? I'm not sure this is going to work.' He knew my wife was pregnant."
Fortunately, the whole thing worked out ... now more than 1/3 of active MLB pitchers have undergone the "Tommy John surgery."
John says ... "Three people changed baseball more than anyone: Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier. Marvin Miller who changed the players union. And Frank Jobe, who revolutionized the medical side of baseball."
Tommy says he was surprised when he learned of Jobe's passing this week ... explaining, "I sent Frank an email a few weeks ago and I told him 'if I get into the Hall of Fame, I want your butt standing next to me.' He was one of the most important people in my career."
Dr. Jobe was 88.
Famous Death Bed Speech
Handwritten Notes Up for Auction
3/3/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The notes from Mickey Mantle's emotional farewell address -- scribbled from his deathbed in 1995 -- is about to hit the auction block ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The speech is legendary ... televised from the Baylor University Medical Center on July 12, 1995 ... when a dying Mantle begged his fans, "Please don't do drugs and alcohol. God only gave us one body."
Now, we're told Grey Flannel Auctions will be opening up bidding on the handwritten notes for the speech that Mick had earlier scribbled on the back of a PGA tour score card in his hospital room.
One of the most memorable lines from the speech -- "I didn't know how Lou Gehrig could here [sic] at home plate knowing he was going to die and say he was the luckiest man on the face of Earth [sic]. Now I think I know."
GFA tells us the item will hit the auction block at the end of April. There will not be a starting bid.
Mick died just 4 weeks after the speech after suffering from liver cancer, cirrhosis and hepatitis.
He was 63.
7:40 AM PT -- The auction house tells TMZ Sports ... they've decided to put a $10k starting bid on the item.
I Dare You To Run Me Over!!!
2/26/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Johnny Bench tells TMZ Sports he fully SUPPORTS the new anti-collision rule in the MLB -- but that doesn't make him a wuss. In fact, Johnny says he's still tough as nails ... and he's willing to prove it.
Johnny was out in D.C. Tuesday when he dropped some serious collision knowledge -- comparing speeding base runners to MISSILES who can seriously injure a catcher.
But when we asked if he still considered catchers "tough" -- the 66-year-old Hall of Famer challenged our guy to a collision right there on the spot.
Seriously, we're lucky our guy walked away in one piece.
A-Rod Will NEVER Make the Hall
2/24/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If steroid-abusing Alex Rodriguez wants to be in Cooperstown, he's gonna have to buy a ticket like everyone else ... 'cause Frank Thomas says the guy will NEVER be enshrined in the MLB Hall of Fame.
The Big Hurt -- who's getting ready to be inducted with the 2014 HOF class -- couldn't have been more clear about A-Rod's chances ... telling TMZ Sports there are only TWO guys from the PED era who deserve to be in the Hall.
As for Thomas, Frank says he's working on his own Hall of Fame speech ... and can't wait to be inducted by his 21-year-old son (who has the greatest nickname ever) ... The Little Hurt.
Check out the clip -- gotta love Frank's honesty.
Dodgers Star Andre Ethier
I Feel TERRIBLE
About Injuring Sandy Koufax!!!!
2/21/2014 4:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Dodgers star Andre Ethier says his life flashed before his eyes when he smacked the line drive shot that struck Sandy Koufax in the head on Friday ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm glad he's OK."
78-year-old Koufax was carted off to receive medical attention after taking a shot off the bat of Ethier during spring training hitting practice in Arizona. Koufax was bleeding, but was never knocked off his feet.
"My heart was pumping out of my chest," Ethier says ... "Scary moment!"
Andre says he and Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly rushed over to Koufax ... and immediately began to apologize.
Ethier said Koufax forgave him ... but still, Andre says he was sorta freaked out for a minute -- "This is not what I want to be remembered for."
As for Sandy, he underwent a CT scan which ruled out internal bleeding -- and he's expected to be just fine.
MLB Star Shane Victorino
I'm Training in MMA
... to Get JACKED for Baseball
2/17/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pitchers are gonna think twice before throwing inside on Shane Victorino next season ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned, the Red Sox star is on a HARDCORE mixed martial arts training binge.
"The Flyin' Hawaiin" is getting into fighting shape with "UFC Fit" -- same MMA workout routine that helped UFC super stars like Johnny Hendricks and Thiago Alves get JACKED before fights.
Shane tells us, "As an athlete, I’ve taken part in a lot of training programs ... and UFC Fit takes things to a whole new level.”
Don Gold -- one of the honchos at the program -- tells us women's UFC star Ronda Rousey uses the system too ... "Mike Dolce and the UFC Fit team just recently trained Ronda for her UFC title defense and got her in the absolute best shape of her career."
Bottom line ... watch out for Shane when the benches clear next year.
MLB Star Tim Lincecum
Unloads '50 Shades of Grey' Condo
2/16/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bad news for fans of Tim Lincecum and "50 Shades of Grey" -- you've just missed your chance to buy the right-hander's Seattle condo ... which is located in the SAME building Christian Grey lives in the book.
The 29-year-old ace dropped $1.575 mil on his hometown apartment weeks after he won the World Series back in 2010 ... and just unloaded the place for a cool $2.25 mil -- about $225K shy of what he was originally asking.
The 2,442 sq ft pad sits on the 28th floor of the Escala building ... which treats its residents to a private spa, gym with a yoga studio, a catering kitchen and dining hall, a massive private theater, and a dog run.
Inside the apartment you'll find ... a giant master suite with walk-in closets and spa-like bathroom ... an open kitchen with custom cabinetry ... granite counters ... and cherry hardwood floors.
There's also a sweet wrap around deck that rounds out the condo -- which features incredible views of downtown Seattle, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic mountains.
Lincecum's contract will keep him in the Bay Area through 2015 ... but earning $35 over the next two-years will probably help ease the pain of cutting ties with the place.
I'll Never Retire
From Nailing Hot Chicks
2/12/2014 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Derek Jeter has had a legendary career ... and not just on the field.
During his 19-year run with the Yankees, #2 took down more 10s than anyone else in pro sports ... chicks like Jessica Alba, Adriana Lima, Minka Kelly ... and the list goes on ... and on ... and on.
So even though he's retiring from baseball, it's clear Jeter will keep knockin' it out the park for years to come.
After One Last Season
2/12/2014 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Derek Jeter just announced ... he's retiring after one final season with the New York Yankees.
Jeter just posted his explanation on Facebook ... saying, "I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 Season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
He continues, "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win. That means that for 365 days a year my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new."
The 39-year-old continues, "I want to soak in every moment of every day this year, so I can remember it for the rest of my life. And most importantly, I want to help the Yankees reach our goal of winning another championship."
Back in November, Jeter agreed to take a pay cut ... and signed a 1-year deal for 2014 that will pay him $12 million.
Ex-MLB Star Eric Davis
Did I Party with Charlie Sheen?
2/11/2014 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Question: Darryl Strawberry and Charlie Sheen walk into a party in the '80s ... who does the first line of primo Colombian coke??
Turns out, Eric Davis can probably answer that question ... 'cause the former MLB superstar (who was BFFs with Darryl) tells TMZ Sports the Warlock was a member of his party crew back in the day.
Sheen is a die-hard Reds fan ... and Davis says Charlie used to hang out and practice with the squad during his run with Cincinnati.
As for the partying -- check out the clip ... E.D.'s reaction when we bring up partying with Sheen is classic!
I'd Be Stupid to Turn Down Marriage Proposal
... From a Dragon
2/10/2014 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Upton's sending a message to her baseball star boyfriend -- get on your game or your gonna lose me ... to a guy who dresses up as a dragon for a living!
We got Kate BOUNCING (if you know what we mean) through LAX ... on her way back from Orlando, FL -- where, If you missed it, she got a marriage proposal from the Orlando Magic mascot over the weekend.
Thing is ... Stuff the dragon kinda snaked Kate's bf, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander -- waiting until he walked away from their seats to pop the question..
Watch the vid (especially if you're Verlander) ... Kate says the proposal was a "huge honor" -- and definitely did NOT say she's turning down the dude who plays dress up.