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.
But 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."
For 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.
Yogi 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.
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.
"Clueless" star Stacey Dashsays Curt Schillinghas 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?"
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.
1:30 PM PT -- Sabathia says he regrets making a "bad decision" by trying to get involved in the fight.Yankees 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.