The mangled finger that "fell off" Jose Canseco's hand during a poker game WILL NOT be popping up on eBay -- 'cause the whole thing was a giant prank ... TMZ Sports has learned.
As we previously reported ... the former baseball star blew off part of his finger last month while cleaning a gun -- but got it reconnected in surgery.
Last week, Jose claimed the reattached digit went rogue ... tweeting, "I was playing in a poker tournament last night and my finger fell off."
Disgusting. Funny. And totally untrue. Jose now admits it was a HOAX.
We contacted Canseco about video he says he shot of the finger fail -- and when push came to shove ... he had to cop to the prank. Jose says he cooked up the plan when he came across the fake finger in a Halloween store.
As for the eBay auction he was pimping on Twitter -- sorry, sickos ... the real deal's still attached.
Vegas Reunion with an Ex-GF!
Not Her, Or Her, Or Her ...
11/19/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
When you've banged as many chicks as Derek Jeter ... running into exes becomes an occupational hazard, and Tuesday night it was Jessica Alba's turn for the awkward moment.
Jeter and Alba were both guest speakers at the Goldman Sachs technology conference in Las Vegas. Jeter was there for his new website (theplayerstribune.com) and Alba was talking about her Honest Company baby products.
The after party went down at Hyde Bellagio Nightclub -- and sources inside tell us Jessica and Derek did have a 10-minute chat while they were there. Nothing hot and heavy, we're told ... just enough to talk about her kids and his retirement.
Still ... Cash Warren and Hannah Davis can't be thrilled.
Parties with $20k Champagne
After Signing $325 Mil Contract!
11/18/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hours after Giancarlo Stanton signed his brand new $325 MILLION contract, the MLB superstar HIT THE CLUB and partied with a $20,000 bottle of champagne ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.
The Miami Marlins outfielder hit up FDR at the Delano Hotel in Miami .. where he was seen raging around 3 AM Tuesday morning with his boys ... and some very attractive ladies.
But the best part of the night ... when the guy who just signed the LARGEST sports contract in American history was GIFTED a $20k bottle of rare champagne.
It's called Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard Luxury Edition Methuselah -- and the 6 liter bottle is coated in a 22-carat gold leaf. It's one of only 60 bottles ever created.
So, who paid for the bubbly? We're told it was a gift from a well-known Miami party queen named "Julz" ... who just wanted to help Giancarlo celebrate.
So, the guy with the $325 million check gets free drinks. #RichGetRicher
I'm Selling The Gun
... That Shot Off My Finger!
11/17/2014 4:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
FOR SALE: Used .45 caliber Remington pistol.
It's clean. It's got gold-plated grips. And it took out Jose Canseco's middle finger.
The former MLB superstar has announced he's selling the handgun that blew off the middle digit on his left hand.
Jose had previously explained that the gun accidentally fired while he was cleaning it earlier this month ... and says the whole thing freaked him out because the bullet almost struck his girlfriend.
Now, Jose says he wants the weapon out of his life for good ... well, as long as the price is right.
Canseco has said he wants to sell the gun on eBay -- but the company doesn't allow people to sell firearms on the website ... so he's gonna have to find another way to unload it.
So far, no word on the asking price.
Oh, and Jose also says he's considering selling the finger he shot off ... claiming it's currently being stored in his freezer.
Canseco says it could be used for "stirring straw for drinks."
Can you say stocking stuffer?!
Crucial Hometown Vote
To Be Honored w/ Eric Church
11/17/2014 10:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Did you know ... World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and country music superstar Eric Church are from the same small county in North Carolina?
And did you also know that tonight county officials are going to vote on whether they should honor its two heroes with giant signs bragging that Eric and Madison grew up there??
Well, it's all going down in Caldwell County, NC (population: 80,000) in just a few hours.
We know ... the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners are voting to decide if they should go to the N.C. Dept. of Transportation and request the signs.
Each sign would say something like, "Caldwell County ... Home of Madison Bumgarner."
We're told the vote is likely to pass -- everyone in town seems to LOOOVE these guys -- and then it will be up to Dept. of Transportation to make the final decision.
Stay tuned ...
I Coulda Been an MLB Star
... But I Got Shot
11/15/2014 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before he became an international music star, Daddy Yankee was a real-deal baseball prodigy ... until one bullet changed everything.
The reggaeton king was out in NYC last night and told us he had a shot with the Seattle Mariners back in the day ... when he played 3rd base.
But Yankee was shot in the hip during the peak of his baseball career -- and had to abandon his MLB dreams. Fortunately, things worked out and he became a megastar.
Yankee's not bitter about it -- even though the bullet is still lodged in his hip ... which can be a pain in the ass in airports.
Check out the clip.
Ex-Yanks Star Andy Pettitte
I'm a Football Coach Now
11/14/2014 10:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NY Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has found his second calling -- he's a football coach ... even though he says he doesn't know a helluva lot about the sport.
42-year-old Pettitte retired back in 2013 after 18 seasons in the league ... but Andy tells us he's been keeping busy spending time with his wife and their 4 kids.
One of his post-MLB hobbies ... coaching youth football.
"I don't know a whole lot about football but I'm enjoying it," Pettitte says. "9 and 10 year-old kids, you don't have to teach 'em a whole lot. They have a good time. It's been fun."
When In Japan ...
11/14/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Yasiel Puig has landed in Japan ... and the guy's LOVING IT.
The L.A. Dodgers slugger is part of an MLB All-Star team that's taking on the Japanese national team in a 5-game series ... but when he's not on the field, Puig's been taking in as much culture as he can.
"We visited some temples, that was a very spiritual experience," Puig tells TMZ Sports ... "We took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo, very cool."
"I have not been shopping yet, but I will go here in Tokyo."
Puig says he's a HUGE fan of sushi -- and has been scarfing up as much raw fish as he can get his hands on ... saying, "I LOVE IT!"
Puig and his MLB All-Star teammates are reportedly getting $100k each for participating in the series.
Talk about a paid vacation.
STL Cardinals Rookie
Extremely Intoxicated During Fatal Crash
... 5 Times Legal Limit
11/12/2014 4:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras' blood alcohol level was 5 TIMES the legal limit at the time of his fatal crash last month ... officials in the Dominican Republic say.
The 22-year-old MLB rising star died on October 26th when the car he was driving smashed into a tree. Oscar's 18-year-old girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, was also killed in the wreck.
Initially, cops said preliminary evidence did not lead them to believe Oscar was intoxicated at the time of the crash ... but toxicology reports showed his blood alcohol was at an extremely high level.
Cops also say he was driving "very, very fast" at the time of the accident.
MLB Star Jacob deGrom
One Last Stop Before My Honeymoon ...
11/12/2014 8:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Before he jets off to his tropical honeymoon, NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom brought his fiancee to a last-minute NY Rangers game ... where the newlyweds kicked it with a celebrity chef.
FYI -- the NY Mets pitcher tied the knot with Stacey Harris (the blonde on his right) this past weekend -- and the 26-year-old told us he's got some very relaxing plans for the honeymoon (video below).
But last night, the couple squeezed in a Rangers game -- where they watched the home squad dominate the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0 while sitting next to Food Network star Anne Burrell.
Talk about a good week ...
SF Giants Star Jake Peavy
Turning Cable Car
... Into Mobile Bar!!!!
11/10/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy is in the process of buying an authentic S.F. cable car to commemorate the big win ... and he's planning to turn it INTO A BAR ... TMZ Sports has learned.
How cool is that!?
We spoke with Jake's brother Luke Peavy, who tells us the whole thing is still a "work in progress" -- but they've already got the plans drawn out.
Here's the deal ... the Peavy family owns a 5,000-acre estate in Alabama called Southern Falls Plantation -- and the goal is to ship the cable car over to the property.
"Once it's in 'Bama, it will be turned into a mobile bar in Southern Falls," Luke tells us.
So, to make this clear ... if you're on the property, THE BAR WILL COME TO YOU!!!!
No word on when the Peavy's plan to have the bar in operation -- but the family is super-charging the process to get it done ASAP.
I Like Derek Jeter
... Even Though He's the Enemy
11/8/2014 10:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
And here it is ... yet another tribute to #2 ... courtesy of Red Sox superfan Ben Affleck.
Ben was out at a "Project Greenlight" event on Sunset last night when we asked if he's GLAD the NY Yankees superstar finally called it quits this season.
And that's when Ben got mushy -- "I like Derek Jeter a lot. I have a lot of respect for Derek Jeter."
He added, "It's nice that we're not playing against him."
If Ben really wants to honor the guy ... he can buy Derek's game-used dirt for just under $400. Seriously.
Cubs Starlin Castro
My Off-Season Is ...
For Badass Off-Roading
11/5/2014 3:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Starlin Castro is gonna have some seriously filthy fun before baseball starts up again -- the Chicago Cubs shortstop just scooped up a new off-road toy, and turned it into a rolling nightclub.
TMZ Sports has learned the 3-time All-Star bought a 2015 Polaris 1000 -- a serious all-terrain vehicle -- which he pimped out with 4 custom 24-inch waterproof speakers.
The Auto Firm in Miami did the tricking out, and owner Alex Vega tells us Starlin shelled out $25K for the customizing, on top of the $20K for the ATV.
Maybe the pimpest addition -- the speakers AND custom wheels light up in different colors! They'll see and hear Starlin coming from blocks away ... when he ships the rave-on-wheels down to his native Dominican Republic.