Baseball's most discomfiting buddy comedy is near cancellation: Yesterday, the Baltimore Orioles designated outfielder Felix Pie for assignment, effectively ending his role as the some-of-my-best-friends-are-black clubhouse foil for redneck performance artist Luke Scott.
Scott—who made himself briefly famous during the offseason by questioning President Obama's citizenship—told ESPN's Amy K. Nelson during spring training that he would pelt the dark-skinned Pie with plantain chips ("bananas") "whenever he acts like an animal." At the time, the two pals were jockeying for playing time in left field for the Orioles. Scott went on to hit .220/.301/.402, and is currently on the 60-day disabled list after season-ending shoulder surgery. Pie, the former five-tool superprospect for the Cubs, was hitting a mind-boggling .220/.264/.280 when the Orioles finally gave up yesterday.