Tony Kubek Once Brought A Camera To Spring Training, Then Mantle Farted

In the 1960s, the likelihood of taking at least one photograph of Mickey Mantle ripping — or pretending to rip — a fart during spring training was, evidently, quite high. Perhaps LIFE magazine's editors weren't aware of this, because in February 1961 they handed 25-year-old shortstop Tony Kubek a professional-grade… » 2/18/14 3:34pm 2/18/14 3:34pm

Read The Weird Emails Between A-Rod And The Yankees' President

If you haven't yet, you need to read Steve Fishman's amazing story in New York about the Alex Rodriguez saga, in which much of the drama takes place at a Miami tanning salon, making it the most Miami story of all time. While writing the story, Fishman got his hands on a series of email exchanges between Rodriguez and… » 12/30/13 4:50pm 12/30/13 4:50pm

Gallery: All The Tacky Crap MLB Teams Gave Mariano Rivera This Season

It's looking pretty likely that Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer and one-pitch pitcher in MLB history, will play his last game this Sunday. He holds the saves record at 652, but this only scratches the surface of his statistical dominance. His 2.21 ERA translates to a park- and era-adjusted ERA+ of 205, which is the … » 9/23/13 3:56pm 9/23/13 3:56pm

Who Deserves to Be Baseball Mayor of New York?

The New York Times today alerted its readers to the urgent political news that Bill de Blasio, the current maybe co-front-runner for the Democratic mayoral nomination, identifies as a fan of the Boston Red Sox. According to the paper, tradition appears to require that the city's chief executive be a fan of the Yankees. … » 8/21/13 12:15pm 8/21/13 12:15pm

Casting True Yankees Fans: Wall Street Guys, The Working Man, Hipsters

A tipster who has access to these sorts of things passed along a casting call today for an AT&T commercial saluting the fine career of Mariano Rivera. (Mo, if you're reading, we apologize for spoiling the surprise.) The memo explains exactly who is a true Yankee fan, by central casting's lights. They wrote, "We are ONLY… » 5/31/13 1:15pm 5/31/13 1:15pm

Mike Piazza Once Hired A "Karate Guy" To Teach Him How To Beat Up Roger…

After Roger Clemens threw a large part of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, the Mets catcher's first instinct was to beat him up. Piazza thought better of it, though, for plenty of reasons: It was the first inning of a game in the World Series; Clemens was half-apologizing; if he… » 2/12/13 1:15pm 2/12/13 1:15pm

This Week's Signs Of The Apocalypse

For nearly two decades, Sports Illustrated has stirred the tea leaves to discern a weekly Sign of the Apocalypse. Deadspin salutes the magazine's ongoing effort to cover the end of times but declines to cede the scoop on the biggest event in world history. » 10/13/12 3:39pm 10/13/12 3:39pm

Ichiro's Run Last Night Was Everything You Love About Ichiro And…

This is one of the things about the Yankees, one of the reasons the New York Yankees are a sickness on the soul of baseball, this play from Ichiro Suzuki last night. Ichiro! Honestly, if you root against the Yankees—which is to say, if you are not a native of the Bronx or a depraved human being—this might be the worst … » 10/09/12 11:15am 10/09/12 11:15am

Why Some Writers Won't Vote Derek Jeter To The Hall Of Fame

Sam Borden's got a column on SI.com today, idly wondering if Jeter will become the first player in history to be unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It's a question that shouldn't matter because HOF voting is so flaky — Tom Seaver has the highest percentage of any electee — but it does, because it's… » 7/22/11 2:40pm 7/22/11 2:40pm

American Diplomat Calls Ahmadinejad The "George Steinbrenner Of Iran"

In a State Department document released by Wikileaks, an American diplomat is credited with referring to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "George Steinbrenner of Iran." The official was referring, of course, to Ahmadinejad's dealings with the country's national soccer team, and his attempt "to use the popularity of Team Melli… » 3/04/11 1:00pm 3/04/11 1:00pm