What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): MLB Network has Red Sox-Rangers or Braves-Cubs at 8, plus White Sox-Angels at 10. ESPN2 has a Little League World Series game at 8. FOX Sports Net has Bayern Munich-Zurich in Champions League soccer at 8 (tape delay). And ESPN2 has New York-Phoenix in a WNBA game at 10.
The bugs that might save baseball bats: "The emerald ash borer (EAB for short) poses a direct threat to the national pastime: It feasts on ash wood, which is often used to make major-league baseball bats. First spotted in New York in 2009, the beetle has since infiltrated the southwestern region of the state-areas that furnish ash for eponymous bats such as Louisville Slugger and Rawlings Adirondack. Already, the pest's larvae have eaten through thousands of trees in 15 states and parts of Canada, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and after failing to stem the beetle's spread east, researchers have called in reinforcements. They've begun introducing Asian wasps-the borer's natural predators-into New York's forest ecosystem in an attempt to slow the beetle's infestation and assure the survival of the state's ash trees. And, in turn, of ash baseball bats." [Wall Street Journal]
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• A Moth Tried To Lay Its Eggs In Matt Holliday's Brain
• Zach Randolph Isn't In Trouble, He Just Hosted The Mansion Party Where Everybody Beat Up The Pot Dealer With Pool Cues
• What ESPN Will Be Talking About Today: The Win Is Fake, But The Injuries Are Real
• Bill Belichick Wants TO Abolish The Extra Point, Because Why The Hell Not
• Maryland Football PLayers Will Dress In Whatever Clown Suit Under Armour Tells Them To
This is from a few days ago, but it's still cool: "Peter Shankman, an angel investor, was hungry right before he boarded his flight. So he fired off a tweet jokingly asking Morton's Steakhouse to meet him at the airport with a porterhouse steak when he landed. They did. It's an unbelievable story that only gets more unbelievable once you hear the details." [Gizmodo]
This should end well: "The Dolphins continued to evaluate – and alter – their corps of running backs Tuesday morning, waiving running back Kory Sheets in favor of signing long-time veteran Larry Johnson for added depth." [Miami Herald]
And the highest-paid Dodger is...: "The law firm retained by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to represent the team in its bankruptcy proceedings billed the team $1.7 million for five weeks of work, according to documents filed Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. There [was] no player in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday who earns $1.7 million per month." [Los Angeles Times]
Korean Ice Cream Commerical Interlude:
Childbirth and poop: "Truth: If you're pregnant, and if you squeeze that thing out through your vagina, you're probably going to poop while doing so." [Jezebel]
Your school still sucks: "I apologize to those attending massive institutions. I honestly have no idea why anyone does this, and I can't think of much of anything to tell you. I visited friends who went to schools with tens of thousands of people, and every single one of them seemed miserable until they got old enough to buy beer, whiling away 18-21 with a bong and reruns of comedy shows, existences circumscribed by classes and apartment complexes with nothing in between, trapped in a series of horrible relationships because the girl was there, and at least loathing each other was something to do. My only advice is to transfer or to be such a good student that after graduation you can afford to live in a really cool part of Boston or Brooklyn and finally have something like the sophisticated social life you've been denied." [Mr. Destructo]
Did anyone had bid on it first?: "Art Donovan won his first NFL championship ring in 1958 when his Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in what was called ‘the greatest game ever played.' He had that ring stolen from his hotel room during a trip to Hong Kong in 1977. In 2011, Art Donovan got it back. Police in Howard County, Md. recovered the ring from a Craigslist user who was trying to sell it for $20,000. The police received a tip from one of Donovan's old friends, who noticed the ring for sale on the website." [Shutdown Corner]
Merch: Managing editor Tom Scocca and contributing editor Drew Magary have both written books. You can buy Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future here, and Magary's The Postmortal here. Now do it.
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