It's almost baseball season, with Major League Baseball opening day on March 28. With spring training winding to a close, here are three funny baseball stories from the past week:
Phillies first baseman smashes TV
Last season, the Philadelphia Phillies finished 2018 with a 80-82 record, but their fortunes could be turning in 2019 after the addition of Bryce Harper. ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that during one of the last games of the 2018 season, some Phillies players were playing Fortnite during the contest. First baseman Carlos Santana didn't like that, and took matters into his own hands:
"When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who he said spent portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing video games in the clubhouse. Santana grabbed a bat, retreated to the room at Citizens Bank Park where the gaming took place and smashed the TV to ensure there would be no more Fortnite the final two days of the season."
Noah Syndergaard plays hide and seek
A baseball advertisement in North Korea goes wrong
Jim Boylen draws ire with timeout in blowout game
On Sunday, former Utah basketball and current Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen called a timeout with 30 seconds left in a blowout game to draw up a play.2 comments on this story
On Monday, against the Phoenix Suns, Boylen did it again. This time, the Bulls were leading by 14 points with 40 seconds left when Boylen called timeout to draw up a play.
Former Jazz assistant coach and current Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov did not appreciate that, and fouled on the play. Kokoskov walked off without shaking Boylen's hand and replied "no comment" when asked about it in the postgame press conference
The NCAA tournament starts this week, one of the best weeks in sports. Here's an "imperialism map," which will be updated as the tournament rolls on.