Big Leaguers Notebook: May 1605/16/2011 5:37 PM ET
Major League home-run leader Jose Bautista was going (MLB.com), going (MLB.com), gone (MLB.com) for the Blue Jays on Sunday, smacking three home runs and bringing his season total to 16. "It's ridiculous. It feels like a dream right now, and sometimes I can't even believe it myself," said Bautista, who belted 54 round-trippers en route to his first MLB home-run crown in 2010. (MLB.com)
In this edition of ridiculous weekend web gems, Roger Bernadina learned how to fly (MLB.com), Jason Bay got dirty (MLB.com), Kevin Youkilis went horizontal (MLB.com), and Brandon Inge got up close and personal with the home fans (MLB.com).
Around the league, Travis Hafner walked off for the Tribe (MLB.com), and David DeJesus collected the 1,000th hit of his career (MLB.com). The Mets' Justin Turner smashed his first home run (MLB.com), and Yankee Stadium's Bleacher Creatures showed love for Jorge Posada (MLB.com). Josh Beckett (MLB.com), Justin Morneau (MLB.com) and Roy Halladay (MLB.com) were among the dozen Major Leaguers blowing out birthday candles.
Indians setup man Tony Sipp and center fielder Michael Brantley have a fan in Cleveland Browns cornerback and master of disguise Joe Haden. (The Plain Dealer)
Michael Cuddyer reflected on his rookie experiences, role models like Corey Koskie and Torii Hunter, and his role teaching baseball and life lessons as a veteran in the Minnesota Twins clubhouse. (Fox Sports North)
Here's a look at the impressive cribs of Major Leaguers Adrian Beltre, Shawn Green, Mark Teixeira and Jamie Moyer. Now that's some serious curb appeal. (CNBC.com)
Christmas morning? Nope, just baseball glove delivery day for C.J. Wilson, Josh Hamilton and their Texas Rangers teammates. (YouTube)
David Price and Joel Peralta are putting the "club" back in "clubhouse," busting some postgame moves beneath the newly-installed strobe lights and disco ball in the Rays' Tropicana Field locker room. Why install a disco ball in the clubhouse? Well, according the Rays, why not? (St. Petersburg Times)
Tweet of the Day: "What time and where? RT @CEcholzz: @DatDudeBP should really come watch the 14u Cincy flames in West Chester tonight" -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP). After receiving an invitation and directions to a youth baseball contest from Connor Echols via Twitter, Phillips surprised the young Reds fan at his game (Twitter). Said Echols, "Never in a thousand years did I think he would come. It meant a lot to me." (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Quote of the Day: "It was awesome to see [Atlanta] show some support for the Civil Rights weekend. That was pretty special ... to see the great things baseball has done for the world and, hence, civil rights. The fact that we could come play some baseball and everybody come together [was the best]." -- Braves outfielder and Georgia native Jason Heyward on participating in Major League Baseball's fifth annual Civil Rights Game and celebrating those who have fought on and off the field for civil rights progress. (MLB.com)
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