Angels outfielder Vernon Wells is a three-time All-Star, but it's his artistic dad who is the real hit in Major League clubhouses. Dan Haren and Torii Hunter have commissioned portraits from the talented elder Wells, and several Yankees requested an original painting to commemorate Mariano Rivera's 500th save. "I have seven paintings," said Wells, who's proud of his father's work. "They're unbelievable. For him, being able to do what he does with paint, it's remarkable." (Los Angeles Times)
In last night's action on the field, Carlos Quentin went bonkers at the plate with three home runs (MLB.com), and Lance Berkman served up "snowcones" (MLB.com). Adam Jones (MLB.com) and Mark Teixeira (MLB.com) 'walked this way,' and Jason Repko swiped a base while shoplifting a glove. (MLB.com)
It's not all mansions and Mercedes for many Major Leaguers. Dillon Gee of the Mets offered a behind-the-scenes look at the "suitcase warrior" side of being called up to the big club. As teammate R.A. Dickey explained, "You're trying to figure out where you're going to live. You're trying to figure out your transportation. Do you ship your car here? Do you not ship your car here? Do you leave stuff here? Do you know if you're coming back? You have to be able to live on the fly, very nomadic in a sense." (The Wall Street Journal)
Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt surprised Bryan Stow's family at the hospital on Tuesday, presenting them with a banner from the Giants and taking the time to sit and talk with them before visiting Stow in the intensive care unit. Said Affeldt of meeting the beaten Giants fan, "I grabbed his hand, told him who I was and prayed with him a little bit and encouraged him. His eyes opened up, and I think he kind of looked over my way. For me, it was a big deal. It was tough to take in at first. It was pretty shocking to see. Just seeing what took place and seeing him there, for me it was an eye-opener. It shows you there's more to life than this game." (AP)
Major Leaguers are making a difference and inspiring others to help out in the wake of the devastating tornados that have swept across the southern United States. Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur and his wife, Katie are reaching out and delivering supplies to families in Joplin, Mo. (Fox Sports Kansas City), and David Robertson of the Yankees is kicking off fundraising efforts today in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Twitter). Padres and southern natives Blake Tekotte and Dustin Moseley are also keeping tornado victims in their thoughts, saying they can still remember what it was like to hide out as twisters touched down in their hometowns (San Diego Union-Tribune).
The Rangers' Colby Lewis and his son, Cade, stopped by Nichols Junior High School in Arlington, Texas, to talk with eighth graders about the "tools for success" and to look forward to their high school years. "It was fun," remarked Lewis. "The big thing for me, and I told them, was that we didn't grow up with a lot of money. Baseball was an outlet for me to further my education. I was lucky to have sports in my life. My biggest thing was getting good grades. If I didn't do that, I couldn't go out and play baseball." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Yankees superstar CC Sabathia rode roller coasters, fed giraffes and played with his kids on the "best day ever" at Busch Gardens. (Yankees.com)
Breaking news: Indians relievers Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp are officially taking their "Bullpen Mafia" nickname mainstream. (Twitter)
Tweet of the Day: "Another day in the books.Just your average swim to Alcatraz w/ shark feed tied to my ankles.Gonna spend the night.Swim to work tomorrow." -- Giants closer Brian Wilson (Twitter)
Quote of the Day: "[Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria] came to us in Spring Training and told us if you are the NLCS MVP, he would give us his red Ferrari. So, after I won it, I shot him a text message and said, 'I did it. Are you going to hold up your end of the bargain and give me that red Ferrari?' He kind of chuckled, laughed back and said, 'You have to be a Marlin to do it.' I'm still hoping one of these days he'll give it to me." -- Cody Ross, who started the 2010 season with the Marlins and finished it as the NLCS MVP and world champion in San Francisco. (Miami Herald)
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