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MLB Ump Kicks Off Firestorm of Controversy After Ejecting Pitcher’s Hat from Game

The manager got the hook, too.

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For many, the most despicable act in the entirety of American sports would be cheating at baseball.

This is the national pastime, after all; a game so sacred and sacrosanct in the history of our nation that any attempt to circumvent the rules is seen as an affront to patriotism itself.

For instance, if you were to ask a random group of Americans who the true “home run king” is, you are not going to hear Barry Bond’s name exclusively mentioned, despite the numbers on the stat-line.  That’s because Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s longstanding record while using banned, steroid-like substances – something that angered and annoyed many baseball fans to no end.

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Now, as the MLB looks to crack down on how pitchers might be affecting the game through the addition of prohibited substances to the ball itself, one umpire has gotten himself into the middle of a major controversy.

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(NEWSER) – When Giovanny Gallegos jogged in from the bullpen to pitch during Wednesday’s Cardinals-White Sox game, umpires noticed a dark spot on his cap. Crew chief Joe West, with the authority granted him by MLB rule 6.02(c)(7), asked for the cap to check for illegal substances, CBS reports. A trainer brought a new red Cardinals cap, and St. Louis manager Mike Shildt ran out to object. The argument quickly became heated, and West threw Shildt out of the game. The cap is being held by a baseball compliance officer and will be sent to New York to be examined. After the game, Shildt said he was displeased by West’s action because “this is baseball’s dirty little secret, and it’s the wrong time and the wrong arena to expose it.” He acknowledged there’s probably something or other on the cap. “Gio wears the same hat all year. Hats accrue dirt. Hats accrue substances—just stuff,” Shildt said. “Did Gio have sunscreen at some point in his career to make sure he doesn’t get melanoma? Possibly. Does he use rosin? Possibly.”

But that wasn’t all of the controversy, either, as the MLB has specifically suggested that 2020 would be a year in which the league gathered data regarding illicit substances being applied to baseballs, largely employing a method to collect and test baseballs after games had ended.  The in-game callout was perhaps what Schildt was so incensed over.

 

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Biden Publicly Urged to Take Cognitive Test by Former White House Doc and Over a Dozen Lawmakers

This is getting serious.

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Joe Biden is no spring chicken, that’s a fact, and there have been a great many concerns about the septuagenarian’s health in recent weeks. While Biden does appear to be, (mostly), physically fit, it is his mental health that has long been in question.  He’s a gaffe machine, of course, and the President himself doesn’t seem to hide from that reality much. But there are now some well-educated folks close to the situation who are sounding the alarm about his memory, and doing so very publicly. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician, called on President Biden to immediately undergo a cognitive test so the commander-in-chief can prove to the American public sound mental capabilities. “We can’t sit on this any longer,” Jackson told “Hannity” Thursday night, citing Biden’s “embarrassing” performance overseas this week with world leaders. “He’s not physically or cognitively fit to be our president right now,” Jackson added. And it’s not just Jackson. The freshman Texas congressman and 13 of his GOP colleagues sent a letter to Biden Thursday expressing “concern” with his cognitive state and cited several examples of potential memory lapses, including apparently forgetting the name of his Defense Secretary, telling an Amtrak story with a timeline that didn’t add up and seemingly blanking on the often-quoted first line of the Declaration of Independence. “Unfortunately, your mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past 18 months,” Jackson and the GOP reps wrote in a letter to Biden, the White House physician and Dr. Anthony Fauci. The left will likely write this off as a stunt, but they do so at their own peril.

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Springsteen Disallows Fans Who’ve Had Certain COVID-19 Vaccines

Soon we’ll be queuing up by batch numbers…

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As the world races to reopen, there are some longstanding concerns that those who’ve chosen not to be vaccinated could wind end living their lives as second-class citizens. We’re already seeing a number of major industries treat Americans differently based on their choices in regard to bodily sovereignty.  Baseball parks are talking about having unvaccinated “sections”, for instance, and the cruise industry is already looking to break the law in Florida by requiring proof of inoculation to ride. Now things are getting even more segregated and specific, as Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show will not allow guests who’ve had a specific brand of COVID-19 vaccine. Rabid rock fans looking to celebrate a return to normalcy by taking in Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show later this month will be on the outside looking in if they’ve received the AstraZeneca vaccine, which hasn’t yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The show at the St. James Theatre, set to run June 26 through Sept. 4, has a lengthy Q&A page detailing the vaccination protocols in place — including a mandate that all guests must be fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved shot to get in. Guests will meet that criteria if they’ve received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days earlier, or that same span with a Johnson & Johnson jab prior to the Boss’s latest Broadway run. “At the direction of New York State, Springsteen on Broadway and the St. James Theatre will only be accepting proof of FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson),” the website reads. There is but one exception: The lone exceptions to the vaccine policy will be for children under the age of 16 who have had a negative antigen COVID-19 screening six hours prior to the show, or…

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