Baseball is a slow, drawn-out game with a lot of downtime. And with teams playing 162 games a season, there’s ample time for players, managers, fans, owners and anyone else at the games to get into trouble. So we decided to compile the most embarrassing moments from each major league franchise. These are the plays you won’t see on ESPN but might see on TMZ.
In 2015, a group of sorority girls were shown taking selfies of themselves eating 3 foot-long churros while announcers Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly went full “grandpa” on them for not watching every pitch of the 79-83 Diamondbacks.
Asked in 1999 about the possibility of playing in New York for the Mets or Yankees, Atlanta Braves pitcher and Donald Trump’s likely choice for Vice President, John Rocker had this to say…
Cal Ripken never punched Kevin Costner in the face for having sex with his wife, so here’s one of Earl Weaver’s famous tantrums.
BOSTON RED SOX
The Boston Red Sox went 86 years without a World Series title. So when they finally won (again) in 2004 they were less “champions” and more “extras” in the Jimmy Fallon-Drew Barrymore movie Fever Pitch. Fallon and Barrymore were allowed on the field to makeout for the final scene. Here’s a screengrab from the Fox telecast.
On June 4th, 1974, the Cleveland Indians hosted 10-cent beer night and a riot ensued. The Indians helped defend Texas Rangers players from fans by wielding bats until they were safely off the field. Cleveland ran the promotion again one month later, because they’re a dumb franchise.
Sure, Marge Schott was a chain-smoking racist, but In 1989 Pete Rose received a lifetime ban for betting on games. The ban still stands today, but no one works harder than Charlie Hustle to charge fans for pictures or autographs. Here is Paul Giamatti’s dad banning him from the game.
Poor, poor Steve Bartman.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Maybe the most embarrassing franchise in all of sports. From the “Black Sox” helping to fix the World Series, to Disco Demolition, to the dozens of insane comments Ozzie Guillen made. But the most embarrassing had to be a father and son jumping onto the field to attack a Kansas City Royals 3rd base coach. MLB has scrubbed the video from the Internet, but this picture sums it up.
In Denver, Clint Barmes’ season ending injury which he got lugging deer meat, which was a gift from Todd Helton takes the cake. Kind of boring. Hopefully the Rockies will amp up the mischief in years to come.
Denny McClain was suspended and later imprisoned for his involvement with organized crime which is not a good look for the Tigers.
When the Astros moved into their new stadium in 2000, they signed a 30 year, $100 million dollar deal with Enron, who less than 2 years later would be involved in one of the biggest corporate fraud scandals in American history. Adding to the embarrassment, the Astros had to pay $2.1 million back to Enron just to rename it.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Their 2016 World Series will not be as memorable as this George Brett story.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
In 1989, All Star Right-Fielder Reggie Jackson attempted to assassinate the Queen of England.
LOS ANGELS DODGERS
On opening day in 2011, Dodger fans beat Giants fan Bryan Stow into a coma. They don’t deserve Vin Scully.
Ozzie Guillen has said plenty of stupid things, but telling Time Magazine at the start of the 2012 season that he “loves Fidel Castro” in Miami of all places, is the dumbest.
You might not know who Calvin Griffith is, but there is a statue of him outside of Target Field in Minneapolis. He was the owner who moved the Twins to Minnesota from Washington D.C. because as he said, “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. Black people don’t go to ball games, but they’ll fill up a rassling ring and put up such a chant it’ll scare you to death. It’s unbelievable. We came here because you’ve got good, hardworking, white people here.”
NEW YORK METS
Kaz Matsui was put on the Disabled List for Anal Fissures. Here’s the WebMD page, in case you or someone you love are experiencing symptoms. Poor, poor Kaz.
NEW YORK YANKEES
No athlete has brought as much embarrassment to a franchise than Alex Rodriguez has to the Yankees. This picture sums up their stormy decade together.
In 1979, only 250 people showed up to an A’s game. The worst attendance figure of all-time.
People (read: idiots) run onto the field all the time. They usually are wrestled to the ground by security, but in Philly, they used their taser to subdue this kid.
The Milwaukee Brewers sausage race is one of the few, great traditions. So when Pittsburgh Pirate Randall Simon decided to take batting practice on a mustachioed Bratwurst one night, it did not go over well.
SAN DIEGO PADRES
Lots of people have butchered the National Anthem, but none quite like Roseanne.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Juan Marichal bringing and using a bat to a bench clearing brawl is the event that will always haunt the Giants.
The footage is no longer with us, which usually means someone was sued someone, but in the 1995 ALDS, Mariner Moose broke his ankle riding an ATV around the Kingdome. You’ll have to skip to the :29 second mark.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
In the spring of 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals were found to have hacked into the Houston Astros scouting database, committing perhaps the first sports cyber crime.
In the history of ceremonial first pitches, this is the worst.
In 2005 Kenny Rogers was 40 years-old. A veteran. A leader. But he decided to assault a cameraman without being provoked anyway.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
In 1989, the Blue Jays moved into the state of the art Sky Dome. It has a retractable roof and attached to it is a 348 room hotel in the outfield. In 1996, fans were treated to a “20 minute sex show.” The NSFW snippets can be found here.
The Nationals were World Series favorites before the 2015 season, so not making the playoffs was a huge disappointment for the team. Furthering the embarrassment was a late September fight between teammates, Jonathan Papelbon and hair model, Bryce Harper.