Buster Posey has already given up a key advantage to his Kansas City counterpart Salvador Perez, and stubborn old coot that he is, Posey will do nothing to counter it.
Perez smells better. Much better.
Perez, you see, uses cologne when he catches, because it matters to him, and apparently those with whom he comes in close contact.
He was introduced to the concept by teammate Alcides Escobar, but now it is his domain.
He started with Victoria’s Secret but has since moved on to the harder stuff, 212VIP by Carolina Herrera.
“Escobar told me about,” Perez said Monday. “Every time he plays, he uses Victoria's Secret, so one day he told me I should try it because I would go 4-for-4, so I did (try it, not get four hits). And now I do it every game. The home plate umpire tells me ‘Salvy, you smell great,” and I say, ‘Thank you.’”
By comparison, Posey smells like a merchant marine ship pulling into port. At least we think so. He neither confirmed nor denied anything about his effect on the game’s olfactory nuances.
[BAGGARLY: Posey keeps showing his value behind plate for Giants]
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Speaking of “oh dear,” the Giants and Royals were presented with official World Series hoodies. The Royals, who couldn’t go wrong with blue, got blue. The Giants, who could, got a hideous shade of orange that looked like their regular orange gear had been left in the sun for a month.
Most players wore them between clenched teeth, fearing that they might be mistaken for a rogue highway crew.
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Oh, and the Royals have three retired numbers – those George Brett (5), late manager Dick Howser (10), and second baseman Frank White (20). Only you won’t see White as part of the official ceremonies because he and the Royals had a falling out that Yahoo’s Jeff Passan lays out as pride gone wild on both sides.
Then again, the Giants haven’t invited Christy Mathewson to the ballpark and he’s only been dead 89 years. Grudge-holders.
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For those of you who thought Peyton Manning is better than staged touchdown celebrations – well, heh heh heh. One more time, kids – spontaneous moments in sports usually come with someone reading a statement of apology written by someone else a day or so later.
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Jim Harbaugh should have thought of this early in the third quarter, and that he didn’t may lead to a very unpleasant exit interview in January.
According to a Peruvian media outlet, a referee was forced to suspend a match over the weekend after five players went down injured eight minutes before game’s end in hopes of getting the game to be abandoned.
Defensor Bolivar was losing 4-1 to Defensor La Bocana when five Bolivar players went down in unison. Bolivar already had two players ejected, so the plan was to force the referee end the match because Bolivar had fewer than seven players. It worked, at least until authorities decide whether to punish Bolivar.
Maybe by the players (and manager) receiving actual injuries.
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As for the Raiders, now they can’t figure out what to do about their team amid its historically bad start, but if this helps, they are only 22nd in penalties, a sign that they are paying more attention to this study from The Onion.
So they may have to blame someone else this time.
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And finally, if you think Stanford fans are cranky because the Cardinal aren’t performing as advertised, try this from Every Day Should Be Saturday’s Spencer Hall about his own team, Florida:
“It's a custom, slow-drip/slow-pour kind of disaster. At one point in every fan's life there is a team coached by a person who trademarks a specific variation of loss, and then serves it until the Health Department closes it forever for numerous violations of common standards. For Florida, Will Muschamp is the hardworking barista at the local coffee shop who takes your order, brews your coffee without putting the water through any caffeine of any sort, and then pours it into your cup insisting its coffee. When you point it out, he shakes his head, grimaces, and mutters: ‘We'll get that sorted out. We're trying, and we'll get that fixed.’ Then he brews and pours another cup of hot water for you wonder why you keep coming to this stupid f------ coffee shop every time.”
See? Don’t you feel better now?