Summer 2024

Around the Net - Beltran and McCutchen in HR Derby, Thunder in Texas, Teixeira in war of words with Padilla

Home Run Derby

Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Beltran will compete in tonight’s Home Run Derby for the National League. McCutchen and Beltran have both been featured in the pages of Sports Spectrum.

McCutchen will be taking his baseball coach from high school as his pitcher:

“Hopefully he’ll be able to shake off some jitters and put it in there for me,” McCutchen said Sunday morning, before the Pirates lowered the first-half curtain against the Giants in PNC Park. “It will be pretty neat, not only for myself but for him, too. It’s going to be pretty awesome. (

Beltran, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, will be returning to the place he broke into the majors in Kansas City’s Kaufman Stadium where he began with the Royals. And being a switch hitter, Beltran will have to decide which side of the plate to hit from.

“I’ll have to go there and take batting practice and whatever (side) I feel better, I’ll go from that side,” he said.

“Right now, I haven’t decided anything. I’ll probably have to check out the wind and get a little help from that.” (

Thunder in Arlington

An extremely loud clap of thunder scared the Rangers and Twins off of the field Sunday night as players from both sides ran to take cover after one of the loudest sounds of nature you will ever hear:

Twins outfielder Denard Span tweeted this after the thunder:


Teixeira in war of words with Padilla

Friday night, Tex hit a big go-ahead triple off of Padilla that helped win the game for the Yankees. Afterwards, Tex took a little jab at Padilla after the game saying, “He doesn’t have a lot of friends in the game. In the NFL, he would probably be suspended by Roger Goodell for eight games or a whole season. But this is baseball.”

Padilla is known throughout baseball as being a guy who often hits batters, and back when the Padilla and Teixeira were teammates with the Rangers, Teixeira often received payback from the other team.

Padilla responded by questioning Teixeira’s toughness and saying that if he wasn’t tough enough to play baseball he would “be better off playing a women’s sport.” Padilla later claimed that Teixeira had problems with Latin American players, which Teixeira immediately refuted. (You can read more about this silly feud here.)

Hey guys, whatever happened to that old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all?”