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With apologies to Sir Walter Scott, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we determine to weave a tangled web.”
YES’s incomprehensible hiring of Carlos Beltran to call Yankees games (after the Mets signed him to manage their team, before terminating the deal due to his significant role in that Astros’ sign-stealing scandal) is one of those modern TV mysteries, like ESPN signing Troy Aikman for $90 million.
In the top of the sixth in the first game of the Angels-Yankees doubleheader Thursday, YES showed Angels manager Joe Maddon in an extended, animated, somewhat intemperate chat with the four umpires. Understandably, Michael Kay, David Cone and Beltran were unable to figure out what it was about.
As it turns out, Maddon suspected the Yankees were stealing signs. As he explained between games, among ace starter Shohei Ohtani’s 75 pitches, just three resulted in swings and misses.
“They’re really good at reading pitches. They’re very good at it,” Maddon said. “But I’m not accusing anybody of anything, except that they’re good at it. If you’re able to acquire things through natural means, I’m all into it. I think it’s great.”
YES did well to follow the story. Early in the second game, Maddon’s quotes were posted and read by Kay.
But seated beside Kay at the time was Beltran, a leader of perhaps the most notorious, admitted and punished sign-stealing ring in MLB history. Yet, he was asked nothing and volunteered nothing about Maddon’s take.
Having admitted his significant role in the Astros’ scandal, and per Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s wishful claim that it played a big role in the Astros defeating the Yanks in the 2017 ALCS, and then in Houston’s World Series win, it was incumbent that we heard, either by obligation or prodding, from Beltran on this.
Such a natural follow-up would have been interesting, perhaps very interesting, even had Beltran said, “No comment.”
But nothing. Back to Beltran for more of his usual: stating the in-game obvious.
Such unfulfilled moments are now common among networks eager to hire the disreputable based on the cynical, desensitized conclusion that those who did extra dirt to their sports will draw extra viewers.
As Robinson Cano first batted on a Sunday nighter after returning to the Mets from his first drug suspension, ESPN’s leading man, Alex Rodriguez, two-time drug cheat and liar, gave Cano a look-away pass. Not a word about what the audience well knew they most had in common.
That was both an insult to viewers and a reminder that ESPN was unable or unwilling to find a clean ex-player or professional broadcaster to serve as its face, voice and ideal of Major League Baseball.
Did ESPN, then, and YES on Thursday, think it could hide from the tangled webs of their own weaving? Did they think we’re that stupid?
Actually, from the moments Beltran and Rodriguez were chosen to be expert analysts, that’s exactly what they at least hoped: That we would buy anything, then sit there like the grinning saps they figure we are.
Keeping score of who takes Saudi coin
Too many are missing the point on this new Saudi-backed pro golf venture. It’s not just about making the most money the market — any market — will allow. It’s about millions-for-nothing, compromised “competitions” and worse.
Nothing is more antithetical to legitimate competitive sports than appearance fees. You can arrive on a gurney, shoot 100 and be paid tens of thousands of dollars.
And if that’s unimportant to the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman, that the money is supplied by an oil-rich, murderous, despotic kingdom that has, unsurprisingly, steadily been revealed to have funded the 9/11 attacks that slaughtered more than 3,000 Americans, well, good for them and shame on them.
But no free pass here.
No 3-dumb freedom pressure from NBA
In his State of the NBA address and news conference last week, Adam Silver discussed changes to be made for All-Star balloting. But he said nothing about the increase in 3-point shots further destroying the NBA as logically intended, strategic, good-on-the-senses, all-in, movement basketball.
While we’re at it, other than being “a big name,” which I suppose is enough, I’ll never understand ESPN/ABC’s obsession with adding Magic Johnson. As an analyst, he has not been minimally enlightening.
By the way, the new NBA “game” of 3-point heaves would have minimized Johnson’s multiple and unstoppable inside and outside talents, forcing him to become either an indiscriminate bomber or a loiterer. We’d know him as Earvin.
The sense-defying, pandering, everyone-loses double-standard persists. Before our world went nuts, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson would have been disqualified from appearing in a TV ad for Dairy Queen, a DQ by DQ.
After all, Anderson has been suspended three times, twice for exacerbating on-field hassles — one by bumping a peace-keeping umpire, the other for calling the opposing pitcher a “weak-ass f–king n—a!” — and another for giving the finger to the crowd in Cleveland.
But there he was last week, co-starring with Bryce Harper in a fresh new ad for DQ. Remember that the next time Anderson and his selective-memory supporters deal everyone the racist card, as if he’s a victim.
To think ballplayers once needed offseason jobs …
The Reds’ Tommy Pham, the Giants’ Joc Pederson and the Angels’ Mike Trout are team owners in a $10,000 per season buy-in NFL fantasy league, one that recently led Pham to literally slap Pederson. Trout, the ostensible “commissioner,” says their league could use a law-and-order boss.
So could MLB and the NFL.
Continuing to advocate for more John Flaherty on YES’s Yankees telecasts, his easy-breezy, limited-stats, no-hype approach seems to make Michael Kay more relaxed. With Flaherty, Kay doesn’t search for talking points or force Q&As, as he does with David Cone and Paul O’Neill. The duo don’t chase the game, they let it come to us and them.
Reader Steve Marcinak wonders how it works in California, whether justice is blind or peeks, now and then.
As Marcinak notes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, was given a sobriety test then arrested for DUI in California last week, having been involved in a two-car crash.
Yet Tiger Woods, who passed out at the wheel before rolling his car into a roadside ditch in California, was taken to the hospital, no drug or alcohol tests taken despite a previous bust for passing out at the wheel while driving on opioids. Fascinating.
My ESPN Stanley Cup MVP, thus far, is ex-Islander and Ranger Ray Ferraro. From his between-benches perch, he has not wasted any of his reports or our time. He has more than something to say, he has something to add, especially applicable, look-for-it stuff.
Wednesday on C-Span 3, an interesting lecture was heard on President Harry Truman’s World War II leadership following Franklin Roosevelt’s death. The speaker was a history professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His name? Gates Brown — not to be confused with the late, great pinch-hitter, 1963-75, for the Tigers.
Richie Rossiello, 48 years at The Post and a do-it-all deadline sports and news-side man, is packing it in this week. With a love of hockey in common, we met in the frantic “hot-type” days and lived to tell about it.
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.
The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.
Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.
He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.
Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.
“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.
Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.
“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.
But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.
It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.
Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.
Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”
Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.
Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.
Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.
McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.
By: Ny Post
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