Posts Tagged ‘Detroit Tigers’


May 21, 2008



April 12, 2008


Despite having a $ 138 million payroll, the Detroit Tigers are off to a horrible 1-8 start. One of the team’s major problems has been its bullpen.

The team is looking to get back injured setup man, Joel Zumaya, a key member of their 2006 World Series run. That year Zumaya featured a near 100 mph fastball. He struck out 97 batters in 83 innings and had an ERA under 2.00.

Since then Zumaya has been plagued by a series of injuries. Last year Zumaya famously  injured himself by playing the video game Guitar Hero.

This spring Zumaya is injured again. And now people are angry about a series of photos of Zumaya that have been released on the internet. Zumaya is shown giving a new meaning to the phrase “rehab” by chugging beer straight out of a keg.


Oh well, at least Zumaya’s injuries haven’t slowed down his Guitar Hero abilities:



Hey Joel, what do you think of all the media attention these photos are bringing you?


Earlier this week on The Blog we told you about a series of “candid” photos released of drunk athletes.


At the time we told you more and more of these “drunk athlete” photos would end up on the internet.  Looks like we were right.




April 12, 2008



Former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Denny McLain, is the last Major Leaguer to win 30 games in a season. In 1968 he went 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA for a Tigers team that went to the World Series.

Today McLain is in jail again.

McLain was arrested in Michigan when deputies showed up at his home with eviction papers. While doing that, police discovered a warrant had been issued for McLain’s arrest. He had failed to appear in court on a civil matter.

McLain’s bail was set at $175,000. He told authorities that he could not come up with the %10 amount of that figure to bond out because he “was broke.”

In 1985, McLain was convicted of racketeering, loan-sharking and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. After being released from prison he was arrested again for embezzling money from a pension fund.


March 5, 2008
BAD: Former Detroit Tigers Farmhand In Trouble For Sex With a 17-Year-Old
WORSE: Chris Facione was the girl’s youth softball coach in Southern California
WORST: He probably gave her an STD
BEYOND EVIL: On Jan. 18 Facione spoke with the player, whose doctor thought she might have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Facione reportedly lied, assuring her that he routinely gets tested. Immediately after the STD conversation, the 37-year-old Facione called the girl back and ASKED HER ON A DATE saying he “missed her.” Facione has been charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.


Ok, if this story were to end RIGHT HERE I’d probably give it about a 9.5 on the sick-o-meter.  But wait! There’s more:
Facione was reportedly using his power as one of the area’s top club level coaches and a Cal alum to get his girls prestigious athletic scholarships.  In fact, he formed an organization in conjunction with his softball team called “Next Level Softball” for just such a purpose.
The organization’s website is STILL ACTIVE as of this moment and features a glowing testimonial from Cal softball player Kelly Taylor who said this about her sex-crime charged coach:
“Why I chose Cal: Attending the University of California, Berkeley has been a goal of mine since I was young. I remember the day I started playing travel ball my coach and inspiration, Chris Facione (who also attended Cal), told me that he was going to help me achieve this dream of mine. I grew up hearing stories about Cal and how great it was to not only go to school with amazing athletes but also meet very intelligent individuals.”
No doubt intelligent individuals like Facione, who apparently wasn’t smart enough to use a condom while having sex with his 17-year-old player. 
Gee, I guess we know now why internet sensation Allison Stokke is a Cal Girl!
The Next Level website also refers to another player (UNLV’s Kendall Fearn) as “Fearn-alicious!”  Now, call me a Victorian Prude, but is it really wise to reference a teen-aged player as “Fern-alicious” on your website when the head of your organization has just been arrested for multiple felonies for having sex with an under-aged girl?  I’m just asking…
Facione’s arrest has forced The Next Level softball to make some concessions though. This also from the TNL website:
“In response to the unfortunate situation our organization is experiencing right now, the board of directors of The Next Level met last night (March 4th) with the goals of protecting everyone involved and keeping our organization strong and moving forward.
The board would like to assure everyone that TNL is not going anywhere.”
The organization may be “moving forward,” but they are doing so without coach Facione:
“Chris Facione will be taking an administrative leave to focus on personal issues. He understands the importance of keeping the organization moving forward and everyone is in agreement that this is the best course of action at the present time.”
One other note. The San Diego Union Tribune first reported the story about the felony charges against Chris Facione. However, nowhere in that article did they reference the glowing puff piece that the paper had done on Facione a couple of years earlier. This article not only commended Facione’s dedication and coaching methods but associated him with former big-leaguers Bret Boone, Phil Nevin, and Dave Roberts (his former roommate.) The Union Tribune piece concluded with a phone number so that you too could sign your children up to be coached by Chris Facione.