Brog: Fans Rain On Papelbon, ARod’s NYC Parade

Just got back from the red carpet MLB All Star Game parade down sixth avenue here in New York:

MLB Parade New York City All Star Game Red Carpet

Highlight of the parade for me was the fans mercilessly booing Bosox reliever Jonathan Papelbon. Of course, the Yankee fans were responding to Papelbon’s demand to be the American League’s closer for tonight’s All-Star game - over Yankee relief legend Mariano Rivera. Papelbon tried to have fun with it, as you can see him gesturing to the crowd here:

Jonathan Papelbon MLB AllStar Game Red Carpet Parade

That reception wasn’t entirely unexpected, but the response to a high profile Yankee player in the same parade was. Read more…

Brog: My Evening With The Fat Guy From Borat

Last night I went to the invite-only Derek Jeter-Michael Jordan MLB All-Star party at a place called Marquee in New York. The joint was a smallish, two-level club with three rooms. When my stealth companions and I arrived, there were about 20 people in line waiting to talk to a racing gloves-wearing bouncer in a polka-dot jacket (just off the set of Reno 911?).

Jeter Jordan Party Borat Fat Guy

Turns out everyone in front of us was not on the list, so we systematically moved down the line until we finally were granted entrance. As we went inside, the bouncer announced, “this party is invite-only, so if you aren’t on the list, you aren’t getting in.Read more…

Brog: Live From Jeter-Michael Jordan MLB Party

I attended the MLB All-Star party hosted by Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan on Monday night in New York.

Derek Jeter Michael Jordan All Star Party

More later today when I regain my equilibrium.

Brog: Bon Jovi Paid Nothing For MLB Performance

Got into New York City Saturday night, just missing the MLB-sponsored Bon Jovi show in Central Park. The real count for the show from The Great Lawn was about 50,000. And a source tells me that putting on the show cost MLB $8 million, with none of it going to Bon Jovi himself! So why was MLB VP Bob Watson on trash detail the next morning? (OK, we made up the last part.)

Bon Jovi MLB concert central park

(The Great Lawn was the only green this man seen Saturday night)

I’ve also heard that Monsieur Jovi, despite his AFL Philly Soul making Arena Bowl, is still hoping to sell the team in short order.

Sunday I spent most of the day shooting a new SbB Girl in Central Park - in insufferable 90 degree heat. I then had the good sense to follow that up by ingesting what seemed like a metric ton of prime rib at Ben Bensons steakhouse. Read more…

Brog: SbB Set To Invade Gotham For AllStar Game

Kids, it was a long day for ol’ Brooksie. This is the first chance I’ve had today to sit down and actually put keyboard to flatscreen for the site. Next time I goto the DMV, I probably shouldn’t take hostages for a better “next served” number.

Cora Skinner SPORTSbyBROOKS Girl New York Yankees

(SPORTSbyBROOKS Girl Cora Skinner)

Very soon, I’ll be coming to you live and earplugged from Gotham City, as SbB gets ready for the MLB All-Star Game. Hope to next check in with you sometime on Sunday (after a photoshoot with a new SbB Girl), and then of course Monday and Tuesday. And we’ll have a live blog for you from Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to point out the best newspaper correction I can ever remember.

Newsday Correction Yankees Fan Demands Mets Correction

After Jason’s recent box seat purchase at Yankee Stadium, perhaps he figured this was a great way to throw off the IRS. (almost as amusing as thinking there’ll soon be a stock market correction.)

See you at a Sabrett’s stand in 48 hours!

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Brog: SbB Will Live Blog From MLB All Star Game

I’m excited to announce that SbB will be at the MLB All-Star game in NYC next week. The plan is to live blog from the game on Tuesday night and also provide some color from around town during my time there (I’m actually shooting a new SbB Girl on Sunday as well).

SbB Girls Yankee Stadium

(SbB All-Stars Cora Skinner, Annie, Denise at Yankee Stadium)

There’ll be plenty of fotos, fun and frivolity. And perhaps even an occasional baseball mention. This trip marks the first of many this summer and (especially) fall. SbB will be on the road quite a bit, giving you boots-on-the-ground reporting from some of the biggest upcoming games this year.

We’re also expanding editorial, so if you have experience as a sports blogger and are interested in contributing to SbB, contact me here.

THE SMOKING GUN has details on Sacha Baron Cohen’s (Borat) latest manufactured mayhem in the deep south. Last month Cohen staged what residents of Texarkana and Fort Smith Arkansas, thought were real professional wrestling matches (with $1 beers!).

Sacha Baron Cohen Bruno

One small detail: The wrestlers were gay male characters, which of course, the audience absolutely adored.

Cohen’s next movie, due out in 2009, will center on his gay fashion reporter character “Bruno.” What that has to do with the aformentioned scenario, I have no idea.

New photo of Candice Houlihan, the latest stripper to claim a sexual dalliance with ARod:

Candice Houlihan

Dan Patrick zings (at least that’s the way I took it) the current crew of ESPN SportsCenter anchors, when talking about his now watching the show: “I’ve had a harder time watching ‘SportsCenter,’ I’ll grant you that. … It’s sort of like Brett Favre having to watch Aaron Rodgers with the Packers.

If he’s including Scott Van Pelt in there, I submit it’s more like the Majik Man watching Favre.

A.J. Daulerio of DEADSPIN reports that Bill Simmons is taking 10 weeks off from his gig at ESPN.com to finish his second book.

10 weeks? You wonder if Simmons really needs all that time away from the his main duties with the WWL, or if this is a signal that his departure from ESPN is coming sooner than later (which would surprise no one).

Case you missed it, the Cubs this afternoon countered The Crew with Rich Harden.

The WASHINGTON POST has the hilarious news today that the Washington Nationals have the lowest TV ratings of any team in MLB, at 9,000 viewers per game. That’s more than three times lower than the second lowest-rated club, the Kansas City Royals. And almost four times lower than the putrid Orioles.

Of course, the Nats suckage on the field has a lot to do with those paltry figures, but with the size of the DC market, you would think they would at least crack the five-figure barrier. Maybe added some Marion Barry crack-smoking rain delay video will help. And how do you think advertisers spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (millions?) on Nats’ broadcast ads feel about the news. One word: REBATE!

I’m also delighted to report that a first lieutenant in ARod’s stripper brigade, Joslyn Morse, “could be dragged into court to tell the judge what she knows about A-Rod.

Joslyn Morse Nude Playboy Photos

CRAIN’S NEW YORK BUSINESS’ Hilary Potkewitz reports Fox-TV is selling 30-second spots for its coverage of the MLB All-Star Game for over than $500,000! And that sales have “exceeded expectations.

I guess that just confirms the vast economical downturn we’re all suffering.

There’s been plenty of rumblings that touted high school basketball recruit Brandon Jennings may forgo one year of college in the U.S. to play in Europe. His high school bio, via Mallory Rubin at SI.com’s CAMPUS CLICKS, may give a little clue about his future intentions:

Brandon Jennnings Loves Lunch

Video of the Day, featuring the raucous ramblings of the Orlando Magic summer league announcers (via Brian Powell at AWFUL ANNOUNCING):

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that last night the Dodgers discounted 10,000 tickets to folks who are registered members of a website called travelzoo.com. $16 seats went for $3, $20 tickets for $6, etc.

Now, I’m a member of plenty of websites too - with many based in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley no less - so where’s my discount?

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