Japanese Schoolgirl Signed By Pro Baseball Team

That weird smell hovering in the Los Angeles air for the past few days? Turns out it wasn’t the smoldering remnants from blocks of burnt down houses. It didn’t even come from America, actually. The stench came from Japan, and it was the smell of fear. You see folks, a whole lot of male Japanese ballplayers have been spending the last few days messing their pants, because they’re about to get embarrassed by a girl!

Eri Yoshida

The above photo is of Eri Yoshida. She’s 16 years old, throws a mean knuckleball - her favorite player is Tim Wakefield - and she just signed a contract with the Kobe 9 Cruise, a professional team in an independent Japanese baseball league. She will become the first-ever woman in Japan - and, as far as I know, the world - to play side-by-side with men. This is a big deal.

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Blog-O-Rama: Matt Jones Caught with Coke & Pot

• DEADSPIN snorts up news that Jaguars receiver Matt Jones was arrested in Arkansas for cocaine & marijuana possession.

Matt Jones Jaguars mugshot

Maybe he’s just preparing himself for the Jags’ potential move to L.A.

• GOTHAMIST purrs at the latest fashion accessory Mets pitchers are sporting these days - Hello Kitty backpacks.

• LARRY BROWN SPORTS finds Lance Berkman taking a swing at those who are afraid to participate in the Home Run Derby.

• THE WIZARD OF ODDS can’t wait to put up their awesome 2008 USC Trojans football poster. Not bad, but this will always be our favorite sports schedule wall decoration:

Ashley Judd Kentucky hockey poster

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