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Originally published May 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM | Page modified May 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

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Turns out this baseball dad really is a handy man


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Nice catch, Dad!

Marty Gregor, who’d driven five hours to watch his son Conrad play for Class A Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa, last Saturday, wound up catching Conrad’s first home run of the season — barehanded.

“I didn’t know he was going to be out there,” Conrad Gregor told MLB.com. “Then I saw it on video after and I just started laughing, and that was really cool that he caught it. Didn’t need a glove. Pretty good hands from the old man.”

Headlines

• At SportsPickle.com: “Heat asks Lance Stephenson to deliver pregame motivational speech before Game 5.”

• At TheOnion.com: “Michael Jordan mulling return to craps table.”

Do As I Say Dept.

The Chicago Cubs have hired loose cannon Manny Ramirez as a player-coach for their Class AAA Iowa farm team.

What, wasn’t Albert Belle available?

Lend me your ears

There’s rumblings that a third political party is about to be organized in Nebraska.

Thus joining the Cornhusker Party and ... what’s the other one, again?

Crime doesn’t repay

Police in Panama City, Fla., arrested a man who tried to pay his $400 trespassing fine with counterfeit cash.

Apparently the Andrew Jackson on the bogus $20 bills bore a striking resemblance to Bobby Bowden.

That’s your brawlgame

Benches emptied and three players were ejected after the Rays’ Yunel Escobar pilfered third base against the Red Sox with an 8-3 lead in the seventh inning.

Apparently there’s a fine line between trying to run it up and playing under the must-score system.

End game

The jersey that Jets QB Mark Sanchez wore during his infamous “butt fumble” in 2012 has sold for $820.

$820? Imagine what they could get for Brandon Moore’s pants!

Quote marks

• Washington State football coach Mike Leach, to Reddit.com, on filling out a coaching staff with historical figures: “Head coach: George Washington; offensive coordinator: Geronimo; offensive assistant: Tarzan; defensive coordinator: Winston Churchill; defensive assistant: Daniel Boone.”

• Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, on why the Oakland A’s would be a great playoff hockey team: “They’re 19-3 when scoring first.”

• Comedy writer Alan Ray, on what the French Open and David Cassidy have in common: “A lot of doubles before noon.”

• Razorbacks baseball coach Dave Van Horn, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, on returning home from an 11-day road trip: “I figure my dogs will bark at me because they won’t know who I am.”

Can’t bust this Bronc

Broncos pass-catcher Wes Welker says he won’t give back his ill-gotten $14,000 from a Derby Day tote malfunction at Churchill Downs.

Or to put it in football terms: Hey, I’m a receiver, not a return guy.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com



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