Top 10 Baseball Distractions

July 17, 2012 | Glenn Clark

8. Soccer: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on Comcast SportsNet)

You know it’s not a big week when a single MLS game makes the list. It’s a dreadful week and there’s just no other way to say it.

We talked to Zach Britton last week on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 and referred to a picture he had Tweeted out the week before…

This is apparently a “Thurmanator” from Thurman’s Cafe in Columbus. According to Zach, Orioles prospect Joe Mahoney took the dive on one of these. Of note, Joe Mahoney is 6’6″, 240 pounds.

He also likely has one fewer artery than he did before the visit to C-Bus.

7. Tennis: ATP Tour BB&T Atlanta Open (Friday 4pm & 7pm live on ESPN2 9pm live on Tennis Channel Saturday 1pm live on Tennis Channel 7pm live on ESPN2 Sunday 3pm live on ESPN2. All tennis from Atlanta); WTA Tour Mercury Insurance Open (Friday 8pm live on ESPN2 10pm live on Tennis Channel Saturday 2pm live on Tennis Channel 8pm live on ESPN2 Sunday 2pm live on ESPN2. All tennis from Carlsbad, CA); WTT: Sacramento Capitals @ Washington Kastles (Wednesday 7:10pm from Kastles Stadium live on, Orange County Breakers @ Washington Kastles (Friday 7:10pm from Kastles Stadium live on, Washington Kastles @ New York Sportimes (Saturday 7:30pm from Troy, NY live on, Kansas City Explorers @ Washington Kastles (Sunday 7:10pm from Kastles Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet)

For the one of us that cares about tennis, honest question here. John Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at Newport last week, then noted that Hewitt would be returning to Newport at some point soon to be inducted in the Hall of Fame itself.

Gustavo Kuerten went in over the weekend. Marat Safin isn’t in yet but presumably will get there. How many other male singles players from the last decade not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic join them? Andy Roddick will likely make it. Somehow Carlos Moya isn’t already there but I assume he will be. I have absolutely no idea how Yevgeny Kafelnikov isn’t there.

But really? Who else?

Oh and also, here’s an old Baltimore Sun picture of Cal Ripken playing tennis at Pam Shriver’s former amazing event at the Baltimore Arena in 1993. It’s so fantastic.

6. Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 149-Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (Saturday 10pm from Calgary live on Pay-Per-View); Bellator Fighting Championships 72 (Friday 8pm from Tampa Bay live on MTV2)

Ah yes, Urijah Faber. That dude that seems really cool on TV so you’re willing to book him for a radio interview but then you find out he’s absolutely freaking dreadful on-air. Like, can’t put words together dreadful. And then his publicist asks you to put him on like six more times and you have to find polite ways to decline. That Urijah Faber.

Since we’re here, do you want to see a female MMA fighter knocked out in five seconds? Sure you do.

5. Team USA Basketball: Team USA @ Great Britain (Thursday 2:30pm from Manchester, ENG live on ESPN2), Team USA vs. Argentina (Sunday 12pm from Barcelona live on ESPN2); NBA Summer League: Washington Wizards vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Tuesday 6pm from Las Vegas live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Wednesday 4pm from Las Vegas live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV)

Wait, there’s a British basketball team? I’m as surprised as you.

Big news in the world of basketball otherwise. Bill Walton will come out of retirement to rejoin ESPN as a NBA analyst. How could this possibly be a bad thing???