If Reds’ Zack Cozart becomes an All-Star, Joey Votto will buy him a donkey

If Zack Cozart gets selected to the National League All-Star team, it will mean two things: He’s one of the league’s favorite shortstops … and he’ll get a donkey.

Yes, you read that correctly — a donkey. That’s what Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he would buy his teammate Cozart if he makes the All-Star Team. Apparently, Cozart is a fan of the animal and, knowing this, Votto went out of his way to raise the stakes:

“I don’t know why I like donkeys so much; maybe because they look like they’re real chill,” Cozart said.

But Votto didn’t just stop with the promise of getting Cozart a donkey — he pulled out all stops, even dressing up like an ass on TV to show his dedication to the cause:

This will be the third Home Run Derby for Stanton, who also participated in 2014.

Stanton has long been one of baseball’s most feared power hitters, launching some of the longest and hardest-hit home runs in the game. The three-time All-Star averaged 31 home runs per season from 2011-16, and this season is hitting .274/.357/.551. He hit his 20th home run on Sunday against the Cubs.

The rest of the Home Run Derby field will be announced in the next week or two, and is expected to include young sluggers Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Cody Bellinger of Cheap NFL Jerseys USA the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead their respective leagues in home runs as rookies.

The Home Run Derby will take place at Marlins Park on Monday, July 10, and will be televised by ESPN.

One can only hope that the massive home run structure in center Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping field at Marlins Park will get a nice workout during the event.

D’Angelo Russell’s cowardice in Lakers-Bucks fight made Draymond Green angry

As if Friday night’s shove match between the Lakers and Bucks could not get more embarrassing, Warriors forward Draymond Green, who of course had nothing to do with the altercation, on Saturday pointed out arguably its most embarrassing aspect.

That would be Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell’s shove of Bucks forward Greg Monroe and immediate retreat.

During the third quarter of the Bucks’ 107-103 win, Los Angeles’ Nick Young thought Milwaukee rookie Malcolm Brogdon used excessive force on a block attempt and responded with a shove. Young pushed Brogdon before Monroe nearly knocked him over with a shove to the neck region.

Green apparently noticed Russell’s actions (or lack thereof) and did not approve. It’s worth noting that Green did not explicitly use Russell’s name but made his reference “clear,” according to CSN Bay Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Area’s Monte Poole.

“It was good to see everybody right there. To see everybody respond the way they did,” Russell said, via ESPN.

Lakers coach Luke Walton’s source of displeasure after the game involved Russell, but not for the same reason.

“They told me that D’Angelo got kicked out for escalating the Cheap Jerseys In Bulk situation,” Walton said, also via ESPN. “But D’Angelo only responded after Monroe had grabbed Nick by the neck and thrown him. If D’Angelo didn’t push him, I would’ve been pissed off at D’Angelo. He did the right thing.

“So for the NBA to say that the two of them did the same thing and just canceled each other out is absolute crap to me because D’Angelo just shoved (Monroe) in the back; Monroe grabbed (Young) by the neck. I don’t know if he was mad that Zubac was kicking his butt all night long out there. But you grab someone by the neck? That’s not right. And then Monroe went and slapped Brandon in the face. So he did all that and he got the same penalty as when D’Angelo did it for shoving someone in the back that was a teammate. So that’s crap to me.”