Marlins trade for former All-Star slugger


Marlins trade for former All-Star slugger

From Comcast SportsNet
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen knows Carlos Lee from their time together with the Chicago White Sox. Now Guillen hopes Lee can provide his typical brand of slugging on the field for the Miami Marlins, and give them some leadership off of it. The Marlins acquired Lee from the Houston Astros in a trade on Wednesday, sending a pair of minor leaguers to Houston. "It's a huge move, I think, the front office, showing people how much we want to win," Guillen said. "They show how much we care about winning this year, they showed the players that they're willing to do anything to help this ballclub." The Astros acquired third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen in the deal. Marlins general manager Michael Hill said the club also received cash considerations from Houston in the deal. "We felt like it was a good time to infuse a veteran, professional, experienced bat into the lineup," Hill said. The 36-year-old Lee spent five-plus seasons with the Astros and is hitting .287 with five homers and 29 RBI this year. Houston manager Brad Mills removed Lee in the seventh inning of a 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Lee's locker was already empty by the time the clubhouse opened after the game. The right-hander gives the Marlins a veteran hitter as they try to get back into the race in the NL East. First base has been a problem for Miami this season, where regular Gaby Sanchez came into Wednesday's game hitting .194 with two homers and 16 RBIs. Sanchez hit his third homer in Wednesday's 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, but it wasn't enough. Hill said Sanchez had been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. "Unfortunately, first base has not been a productive position for us, and we're looking to upgrade our offensive production at that position," Hill said. Guillen provided a more harsh assessment of Sanchez's play. "It's not easy, but that's our job," Guillen said. "I don't think he should be blaming anybody. He should blame himself. We gave Gaby a lot of opportunities. The reason they made this move (is) obvious. We've not had much production from him, and in Carlos, we hope we've got more production. People don't make moves just to make moves." Hill said Lee did not have to approve the trade because the Marlins were not listed on his limited no-trade clause. He is expected to join the team in Milwaukee on Thursday. "Still a dangerous hitter," Hill said. "He'll fit nicely in the middle of our lineup. He's a proven run producer, and we're expecting him to come in and do what he's done his entire career." That's what Guillen will be counting on, especially with runners on base. "He will bring those guys in," Guillen said. "He knows how to hit in an RBI situation."

Matt Forte makes musical debut with "In My Nikes"


Matt Forte makes musical debut with "In My Nikes"

The latest (former) athlete turned artist is none other than our very own Matt Forte!

In a video released on Thursday, Forte raps over the beat from "Dem Frachize Boyz" song "White Tee". The Forte version is aptly named "In My Nikes". And according to Forte, it is his first music video: 

The video is filled with shots of Forte looking cool in his Nike gear, spliced up with occasional highlights of him from his Bears' career.

But make no mistake, the song is not simply about Forte being more stylish than everyone else. He also takes time in the song to talk about a few of the ways that he uses Nike to help others. Forte raps "High school in need or a youth league team, just holla at ya boy and you might get 'em free/underpriveledged kid may be homeless in the street, I'ma make sure you got some shoes on your feet."

This song and video were produced without the knowledge or endorsement of Nike. 

It is not yet known if Forte has more music in the works, but he certainly seemed comfortable in "In My Nikes".

Khalil Mack was mic'd up on Monday night and you'll probably the footage

Khalil Mack was mic'd up on Monday night and you'll probably the footage

Khalil Mack was mic'd up during Monday night's win over Seattle, and lord there are so many generic motivational quotes we need to sift through here. 

If you want to watch the whole four-minute video, you can find it here.  You can also find a slightly shorter version here.  There's also this tweet: 

Mack has lots of energy, which is great. That he channels it into short bursts of generic sportstalk is hilarious. Here's a running list of the *exclusive* audio that NFL films is proud to present to us: 

00:24-00:33: Ahhh. Let's get it baby. Ahhh. Let's get it. 

01:24: It's coming. It's coming. It's coming. 

01:39: Let's go baby. Time to take the field. Let's go baby. 

01:43: I love it. Let's go baby. I love it. 


02:27: [inaudible] let's go.

02:42: Hey man, you've got to love it, brother. 

03:53: AAAHHHHHHH. let's go. 

There are some genuinely funny moments sprinkled throughout the video, though. Mack singing "I want your love, I need your love" after crushing Jeremy Lane is terrific. The way he goes back and forth with Germain Ifedi before calling his shot with a forced fumble is both great television and a mind-boggling feat of altheticism. He's clearly already a leader on defense, but also it seems like maybe doesn't know his teammates names yet? He refers to almost everyone by their numbers which is probably just a football thing but YOU NEVER KNOW. 

Khalil Mack: generational linebacker and very average mic'd up participant.