The Los Angeles Dodgers have been taken over by Major League Baseball and now shunned by the chef from “Hell.”
Abrasive Gordon Ramsay, who stars on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” TV program, was honored Monday by the Dodgers and allowed to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before a game with the Chicago Cubs.
It was apparent Ramsay had little interest in the Dodgers or whether Andre Ethier would extend his hitting streak to 28 games, which he did.
Ramsay tossed the pitch at 6:55 p.m., according to TMZ.com, and within an hour was sitting courtside with David Beckham at the Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers game.
Ramsay rants at budding chefs for burning food, but he had no concern about burning a bridge with the Dodgers.
■ VESTED INTEREST — Michigan hasn’t defeated Ohio State on the gridiron in 2,720 days, but one Wolverines fan is feasting over Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel and the school being embroiled in an NCAA investigation.
A scarlet billboard emblazoned with “Liar, Liar, Vest on Fire!” in gray lettering is displayed along a Detroit-area freeway. An anonymous Michigan backer paid for it, according to DetNews.com, the Detroit News website.
The billboard mocks the sartorial splendor of Tressel’s sweater vests and the coach’s alleged cover-up over some of his players selling and trading Ohio State items.
Visit http://is.gd/2GeRBu to view the sign.
■ TRUMP ON PUTTS — Donald Trump has challenged President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and college transcripts. After failing on those counts, “The Donald” has moved on to challenge same-sex marriage and long putters.
When discussing same-sex marriage, Trump told the New York Times that his opposition is analogous to his distaste for long putters.
“It’s like in golf,” he said. “A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink 3-footers anymore. And I hate it.
“I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”
Long putters and same-sex marriage? Only Trump can link the two.
■ NHL WHISTLES GREEN MEN — Two rambunctious Vancouver Canucks fans who wear green bodysuits that cover their faces have been put in an NHL penalty box of sorts.
Known as the “Green Men,” they have seats next to the visiting team’s penalty box and are known for wild antics that include handstands and antagonizing punished players.
The league has asked the fans known as Sully and Force to cut down on their act, according to The Canadian Press.
“So really, anything — and I mean anything — that leads to publicity for the NHL should be welcomed with open arms by (commissioner) Gary Bettman and the rest of his league,” posted NESN.com.
Bettman’s edict makes his organization the “No Handstands League.”
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