Grady Sizemore with Miss June 2007 Brittany Binger. Six Cleveland Indians blogs just exploded. (Photos by Alex Loc Thieu)
So baseball’s winter meetings are in full swing today, and there was a big fight this weekend. So that means there were roughly more athletes in town this weekend than a Honolulu strip club during the Pro Bowl.
The man of the hour, who’s more or less holding baseball’s pitching free agent market hostage while he deliberates, CC Sabathia was at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas Friday and Saturday, making it three straight nights there while he tries to decide whether to accept a gigantic pile of money, or hold out instead for a mountain of cash.
Sabathia was joined by Torii Hunter of the Angels, Grady Sizemore and Josh Barfield of the Cleveland Indians, Derrek Lee of the Cubs, the Brewers’ Bill Hall, Milton Bradley and Gary Sheffield of Detroit on Friday. The club also saw Playboy’s Brittany Binger, Laguna Beach star Casey Reinhardt and Brett Ratner, director of the Encore commercial among other, lesser works like Rush Hour 3. Too Short got on the mic to do “Blow the Whistle.”
Too Short, Lee and Barfield were also spotted at Drai’s inside Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, as was Mike Tyson, Mo Vaughn and Shaun Phillips of the San Diego Chargers. Saturday at Drai’s had Joel and Benji Madden with Carey Hart as well as Hall, Barfield and Vaughn.
It was Tryst on Saturday, though, that blew up. Fight fan Usher was hanging out with co-owner Victor Drai. Sabathia, Sizemore, Hunter, Hall and Barfield were joined by Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays, Reed Johnson of the Cubs, Shane Victorino of the Phillies and Lorenzo Hidalgo of the Giants.
But why should baseball have all the fun? Three English Premiere League soccer players were in town: Billy Holliday, Scott Booth and Will Lee-Kemp, all of Chelsea. Sadly, no hooliganism broke out. That’s what American sports really need. More hooligans. Other than in Detroit, we mean.
MMA fighters Andrei Orlovsky, Tito Ortiz and Jay Hieron were with UFC president Dana White and Affliction co-owner Tom Atencio settled in. As if the fight and the winter meetings weren’t enough, National Finals Rodeo is going on too, and No. 6 rider in the world Josi Young blew off some steam Saturday night after a hard day of dealing with angry and/or terrified animals.
The Chargers’ Phillips brought teammate Stephen Cooper Saturday night, while boxer Joe Judah was also in the house. Finally, Frankie Delgado of The Hills was there, whose athletic accomplishments as far as we know are limited to being a playground freeze tag champ back in the day.