As trade rumors swirl, Major Leaguers have much more to think about than which color jersey they'll be wearing by the end of the week as they prepare for the "mass chaos" of potential midseason relocation. A new team could mean a shot at the playoffs, but it also means booking flights, selling your house, shipping your car, finding a new school for your kids and learning to navigate a new city, all on a few days' notice. For Jason Bay, it meant scrambling to catch up with the Red Sox and leaving his wife to take care of things in Pittsburgh while she was eight months pregnant. Said Mark Teixeira, who was traded from Texas to Atlanta, "It's really hectic and crazy and not fair to the families that you have to pick up and move, but this is the life we chose." (NY Daily News)
The Padres and their lucky Yoda backpack threw a Princess Leia-inspired party in the bullpen. (Yahoo! Sports)
Here's a behind-the-scenes lesson in how to live it up like an All-Star, courtesy of C.J. Wilson. (YouTube)
All-Star pitcher David Robertson dished on meeting his "gorgeous" wife and best friend Erin, Mariano Rivera's deadly accuracy with a piece of Dubble Bubble, visiting Tuscaloosa tornado victims and going from the "extreme sheer nervousness" of putting on the Yankee pinstripes to riding down Broadway in the Canyon of Heroes parade. (New York Post)
Tigers ace Justin Verlander shared his competitive fire with teammate Don Kelly in the Detroit dugout. Literally. (MLB.com)
Go behind the camera lens as Brandon Phillips pulls off a parking meter plank (Twitter), Brandon McCarthy admires the "rare [room service] Snickers prepared by a Japanese geisha" (Twitter) and Paul Maholm sits front row at the shark tank with his little buddy (Twitter).
A picture is worth a thousand words. In Adam Dunn's case, it's worth five thousand Legos. (ESPN Chicago)
Tweet of the Day: "New entourage tonight!!! Check for my guest appearance as a cab driver! Doesnt really look like me but let's just pretend" -- Rays left-hander David Price (@DAVIDprice14)
Quote of the Day: "HOPE Week for us as an organization is a very fun time. As athletes, we have a platform, and we use that platform to impact lives in a positive way. You can give money, but I think giving your time is something that makes it a lot more worthwhile." --Yankees captain Derek Jeter (NBC's "Today Show" via SportsBusiness Daily). Monday kicks off the third annual New York Yankees HOPE Week, where players will personally reach out and spend time honoring local immigrants, music therapy patients, Haiti earthquake survivors, Special Olympians and children who lost parents on 9/11 (The Wall Street Journal).
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