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Saturday
Jul192014

More Info On Devin Shepherd's Baseball Career

Earlier this season, I posted some info on Devin Shepherd's failed attempt at Major League Baseball. At the same time, Ed at TV Fishbowl dug up some of his legal issues from that same time period. 

There were still some holes in the story, so I have continued to investigate. Earlier this week, I contacted one of his early advisors, baseball agent Joshua Kusnick (@joshuakusnick), who provided some interesting insight into this time period. "I met Devin at the age of 14 at a Perfect Game Showcase at Tropicana Field by sheer dumb luck. I stayed in touch with the family, and after he fell to the 5th round back in 2006 he blamed his first advisor and fired him. I then took over."

Kusnick agrees with my original post that the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Twins, were more than generous with their original offer. They "offered below 300k but more than 250k, and he basically spit in their faces". He moved on to college at Oklahoma, which was "the worst decision of his life. He complained he was being treated unfairly, thought the school was racist, claimed he was treated like a slave, and tried to befriend Adrian Peterson just to hang with someone famous." Kushnick adds that he doesn't believe Shephered was actually kicked off the team. "It was more of a mutual thing."

At this point, Kushnick says things got "insanely stupid. He had a full offer to the best junior college in the country, Chipola in Florida. He spurned that offer because it was too far away from his mom! That school could have made him millions. He decided to go to (Southern Nevada) where I spent the entire first week of the season there watching over him. He was coming into the season the #1 ranked junior college player in the nation. He couldn't have picked a worse program to go to (as) it was a bad fit for him as a player. They used wood bats and the field is huge. All his flaws were exposed. and hilariously the only home run he hit on the season was on the road AT Chipola, the school I told him to go to in order to get paid."

Despite his lack of success, Shepherd's confidence continued to grow. "After the first week, he went to eat with me and literally started asking me about Nike deals, baseball cards, etc., and he had not finished a week of Junior College baseball yet. I couldn't believe this kid's focus was on endorsements and fame and not baseball!"

Shepherd eventually fired Kushnick after a Vegas trip where he also scouted another player who is a current major leaguer. "I didn't spend a 100% attention on him." While Kushnick doesn't know exactly why he was suspended in 2009, he does agree there were drug issues ("not steroids") surrounding him. "He told me so directly". Kushnick adds that out of respect for his mother, he continued to keep in contact with Shepherd for awhile, but eventually he "burned countless bridges along the way. Scouts, teammates, agents, (and) teams all knew of his attitude, and his talent simply didn't match the persona. He was a BP (batting practice) hitter who thought he was the second coming of Barry Bonds."  

Besides baseball, Shepherd also had other fame-related aspirations. "His first love was modeling. (He) even wanted a modeling agent as a player." 

Kushnick concludes by saying Shepherd's life could have been completely different had he not made that fateful decision to turn down the Twins' offer. "He would have had a better life, a better shot at baseball, and would still be playing today in my opinion had he just signed. I hope for his daughter's sake he makes a good living off of this new found fame."

Monday
Jun302014

Why Did Devin Shepherd Really Quit Baseball?

From the very start, I’ve been a bit suspicious of Devin Shepherd’s claim that he left a potentially lucrative professional baseball gig for his daughter. It just never made sense. The financial security alone should have potentially made up for time spent on the road with the team. Plus, six months out of the year he would have few obligations but to spend time with her.

Thus it was no surprise that out of the blue on Friday afternoon, Shepherd opened up a little bit about his baseball career. While not completely forthcoming, Shepherd did fess up to having spent multiple stints in rehab, which I talked about on last week’s Big Brother Gossip Show.

I was still curious about what exactly happened with Shepherd, so after the broadcast I hopped on the ol’ Google machine and found his minor league stats. Take a look at the year 2009, as we’ll be discussing that in a bit.


 

At the same time as I was doing some research, my buddy Ed (@BrophE) at TVFishbowl (@BBTVFB) was doing the same. Notice Ed’s discovery that Devin admitted on the feeds to being convicted of DUI at the age of 22.

I then sought out the advice of a couple of friends in the sports community. Since Shepherd was originally drafted by the Twins, I went to Argus Leader sportswriter Matt Zimmer for comment. “I only remember him because he did not sign with the Twins after they drafted him in the fifth round. That’s pretty high, (and) rarely do guys drafted that high choose not to sign.”

Another friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a Big Brother fan who works for one of the national cable sports networks. He says this was a poor decision. Instead of going to the Twins, Shepherd went to college, which cost him “around $300,000” in guaranteed money.

His college days began at Oklahoma University. “He got kicked off the team, and then went to Southern Nevada”, says my source. When he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, he dropped all the way down to the 11th round.

But what about that missing year of suspension? According to my source, I jumped the gun when I alluded to steroids on the Big Brother Gossip Show. If it was a PED (performance enhancing drug), “that would be (publicly) listed. In 2009, miior leaguers get 50 games for their first PED detection, and 100 games for their second. It’s kind of unlikely he failed two of these tests in one year.” He believes it could have been a street drug such as coke, particularly due to the fact that it does coincide with a rehab stint. (Other sources list his departure as being for “family reasons”, but Baseball America is considered the best for minor and amateur baseball information.)

After being released by the Cardinals in 2010 while batting .171 in Palm Beach, Shepherd did attempt to continue a pro career in independent leagues. “The independent leagues don’t have any team affiliation”, says my source, “and he was OK but not great. They don’t make a ton of money in those leagues. Most teams have a $70,000 salary cap. Players live with host families and make $600-900 a month.” This is around the time his daughter was born, so he was certainly under some pressure to give up his sports dream. “In his head, he probably thinks he gave up a career for her.” Zimmer is more blunt. “He’s out of baseball because he wasn’t any good.”

As we wrapped up our chat, my buddy had one more reason for not buying the story that his rehab stints were for anxiety. “I can't see him being in rehab in 2010 for social anxiety. The guy has told lie after lie. If you have social anxiety, would you go on Big Brother? I know I wouldn’t.”

 

Thursday
Jun192014

Scott's #BB16 First Impressions (Part One)

The day we have (not so) patiently been waiting for is finally here! After weeks of rumors, lies, and practical jokes, we were finally introduced to the latest Big Brother cast.

The release of their identities came after a couple of days of sometimes confusing news regarding the season. Two days ago, CBS released pictures of the house. For me, that’s a non-event, but the reception amongst those that I follow on social media was primarily eye-rolling and “WTF”. It’s garish. It’s almost as if an intern or two were sent to Ikea and Hobby Lobby a day or two before the deadline and told to purchase the tackiest items they could find. Oh well. Within a couple of days nobody will pay any more attention to it. (If you want more info, head over to my Big Brother Gossip co-host Colette Lala’s blog.)

Then yesterday, Julie Chen announced the “twists” on her insipid daytime talk show. Seriously, how can anybody watch those hens babble about Taylor Swift, Madonna, and whatever drivel they were babbling?

Chen didn’t completely explain what was going on, which means a lot of “experts” were telling us on twitter exactly what to expect. Yeah, right. What she said is that each week (or until the producers decide to dump the plan) there will be two HOH’s who will nominate two contestants for eviction. These two contestants can be the “other side’s” HOH. There will be a competition of some sort that will ultimately decide which two of these four will be up for eviction.

Oh yeah, and “Team America” will be involved somehow. I’m not pleased about that, especially after you meet one certain member of this year’s cast.

This leads us to today’s cast announcement. The good news is that they’re ALL newbies! No retreads at all. No coaches. No brothers, sisters, moms, or dads of any former Big Brother contestant! That is the best news that I could possibly hear!

Now that my work day is over, I have gathered a big bottle of whiskey, along with some Tums and other necessities to get me through these interview videos. My goal is to get through eight of them tonight, with the rest coming tomorrow after my Live Ledge show on realpunkradio!

Amber Borzotra is a 26 year-old esthetician from Knoxville, TN. Or is she? In her Big Brother Network video, she first announces she’s a model before backtracking to the more professional-sounding gig. She claims to have auditioned, but then admits she really hasn’t watched much. It didn’t take much longer before I was bored with her. She believes she’ll bring a “bubbly attitude” to the house, and hates drama. No! That’s not what we want from our house guests! Instead of listening to her nonsensical theories of the game, and her dreams of a “Grrrl Power” alliance,I decided to just look at this picture for a bit:


 

Sorry, Amber is bound to be one of the pretty (or semi-pretty) girls that goes out in the first week or two.

Brittany Martinez is a 29 year-old event coordinator from Long Beach, CA, and has three kids. Within seconds, she admits that she was “completely recruited” at a bar. I wonder how one gets this gig that involves hanging around Southern California bars and hooking up girls with the show. Conversely, how many girls actually believe these cretins when they use that line? She’s also never really seen the show. “I’m very extreme. I’m a ball of fun, and a ball of fire.” Sure you are. You look like a “woo hoo” girl to me. She is smart in one aspect, though. She plans on finding a strong male who will help keep her around. Brittany also plans on targeting anybody she doesn’t like to spend time with because who can possibly live three months with a person they can’t stand? Despite her lack of strategy, or any knowledge of the show, I do think she’ll last awhile.

Caleb Reynolds is a 26 year-old adventure hunting guide from Dallas. He originally tried out for Amazing Race with a buddy, but was then contacted by Big Brother producers. “Basically, they liked me but they didn’t like my friend.” He says that while he had seen the show in the past, he wasn’t one to record “every season. If I seen it on, I’d watch it until it was over.” (Yes, that’s an exact quote.) He’d rather watch Duck Dynasty and “huntin’ shows”. He says he lives for the comps, but says his strategy changes with every episode that he has recently watched. He then goes into some strange fishing analogy to describe how he’s going to play, but promises to go in with “guns blazin’”. Caleb also promises to have multiple showmances, because he’s a “lady’s man”. He’s no brain surgeon, but I bet his physical abilities keeps him around for quite some time. Big dumb loads generally stick around for quite some time.

Christine Brecht is a 23 year-old barista from Tucson, AZ, but before I get to her interview I have a little confession to make. While it’s well-known that I’m a huge, huge fan of Big Brother eye candy, what I truly long for every season is somebody that’s culturally knowledgable. Each summer I cringe when I hear the cast talk about music and movies. It rarely, if ever, rises above the level of Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, or Sandra Bullock. Brecht is my great artistic hope of this season. Coffee house employees generally are a step above the rest when it comes to this, and she is married to a musician. Timothy Brecht is a solo acoustic folk-punk artist with a soundcloud page. She’s a real fan, too, who got on the show via a public tryout. Surprisingly, she’s excited for the endurance comps. Her plan is to put together multiple alliances, including a secret final two deal. She has the entire season plotted out, beginning with winning the first HOH competition, so the alliances come to her. Unfortunately, she believes Dan is a “genius”. She’s is also extremely enthusiastic, but I have a feeling the beefcake and model bitches are going to find her annoying. My guess is she’s out right around jury time kicks in.

Cody Calafiore claims to be a “sales account executive”, but the 23 year-old is lying. He’s an underwear model, and a douchebag. Obviously, he was also recruited, although he thinks he’s a Big Brother veteran since he has supposedly watched since season twelve. The guy’s a complete bore. I never seen such an unenthusiastic claim of having an “outgoing personality”, and he has trouble answering any game questions. Oh yeah, and he loves Jeff. I predict two things about Cody - he’ll NEVER wear a shirt, and he’ll make it to jury.

If you're into douchebags, here's a commercial featuring his crotch:

Derrick Levasseur is a 30 year-old cop from Providence, RI who should be in the next 21 Jump Street sequel, as he looks way younger. Derrick isn’t a true superfan, but he did actually audition. I do like the fact that instead of being excited about comps, he’s intrigued by the social aspect of the game and hopes to bring his cop skills into the game. Oooh, a Big Brother version of Survivor winner Tony Vlachos? Despite the fact that he’s not exactly exciting, if he can make it through the early weeks I think he can be a contender.

 

Devin Shepherd is a 26 year-old Harley salesman from San Antonio who was previously a minor league baseball player. He’s a single father who also first applied to Amazing Race, but has been watching Big Brother since season ten. He seems likable, but his interview answers are complete bullshit. He says Big Brother is “America’s game”, and everything he does is for his daughter. Noble thoughts, but he comes off as a used car salesman as he continues to babble what he seems to think the interviewer wants to hear. Seriously, I know you love your child but I shouldn’t hear about her five times in a five minute interview. We get it. He’s honest. He’s moral. Blah blah blah. He’ll barely make it to jury.

Donny Thompson is a 42 year-old groundskeeper from Albemarie, NC. At first glance, I just thought he was the token Duck Dynasty bandwagon jumper. Or the wannabe Mumford and Sons banjo player. I think I like him, though! He’s a hick, and he knows it! He hopes that the house thinks he’s dumb! He’s a true fan that has watched every season, and his girlfriend talked him into applying this season. I’d like to see him go far, but the early weeks will be key. The bimbos and himbos generally rule in the first month, but if he can make it to the jury days he may end up being a threat.

That’s it for part one! Let me know what you think of my rambling thoughts, and I’ll have part two up either tomorrow night or Saturday afternoon!