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Red Sox fans mock Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, Blonde masks, red soxLinda Cataffo/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox fans taunt New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez by wearing masks of a blonde woman as he stands on deck in the second inning of a game at Fenway Park. Earlier that week, Rodriguez had been spotted at a club with a blonde, not his wife, setting off allegations about his extramarital activities. The Yankees, however, beat their long-time rival 9-5.

Gum cup on the helmet

Jeff CoxAP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox has no clue this prank has been pulled on him with a cup stuck to his helmet with gum as he delivers the starting line up before a baseball game in Chicago. Watching, and slightly amused, at his left is third base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Tom Brady and his GQ photo

Tom BradyAP Photo/Stephan Savoia

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls a play in the huddle during normal Tuesday practice at Patriots summer camp in Foxboro. And to poke fun of the QB, offensive lineman Matt Light tapes a page of Brady's GQ photo shoot to the back of his jersey, left. Let's be honest though, Brady is married to a super model and has four rings, so were pretty confident he was able to brush this one off, even if the magazine spread was a little bizarre.

Green Guys and the penalty box

Green Guys, CanucksJeff Vinnick/NHLI/Getty Images

The Green Men, two Vancouver fans, taunt Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks who took a penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game in Vancouver. Oduya doesn't seem to be phased, probably because Chicago got the win, 5-2.

Eric Thames and some bubble gum

Eric ThamesTom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames reacts to the impressive bubble of chewing gum placed perfectly on his ball cap by teammate Henderson Alvarez during a ball game against the Baltimore Orioles. Thames was able to laugh it off and the Blue Jays were able to get the win, 9-2.

Matt Harvey and the old 'ball tied to a string'

Matt Harvey, ball on stringJim McIsaac/Getty Images

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets teases fans with a ball tied to a string before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Yes, it's a little mean but also brilliant.

Kings Mascot trolls ref

Kings MascotRocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings mascot Monty goofs around during a game between the Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs. What are sports if you can't have a little fun? It looks like this ref didn't find it as cute.

Phanatic Popcorn

Phillie PhanaticMatt Brown/Getty Images

Phillie Phanatic loves his humor and everyone loves attention on their birthday, right? The Phanatic wished Mark Gubicza a happy birthday with a lot of popcorn as booth-buddy Victor Rojas watched during a broadcast of the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels game.

Lowrie Pie Face

Jed Lowrie, Pie faceBrad Mangin/Getty Images

Not one pie, but TWO pies to the face for A's Jed Lowrie from teammate Josh Reddick while doing an interview on the field after Lowrie drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Houston Astros.

Popcorn Car

Matt KempDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports

We wouldn't want to be the teammate who got a front seat full of popcorn from Matt Kemp before the game against the Chicago Cubs. Wonder if he's still finding those little packing peanuts in his car.

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A-Rod accepts suspension

The saga is -- it seems, at least -- over. After vowing to fight until the end, Alex Rodriguez finally dropped his lawsuit and accepted his MLB-imposed ban for the 2014 season. Rodriguez reportedly was concerned about the cost of fighting MLB (about $10 million in legal fees), and also about further damaging his relationship with the sport. Now he has his eyes on a 2015 return. He will be 39 when he comes back. What will come of all of it?

How do you feel about Alex Rodriguez accepting his suspension for the 2014 season?

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  • Can Alex Rodriguez ever repair his relationship with Major League Baseball?

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  • How much would Alex Rodriguez have helped the Yankees if he had been allowed to play in 2014?

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  • What type of player will Alex Rodriguez be in 2015?

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  • Did MLB treat Alex Rodriguez fairly?

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A-Rod suspended for '14 season

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season and postseason for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz handed down a ban for all of 2014 to the New York Yankees' third baseman, a reduction of MLB's original 211-game ban. However, Rodriguez can attend spring training due to a loophole in the suspension. Do you agree with the suspension? Have we seen the last of Alex Rodriguez?

What do you make of the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's original ban of 211 games to all of 2014 (regular season and postseason)?

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  • How surprised were you by the arbitrator's decision to reduce Alex Rodriguez's ban?

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  • What should the Yankees do if Alex Rodriguez shows up for spring training?

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  • Would Alex Rodriguez be a productive player if he comes back for the 2015 season?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year Insider and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!

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Top 2014 MLB Storylines

AL West race

AL West race

Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?

A-Rod resolution

A-Rod resolution

Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?

Expanded replay

Expanded replay

How much will it change the game?

Jeter's future

Jeter's future

How much does he have left?

Kershaw, Scherzer

Kershaw, Scherzer

Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?

Mattingly's job status

Mattingly's job status

Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?

Milestones

Milestones

Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).

New MLBPA head

New MLBPA head

What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?

Selig's successor

Selig's successor

Is Rob Manfred the man?

Tipping points

Tipping points

Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?

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