More Earth Day statements in sports from Wednesday

It’s too bad all sporting events on Wednesday couldn’t have been played outdoors on Earth Day… Yes, even the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Some scenes from the day in sports that may help keep you grounded:

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AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Chris Andrews, chief of public programs and director of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, holds up Balthazar, a red-tail boa constrictor, while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate Earth Day before the Padres played the Giants in San Francisco.

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AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Not a friendly photo for Dodgers fans: Astros pitcher LaTroy Hawkins reacts after striking out Orlando Hudson to end the game with a 6-5 Houston win. The team gave out green Astros hats in a promotion sponsored by the Waste Management company.

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AP Photo/Elise Amendola
On the back end of a day-night doubleheader in Boston’s Fenway Park — the first game was rained out — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, right, takes a feed from shortstop Nick Green and finishes a double play after getting the force on Minnesota’s Denard Span. The green numbers and lettering — and caps — seemed more of a tribute to the Boston Celtics’ playoff run (there’s a green shamrock on their sleeve as well) but we’ll give them store credit for it anyway.

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AP Photo/John Bazemore
That’s the spirit: Atlanta Hawks real-life mascot “Spirit” perches on the shot-clock during the first quarter of their Eastern Conference playoff game against Miami. “Spirit” was supposed to fly from the from the upper level to a handler on the court but decided to fly around the arena for a few minutes. Hey, it’s nature.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
A sign that maybe all isn’t as green as it should be: Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is unable to catch a fly ball by Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto against the left-field wall at Wrigley Field during the eighth inning of their game. The ivy has yet to come in to full effect yet. Screwed up climate change from global warming? You make the call.

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AP Photo/Benoit Photo
Backbackbackgone and jockey Rafael Bejarano run away with the 55th running of the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes at opening day at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Note, they’re running on the grass. And the name of the horse … you decide where it came from.

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AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
Conor Gentes, left, who works in marketing for the Jones Soda Co., rides a bicycle with other Jones employees to power computers and other office equipment at the company’s headquarters in Seattle. To mark Earth Day, the company reduced its electrical needs for the day so that about 10 riders on bikes attached to generators can provide power all day for the beverage-maker’s operations. See the power of cycling. It beats having a hamster on a wheel doing the job.

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AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
Artist Robert Wyland’s finished painting of a three-acre image of planet Earth is seen atop the Long Beach Convention Center, where they do still holding sporting events (as well as concerts, golf shows … do the Ice Dogs still play hockey there?). How cool would it be to have something like that on the top of Staples Center?

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AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
And you know you didn’t come this far without a payoff: Elizabeth Naluz, a candidate for the 2009 Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant, strikes a pose during media presentation at a hotel in Manila, Philippines. OK, it happened on Tuesday. But given the fact they’ve done this contest with 50 Filipino beauties are vying for this year’s Miss Philippines-Earth title in a unique contest with a goal to save Mother Earth, you gotta acknowledge the effort. And we still do buy Manilla envelopes and folders for our office supply needs (recycled of course)

OK, let’s give ‘em one more big hand for their efforts:

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