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Photo of the Week: Mariano Stands Center Stage

July 18, 2013

Via New York Times:


Mariano Rivera took center stage in the All Star game and produced a 1-2-3 8th inning for the American League. What made the inning special was the long standing ovation by the crowd and both dugouts during his warm up pitches. The whole scene just gave me and probably most of America goosebumps after such a great display of respect for a remarkable person and player. We may never see “Enter Sandman” enter that stage ever again so it was good to see the best closer in baseball history go off as MVP…

Mets Matt Harvey gets the nod to start the All Star Game for National League

July 15, 2013


mets_rNew York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will become the first major league pitcher in nine years to start an All-Star Game in his home ballpark.

National League manager Bruce Bochy named Harvey as the NL starter for Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field. The last pitcher to start an All-Star Game in his home ballpark was Roger Clemens with Houston in 2004.

Harvey will join Clemens as well as Esteban Loaiza (Chicago, 2003), Pedro Martinez (Boston, 1999) and Steve Rogers (Montreal, 1982) as the only pitchers to start an All-Star Game at home since expansion in 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“What a tremendous year he’s had,” Bochy said of Harvey. “It really wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in; with the year that he’s had, the impressive numbers that he’s put up, he would have been the starting pitcher.”

Among NL qualifiers, Harvey ranks first in strikeouts (147), second in WHIP (0.92) and third in ERA (2.35) and opponent batting average (.196). He has taken three no-hit bids into the seventh inning this season.

Harvey said he came into the season motivated to step up and fill the void created by reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey‘s departure.

“It was a role I wanted to take and something I took pride in,” Harvey said. “Having this opportunity and getting the nod is one step closer. I’m very proud of it, and obviously it’s more drive to keep going and hopefully not make this my last All-Star Game.”

This is huge for Mets fans all around the country. The fact that Flushing has not hosted an All Star Game since 1964, Bruce Bochy needed to do something big for the organization and the city. He made the right decision going with the young ace. I am very excited to see #33 take the mound tomorrow and deliver in front of a packed Citi Field crowd. I expect him to be very effective and pitch a few scoreless innings while making the American League look silly striking out at the plate. The lights are now shining bright on this 24 year-old and that is just the way he wanted it to be…

Tim Hortons to sponsor NHL All Star Game

November 2, 2011


The NHL All-Star Game is getting a title sponsor with deep hockey roots.

The league says its showcase game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa will be known as the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game.

Horton co-founded the Tim Hortons doughnut shop, the Canadian mainstay that is one of the largest fast-food chains in North America.

Horton was an NHL defenseman from 1949 until his death in a car accident in 1974. He played for Toronto, the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

This is awesome for the NHL. Canada’s McDonald’s is Tim Hortons and I love that they sponsor the All Star game event. I am just starting to get into hockey and everything about it and it’s been really fun. I joined fantasy hockey, I’ve been watching Verses games of the week and some Minnesota Wild on FSN Wisconsin. It’s something that I feel I am going to get to love because anytime playoff time comes around I watch almost every game. Now I am actually learning systems and players which has been a great experience. But it’s now time for someone to pass me a doughnut please and  watch some NHL hockey…

Home Run Derby: National League lineup is set

July 7, 2011



(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder selected teammate Rickie Weeks, the Los Angeles DodgersMatt Kemp and St. Louis CardinalsMatt Hollidayto represent the National League in Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

“It was very tough, I wanted everybody to be in it. I definitely wanted someone from the Diamondbacks to be in it, but these guys, I know these guys really well, and these are my picks, no hard feelings,” Fielder said Tuesday.

Arizona hosts the All-Star Game on Tuesday and Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton had said he was interested in representing the NL.

“I wish I could invite everyone I knew. That was the only part that was a little tough, trying to narrow it down,” Fielder said.

Kemp came into play on Tuesday with an NL-best 22 home runs. Fielder has 21, Weeks has 15 and Holliday has the fewest with 10 but has hit in the contest two previous times. Weeks said he’s not concerned about messing up his swing by trying to hit home runs because they try to outhit each other in batting practice.

“We mess around with it all the time in BP,” Weeks said. “It’s one of those things where if you’re confident in yourself and your swing; some people have different swings, of course, and they might have to create more lift or something like that. Maybe that might mess them up, possibly. Some people have long homers and some people have hard homers — you just want to stay with what got you here and go hard and have fun, really.”

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he’s already talked to Weeks about not altering his swing and said he’s comfortable with two of his best hitters being part of the festivities.

“Rickie said he’s going to be fine,” Roenicke said. “I think he can turn it on and off when he wants to.”

Fielder says he’ll use Triple-A hitting coach Sandy Guerrero as his pitcher in the derby, the same person who threw to him when he won the contest in 2009. Weeks said he wasn’t sure who he’d pick, either Guerrero or Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Fielder did have a little advice for his teammate on preparing for the contest.

“It’s kind of intense, it’s not as easygoing as you might think it is,” Fielder said. “You get serious because of course you want to win.”

The new format this year pits the NL against the AL for charity, and the American League hitters include 2010 derby champ David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox along with his teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista leads the majors with 27 homers.

With that potent lineup, Fielder decided not to make any guarantees on who would win the competition.

“I’m not going to do that,” Fielder said. “I guarantee I’ll swing hard, though.”

This lineup is more random than the American League but it does have a dynamic duo just like Papi and Gonzo. In Milwaukee, I have seen Weeks and Fielder battle it out in batting practice and I have to say that they will definitely put on a show and Weeks can shock some people. He has tons of power and instead of hitting those towering home runs, he is going to hit some lasers to left field. It will be highly amusing to see what Fielder and Weeks do in comparison to the Boston Brigade. As for Kemp and Holliday, they deserve to be on the roster and I think Kemp deserved a bid to the All Star team and is a snub. I am glad he is able to get a chance to compete in something and he is a great raw talent. Finally, I think Holliday is a good choice as he has been on a tear lately and his swing will perfectly fit the home run derby and the dimensions of Chase Field. I can’t believe it’s July in the baseball season! Bring on the long balls…

Home Run Derby: American League rosters are set

July 6, 2011


Boston Red Sox teammates Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz will be heading to the All-Star Game together.

They’ll be teaming up in the All-Star Home Run Derby, too.

Ortiz is the captain of the American League team, and he said Sunday he had selected Gonzalez and Toronto’s Jose Bautista, one of the starting outfielders, as part of his four-man Derby team.

Ortiz also said he had spoken with the New York YankeesMark Teixeira about being the fourth participant. Teixeira said he would do it if chosen for the All-Star team, but he was not selected.

Teixeira said that despite texting with Ortiz about playing, he’d rather spend time with his family.

“I’m not going to go out there,” Teixeira said.

Instead, Teixeira’s teammate Robinson Cano has taken the spot.

“He’s in,” Ortiz said Monday. “We talked earlier today. To put him in was a simple decision.”

Ortiz had also talked to the Texas RangersJosh Hamilton, as well.

“I’d definitely consider it,” Hamilton said Sunday, before Cano was chosen. “I’m not saying for sure I’d do it, but it would be a fun thing to take part in the first one like that ever with the guys that would be there with you doing it.”

Gonzalez is hoping to better his previous appearance in the Derby, when he only hit two homers in St. Louis.

Ortiz will be asking AL home-run hitters to beat a squad of sluggers selected by Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. Ortiz (2010) and Fielder (2009) were tabbed by MLB to pick the teams because they are the last two players to win the contest. Ortiz and Fielder will each pick three teammates and the leagues will compete against each other in this year’s event.

This team is pretty stacked in my opinion because of the raw power on the team. With Papi, Gonzo, and Bautista on the team you are looking at a round of each having 10 home runs or more. Adding Cano is just a bonus and he could even surprise some people like Vlad Guerrero did in San Fran a few years back. I think it should be an interesting year at Chase Field but im interested in seeing which players swing will be messed up the most after participating in this event…

Former Marquette Star Wesley Matthews selected to Rookie/Sophomore All Star game

February 1, 2011

Congrats to Wesley! He has been playing great all year for the Blazers. He has been their best scorer and he has played his butt off since Brandon Roy has been called out for the year. Watching him in college, interviewing him, and now seeing him play at the level he has in the NBA has put a smile on my face. The kid is a true baller and he is an even better person who cares about Marquette more than anyone. I can’t wait to watch him on All Star weekend because he will always be part of the Big Three All Star team that Was Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews. Congrats…

2010 All Star game helmets

July 19, 2010

What was going on in the All Star Game. Did anyone look at the helmets? They were Huge!!!! 

Players wore the big helmets during All Star Game


…I understand why they wore these helmets. 1. It is a great marketing time to do it. The All Star game, everyone is watching, and try something new to appeal to people. 2. To save the players from getting hit from all the pitchers in the game who threw 95-100 mph fastballs… 

…I think that it really helped the players become more safe and get more marketing of this helmet out during the All Star game but it definitely affected the players swing except for David Wright (Below) who has worn that helmet before. That is why the game was so low scoring at 3-1. If the players would have worn other helmets, then I would think the final score would be completely different… 

…Finally, these helmets may be safe but are horrible to look at and they affect the game. I like that they used them in a game where it doesn’t matter but if they used them during the regular season, I for one would be very upset. Very strange appearance in the All Star game…

The 2010 MLB All Star Game

July 19, 2010

The All Star game is a game that the National League never looks forward to every year. It is because they had lost 13 in a row up until this one July 13th night. On the night that George Steinbrenner died, baseball lived on and it was a great game. 

Before the game started, this year is titled, “The year of the pitcher.” With all the pitchers throwing over 95 mph along with the league throwing 2 perfect games (nearly three) and 3 no hit bids, MLB pitching has been phenomenal. 

The National League's Brian McCann, of the Atlanta Braves, hits a three-run double in the seventh inning of the All-Star baseball game Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


In the game there were 18 total strikeouts in the game and was it was a 1-1 tie in the 7th when Catcher Brian McCann stepped up to the plate and hit a two-out, three run double to give the lead to the NL 3-1. The bullpen pulled away in the 9th and the NL won their first all-star game in 13 years. After the game, McCann was awarded the MVP of the game and he deserved it. 

Here is a great quote from the 5 time Atlanta Braves Catcher: 

“You dream of moments like this as a kid. It was amazing.” 

…Unlucky 13? I don’t think so. For the NL this is a complete lucky number. They got the clutch hit when they needed it and it all started with Scott Rolen. He got on base with a single and then went first to third on a Matt Holliday single. Because of his hustle, he was able to win the game for the NL to represent the home team in the World Series…” 

…I will admit this wasn’t the best game to watch ever. But if you like pitching then this game was for you. To me, the best All Star game ever was the 2008 All Star game in New York. I’m not saying this cause I am from New York I am saying this because of the Josh Hamilton Home run display, the 3 errors by Dan Uggla, the three throw outs at home plate, and Aaron Cook getting out of a bases loaded 0 out jam in the 10th inning. Nothing beats that game. If you never watched it, shame on you cause it was the best All Star game of the modern era. Tivo it, download it, something, just watch it if you didn’t… 

…In the end, congrats to the National League and the hope the battles in the second half get close so we can start bringing out the races… 

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The Yankees George “The Boss” Steinbrenner dies at 80

July 19, 2010

Last week was a wild week and nothing as surprising as the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died the day of the All Star game, July 13th at the age of 80. The cause of death was a heart attack. Steinbrenner was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and died at about 6:30 a.m. ET, according to reports.

He was a legend himself in the new Yankee Stadium

When the  New York Yankees lost their legendary owner, this is what people had to say about his legacy:

“George was ‘The Boss,’ make no mistake,” Hall of Famer. “He built the Yankees into champions, and that’s something nobody can ever deny. He was a very generous, caring, passionate man. George and I had our differences, but who didn’t? We became great friends over the last decade and I will miss him very much.” – Yogi Berra

“He was and always will be as much of a New York Yankee as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and all of the other Yankee legends,” baseball. “Although we would have disagreements over the years, they never interfered with our friendship and commitment to each other. Our friendship was built on loyalty and trust and it never wavered.” – MLB commissioner Bud Selig

“It’s a difficult time, on a great day for baseball, the All-Star Game, something everyone looks to,” Yankees and AL manager. “A great man in baseball passed. He’s meant so much to not only this organization, but to the game of baseball, and to all of us personally.” – Yankees Manager Joe Girardi

“Few people have had a bigger impact on New York over the past four decades than George Steinbrenner.”  “George had a deep love for New York, and his steely determination to succeed combined with his deep respect and appreciation for talent and hard work made him a quintessential New Yorker.” – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“I think he’s a father figure to everyone that was in our organization in the past or present, because he really took care of his players.” I remember my first, second year, I was on third base and got doubled off on a line drive in the infield and we won the game. After the game he was yelling at me for, ‘Don’t ever get doubled off again. We won the game, but he expected perfection, and that rubbed off. And whether it was the players, the front office, the people working at the stadium, didn’t make a difference. He expected perfection.” – Yankees Shortstop Derek Jeter

…These quotes are just so powerful…

In 37-plus seasons as owner, Steinbrenner led the Yankees to seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles.

New York was 11 years removed from its last championship when he headed a group that bought the team from CBS Inc. on Jan. 3, 1973, for about 10 million dollars.

He revolutionized the Yankee franchise and the world of sports by starting his own television network and ballpark food company. Forbes now values the Yankees at $1.6 billion, trailing only Manchester United ($1.8 billion) and the Dallas Cowboys ($1.65 billion).

The Steinbrenner family said that funeral arrangements will be private. However, details about an additional public service will be announced at a later date.

Flags were lowered to half-staff at New York’s City Hall and a marquee outside the $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium  “the house that George built” to honor “George M. Steinbrenner III, 1930-2010.”

…Wow, a Yankees Legend dies on a very special night of the All Star game. It was a very sad day that Tuesday night and the Yankees organization and the whole ballclub handled the situation well and the honor ceremony (below) before the game against the Rays at the Stadium hit my heart very deep. The class man himself Derek Jeter said a beautiful speech along with the flowers at home plate by Mariano “Mo” Rivera and the moment of silence just touched baseball fans all around the world…

…The man created a dynasty and a world of entertainment. He did some of the most amusing things by firing and hiring managers like Billy Martin and creating the Yankees from a team of scrubs to a team of legends again. It’s something no other owner in other sport has done and he is going to be missed dearly. I will miss his amusing remarks, new stadiums, and dream teams. He created the Yankees to the Bankees and I don’t think that will change anytime soon…

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MLB All Star Week: Home Run Derby

July 15, 2010

In the past few home run derby’s, the best performance doesn’t win. Examples are 2008, Josh Hamilton’s hits a record of 28 homers in the first round at Yankee stadium and the winner of the derby was Justin Morneau. In 2006, David Wright hit 16 in the first round and made a name for himself but Ryan Howard won that year. In 2003, Albert Pujols hits 14 in the second round but lost to none other than Garret Anderson. No one remembers these guys winning but everyone remembers the show that the other players put on from that home run derby. So what would happen this year?

On Monday, The Home Run Derby stuck Angel Stadium and not many big bats entered the tournament besides David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, and Matt Holliday. The random participants were Nick Swisher, Chris Young, and Hanley Ramirez.

The first round started off with Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart hitting 13 homers right off the bat. Then Swisher hit 4, Wells hit 2, C.Young hit 1. Right from there, you knew that it wasn’t going to be an interesting derby.

Then after the first round, Red Sox DH David Ortiz started to heat up and hit 13 in that round. Hanley Ramirez would follow-up with 11 homers and it would be a final between the battle of youth versus experience. However, Ortiz was too much for the young Hanley and hit 11 in the final round with a total of 32 to win the Derby.

Here is the list:

Player Team Round 1 Round 2 Subtotal Finals Total
David Ortiz Boston 8 13 21 11 32
Hanley Ramírez Florida 9 12 21 5 26
Corey Hart Milwaukee 13 0 13 13
Miguel Cabrera Detroit 7 5 12 12
Matt Holliday St. Louis 5 5 5
Nick Swisher New York (AL) 4 4 4
Vernon Wells Toronto 2 2 2
Chris Young Arizona 1 1 1

David Ortiz must have been using his juices to hit out those homers or he must be really good at slow pitch softball because he fisted so many out of there. Granted, he did blast some out of the yard easily but it looked like he wasn’t even trying and it was flying off his bat. To be a .183 hitter with one home run to a 17 home run guy and .280 hitter in over two months is one of the most drastic changes I have ever seen in baseball. While his swing may look sweet now,  I really think this will affect his swing come the next couple of months…

…Couple of other notes to mention is Holliday hit the farthest home run at 497, a moon shot which was extremely impressive. Give it up to Corey Hart who, like David Ortiz, struggled early but has found his stroke and is a leader. To hit 13 in a round is really impressive and that was the most in a round since his teammate Prince Fielder in 2009 had 11…