For weeks baseball fans have been focused on the tight pennant races throughout the major leagues. On Wednesday, another baseball race grabbed the attention of fans in the nation's capital. Since 2006, the Washington Nationals have been hosting a Presidents Race where mascots of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt have sprinted around the field at Nationals Park. In more than 500 races, Teddy had never won the race even once. That all changed during the final regular season game for the Nats against the Philadelphia Phillies when the 26th President of the United States with the help of a weird, alternate-universe Phillies mascot called the Fakenatic, who tripped up Teddy's competition allowing Roosevelt to cross the finish line first. Of course, as the video below shows, Teddy's success is the result of lots of hard work and an extra dose of Natitude.
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Back in 2005, R.A. Dickey's pitching career was drifting along unremarkably. The righthander, who had been drafted by the Texas Rangers nine years earlier, had bounced around the minors, making occasional stops at the big league level and throwing a 93-mile-per-hour fastball but producing nothing special. "We thought this guy may be out of baseball pretty quick if we didn't suggest something," says former major league great and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser, Dickey's pitching coach at the time.
So Hershiser and then Rangers manager Buck Showalter had an unusual idea to help Dickey save his career. On off days and occasionally in games Dickey experimented with an odd and unpredictable pitch — the knuckleball. They told him that the best way to avoid a potentially permanent demotion to the minors was to become a full-time knuckleballer.
The U.S. Little League champion will be crowned Saturday and earn a spot in Sunday’s title game of the Little League World Series. The U.S. final, which airs on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET on August 25, will pit Tennessee (Southeast Region Champs) against California (West Region Champs). During pool play, Tennessee beat California 9–6, despite California’s four home runs in the game. Will California show up with its big bats once again to avenge a tough loss? Or will Tennessee, the only undefeated U.S. team in the LLWS, continue to coast into the finale? We sized up the two U.S. finalists. More »
Why Melky Why? by The Baseball Project
So everyone now knows the sad story of Melky Cabrera, the baseball season's breakout star and All-Star Game MVP who was suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test.More »
You might have heard that Tigers ace Justin Verlander was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first starting pitcher in 25 years to win MVP.More »
I know you Brewers fans are bummed out. You got knocked out of the playoffs by your hated rival Cardinals, who then went on to win it all. And even worse, superstar first baseman Prince Fielder is threatening to leave as a free agent!More »