Right now, the Red Sox are one game away from winning the World Series. But no matter who comes out as champions, Boston's band of baseball beardos are already winners — they've been immortalized as Mr. Potato Heads!
On Friday, Hasbro and the Red Sox Foundation unveiled limited edition plastic spuds that capture the tuber essence of six Sox heroes: Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The toys were custom-made by Hasbro designers to capture the essence of each player through their beard. Gomes' Ironsides is here. So is Napoli's Siesta and Ortiz' Tease. (The designers even got the iconic gap in Ortiz's teeth!) Victorino's Pineapple? Saltalamacchia's Saltine? Check and check.
Take a closer look at each of the starchy stars and their special tater nicknames:
The World Series begins tonight! The St. Louis Cardinals meet the Boston Red Sox at Fenway for Game 1 of the Fall Classic, and it's a matchup of the two best teams in baseball.
The Cardinals had the best regular season record in the National League this year, then in the playoffs eliminated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Divisional round and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The Red Sox hit the playoffs with the best record in baseball. Boston dispatched the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round, then sent the Tigers back to Detroit in the ALCS.
The Red Sox-Cardinals matchup will be a duel between two clubs with power lineups and excellent pitching. The Series could go either way, but in the end there has to be a winner — and the editors of SI Kids think they know who that will be! Check our picks below, then hit the comments section to tell us what team you think will win the World Series and why!
The World Series begins tomorrow, with the American League champion Boston Red Sox hosting the National League champs the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway. The Red Sox and Cardinals were the top two teams in baseball this season, so the World Series could be epic. So while we wait for the final games of the 2013 baseball season to start, let's relive all the drama of the ALCS and NLCS — animated in glorious OYO bricks!
Along with our friends at OYO and thefourmonkeys, SI Kids presents the top plays of the league championship series. Check 'em out:
I recently visited Cooperstown, New York, to see a number of sites that are important to baseball and loved by fans. Naturally, one stop was the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where I had a chance to tour the Hall with Craig Muder, the Director of Communications, and speak with Jim Gates, the Librarian of the Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Hall of Fame opened on June 6, 1939. The first five members of the Hall of Fame were Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, and Christy Matthewson. There are only 300 members of the Hall of Fame. Of those, 208 are players. The rest are managers, umpires, and executives.
The Hall of Fame is chock full of baseball artifacts, from jerseys and caps to bats and gloves. The Hall takes in about 400 new artifacts a year, with about 50 items provided by MLB and the rest donated by players, players’ families, and fans. But the Hall only displays about 10-15 percent of their artifacts at a time because they don’t have enough space to display everything. One of the most exciting parts of my visit was a program held in the Learning Center that gave kids a close-up view of Lou Gehrig artifacts, including a bat he used to hit a home run in the 1937 All-Star Game.
Baseball's postseason begins today! The playoffs start with the National League Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, then tomorrow the Tampa Bay Rays meet the Cleveland Indians in the American League Wild Card game. The Wild Card round might be the most exciting of the playoffs — it's win or go home, and none of the teams want to see their seasons come to an end.
For the first time in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs. The Buccos defeated the Cubs 2-1 last night, and with some help from the Washington Nationals (who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals), the Pirates are guaranteed at least a spot in the win-or-go-home Wild Card game.
It was a big night for the Pirates. The last time they were in the playoffs was 1992, when it lost to Atlanta in seven games in the National League Championship Series. That year was also the last time Pittsburgh had a winning record. This year, the Pirates got back to winning and got back in the postseason.