We go team-by-team through the Majors to preview the 2011 baseball season! Special shoutout goes to the Disney Publishing book Hothead, from Cal Ripken Jr.
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In his 19 seasons in the Majors, two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas cranked 521 home runs while playing for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays. Now that the man they called Big Hurt is done terrorizing pitchers, Thomas is the official Topps baseball card spokesman and he's helping the company promote their 60th diamond anniversary. Clearly, Thomas knows his way around the baseball world, but can he handle our new segment, 10 Questions? Keep reading to find out.
On my way out of the Staples Center, I ran into the most popular pup in the neighborhood: George the bulldog, the unofficial mascot of the Lakers. Chilling out in the arena wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, nearly every fan stopped to pet him or take a photo. Kobe may have won MVP honors during the game, but there was no doubt George was the post-game MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). Keep reading to see one more picture of George lounging after a long day.
In a city packed with superstars in entertainment, the basketball’s top talent took center stage on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game. The West led big for most of the contest before the East pulled within two late in the fourth quarter. In the end, the West pulled out a 148-143 win. Here’s my wrap-up of the evening:
On Saturday afternoon, both All-Star teams practiced in front of fans at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The teams did some shooting drills, and then East coach Doc Rivers had both teams face off in a jump shooting contest. The practice was a light workout, and players seemed to enjoy it. As West coach Gregg Popovich explained a drill, Russell Westbrook put his arms around Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, and the trio shared a laugh (take a look at the photo to the right). It was a reminder that while these guys battle on the court, many of them are friends off it, having spent a lot of time traveling together on the AAU circuit in high school. More »
Greetings from Los Angeles, California! I’ll be here all weekend covering NBA All-Star Weekend for SIKIDS.com. The city is swarming with NBA players past and present.
On Friday, the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott hotel was packed with reporters and NBA players for an interview session. Each player sat at his own table and fielded questions for 45 minutes. Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwight Howard had most reporters surrounding them. Later in the afternoon, I checked out the celebrity game at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Here are some of the highlights from Friday: