Heading into the 2014 season, the New York Mets set a lofty goal: 90 wins. The Mets haven’t had a 90-win season since 2006, which was also the last time they made the postseason. To reach that milestone in 2014, the Amazins’ are counting on new centerfielder Curtis Granderson.
Granderson spent the last four seasons with the Yankees after breaking into the bigs with the Tigers in 2004. On one hand, the move from the Bronx to Queens is an easy one: Granderson gets to stay in New York while playing for a new team. But it’s also going to be tough. It's his first time in the National League, and the Mets have struggled the past five seasons to find any sense of on-field identity. A lot has to come together for the Mets to hit 90 wins this season – and Granderson is ready to contribute. (But he might be headed to the DL: Granderson left yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks with injuries to his knee, rib cage, and forearm.)
Granderson stopped by the Lids store in Times Square recently to talk about New Era’s “Home of the Authentic” campaign. SI Kids caught up with Granderson — a Sports Illustrated Kids reader from way back! — at the event to talk about hats, the differences between playing at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, and how the Mets can reach their 90-win goal this season.
The Masters wrapped up over the weekend, with Bubba Watson claiming his second green jacket. The annual tournament, held at Augusta National in Georgia, is one of the biggest events on the PGA calendar — and lots of people look forward to it. But it could do with an added dose of excitement. In the form of mini-golf hazards.
Check out this awesome clip in which a genius added castles, bridges, and Super Mario Bros. pipes onto the perfectly manicured Augusta greens to make the Masters the tournament we all wish it was:
The Reds and Pirates opened up a three-game series last night in Cincinnati with their own personal home run derby. The teams combined for 10 dingers, the most ever hit in one game at Great American Ball Park and the most in an MLB game since 2006. (The Pirates hit three back-to-back jacks.)
But here's the thing: The game hasn't ended. It rained all night, and at the end of the 6th inning officials suspended the game with the score tied, 7-7. It'll be picked up at the top of the 7th at 5:30 p.m. today. So the Reds and Pirates could add even more homers to the box score.
The season's still young, but this is easily the craziest game of the 2014 campaign. Get ready for the final innings by watching all 10 home runs:
When the 2012 Summer Olympics ended, swimmer Michael Phelps left London with four gold and two silver medals, giving him 18 golds and 22 total medals in his career. He also said his swimming days were over.
But Phelps' retirement lasted less than two years. In an interview with the Associated Press, Phelps' coach Bob Bowman said the swimmer would compete at the Arena Grand Prix, taking place April 24-26 in Mesa, Arizona. He's currently entered in three events: the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.
As Washington jockeys for playoff positioning in the East, the Wizards got a big win over the lowly Bucks on Saturday, 104-91. But the team's postseason push took a deserved backseat to a new rookie on the roster: Amaris Jackson.
Amaris is a 10-year-old Wizards fan — and she's fighting a rare form of kidney cancer. She's gone through two months of chemotherapy and surgery, and has another operation scheduled this week to remove a lung tumor. But before the procedure, Amaris had the experience of a lifetime thanks to the Wizards and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
It was a big weekend for pitchers who stepped into the batter's box. Well, for two pitchers, anyway. And for very different reasons.
The first big bottom-of-the-order hit came in San Francisco. On Friday night, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner stepped to the plate in the 4th inning with two outs and the bases loaded. On the first pitch he saw from Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, Bumgarner jacked a grand slam (and his third career home run) deep over the left field wall: