Now that the 2014 MLB season is underway, many teams are relying on the players they signed in the offseason to get to the playoffs and beyond. While many fans know the big names of favorite players and coaches, few of them know what goes on in making the deal, behind the scenes in MLB front offices, or in the minds of owners.
These were some of the topics covered at the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Sportswriter and TV commentator Ken Rosenthal interviewed owners, general mangers, and others who play key roles in making these moves happen.
There's no better postseason than the NHL playoffs. It's tough, it's brutal, it's personal. And at the end of the road is the best trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup. So, of course, when a team wins the Cup the celebrations can be big and loud and emotional.
It was 100 years ago today that that grand old ballpark Wrigley Field (and home of the Chicago Cubs) opened its doors for the first time. This afternoon, the Cubs celebrated with a party and a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chicago wore throwback Federations jerseys and fans came dressed in their best 1914 attire. Even Arizona got in on the act, wearing their own throwback jerseys even though the team wasn't around back when Wrigley opened.
For a while, it looked like Chicago would mark the anniversary with a win. But what would a Cubs party be without a loss? Chicago was up 5-2 on the Diamondbacks and an out away from winning the game when everything imploded. The Cubs committed a couple errors and gave up five run, capping Wrigley's centennial party with a L.
Tough luck and sloppy play has been a hallmark of the Cubs time at Wrigley. (It has never seen a World Series champion — the last time the team won a title was 1908.) But that's not what draws people the ballpark. Instead, it's the history. And the tradition. And that ivy in the outfield. Actor Bill Murray might have summed up the Wrigley experience best in an interview with the New York Times:
Chris Cole has been one of the best professional boarders since he joined the “big leagues” in 2002, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Cole won back-to-back X Games gold medals in 2006 and 2007 and has been named Skate of the Year" twice in his career. Last year, he was the overall Street League Super Crown World Champion.
Cole has been skating since he was 14, and he's reached the top of the sport through hard work, determination, and a fun-loving attitude. He stopped by Sports Illustrated Kids recently to talk with Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch about his career, his future plans, and how kids can get started in skateboarding.
Watch the video interview below!
Why are the playoffs so exciting? Because anything can happen, for one. And it's a chance for a sport's best players to show off what makes them so great. Which is exactly what Kevin Durant did last night.
In Game 2 of the Thunder's opening round series against the Grizzlies, OKC found itself down five, 98-93, with 13 seconds left on the clock. The Thunder drive into the Memphis zone and Russell Westbrook kicks it out to Durant, who set up shop in the left corner. And then:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston has been crushing it with the sports LEGO projects. First, there was the LEGO World Series trophy created to celebrate the Red Sox 2013 championship. Then there was LEGO Fenway Park, which debuted around the time of the Sox home opener a dew weeks ago. And now there's the coolest creation yet: A full-size LEGO Stanley Cup!