The Pittsburgh Pirates' power-hitting third baseman Pedro Alvarez stopped by the MLB Fan Cave in New York on Tuesday to appear on the MTV2 show Off the Bat. During his segment, El Toro talked with MTV News correspondent (and one of the hosts of Off the Bat) Sway about growing up as a Boston Red Sox Fan in the Washington Heights section of New York, getting drafted by the Sox but choosing to study economics at Vanderbilt instead, and helping the Pirates to their first winning season in 21 years.
After the taping, Alvarez spoke to SI Kids about being at the Fan Cave, why it's important to focus on your education while playing sports, and what he does to relax — from playing video games to drawing to listening to classical music. More »
Summer vacation is almost here, and the last thing you probably want to think about is more school. But if you're a baseball fan, there's a course being offered by the online learning site edX that you might want to take a look at.
Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics is a six-week class that begins tomorrow. It walks students through the fundamentals of sabermetrics and examines some interesting baseball history through stats analysis. But it also provides an overview of the basics of data science and the computer programming languages, like R and SQL, needed to crunch all that advanced information.
"The idea is to gently show interested learners the tools needed to become a very proficient data scientist," says Professor Andy Andres, who teaches Sabermetrics 101. "Now, we don't create proficient sabermetricians in six weeks. What we do is lay the foundation for people to become great sabermetricians if they want to."
The Los Angeles Kings won again last night, earning a 3-1 Western Conference Final lead on defending Stanley Cup champs the Chicago Blackhawks. The New York Rangers, who also hold a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Final, could eliminate the Montreal Canadiens tonight. We're oh-so-close to the Stanley Cup Final, so let's get pumped with one of the most iconic Cup moments in history — Bobby Orr's Cup-winning goal in the 1970 Final — recreated in OYO Sportstoys!
So Landon Donovan was left off the US Men's National Team World Cup roster. How does he respond? By setting a new Major League Soccer record for goals. You know, no big deal.
On Sunday, Donovan hit the pitch for the first time since the final USMNT squad was announced. And 48 minutes into the LA Galaxy's game against the Philadelphia Union, the 32-year-old forward scored his 135th MLS goal to become MLS' new all-time goals leader. At the 82nd minute, Donovan netted another score to give his record a little padding. (The Galaxy defeated the Union, 4-2.)
Here's video of the record-breaker in case you missed it:
Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and if you aren't able to go to a beach or a pool a great way to celebrate is by going to a baseball game. That's what I did yesterday. Along with a lot of other kids, I went to Citi Field to watch the Mets and Pirates play under bright and sunny New York skies. Pittsburgh pulled out a come-from-behind 5-3 victory, but Memorial Day baseball is about more than the games. It's a chance for America's Pastime to honor America's heroes: the men and women of the armed forces.
Every year, Major League Baseball and its players, teams, and umpires honor active duty military and veterans with on-the-field activities and between-innings tributes. Yesterday at Citi Field, the Mets and Pirates were camo hats and the lettering on their jerseys was filled in with camo. And the many members of the military at the game were saluted before, during, and after game.
But there was one part of the day that really stuck out for me, and it happened even before the first pitch was thrown. You probably won't read about it in a newspaper or see it on SportsCenter, but it had a lasting impact.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) Star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin scored eight minutes apart to lead Russia to a 5-2 victory over Finland in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday for its second title in three years.
With Russian President Vladimir Putin looking on, Ovechkin tied the game at 2-2 in the second period with a backhand and Malkin wristed a shot high into the roof of the net on a power play for the go-ahead goal. Danis Zaripov also scored a goal and added two assists.
Viktor Tikhonov and Sergei Shirokov scored a goal each.
Putin watched the game sitting next to Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the stands, as the Russian team gained a measure of redemption following a painful loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of the Sochi Olympics just three months ago. It was Russia's fifth gold since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett has been in the league for nearly 13 years. And on Sunday afternoon, the veteran right-hander finally got his first no-hitter. Beckett threw six strikeouts and three walks on the way to a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only was it the 34-year-old's first no-no, it was the first one of the 2014 season and the first one thrown by a Dodger since 1996 when Hideo Nomo blanked the Colorado Rockies. (Fun Fact: Beckett's no-hitter was the 21st ever thrown by a Dodger — the best mark in the Majors.)
Check out Beckett fanning Phillies slugger Chase Utley on his 128th pitch to seal the no-hitter: