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8-Year-Old American Walks Messi Into World Cup Final 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • July 29, 2014, 1:47 PM

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A record-breaking number of Americans (26.5 million to be exact) tuned in to watch Germany and Argentina compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. But 8-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott was the only American to escort Lionel Messi onto the field before the match.

The Virginia native was one of 1,408 kids from around the world who were part of the McDonald’s Player Escort Program at the World Cup. She was one of 25 Americans chosen to be in the program, and the only kid from the United States on the pitch for the final match.
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Roger Clemens Highlights SABR 44 Lineup 0

  • Posted by: Max Mannis
  • July 28, 2014, 4:00 PM

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It’s that time of year again: school is out, the sun is shining, baseball is being played, and one of most exciting SABR events is coming up: the annual SABR Convention!

Houston will be SABR central when the event comes into town July 30 through August 3 for five days of baseball-related fun. The convention draws people from around the world who live for baseball, and there are lots of chances to meet other baseball lovers, writers, front office people, and Sabermetrics experts.
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LA Kings Stanley Cup Blu-Ray/DVD In Stores July 29 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 28, 2014, 12:20 PM

los angeles kings stanley cup champions blu-rayIf you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan — or you just need a dose of hockey during the dog days of summer — you’ll want to circle tomorrow on your calendar. The official Kings Stanley Cup Champions DVD and Blu-Ray hits stores on Tuesday, and it comes loaded with extras.

The main program is an 86-minute recap of LA’s Stanley Cup-winning season. The film begins with the Kings hoisting their 2011-12 championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center, but the celebration comes to an abrupt end with LA is defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012-13 Western Conference Final. The loss stings the team, and players and coaches talk about how the experience drove them to find redemption in 2013-14.
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Maddux, Thomas, Glavine Lead 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class 1


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The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, welcomed six new members yesterday. Pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas went in as players, and they were joined by three legendary managers: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox.

"It's obviously the biggest honor you can give to a ballplayer," Maddux said. "My goal as a baseball player was very simple -- all I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."

Sunday's induction ceremony was a huge moment in the lives of all six men. But Thomas found it hard to contain all the emotion, delivering one of the most touching speeches you'll ever hear:


If ever there was a time for the Big Hurt to have a Big Cry, this was it.

Back in January, we ran down the credentials of the three players now enshrined in Cooperstown. Catch up with that story below.
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Pirates Racing Pierogi Out with Broken Foot 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • July 25, 2014, 2:02 PM

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Injuries are a part of sports. But it still hurts to see someone go down — especially when it's a giant pierogi.

If you go to a Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you'll get a Pierogy Race to go with your baseball. Every home game, Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Sauerkraut Saul, and Cheese Chester ham it up for the fans. They run into the park from the outfield, dash along the warning track, and one giant potato-stuffed dough pocket is declared the winner.

As of Wednesday, Sauerkraut Saul is tied with Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion for first with 14 wins. Cheese Chester has 13 wins and looked to be on the way to his 14th on Wednesday. Then everything went horribly, horribly wrong:

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Get Motivated with Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll 0

  • Posted by: Elizabeth McGarr
  • July 25, 2014, 11:53 AM

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll led the team to a Super Bowl victory over the Broncos this past February. For our July issue, SI Kids talked with Carroll about his responsibility as a teacher, motivational tools that work, and one speaker in particular who gave his team an unforgettable pep talk.
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Playing Fantasy Baseball with Sabermetrics 0

  • Posted by: Max Mannis
  • July 24, 2014, 1:19 PM

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I am currently taking part in a fantasy baseball league that is based on sabermetrics as well as regular statistics. The goal of the league is to compare two teams’ performances based on the different stats and see how they can match up.

The idea to do a sabermetrics fantasy league was brought up a couple years ago by Vince Gennaro, the President of SABR who also advises MLB teams about how to use sabermetrics. He had some college students who were SABR interns start the league, but my friend Max Melamed and I wanted to see how the league would play out depending on which stats were used for the rosters. Max is a10th grader in New York City at the same school I go to, and he started the first ever SABR sabermetrics Club with other baseball and stats fans and his math teacher as their advisor. One of the other participants, Tom Hoffmeister, is an 11th grade student from Baltimore whom I met last summer at SABR 43 at the baseball card session then caught up with again at this spring’s Analytics conference in Phoenix.
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