Yesterday, I had an incredible opportunity as a SI Kid Reporter. I was allowed into the Twins Clubhouse to interview 12 top MLB prospects who were about to play on Team USA in the Futures Game.
They were all were very happy to be playing in the Futures’ game and were very excited about their future in the MLB.
The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 15 at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins. Most of the attention will be on the game and the Home Run Derby, which will take place on July 14. But there are a lot of other awesome events happening before the main events.
For the next five days, Minneapolis will be the center of the baseball universe — and I’ll be there to cover all the action!
My All-Star experience begins Saturday at FanFest, followed by the Futures Game and Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, the Home Run Derby on Monday, and the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Earlier this season, major and minor league baseball teams around the country held a bunch of Star Wars-themed nights at their ballparks. But since you can never have enough Star Wars baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted their own intergalactic party at Busch Stadium last night.
Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Stormtroopers, and whole lot of other famous faces from a galaxy far, far away made the Kesel Run to St. Louis to be part of the event. And fans came dressed as their favorite characters from the Star Wars saga. Even the Cards' mascot, Freebird, got in on the act, donning Jedi robes to become Obi-Wan Frednobi. There was also a special ticket that got you a cool R2-D2 t-shirt and helped benefit the charity Stand Up to Cancer.
Hitting the baseball and softball field in the summertime is a rite of passage for a lot of kids. And last month, a group of disabled veterans made sure some special young people who are differently abled had a chance to play, too.
The Wounded Warrior Softball Team hosted its second annual Kids Camp in Louisville, Kentucky, in June. Twenty boys and girls from 11 states who are missing arms and legs joined the travel softball team of veterans who lost limbs for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The talk at the College World Series was about how few home runs were hit at TD Ameritrade Park.
Well, one was hit Wednesday night — and the folks in Nashville undoubtedly will be talking about it for a long time.
John Norwood's tie-breaking homer in the top of the eighth inning carried Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win over Virginia in the third and deciding game of the CWS finals, giving the Commodores their first national championship.
A few kids have thrown out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. Not many can say they've thrown major league batting practice. But that's exactly what 17-year-old Chelsea Baker did last night before the Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chelsea played for the Durant High School baseball team in Plant City, Florida, and she has a wicked knuckleball. She used it in Little League to threw two perfect games in 2010, and this season she got off to a 2-0 start with a 0.78 ERA. (She learned how to throw the knuckleball from MLB greats Tim Wakefield and Joe Niekro, who was her coach when she was a kid.) Those kinds of numbers attract attention, and Chelsea has been featured on ESPN, and when she played in a tournament in Japan fans there started calling her "Knuckleball Princess."
Yesterday, though, might have been the highlight of her young career. Chelsea was invited by Rays manager Joe Maddon to not only throw out the first pitch, but to toss some BP before the game. And she used the opportunity to test out her knuckleball on some of the game's best hitters: Jose Molina, David Price, and Evan Longoria.