Yesterday was Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, which might as well be a national holiday for baseball fans (especially in New York). But this season's first game at the legendary ballpark was a little more special.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is calling it a career at the end of the 2014 campaign. And that means yesterday was Jeter's last Opening Day as a player. More than 48,000 people packed the House that George Built to be part of history — including some very special guests. Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada took the field with Jeter to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, and Jeter made up the Yanks' Core Four that led the team to five World Series titles (1996, 1998-2000, 2009).
After the Mets opened the season by getting swept by the Nationals, it was all doom and gloom around Citi Field. New season, same old Mets. Well, maybe not. The Mets got back on track winning back-to-back game against the Reds. And in the case of the second W, they did it in dramatic fashion.
Heading in to the bottom of the ninth, the Mets were down 3-2. But New York loaded the bases for pinch hitter Ike Davis — and he seized the opportunity. Davis jacked the only thing more exciting than a walk-off home run: a walk-off grand slam!
The 2013 World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox received their championship rings today at their first home game of the 2014 season. The Red Sox are playing in Boston this weekend for the first time since closing out the Cardinals in the Series, which means there's no better time to debut the LEGO version of Fenway Park.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will unveil a meticulously designed and built LEGO recreation of Fenway on Sunday. The park is made out of 28,000 LEGO bricks and features details big (the Green Monster) and small (the Pesky Pole), along with 800 minfigure Sox fans in the stands. It took 450 hours to build, weighs 68 pounds, and is 12 square feet.
LEGO Fenway will make its first appearance at the grand opening of the Kids Nation Clubhouse, before being moved to the Discovery Center when it opens on May 23. (Last season, the Discovery Center built a World Series trophy out of LEGO to celebrate Boston's victory.) If you can't make it to Boston — or even if you can — you'll want to check out this awesome time-lapse video of the construction of LEGO Fenway:
Sports is all about great performances. And here are two of them, captured in all their glory on video. One is from last night's Mavs-Warriors game, the other from Padres Opening Day on March 30. One is a great moment of individual accomplishment, the other is all about teamwork.
Yesterday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox stopped by the White House to celebrate their 2013 World Series title with President Barack Obama. It was the team's third White House visit as world champs in 10 years. And some of Boston's lineup decided to have with it.
Johnny Gomes made good on his promise to wear the most patriotic suit ever. While the rest of the Sox dressed in sharp business suits, Gomes wore white pants and sport coat that looked like the American flag. And David Ortiz took the opportunity to capture the moment in a special way. After he presented Obama with a Red Sox jersey, Big Papi pulled out his phone and snapped a selfie with the President.
Obama also had some fun with the Sox, noting the serious lack of beards among the lineup. "I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don’t recognize all these clean-shaven guys," he said.
Opening Day 2014 might have been the only time anyone got excited for the umpires. That's because yesterday's games were the first ones where managers used their new-found ability to challenge an ump's call. (There were a few pre-Opening Day regular season games played without a manager's challenge.)
Here's how the rule works: Managers get one challenge per game that can be used through the first six innings. If they win the challenge, they get a bonus. If they lose it, they don’t get another shot. Check out Kid Reporter Jake Aron’s post from January for more about the new rule.
Yesterday, there were five challenges. Three were upheld, two were overturned. What was the first challenge? Glad you asked! It came during the Pirates-Cubs game. Chicago manager Rick Renteria thought a close double play wasn't a double play at all:
It was Opening Day around Major League Baseball yesterday, and excited fans packed stadiums from New York to Anaheim. There were 13 games played, so if you missed any of the action here's a rundown of what everyone wants to see: home runs. And it only took one day of play for players to chalk up some big-time dingers. Here are five of our favorites: