I arrived at the Hyatt for Press Conferences and Player Media Availability. It was really amazing to see how it all works. First there was a press conference where the ASG managers — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny for the NL and Red Sox manager John Farrell for the AL — announced the starting lineups and starting pitchers for the 2014 All Star Game. Derek Jeter was announced as lead off batter for the American League and Adam Wainwright was selected to starting pitcher for the National League.
After the press conference, the American League all-stars were available for questions from the media. I asked questions to six AL players from Jeter to Mike Trout to Matt Wieiters. I was in awe seeing all the great MLB players in one place. The media was bombarding Jeter, but I got in one question: How does it feel to be batting lead off in your final All Star Game? Apparently he hadn't heard this news yet and he acted a little surprised.
It took a round for Oakland A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to find his groove in the 201 Home Run Derby. But once he did, he was unstoppable.
After hitting three dingers in the first round, the 2013 Derby champ needed a three-swing tie-break against teammate Josh Donaldson to advance to the second round. After that, he was untouchable. Cespedes hit nine homers in the second round, seven in the third, and nine in the final against Cincinnati's Todd Frazier to win back-to-back Derby titles — the first time a player has done that since Ken Griffey Jr. won consecutive championships in 1998 and 1999.
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.
Starting this season, there will be a new way to crown a champion in college football —and a new trophy to go with it. The National Championship Trophy that will go to the winner of the first-ever College Football Playoff was unveiled at a press event in Irving, Texas, on Monday.
“We are confident that it will become an icon of college football,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, at the trophy unveiling.
The trophy is actually two pieces. The top is a 26.5-inch trophy with a football shape at the top. It fits into a 1-foot-high base. This is really cool because the trophy can be pulled out and held up over the winner’s head. The trophy is made of 24 karat gold, bronze and stainless steel. Where the trophy fits into the base also is in the shape of a football, which also is pretty neat.
I got an up close look at the trophy at the end of the press event:
After Germany’s win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, FIFA awarded the Golden Ball to Lionel Messi and the Golden Glove (for goalkeeping) to Manuel Neuer. There were countless other memorable highlights and standout players over the last month, so here are a few more World Cup awards.
Three weeks after opting out of his contract, Carmelo Anthony is staying in New York. He made the announcement on his website yesterday.
“This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team,” Melo wrote in an essay titled “My City, My Heart.” “I am looking forward to continuing my career in Orange & Blue, and to working with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams.”