If you’ve always been frustrated by the prospect of having to break in a brand new baseball glove, you can pack away your shaving cream and glove oil. Yesterday, Nike introduced its new Vapor 360 fielding glove, which is the first ever that doesn’t require any breaking in.
As kids, we don’t get to vote for much. But thanks to Nickelodeon, we have a chance to weigh in on who the top celebrities are with the Kids Choice Awards. And now we have our voices heard when it comes to sports, too!
Tomorrow, Nickelodeon will air live the first ever Kids Choice Sports Awards. The show gives us kids to tell the world who our favorite athletes are and who we think are the king and queen of swag. There are 14 categories in all, like Sickest Moves and Clutch Player of the Year, and kids can cast their votes on the Nickelodeon website.
The results will be announced at the live awards show, airing July 17 at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. The host of the party will be hosted by Michael Strahan, the former New York Giants linebacker who is now an analyst for Fox Sports and co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael. SI Kids caught up with Strahan recently to talk about the Kids Choice Sports Awards and his post-football career in broadcasting!
It was finally here: the 2014 Midsummer Classic. The media was allowed on the field early for batting practice, and I was there trying to mingle with the players and other journalists. It was very hard interview anyone because the field was full of reporters and cameras. But Hunter Pence and Brandon Moss were both very nice to talk to me for a few minutes.
When practice was over, the pregame activities began. Teachers from each MLB city were honored, and there was a ceremony celebrating the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball. Then it was time for the National Anthem, which was sung by Idina Menzel (you might know her as the voice of Elsa in Frozen). It was really cool to see the American flag spread across the field as she sang.
And then it was game time! Things got off to a fast start with a bang-bang play. The leadoff hitter, 2013 National League MVP and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, hit the second pitch he saw up the middle. Derek Jeter dove to his left to snag the ball, popped up, and threw it to first. But McCutchen was called safe and spoiled Jeter’s majestic play. Fortunately for the American League, the play didn't lead to a run.
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.