This year’s all-star break has been a memorable one so far. WIth Josh Hamilton giving the fans a show at the Home Run Derby, the Jonathan Paplebon-Mariano Rivera issue, and the game coming up tonight, it’s hard to say that this all-star experience isn’t going to be satisfying. But what gets me the most about this all-star event is that it is going to be played in Yankee Stadium, and it can perhaps be the last meaningful game played there (Don’t get mad Yankee fans).
Now I despise the Yankees and everything they stand for, but there is nothing like walking into Yankee Stadium and experiencing a game there. For years I have been going to the stadium and saw such momentous occasions as Derek Jeter’s catch going into the first row. I’ve seen U.S. President George W. Bush throw a laser for a strike to open up game 3 of the 2001 World Series after the attacks on 9/11. These are things someone can never erase …
Danilo Gallinari struggled in the first half in the Knicks’ 97-94 victory over the Cavaliers yesterday. He missed his first five shots while going scoreless through the first two quarters. The 19-year old was pushed around the basket resulting in three quick fouls and three turnovers in the first quarter. His 6’10” 210 pound frame needs to add muscle if he wants to play power forward in the NBA. The “Italian Stallion” was overmatched at times trying to guard the 6’9” 285-pound Robert “Tractor” Traylor in the paint. Gallinari is still growing and Coach Mike D’Antoni believes the rookie will get used to the punishment.
Danilo played much better in the second half, making five of his last six shots, several from outside, showing his versatility, range and ball-handling skills. He also turned an offensive rebound into a put-back dunk. He occasionally brought the ball up court and …
New York baseball has had its fair share of jerks, egomaniacs and just plain bad dudes. But there is also a long line of pleasant, gracious guys who have graced the New York sports scene. So in honor of the late Bobby Murcer, who was one of the all-time nice guys of Gotham, here is a list of some of the good guys who have passed through the New York baseball world.
Lou Gehrig: He had an incurable disease and still called himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. He didn’t have an ounce of bitterness or hatred in his body. Though he may have kicked Gary Cooper’s ass if was around to witness the actor’s baseball skills.
Mookie Wilson: Always had a positive attitude and was the nicest guy on a team of not-so-nice guys in the 1980s….
Ahhhh, can you smell it? It’s that time of year where NBA rookies, along with journeymen, undrafted players, and guys just trying to make a paycheck all come together to play pick-up basketball. This smell can mean only one thing, the NBA Summer League.
This year’s summer league has been displaying front line talent with top draft picks Derek Rose, Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love. Rose and Beasley were the first to play in Orlando, while Mayo and Love have caught the attention of many in Vegas.
But why should anyone care that much about the games these guys are playing? In the first game of his NBA career, do you think Derek Rose will be facing off against the likes of Antonio Graves and Anthony Morrow? Will Kevin Love be posting up against Josh Powell and Antwan Scott? I’m going to have to say that they won’t be any time soon, except for their next summer league game.
Some of the games air on NBATV throughout the day …
This week’s quiz is all about the All-Star game. Test your knowledge of the Midsummer Classic. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. Where and when was the first All-Star game played?
2. Babe Ruth hit the first All-Star game home run. Who hit the first National League home run?
3. Who made more All-Star game appearances: Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle?
4. Who hit the only All-Star game grand slam?
5. Who did Reggie Jackson hit his famous home run off of at Tiger Stadium in the 1971 game?
6. How many New York players have won the All-Star game MVP? (The award was first handed out in 1962.)
7. In 1970, when Pete …
The 2008 HR Derby was one for the ages. If you didn’t see the first round you missed the whole show.
Texas Rangers’ Outfielder Josh Hamilton hit an amazing 28 HR’s in the first round. Josh’s 28 HR’s was the most ever in the first round. Bobby Abreu previously held the record with 24, set in 2005. It was quite simply an outstanding performance. Some of the HR’s he hit went places you didn’t think were possible. He hit them 500 feet on several occasions, he hit them all the way in the cheap seats in the right field upper deck. He went deep into the black seats in center, he hit the Bank of America sign in right, and he almost hit the 4 train! (ok, he really didn’t but it looked like he sure was aiming for it, and came close).
“If the balls had been juiced, I would have had it,” said Hamilton, whose teammates had been prodding him to knock one out of the …