Last year, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur treated some Oakland A’s fans to dinner after giving them a $100 bill and an autographed baseball. The only catch? They had to spend the money on bacon dogs and beer.
Well, Francouer remembered the gesture and decided to top himself.
Owners of sports franchises are always trying to find new ways to lure people to the game. Comerica Park in Detroit, for example, has both a carousel and a Ferris wheel to entertain young fans who might not be able to — or willing to — sit through an entire nine-inning game.
Magic Johnson and his group of investors were awarded the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers late Tuesday night. It’s the latest business investment in Johnson’s post-retirement portfolio and comes at a pretty hefty sum of $2 billion.
After weeks of speculation as to where he’d land, Peyton Manning finally chose Denver as the next city he’ll call home. The former Colt and future Hall of Fame quarterback immediately turns the Broncos into a Super Bowl contender. But some w
“Success in the NBA is more about the players, and less about the coach, than any league, pro or amateur, in U.S. sports,” wrote Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports in 1999. “More and more, superstars call the shots,” said Sports Illustrated’s five years prior. Each year that goes by seems to give the players more power and make coaches more vulnerable.
Baseball fans were surprised on Friday by the announcement that former New York Yankees’ pitcher Andy Pettitte, who retired last year, would be returning to the team on a one-year contract, even though he’s coming up on his 40th birthday in the spring. However, Pettitte isn’t the first player who left the game only to return.
Budding Miami Marlins star Mike Stanton has made a name for himself in recent years, but now he’s changing that name to Giancarlo Stanton. It’s actually his real name and he only switched to “Mike” when his classmates in school struggled to get his name right.
While Stanton’s switch might seem strange to some, other athletes before him have made way more bizarre name changes. Here’s a look back at 10 of the best.
It must be hard to be second string at such a high-profile position as quarterback. Some NFL players have filled backup duties with patience and hard work, biding their time until opportunity strikes. League MVP Aaron Rodgers, for instance, rode the pine behind Brett Favre for three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before earning the starting job for himself.
Did you know that President Taft was the first president to toss the ceremonial first pitch before a Major League Baseball game? He did in in 1910 on Opening Day at Griffith Stadium before a Washington Senators game. Since Taft, every president has followed suit taking the mound at some point during his presidency.
Franklin Roosevelt holds the record for the most times a president got the honor, hurling nine different times (eight opening days and an All-Star Game). Here’s a look back at some of the more memorable performances of presidents over the past century:
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