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What’s lies ahead in the 2013 Major League Baseball season, well no one knows for sure but Opening Day is upon us and it’s time to roll out a few predictions. If you happened to listen to our live show this past week then you already heard those predictions.
Enjoy opening day, enjoy the season. I know I will.
American League East winner: Tampa Bay Rays
American League Central winner: Detroit Tigers
American League West winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
American League Wild-Card winner: Oakland Athletics
American League Wild-Card winner: Kansas City Royals
American League Pennant winner: Tampa Bay Rays
National League East winner: Washington Nationals
National League Central winner: Cincinnati Reds
National League West winner: San Francisco Giants
National League Wild-Card winner: Milwaukee Brewers
National League Wild-Card winner: Philadelphia Phillies
National League Pennant winner: Washington Nationals
American League Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays
National League Rookie of the Year: Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres
American League Manger of the Year: John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
National League Manager of the Year: Bo Porter, Houston Astros
American League MVP: Yoenis Cespedas, Oakland Athletics
National League MVP: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
American League Cy Young Award: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
National League Cy Young Award: Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers had nearly half a million dollars in jewelry stolen from him during an apparent burglary in his room at the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida this weekend, CBSMiami reports.
According to the report, Rogers and some friends left the hotel room to hit the clubs and before returning to the hotel with a woman at 7 a.m. Rogers placed the jewelry in the hotel safe but, when he awoke at 12:30 p.m., both the jewelry and the woman were gone.
Among the missing items were diamond earrings worth $100,000; two wristwatches worth a combined $160,000; a gold necklace with gold pendant worth $50,000; gold bracelets worth $60,000; and a diamond Cuban necklace with a gold pendant worth $70,000. - Yahoo Sports
The Boston Globe identified a number of offenders in its recent review of 150 Internal Revenue Service filings by 50 nonprofits run by professional athletes. One of the worst organizations was the A-Rod Family Foundation, which gave just 1 percent of its proceeds to charity during its first year of operation.
The IRS stripped the foundation of its tax-exempt status after it stopped submitting required financial reports, according to the Globe, but the organization’s website is still up and running and claims to be a 501c3.
The website says that’s its devoted to helping distressed families by supporting educational and mental health programs. But right off the bat, A-Rod appeared to be stiffing the cause. In 2006, its inaugural year, he hosted a celebrity poker tournament with Jay-Z and raised $403,862. According to the Globe, just $5,000 went to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund and $90 to a Little League Baseball club in Miami.
“There are a lot of depressed children out there, a lot of children who don’t want to live and think there’s no hope,” Rodriguez told MLB.com back in 2006. “My life is the perfect example of an underdog who did good, so I want to help those kids out there.
Current Arizona Diamondbacks backup catcher Rod Barajas was also the Diamondbacks backup catcher when the team won the World Series in 2001. Barajas, then a 25-year-old rookie, batted just .160/.191/.274 in the regular season but stepped up and went 2-for-5 with a homer in the seven-game triumph over the New York Yankees.
Four years ago, Barajas lost his World Series ring, but now he’s finally found it. The real story, though, is how he found it. It involves Brajas’ wife, Stacie, and the recent death of her beloved grandmother.
Before leaving the couple’s home in San Diego, Stacie tried on a pair of shoes she had not worn in years. She tried one foot on, determined it matched her outfit and packed both shoes for the trip.
While getting ready at the hotel just before the funeral, Stacie put on both shoes for the first time. Only there was a problem with the one she hadn’t tried on before she left. There was something in the toe blocking her foot.
“I was getting ready and my wife yelled out, ‘Guess what I just found?’” Barajas said. “We’re in a hotel room and I’m like, what could you find in a hotel room?”
As it turns out, you can find a 2001 World Series ring and pendant.
“She walked out with the ring and pendant and we both looked at each other and I said, ‘That was your grandmother. Your grandmother grabbed that and put it there for us. One last gift that she gave us before she left,’” Barajas said.
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Actress Jennifer Lawrence recently won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the box office hit Silver Linings Playbook. She also won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the movie.
Lawrence, a Louisville native and noted Louisville Cardinals fan, is set to receive yet another golden trophy to commemorate her recent achievements.
The famed Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory has decided to honor the 22-year-old by creating a custom gold bat with her name on it which includes the message, “LOUISVILLE’S SLUGGER IN HOLLYWOOD…YOUR HOMETOWN IS SO PROUD OF YOU!”
Louisville Slugger said they originally came up with the idea after she won two of the major awards, but waited until after she won the Oscar to ensure they didn’t jinx Lawrence’s award bid.