Friday, July 16, 2010

This Week in Baseball News

This past week has been an extremely eventful one for the sport of baseball; some in good ways and some in sad.

In exciting news, Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz killed it at the 2010 Home Run Derby on Monday night. Ortiz hit 32 homers, coming in third for all-time record number of home runs behind Bobby Abreu (41) and Josh Hamilton (35). I didn't watch the derby because I don't particularly care for baseball, but I heard he hit amazingly (which I suppose is obvious since he won).

In what I consider to be more exciting baseball news, the National League defeated the American League on Tuesday night in the All-Star Game for the first time since 1996. The NL won the game 3-1, thus giving them home field advantage in the World Series. Not such great news for the Detroit Tigers, who are in the American League, but I'd imagine it made for an exciting game (which I also admittedly didn't watch... come on, The Hills Series Finale was on).

But the news wasn't all good this week. In a span of only 72 hours, the Yankees lost two of the most prominent people to ever touch their organization. First on Sunday, longtime Yankee announcer Bob Sheppard died at the age of 99. He announced for the Yankees from 1951 to 2007 and many, many players and fans considered him to be the voice of the Yankees.

Just a few short days later, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away at age 80. "The Boss", as he was often referred to, was a sports legend and has owned the Yankees since 1973. Most people say that he is the reason that the Yankees were built into the championship team that they are today.

The team will be wearing patches on their uniforms to honor both Sheppard and Steinbrenner for the remainder of the season. Rest in peace, gentlemen.

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