Home Runs

Yesterday, there were 50 home runs hit in the MLB. That’s a lot of baseballs going out of the park.

Although they don’t all involve actual home runs, here are a few “home run” performances in sports that have occurred lately.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics hit a “home run” tonight with a 92-86 win against the New York Knicks. This brings the series to 3-2.  Kevin Garnett had a fantastic game for the Celtics with 16 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. The Celtics looked like there season was going to be over soon when they went down 0-3 in the series, but the win tonight has made this quite the series.  We’ll see if the Celtics can hit another home run Friday in the next game which is in Boston.  A win on Friday would set them up for the potential to make history and hit a grand slam.

The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians contributed to the 50 home run total yesterday by hitting 7 in their 14-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. This was not the first “home run” of a game the Indians have had lately.  Following a 0-9 loss to the Royals on Sunday, they bounced back and beat them 10-3 in the second game of a double header.  They got another win against the Royals on Monday.  There streak continued tonight with a 6-0 win against the Phillies.

Stephen Curry

The NBA playoffs have started with many lopsided series, but Golden State and Denver have been exciting to watch.  One reason the series has been great is because of Steph Curry. The former Davidson College guard has had some great playoff games, including a 22-point third quarter in game 4 of the series.  He struggled a little bit in Golden State’s last game against Denver, but he is still averaging 24.8 points and 9.8 assists in his 5 playoff games.  This has helped Golden State to have a 3-2 lead and another chance to win the series tomorrow (Thursday, May 2) night.

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Until next time,

Hannah

Photo Sources

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/Stephen_Curry_2.jpg

Advertisements

Leadership

Today in my class The Branding of Me, we watched the TED video by Simon Sinek. I had watched part of it before a couple months ago, but I really enjoyed being able to watch/think about it again today in class.

Today when I watched it, his ending words stood out to me.

“There are leaders and there are those who lead.
Leaders hold a position of power or authority.
But those who lead inspire us.
Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to.
We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves.
And it’s those who start with “why” that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.”

If you have a few minutes, I would encourage you to watch this video (or try to watch it some point).

Jackie Robinson broke the color line in baseball on April 15, 1947, which was exactly 66 years ago today. When I listened to the part of the video about leaders, I thought of Jackie Robinson. Through his actions, courage and determination Jackie Robinson was a incredible leader and true inspiration.

Hannah

Keeping it in the Family

Sibling’s have a special connection.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to play with, or against, a sibling in a professional sport.  In honor of Siblings Day, these are some of my favorite siblings in sports right now.

Peyton and Eli Manning

The Manning brothers have won 3 combined Super Bowls.  Combined, they have also made 15 pro bowl appearances.  Although they compete against each other, they always seem to be very supportive of each other.  They can even be spotted working out at the same place in the off season.

They have also shown they have a great sense of humor…

Marc and Pau Gasol

The Gasol brothers have combined to have 5 All-Star game appearances in the NBA.  They have also come together to help Spain win two silver medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Venus and Serena Williams

For almost 15 years (Venus won 2 Grand Slams in 1999), the William sisters have dominated in women’s tennis.  They have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together and 3 Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles.  They have also won a combined 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

B.J. and Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves signed the both Upton brothers this past off season.  So far, uniting the siblings is working well for Atlanta (and not so well for the Cubs).

Bob and Mike Bryan

The Bryan brothers have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together.  They also won the gold medal together in the 2012 Olympics. These twins even play music in a band together.

Until next time,

Hannah

Reflecting on my Love for the Chicago Cubs

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs played their first home game of the season at Wrigley Field.  Like so many times in my life, especially during baseball season, the Cubs were on my mind. When I look back, I do not remember a time I was not a Cubs fan.  Even when I moved from Charlotte to Salisbury, North Carolina, people still figured out I was a Cubs fan.

I have no idea what exactly made me become a Cubs fan.  It probably started when I was pretty young and my family would visit friends in Chicago.  During these vacations I would get to go to Cubs games.  I think that the fun experience I had at the games has just stuck with me.  That’s about the only reasoning I can think of because I can’t imagine it is easy have such a truly positive association with a team that has not won the World Series in over a century.

Photo I took at Wrigley Field

Photo I took at Wrigley Field

The Cubs have created some of my favorite memories.

I remember in elementary school frequently checking the sports section in the newspaper and looking at the Cubs box score.

In 2003, my parents, brother, and I went to watch the Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the series to move on the NL Divisional series.  The atmosphere at the game was incredible. I also was very familiar with all the players on the team and my favorite player, Kerry Wood, pitched that game. It was perfect.

I also remember watching the Steve Bartman incident in the NL Championship Series in the 2003 playoffs.  I must admit, I still feel kind of bad for that guy.

One year in middle school I wore some kind of Cubs shirt almost every day to school. Yeah…that is how much I really like the Cubs.

I will never forget the pure excitement I felt watching Sammy Sosa at bat at Wrigley Field.  Also, the time that I was thrown a ball at batting practice when we saw a game in Atlanta.

These are the memories I will have forever and I hope to have many more Cubs memories in my future.

While I do not get the chance to watch the Cubs as much as I use to, I am still very excited that the Cubs season has begun.  The Cubs are already making some news with talk of a Wrigley Field renovation.  While they are off to a little bit of a rocky start, I have a good feeling about this season.

Here’s to hoping this will be the Cubs year!

Hannah