Marine Dad Dresses Up As Umpire And Surprises Son At His Baseball Game

Marine Dad Dresses Up As Umpire And Surprises Son At His Baseball Game

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some of us particularly those who don’t spend all year looking forward to watching the World Series or planning our fantasybaseball teams consider America’s national pastime painfully boring, and little league is a jillion degrees worse. The players are tiny and slow, betting on the athletic performance of children is often discouraged and there’s no beer. I’m honestly falling into a decade-long coma just thinking about it. Luckily, a video of one family’s heartfelt reunion brings a much-needed dramatic narrative to the game. Instead of sauntering into his kitchen, dropping his bags on the floor and bringing everyone in for a bear hug after months spent on the other side of the damn planet, US Marine Corps Master Sgt. Randy Brock slaps on an umpire’s mask and goes undercover at his son’s baseball game. Brock was reportedly deployed to Japan for six months prior to the surprise and, upon revealing his identity at the game, Brock’s little ones are thrilled to have him back. His son and daughter wipe away tears as they hug their father for the first time in half a year, and, for a brief, shining moment, baseball is watchable for everyone. Subscribe to Elite Daily’s official newsletter,The Edge, for more stories you don’t want to miss. Read more:...

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These Are The Meals MLB Players Like To Eat Before A Big Game

These Are The Meals MLB Players Like To Eat Before A Big Game

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ten years ago, I approached a St. Louis Cardinals player during a spring training game and asked what he’d eaten for lunch that day. I think he was mostly confused why I was inquiring about the contents of his stomach rather than requesting an autograph, but he kindly explained the wrap he’d eaten a couple hours prior. I’ve always wanted to know what professional baseball players eat before a big game. Some people wonder about life on other planets or how to build an effective start-up; I simply want to know what you have to eat in order to stay mentally alert and physically able in a realm of unpredictable, high-speed projectiles. I reached out to some major leaguers to inquire about their favorite pre-game meals. And there’s no, “The answer might surprise you!” caveat here. No one (to my knowledge) is scarfing down chicken liver mousse and green oysters as they tie up their cleats. They’re just eating some hearty, energizing food you might even find at the concession stand. Oakland A’s player Mark Canha’s Instagram handle is @bigleaguefoodie, so that seemed like an obvious start. He documents his meals when the team is on the road and his account is basically begging to be turned into a set of food porn-y trading cards. His first criterion for a pre-game meal is that it’s nutritionally sound. Carbs and proteins go down easy. (“Having digestive problems when trying to hit a 90 mph fastball is no good,” he says.) He said it also has to be comforting, which is why his go-to choice is spaghetti and meatballs, with minestrone as a “near second.” Personally, I couldn’t move fast enough after a heaping plate of meatball-laden pasta to lay down a gentle bunt or even move off a couch — but I have no sense of portion control or extreme athletic prowess, so all the power to him. His teammate, center fielder Billy Burns, goes a similar route, opting for pasta with chicken or bits of steak (“just something to fill my stomach to get out there, not to fill me up too much”) or turkey on wheat as an alt-carb. Pitcher Jesse Hahn starts early with a sizeable breakfast: “eggs, bacon, hash browns for some carbs and always coffee.” And he’ll have a meaty sub once it’s closer to the first pitch. Treating myself to my favorite meal. Quality steak chopped up in Velveeta Mac and cheese. pic.twitter.com/6Dv3jvBTSz Billy Burns (@BillyBurns45) August 31, 2014   The Atlanta Braves are also a team of sandwich lovers. Matt Wisler, a 23-year-old starting pitcher, goes for a BLT or club sandwich. His teammate, outfielder Jeff Francoeur, goes with a classic PB&J — whether or not he adds an accompanying dance is up to your imagination. Some players said they don’t have go-to game-day eats. That surprised me at first. No lucky bowl...

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He Denied a $13 Million Contract1 Month Later, His Undercover Work in Brothels Reveals Why

He Denied a $13 Million Contract1 Month Later, His Undercover Work in Brothels Reveals Why

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Current Articles | 0 comments

He told everyone that he was walking away from MLB to be with his sonbut that’s not the full story… Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche was presented with one tough choice: a $13 million contract or spending time with his son. For LaRoche, it was a no-brainer. After a 12-year career, he chose the latter. The 36-year-old was told by general manager Ken Williams that his teenage son Drake was spending too much time in the team clubhouse, and it needed to stop. Drake had become a clubhouse regular to the point where he was called the team’s “26th man.” “I don’t think he should be here 100 percent of the time and he has been here 100 percent, every day, in the clubhouse,” Williams reported to Fox Sports. “I said that I don’t even think he should be here 50 percent of the time. Figure it out, somewhere in between.” Well as an all-or-nothing sort of family man, “between” just wasn’t good enough for LaRoche. The first baseman announced on Twitter that he was retiring this week along with a shout of gratitude to God for letting him play the game and a hashtag that read #FamilyFirst. But one month later, it turns out there is more to Adam LaRoche’s story than meets the eye. Spending time with his son may have been one motivation for him to walk away from Major League Baseball, but that’s not all. A recent report by ESPNreveals a deeper reason behind his decision to walk that speaks even more highly of his Christ-like character. An excerpt from the article reads: LaRoche, along with Brewers pitcher Blaine Boyer, spent 10 days in November in Southeast Asian brothels, wearing a hidden camera and doing undercover work to help rescue underage sex slaves. All of which raises a question: After 12 years in the big leagues, the endless days and nights in dugouts and clubhouses, how did LaRoches nearly cinematic level of nonconformity escape detection? Working through a nonprofit called the Exodus Road, LaRoche and Boyer conducted surveillance in brothels and tried to determine the age of the girlsknown only by numbers pinned to bikinisand identify their bosses. Something huge happened there for us, Boyer says. You cant explain it. Cant put your finger on it. If you make a wrong move, youre getting tossed off a building. We were in deep, man, but thats the way it needed to be done. Adam and I truly believe God brought us there and said, This is what I have for you boys. He aims to continue this work throughout what would have been his 13th season in professional baseball. For LaRoche, there is still a connection between fighting against sex trafficking and fighting for his family. He said that it made him “sick” to think of his own children in the position of one of...

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Young Parents Face Scary Diagnosis With Humor And Bravery

Young Parents Face Scary Diagnosis With Humor And Bravery

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Current Articles | 0 comments

As human beings, we all sign up for a life of ups and downs; every single one of us can expect fate to deal us a complicated deck that will cause pain and joy in equal measure. Fortunately, for the most part, its a slow-paced rollercoaster, with time and space to recover between new developments. Occasionally, however, life will pull the rug out from under you, and hand you half a dozen shockingsurprises all at once, both good and bad. Theres something exceptional about people who go through this. Somehow as we saw with the brave parents making heart-wrenching decisions for their desperately ill twins theyre able to stand up under the pressure, and make it through to the other side with strength and quiet dignity. This kind of poise is similarly visible in the story of Phil Secord and Amberley Gaspich, a young couple who have launched a GoFundMe campaign following a year spent facing hurdle after hurdle with bravery, love, and one doozy of a positive attitude. What do you think of their touching tale? Let us know in the comments below! Courtesy of Amberley Gaspich Phil and Amberley started dating back in 2012 and never looked back. By summer 2015, they were ready for the next step, preparing to buy a house together and celebrate Phil’s 30th birthday. They also had a piece of news that they were just bursting to share: Amberley was several months pregnant! Everythingwas aligning, with a house, a baby, and, eventually, a wedding all in the stars. Courtesy of Amberley Gaspich But shortly after the couple announced their pregnancy and were looking with excitement toward the future, Phil started noticing strange symptoms. He was exhausted and had unexplained bruises all over his body. He went to the doctor, just to be safe, and was shocked to receive a terrifying diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Courtesy of Amberley Gaspich With their due date just around the corner, Amberley and Phil immediately began searching for solutions. He started chemotherapy straight away, temporarily moving from the couple’s home in Saint Catharines, Ontario, to the cancer center in the city of Hamilton, more than 30 miles away. Amberley, moving closer and closer to her due date, was with Phil whenever possible, right next to his hospital bed. Courtesy of Amberley Gaspich For the couple, those months were a complicated commingling of good and bad. Even as Phil braved round after round of chemotherapy and treatment, their sweet baby’s due date was coming closer. In some ways, the timing couldn’t have been better. Amberley told LittleThings that their baby girl is their “miracle” baby. Phil is unlikely to be able to have children following treatment, and this may have be their only chance to get pregnant. Still, with parenthood right around the corner, the couple were in the...

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Yankees’ Aaron Hicks fires record-breaking 105.5-mph throw to nab runner | Fox News

Yankees’ Aaron Hicks fires record-breaking 105.5-mph throw to nab runner | Fox News

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aaron Hicks in March. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) When the New York Yankees acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks in a November trade, they knew they were getting a guy with a cannon. The Yankees probably didn’t know he’d be breaking records with his hose of an arm. Hicks made a jaw-dropping throw against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night to gun down a runner at home, and he may have proved to boast the strongest arm in all of baseball. The throw was clocked at 105.5 mph, which is the fastest ever recorded by MLB’s Statcast. The previous record was 103.1 mph, which was set by Carlos Gomez last September. Hicks came close to breaking it on Sept. 30, too, when he unloaded one at 103.07 mph. More from FoxSports Go inside the Green Monster with Todd Kalas Castillo provides D-backs offense with 2-run HR Greinke strikes out seven to earn first win Ziegler converts fourth save, 32nd in a row “I tried to make a strong throw, accurate throw, trying to be as fast as I can from catch to throw,” Hicks said via MLB.com. “When you know your ball is not tailing and you’ve got that nice four-seam going straight, you know you’re going to get a solid hop. I did today.” The Yankees did go on to lose the game, 5-2, but Hicks’ throw was the play of the night — and will teach runners not to test his arm. New York Yankees | PointAfter Read more:...

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