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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Silver-screen underdogs: why cinema loves a loser

Silver-screen underdogs: why cinema loves a loser

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Current Articles | 0 comments

From the worst soprano in history to a ski-jumper so terrible they had to change the rules the cinema gods love a trier. Will films about Eddie the Eagle and operatic catastrophe Florence Foster Jenkins finally give their subjects a triumph? All of us are bad at something, and most of us are bad at many things. Life is filled with skills we dearly wish we had, but dont. And then theres ways that still defy belief notes hit randomly and fleetingly, her voice hoarse and screechy, her phrasing verging on the avant garde. You might describe what she did as outsider art, if Carnegie Hall could be called outside. Either way, she could not sing. And yet, she sang. Now, the unbreakable Jenkins is the heroine of a Meryl Streep. In fact, in the odd manner of these things, there are now two Florence Foster Jenkins movies. The other is called The X Factor having been hijacked in 2009 by the Eddie the Eagle, a movie portrait of ski-jumper Taron Egerton inEdwardss steamed-up bar-glasses, his story presented as a showcase of great British pluck. Again, the loser gets the last laugh. Eddie the Eagle has just begun a worldwide release schedule taking in 75 countries. Although the gold medallist in the same competition, Finlands Matti. Its release was limited to the Nordic states. (And this despite a spell as a male stripper and a The Bad News Bears, in which a hopeless LA kids baseball team were coaxed into shape by a profane and soused Walter Matthau. But that charm relied on the fact these were children, simply racking up valuable life experience. They were never supposed to turn pro. There is a fine but crucial distinction to be made here between talentlessness and failure. The most perfect glum detail in the Coen brothers hymn to loserdom, Ed Wood, the 1950s auteur whose movies are habitually ranked as the worst in film history. His sci-fi opus 1994 biopic that took his name as its title, starring Johnny Depp and among the best work of its director Instead, Frearss Florence Foster Jenkins appears wildly funny. And if Marguerite is more restrained, its hard not to notice her surname is Dumont, a wink to Notes on Camp, the writer Susan Sontag offered 58 points that made up the essence of camp. Amid the corny flamboyance and spirit of extravagance, something else was vital: One must distinguish between naive and deliberate Camp. Pure Camp is always naive. Later, she honed the definition into a seriousness that fails, a phrase that could have been written for Jenkins, on stage in a riot of ostrich feathers, unwittingly kicking Die Fledermaus to death. Whereas in recent times, camp like itsnear neighbour, cult became so drenched in self-awareness that it all but ceased to exist, turning instead into a knowing brand used to sell tickets...

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A Beginners Guide To Pitching Mechanics

A Beginners Guide To Pitching Mechanics

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Current Articles | 0 comments

[pwal id=”74490721″ description=”To see the full content of this article, please like and share by clicking one of the buttons below”]The proper pitching mechanics teaches you to throw the ball correctly. Throwing the ball correctly solves two problems: it teaches you how to throw the ball without exerting much effort, which at the same time minimizes your chance of injuries due to incorrect mechanics.[/pwal] LIVAN HERNANDEZ WARMS UP “ It’s important to understand that pitchers must focus on refining their mechanics above strength training. Strength training is vitally important to pitchers for developing strength, explosion, and preventing injury. However, the majority of a pitchers training must be dedicated towards developing better pitching mechanics. Most college and professional pitchers will practice their pitching motion before beginning their strength training regime. To be a better pitcher, you also need the advice of a good coach. And by good, I mean somebody who really knows his stuff. He must be able to show you the proper pitching mechanics while understanding that every pitcher has his or her own pitching techniques and adjust his advice to you accordingly. Short video talking about the basic pitching mechanics. Go to mikescottbabseball.com for more instructional videos. Baseball pitching mechanics are one of the most complex movements in all of sports. For decades, baseball instructors and sports scientists worldwide have spent countless hours analyzing and dissecting this uncharacteristic movement. With constant research and analysis, pitching professionals have developed a set of principles that they believe are necessary for obtaining proper pitching mechanics. Monster Arm Program: Baseball Pitcher Injury Prevention Program A Premier Injury Prevention Program For Baseball Pitchers Designed By A Top Doctor To Eliminate Injury And Increase Throwing Speed In Shortest Time Frame. Many Bonuses. Newest Training Methods. Monster Arm Program: Baseball Pitcher Injury Prevention Program There are thousands of things that a pitcher can do to refine his pitching mechanics in order to develop greater velocity and accuracy. While there are hundreds of pitching drills, there is nothing that replaces actually throwing off a mound. During the off season, pitchers need to be throwing at least two bullpens per week off of an actual pitching mound. This will allow a pitcher to practice his mechanics in a game like scenario. Long toss, flat ground bullpens, and other various pitching methods will never truly prepare a pitcher for throwing off an actual mound. Last word of advice, pitchers should always practice in a way that resembles real life game situations. I hope this changed your thoughts about where you should focus your efforts! Good luck! Coach...

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Baseball Training Fundamentals

Baseball Training Fundamentals

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Current Articles | 0 comments

[pwal id=”74414289″ description=”To see the full content of this article, like and share this page by clicking one of the buttons below”]Baseball training has made tremendous strides in recent years due to the technological advances of baseball softball training equipment. As an adjunct to coaching and mentoring, softball baseball training equipment can produce amazing results for hitters and pitchers through repetition and feedback.[/pwal] Baseball Training Aids come and go year after year with the next big thing hyped to be the answer to your problem. With this said, we all know there are a number of quality baseball training aids available that have helped many baseball players raise their game. The challenge of course is separating these gems from all the trash. To help you find the best baseball training aids possible. Whether it is stronger arm, faster bat speed, hitting for more power or something else, baseball training aids are often promoted to make you believe you can’t play without them. Unfortunately, these results do not always live up to the hype. Baseball training aids not only improve strength, conditioning, and hand eye coordination, they do so in a way that directly correlates to baseball success. For example, the Swift Stik lightweight training bat allows hitters to practice hundred of swings in one training session without the injury risks of a heavier bat. This type of repetition is the most important factor in building effective muscle memory. In any good baseball training program, player development is a primary concern. As players get older they also raise their level of function in the game. One of the areas to try to improve is the physical or talent area. If you are at all seriously about playing professionally you must first be in the talent pool of players. If you can’t do the physical levels, no one will look at the skill or playing abilities. Quality At-bats Academy The # 1 Online Baseball Hitting Training Available! Audio Files, Video Tutorials, Interview Podcasts W/ Professional Baseball Players. Quality At-bats Academy Well designed, affordable baseball training aids allow developing players to hone their skills throughout the year. These devices are meant to fine tune product coordination, increase reaction time, and prepare batters and fielders for the unexpected. Most of the products now available are the result of sports mechanics research, and they are popularly used by players of all skill levels. There is not much going on in youth baseball training during the cold winter months. And everyone needs a break from the game. But in order to arrive at spring baseball training prepared, there are some things you can do during the off season. For young baseball players, there is a much wider range of tools and baseball training equipment available today than in decades past, and it may be difficult to understand what is best. Here are some basics about...

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