Major League Baseball has been applicable in this country since 1876, so the prospect of there being too many “firsts” here in 2009 would seem far and few between, but if you’ve followed baseball for as long as I have then you become immune to the “OMG, I NEVER SEEN THAT HAPPEN BEFORE” quality of the sport, case and point:
April 13th 2009 - Vacaville native Jermaine Dye along with Paul Konerko became the 1st teammates to ever hit their 300th (or any century number) home run in back to back fashion in the 2nd inning of a 10-6 victory over Detroit
April 19th 2009 - Also in the 2nd inning, the Cleveland Indians pound out 14 runs (that’s what I said) in what would be 22-4 massacre in front of 45,000+ in New Yankee Stadium. The irony is plenty, first off, the 14 run 2nd inning set a record for most runs ever scored in the 2nd beating the previous record set by guess who, u got it, the New York Yankees just 4 years ago to the date (April 18th, 2005), you gotta love baseball. Not to mention ,Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang who started the game, now has an ERA of 34.50, to put that into perspective, he would have to pitch 45 consecutive scoreless innings to get his ERA under 4.00……
April 16-19th - In the same series at New Yankee Stadium the, the Yankees and Indians combined for 20 home runs, the most ever for a opening series in a new stadium.
April 14th 2009 - Jody Gerut became the first player to lead off a game with a home run in a new stadium. On the 3rd pitch ever thrown at Citi Field in New York, Jody Gerut hooked it inside the foul pole for the stadiums first home run.
April 20th, 2009 – This one isn’t relevant but it was the first rainout in Yankee Stadium history but I thought I would list it since it irritated me being an A’s fan and all……
This commercial for Guitar Hero featuring Michael Phelps, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant and Tony Hawk is only 2-3 months old, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it never airs again. Phelps has been burned at the stake for smoking weed, and A-Rod just got busted for taking steroids, so something tells me Activision is just a LITTLE pissed right now considering all the money they most likely paid to get this commercial made.
“”What a historical moment that was last night. … From an African-American standpoint, I watched my people — watched my people — celebrate the not guilty verdict of O.J. Simpson. They were so hungry for a victory of some kind that they celebrated — we celebrated — the verdict of O.J. And I was thinking to myself, ‘Two people are dead. Two people are dead’ Now, I’m not talking about my people, I’m explaining them here. They were just so hungry to say ‘We have a victory.’ And I cringe when I even think about that.
“But last night I watched a celebration. A real celebration. A real celebration, and it was a celebration for everybody, and everybody celebrated, and they kept showing this shot, and I was watching, of this little black girl and this little white girl, just sitting there crying together, and I thought, wow. I thought about Martin Luther King and his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and I thought about him saying, black kids and white kids playing together. …
“Last night we removed all differences and became just one, and I thought that was a beautiful thing. It was just a beautiful thing. I stood here with my kids, we watched it and we cried and we prayed.”
And in the video below, you’ll see reactions from Tony Dungy, LeBron James, George Karl, Donovan McNabb, Lovie Smith, and Doug Williams.
“Johnson smiled when asked the first thing he did when it was announced Tuesday night just after 8 p.m. in California that Obama had won the presidency.
“Jumped up for joy, we were hollering and screaming,” he said. “And then we started crying. As African-Americans we’ve made great strides. I think what this says is you can really become anything in life you want to become. It’s really a wonderful thing that we can be able to witness this.”
Johnson said he believes Obama is prepared to do the best possible job.
“He’s a motivator. He has a plan,” Johnson said. “One thing Barack can do, he can come in a room, command a room. Everyone will listen to every word.”