Daily Archives: July 10, 2012

The Prince is Crowned Yet Again! Fielder Wins Another Home Run Derby Title

Tuesday July 10th, 2012

John Burns:  Kauffman Stadium was electric Monday night from the top sluggers in baseball putting on an absolute home run clinic. Detroit’s Prince Fielder won his second Home Run Derby by beating Toronto’s Jose Bautista 12-7 in the final round. Fielder got off to a slow start with 5 homers in the first round which barely advanced him over Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew McCutchen who both had 4 home runs in the first round. After the first round it was all Prince Fielder. Prince hit 23 homers in the final two rounds and became only the second player to win multiple titles in the Home Run Derby.

Matt Kemp and Robinson Cano were the captains for their respected leagues and picked 3 sluggers to represent the NL and AL. The first round results for the sluggers were: Robinson Cano (0 homers), Matt Kemp (1 homer), Andrew McCutchen (4 homers), Carlos Gonzalez (4 homers), Prince Fielder (5 homers), Mark Trumbo (7 Homers), Carlos Beltran (7 homers), and the leader in the first round Jose Bautista with 11 homers.  Robinson Cano, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez were all eliminated after the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry

5 Ways to Keep Your (Pro Sports) Marriage Healthy: The Annie Berryhill MLB Guest Blog

Tuesday July 10th, 2012

Annie Berryhill (MLB Guest Blogger):  With so many professional athletes becoming reality TV stars these days, it’s no wonder the general public has a warped view of marriage. Especially pro sports marriages!

I have been married to the same man for 25 years. Yes it’s true! Together, we have lived through an entire Professional Sports career: minors, majors, injury, rehab, recovery, 15 min of fame, retirement and reinvention. I can tell you for a fact that most sports marriages aren’t even close to what you see on TV. Real life is a whole different ballgame.

While the current divorce rate is approximately 50%, marriages in this arena do face some even tougher odds for success than most unions. It has been reported that a whopping 80% of sports marriages fail. For those keeping score, that is barely at the mendoza line of a .200 average. For every 10 sports marriages, only 2 are likely to make it. What are the contributing factors? The main ones are travel, job insecurity, injuries, infidelity, ego, loneliness, and fame. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The truth is that all of these challenges (with the exception of fame), often are the undoing of regular marriages not involving  professional athletes. Thus the majority of the reasons behind successful sports marriages can easily be applied to most marriages. Sports marriages, like all marriages, require work to be successful. A great deal of practice time off the field is needed to build a winning sports union.

Here are my 5 keys (for Pro athletes) that I believe will go a long way to helping solidify all marriages: Read the rest of this entry

An Interview With Yankee Stadium and Travel Expert Gary Herman: Anniversary of Jeter’s 3000th Hit Game

Tuesday July.10, 2012

Gary Herman has seen almost 3900 Pro Baseball Games-and is a Season Ticket holder for both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. Herman started his own travel group named “Royalty Tours USA” to help the average fan receive ‘the Royal Treatment’ on a budget.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)-  Few of us ever get to see the amount of sports live at venues we would like to on a yearly basis.  Our guest today Gary Herman has seen nearly 3900 pro baseball games lifetime and has seen an average of 350 sporting events a season overall for the last 16 years.  That is quite mind boggling to try and fathom in your head.  So in this interview, you will start to understand how Gary methodically plans his events, how he is a long-time season ticket holder for both the New York Yankees and the Mets.  I assure you, there are not too many people that know much more than Gary when it comes to the city of New York’s sporting venues and sports travel across North America.  After the interview, feel free to visit Gary at his blog site.  He writes detailed articles about his weekly experiences at all of the sporting events and how he plans to attend them.  I had a chance to interview Gary a while back. 

I have known Gary for 3 years online and met him recently in New York.  While we haven’t always seen eye to eye on many things, I respect the mans ability to attend games and make it a passion of his.  We are both striving towards similar goals in bringing sports travel to the fore front of the social media.  The reason why MLB Baseball has the best fans in the world are because of people like Gary Herman.  So I am posting this interview 3 months after I originally was going to.  I want to let everyone know in the baseball realms that Gary and I were able to put our differences aside and combine our knowledge-as to help the general ballpark chasers out in succeeding towards their own goals.  I look forward to working on more projects in the future with Gary and Royalty Tours.  Between the both of us, there are some serious travel tips that an aspiring chaser can ascertain.   Just on a side note here:  Gary introduced me to a mutual friend of ours-who warned me of a traffic situation unfolding while I was in transit on Day 2 of my Guinness World Record Chase in Los Angeles.  Had I not received that tip, I would have missed a flight and travel dominoes would have ensued to epic proportions.  Thank you to Steve Fekete!!  and to Gary for introducing us!

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