The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series, which makes them baseball’s champions.
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Derek Jeter is a baseball legend. Fittingly, he left the game in legendary style last Thursday.
For 20 years, Derek Jeter played for the New York Yankees. Last weekend, Jeter retired from the game.
Every professional baseball pitcher wants to throw the ball so the batter can’t hit it.
There are lots of ways to do that.
One way is for the pitcher to throw the ball so that, after it leaves his hand, it “dips down.” That’s known as a curve ball.
Curve balls are tricky to throw. One reason is that it’s hard to grip the smooth, slippery ball.
Last week, a pitcher from the Yankees baseball team was caught using sticky pine tar so he could grip the ball better.
One of the finest baseball pitchers in the history of the sport retired yesterday.
And he went out as a Blue Jay.
Roy Halladay had a distinguished career as a pitcher, with a record of 203 wins and just 105 losses.
He spent 12 years wearing a Blue Jays uniform; the last four years of his career he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.
On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Then, he threw a no-hitter on Oct. 6—only the second no-hitter in MLB post-season history.
He won the Cy Young Award twice and was selected eight times to play in special All-Star games.
In addition to his impressive baseball skill, Halladay is also known as an upstanding person who gave generously to people in need.
Although at the end of his career Halladay played for the Phillies, he wanted to finish his career as a Toronto Blue Jay.
Boston finally has a reason to celebrate–and that’s exactly what Red Sox fans are doing.
Fans took to the streets last weekend to celebrate the fact that their baseball team won the World Series.
The parade made an important detour.
It stopped at the Boston Marathon finish line.
Last April, there was a terrible bombing during the Boston Marathon race, which took the lives of three people.
The city–and people all over the world–were upset by the tragedy.
On Saturday night, something unexpected happened in an important baseball game.
The St. Louis Cardinals were playing against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
The World Series is a best-of-seven series. That means the first team to win four games wins the World Series and is named the best major-league baseball team of the year.
The games are always filled with tension and excitement, but Saturday’s game—game three—had a bit more of both.
It was the bottom of the ninth inning.
The game was tied 4-4.
It was the last chance for the Cardinals to score a point. If they did, they would win the game.
What happened next was very exciting.
He dances, he gives funny interviews, he bows to his teammates and he loves to flash a smile – even when taking a pie to the face.
His name is Munenori Kawasaki, and he is the gregarious new shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.
Kawasaki was called up on April 13 to replace shortstop Joe Reyes, who had suffered an ankle injury.
Kawasaki is originally from Japan, and often carries around a Japanese-English phrasebook to help him communicate.
When the new pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team – R. A. Dickey – throws a pitch, it goes up and down like a rollercoaster.
A rollercoaster: just like his childhood, his career and his life. Although it’s been a bumpy ride, he’s now in a good place as one of the best pitchers in the major leagues.
This year, he signed a contract for three years, for more than $25-million.
That’s a long way from the $11,000 a year he used to make as pitcher in the minor leagues.
At that time, around 2005, Dickey was a struggling pitcher throwing fastballs. But the batters were able to hit them, and sometimes knock them out of the park.
Mark Buehrle is a baseball pitcher who recently joined the Toronto Blue Jays.
Buehrle is an extraordinary pitcher. He is one of only 18 people in the game’s history to pitch a “perfect game.”
The Blue Jays are pinning some of their hopes of winning this season on Buehrle.
However, there is a problem. When Buehrle signed on with the Jays, he had to move to Toronto.
Ontario law doesn’t allow people to keep pit bulls as pets; Buehrle has a pit bull named Slater.
Hugo Chávez, the charismatic president of Venezuela, died on Tuesday. He was 58.
Chávez had been the president of the South American country since 1998.
Chávez grew up in a very poor family. He dreamed of becoming a baseball player, but instead he studied at a military academy and then joined the army.
As a student and a soldier, Chávez read many books and became interested in politics and the problems affecting poor people in Venezuela. He believed that the people running the government at the time were dishonest, and were taking money that should have been used to help the whole country.