Archive - July 2015

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Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges
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The United States Wins 2015 Women’s World Cup!
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Kris Bryant Emerges As MLB Dynamo

Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges

MikeTroutAllStarMVP The 2015 Mid-Summer Classic, which is more commonly known as the MLB All-Star Game, lived up to its name once again on Tuesday, July 14. As home runs soared and rising MLB legends continued to write their names in baseball history, the competition proved to be quite entertaining as players put differences aside in a match-up between the National and American Leagues.

Although both teams featured a roster of the top talent in the MLB, the game escalated quickly in the American League’s favor as the ever-talented Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a ball into the stands with his first plate appearance of what would prove to be an epic night. As the fourth ever leadoff homer in the top of the first in an All-Star Game, Trout made history with the first leadoff homerun in an All-Star Game in 26 years, which happened to occur three years before this All-Star was even born. Trout didn’t stop the thrilling moments there, and neither did the rest of the All-Star lineup. The American League took off with a 1-0 lead lasting into the bottom of the second, when the National League came back with a run to settle the score. Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt brought it home on an RBI single in the second for the NL,but the tie didn’t last long. The AL jumped ahead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, when Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen knocked out a homer, but it was just too late. The AL continued to dominate, matching McCutchen’s run as Brain Dozier followed up by sending one flying out of the park.Throughout the night, the pitching mound made noise as Los Angeles Dodgers powerhouse Zack Greinke marked 4 strikeouts to become the second best pitcher in All-Star game history, just under 1999’s Pedro Martinez. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez also added a 4th scoreless inning for his six All-Star Game appearances and 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom struck out three batters on just ten pitches. Despite their stellar performances, Detroit Tigers David Price got the win after throwing a scoreless 4th inning. Pitching at the All-Star Game continued to amaze all night as strike after strike was thrown, 15 total for the National League, but not enough to beat the hyper talented American League lineup. The NL fell to the AL 6-3 in an incredibly captivating All-American style game giving the American League home field advantage during the 2015 World Series.

Although the 2015 All-Star Game was filled with incredible talent all around, the man who deserves immense recognition is four time All-Star Mike Trout. Trout made history last night as the first player to win two consecutive All-Star Game MVP Awards, which puts him on par with eight Hall of Famers, including Ted Williams, but no other two-time MVPs brought home two consecutive awards nor could they do it so early on in their careers. If being named to the All-Star team four consecutive times isn’t impressive enough, Trout played a key role in four All-Star games by the age of 23 is undeniably a top talent in the league. Trout also became just the ninth player to hit for a career cycle during the All-Star Games with his first at bat each game recording a single in 2012, double in 2013, triple in 2014, and a leadoff home run in 2015. There’s no telling until next year’s All-Star match-up how far Trout’s dominance will extend, but what can be told and highly discussed is Mike Trout will quickly rise to the top of the MLB history rankings as the best position player known.

The United States Wins 2015 Women’s World Cup!

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The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between Japan and the United States proved to be a match-up for the ages with 90 minute of nail-biting, scream-at-your-television play. Despite being labeled an underdog entering the World Cup semi-finals, the United States Women’s Soccer team overcame the odds in the finals and defeated Japan 5-2 for the 2015 Women’s World Cup title.

After a devastating loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup Final, Team USA entered this year’s Cup with championship hopes and in search of vengeance. At BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday July 5th, the United States not only won their first World Cup since 1999, but completely dominated the final in doing so. While the entire team skillfully controlled the field and ran all over Japan’s defense, U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd stole the game just 5 minutes into the game with two early goals. Team USA’s Lauren Holiday furthered the lead with a goal at 14 minutes in and brought the score to 3-0. Lloyd followed up on Holiday’s goal two minutes later with an epic hat trick. With nearly 75 minutes of play remaining, the World Cup pretty much belonged to the United States. Although Japan was able to get on the scoreboard with two goals, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome such an unforgiving United States team and Tobin Keith scored in the 54th to seal the win at a score of 5-2. While reveling in their victory, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team was crowned champion while Carli Lloyd was voted the Golden ball as player of the tournament and Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goal keeper of the tournament.

The United States Women’s National Team has reached the semifinals since the inception of the Women’s World Cup in 1991 and is now the most decorated women’s soccer team in sports history. Winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup victory marked Team USA’s first World Cup title in over 15 years and third overall. American player Carli Lloyd also made soccer history in a game that will be remembered forever, as the first American since 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final and her hat trick was the fastest in World Cup History (men’s and women’s).

Commemorate your 2015 Women’s World Cup Champions collection by shopping U.S. Women’s National Team collectibles to take home a piece of the victory, here!

Kris Bryant Emerges As MLB Dynamo

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Young gun Kris Bryant is a new, fresh face that’s starting to take the MLB by storm, specifically the Chicago Cubs. Does this energetic 23 year old have what it takes to be the one to lead the Cubs to a long awaited shot at the World Series? Perhaps, but where this guy came from and how he got to the top is something to know.

Bryant is a Las Vegas, Nevada native that began to make his move in baseball at the University of San Diego. In 2013 Kris won the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player. Bryant was then drafted in 2013 draft as the second overall pick to the Chicago Cubs. During his time in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization, Bryant was quickly named Minor League player of the year and rapidly rose through the ranking of minor league ball. Unlike most baseball players, Bryant shot right to the top of the system, finding himself in AAA in no time. The Cubs knew what they had in their back pocket and quick took action. Ranked as the number one prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2015 season, Kris Bryant knows his way around the baseball diamond and opposing teams know this.

Although he plays third base, Bryant is a powerful hitter with the stats to prove it. In the 67 games that he’s played in his first year in the Bigs, Bryant has a 275 batting average with 10 homeruns, 43 RBI, 41 runs and 68 hits. That’s huge! To come from the minors and break through so quickly in such a powerful fashion means something great will come from this newcomer’s career.  Having just five months under his Big League belt, Bryant has plenty of time and talent left in his career. But does this third baseman have what it takes to take Chicago’s beloved cubbies at least a few months closer to October this year or will the Cubs fall to pieces just when it counts?

Year after year it seems as though the Chicago Cubs might just have it going for them. But time and time again, the Cubs fall short with no hope of playoff beards in their future. With a skilled defensive player standing 6’5, it seems as though the Cubs might have found a viable solution to their lack of victories. It may only be June and it may just be coincidence, but for the first time in a decent while, the Cubs are not ranked last in their National League division, a feat that Cub fans can celebrate as of now.

Perhaps young Kris Bryant and experienced Anthony Rizzo will be able to lead the Cubs someplace all Chicago fans have dreamed of. Fingers crossed as Bryant continues to make his way to the top, one swing at a time.

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