<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Sports]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 22 Jul 2018 17:42:47 -0500Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:42:47 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cubs Fan Gets Happy Ending After Missing Out on Foul Ball]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 16:21:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-8016192982.jpg

A fun day at the ballpark almost turned sad for a young Chicago Cubs fan, but the team made sure that his story had a happy ending.

During a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cubs first base coach Will Venable tossed a foul ball to a kid in the front row near the first base bag.

Unfortunately for the kid, an adult behind him got to the baseball first:

After social media users pointed out the infraction to the Cubs, the team responded in the perfect way:

“A Javier Baez signed ball should take care of it,” the team tweeted.

The Cubs also gave the young fan a game-used ball as well, making sure that everyone went home happy. 

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<![CDATA[Jockey Victor Espinoza Injured After Horse Suffers Cardiac Arrest on Track, Dies]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:11:46 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_606877743995.jpg

Jockey Victor Espinoza was injured Sunday after the horse he was riding on the racetrack at Del Mar went down and died instantly during morning training, the horse’s owner Brian Trump said.

Bobby Abu Dhabi went into cardiac arrest with Espinoza onboard. The horse fell and died. Espinoza lay motionless for several minutes after being thrown from the horse between the sixteenth pole and the wire, the racetrack said. was taken to the hospital for multiple injuries.

Espinoza suffered a fracture of the C-3 vertebra and a "stinger" to the left shoulder and arm, causing shoulder pain and numbness. He and is awake and moving his legs, according to the hospital. He will not be racing Sunday and will remain in the hospital overnight. 

“He has regained about 50 percent of the feeling already,” Espinoza's agent Brian Beach said. “Doctors are optimistic he’ll fully recover fairly quickly. It’s the kind of thing that football players get all the time.”

"It looks like we dodged a bullet," Beach added. 


Trump confirmed Bobby Abu Dhabi’s death on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm this morning we lost our boy, BOBBY ABU DHABI to a sudden cardiac arrest on the track. While we are deeply saddened and heartbroken by this loss our thoughts are currently with HOF jockey @VictorEspinoza. Please keep him in your prayers.”

Four-year-old Bobby Abu Dhabi was training for the Bing Crosby Stakes next Saturday. 

Espinoza guided American Pharoah to a Triple Crown Win in 2015. 

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<![CDATA[Drew Smyly Takes Step Forward in Recovery]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 14:20:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6536250021.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are hoping to get a late-season addition to their pitching staff in the form of Drew Smyly, and the veteran hurler took another step toward that vision on Sunday.

Smyly, who underwent Tommy John Surgery last year, has been slowly ramping up his work toward returning to the team, and he threw a simulated game at Wrigley Field Sunday before the Cubs took on the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 30 starts with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, Smyly posted a 4.88 ERA and a 7-12 record, striking out 167 batters.

It’s unclear whether the Cubs would try to have Smyly join the rotation or serve as a long-reliever, similar to the role that Mike Montgomery usually occupies with the team, but whatever the case, the team is thrilled with his progress back from his injury. 

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<![CDATA[Epstein Makes Candid Remarks About Darvish]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:34:11 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-952167782.jpg

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish hasn’t exactly had a stellar first season with the team, and Team President Theo Epstein had some interesting comments to make about his recovery process.

In comments before the Cubs’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Epstein said that the team would take a cautious approach with the pitcher, who signed a six-year deal worth $126 million over the offseason.

“If you put yourself in a position where you’re overly reliant on something that hasn’t been dependable up to this point and it doesn’t come through, it’s probably more on you than on the fates,” he said.

Darvish, currently on the disabled list, played catch at Wrigley Field this weekend, and Epstein called it the pitcher’s “best day in a long time.”

Darvish has a 1-3 record with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts this season for the Cubs. He has been on the disabled list twice, this time with triceps tendinitis.

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<![CDATA[Vikings Assistant Coach Tony Sparano Dies at 56]]> Sun, 22 Jul 2018 14:19:35 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-460874730.jpg

Tony Sparano, a former NFL head coach and most recently the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, has died at the age of 56.

The team announced Sparano’s sudden death on Sunday morning. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Sparano, who had served as a coach with the Vikings since 2016, also had head coaching experience with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders, posting a career record of 32-41. From 2003 to 2007, Sparano was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

Sparano was born in West Haven, Conn. He went to the University of New Haven where he started for all four years for the UNH Chargers. Sparano later served as the UNH head football coach for five seasons before moving to the NFL.

Sparano is survived by his wife Jeanette and their three children. 

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<![CDATA[White Sox Activate Garcia From D.L.]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:22:09 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-686147238.jpg

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back with the team after he was reinstated to the active roster on Saturday afternoon.

Garcia, who was on the D.L. with a strained right hamstring, has hit nine home runs and driven in 17 RBI in 142 at-bats this season. He is batting .282 for the White Sox.

Garcia will replace outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after Friday night’s loss to the Seattle Mariners. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Trade Rumors: Team Out on Familia?]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 12:42:47 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-jeurys-familia-efe-images-st.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are still looking to improve their roster before the MLB trade deadline later this month, and the trade market is heating up.

Here are the latest rumors surrounding the Cubs, as well as their divisional opponents:

Cubs Out on Familia?

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the New York Mets are working to finish up a trade for closer Jeurys Familia, but the Chicago Cubs are not involved in the talks.

The Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and Atlanta Braves are also out of the mix for Familia, according to Olney’s report. The Oakland Athletics appear to be the team in hottest pursuit of his services.

It was not clear whether price or personal conduct was at the root of the Cubs’ reported lack of interest, as Familia was suspended last season due to domestic violence allegations.

Is Britton Still on the Cubs’ Radar?

According to MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko and other reports, the Cubs are one of several teams who are pursuing Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton. The Cubs, along with the Astros, Phillies, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Braves have all expressed interest in the reliever, according to the report.

Britton, best known for his stellar 2016 season with the Orioles, has fallen on hard times this season, with a 3.68 ERA and four saves in 15 appearances. He only has 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings, and he has walked nine batters and given up 11 hits in those appearances.

Health concerns remain a question for Britton, which the Cubs likely will want to avoid since they’re already dealing with an injury to closer Brandon Morrow.

Brewers Evaluating Infield Options at Deadline

According to multiple reports, the Brewers are still interested in Minnesota Twins infielder Brian Dozier, but there is another name to potentially add to the mix.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Brewers are also one of the teams believed to be interested in New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera has 17 home runs and 53 RBI this season, and is batting .282 in 354 at-bats for the Mets. 

<![CDATA[Long, Lynch Out for Bears in Training Camp]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 11:50:58 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8650609382.jpg

The Chicago Bears are dealing with a few injuries during the opening days of training camp in Bourbonnais.

During Saturday’s workout, the first to be open to the public, offensive lineman Kyle Long missed practice as part of a “scheduled off-day” according to head coach Matt Nagy. The coach said that the absence was “nothing major” and that he expected Long back on the field in short order.

According to the Bears, outside linebacker Aaron Lynch also missed the practice with a hamstring injury he sustained during Friday’s workout.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan has missed both workouts in Bourbonnais with a hamstring issue, according to Nagy.

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Finally, cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and wide receiver Joshua Bellamy (strep throat) have also been out of practice for the team. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Add Chavez, Maples to Roster in Flurry of Moves]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 10:23:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-9949927721.jpg

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jesse Chavez will be eligible to make his debut with the team Saturday after he was officially added to the 25-man roster.

Chavez, who was acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers Thursday, has a 3.51 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work. He will join the team in time for a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

To make room for Chavez, the Cubs placed pitcher Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a right mid-thoracic strain.

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The Cubs also recalled pitcher Dillon Maples from Triple-A Iowa, and sent James Norwood back to Triple-A. Finally, Luke Farrell was added to the roster as a so-called “26th-man” due to Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Cubs will take on the Cardinals beginning at noon at Wrigley Field, and then will take the field again at 6:15 for the nightcap. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Cubs Make History vs. Cardinals Friday]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:09:40 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002896362.jpg

The Chicago Cubs had a rough day at the office on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the team made some history along the way.

The Cubs, who gave up 18 runs to the Cardinals in a blowout defeat, were forced to use not one, but three position players as pitchers in the game, as Tommy La Stella, Victor Caratini, and Ian Happ all pitched in the game. 

According to Cubs team historian Ed Hartig, the game is the first time in recorded history that the Cubs have used multiple position players as pitchers in the same game.

The pitching appearances were the first for all three players. Only two position players in Cubs history have pitched multiple times, as David Ross, who did it twice, and Doug Dascenzo, who did it four times, hold that distinction. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Prospect Suspended After Positive Drug Test]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:46:53 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-8016192981.jpg

Chicago Cubs prospect Saul Vazquez has been suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

Vazquez, who is currently pitching in the Dominican Summer League, was suspended for 72 games after testing positive for Nadrolone, a performance-enhancing substance under the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The hurler has a 1-1 record in four starts this season, with a 2.25 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings of work. 

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<![CDATA[Roquan Smith Absent as Training Camp Begins]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:10:53 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-951616886.png

Chicago Bears first round pick Roquan Smith was not in training camp as the team held its first practice on Friday.

Smith, who was picked by the Bears with the eighth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, has not signed a contract yet with the team, making him the only selection not to have a deal in place before the start of camp.

Smith is one of 10 first round picks who have not signed contracts with their teams, including the top four selections in the draft. Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and cornerback Denzel Ward are among the picks not to have signed NFL deals yet this summer.

During the team’s introductory press conference Thursday, G.M. Ryan Pace said that he is “optimistic” Smith will report soon.

“I’m sure he’s dying to be here, knowing him as a player,” Pace said.

Pace did not indicate that there was a deadline for Smith to sign his deal before he would be unable to play in the season opener in September. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Training Week 4: Develop Consistency]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:13:19 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chavarria+marathon+training+2.jpeg.jpg

Consistency is a difficult thing sometimes. I’m sure you’ve experienced it. It can be a change in work schedule or a quick weekend trip; any of these things can throw you off your game. 

I tried not to let that happen this week to some success. I missed a speed run, but I got in a nice, long outdoor recovery run of 5.5 miles. 

This time, I was out of town for a very brief trip to a city I lived in when I first started in the TV business. I wanted to share this picture with you. This is the Sierra Motel in Traverse City, MI. I spent a little over a month living in a hotel room there when I started my first job. 

It was a tough time trying to get used to a new city when you’re living out of a suitcase. 

I decided to take my recovery run past this place and over to Grand Traverse County Parks. It was nice to reflect on where my journey began and take time during this recovery run to see how far I’ve come. I’m planning on going farther. 26.2 miles to be exact.

<![CDATA[Marathon Training: Build Up Strength, Push Endurance]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:13:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chavarria+marathon+training.jpeg

Last week was tough. The tough part of training and just dealing with life is sometimes a bug can get you good. 

I was knocked off my game and was too sick to run my 10 miles. I squeezed in a recovery run and a high intensity interval training class to mix things up when I felt a little better. 

Now I’m at week 5 and I’m getting things back on track. 

I had an 11 mile run and that is that farthest I’ve been able to run...ever. It was so difficult, but I felt so accomplished afterwards.

I’ve been experimenting with gels during these long runs. I’m seeing which ones work best for me, but you need to take them with water. The only drawback about running in our city is that lack of water fountain access. 

The ones that are working are few and far between. I need to find a good running water bottle to bring with me to take my gels with. I’m always open to recommendations! 

I have two more speed runs to get through this week. 

Less than 79 days to go.

<![CDATA[Cubs Acquire Chavez in Swap With Rangers]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:23:05 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-994992772.jpg

The Chicago Cubs made their first move before the trade deadline later this month, acquiring pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers.

Chavez, who has a 3-1 record and a 3.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season, has struck out 50 batters in 56.1 innings for the Rangers. He is a versatile pitcher, with experience both as a starter and as a reliever, and gives the Cubs insurance in their bullpen, which has been hammered by injuries this season.

Chavez is expected to join the Cubs on Saturday, but a corresponding roster move has not been made to put him on the active roster.

In exchange, the Cubs sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas to the Rangers. Thomas, who was playing in Single-A, was a seventh round pick of the Cubs in the 2017 MLB Draft, and had a 2.88 ERA in 15 appearances in South Bend this season.

According to the Cubs, their 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.  

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<![CDATA[Bears Lineman Helps Out Stranded Bus Driver]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:27:40 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bears+Bus+7-19.png

When a Chicago Bears fan’s bus broke down on the highway, he never would have guessed that an actual member of the team would stop to help him.

That’s exactly what happened to Jim Martin, who was driving to Iowa when his Bears-themed bus broke down.

What happened next is extraordinary: Bears lineman Charles Leno Jr., who was travelling down to Bourbonnais for the team’s training camp, stopped to ask if he could help get Martin back on the road:

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Leno himself posted a photo next to the bus, saying that the team will not break down:

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“As I passed it I thought to myself that DA BEARS bus is NOT breaking down this year, so I turned back around to check out what was going on,” Leno tweeted.

Leno and the Bears will host their first public practice of the training camp season on Saturday in Bourbonnais. 

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<![CDATA[Contreras Family's Touching Moment Captured in Video]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:58:40 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/all2AP_18199044055009.jpg

Tuesday was a big day for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, and after he hit a home run in the MLB All-Star Game, a video captured his emotional embrace with his family. 

Contreras, who started in the game for the first time in his career, took the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to get the National League on the board, and his family was elated over the historic accomplishment. 

The Cubs posted a video to their Twitter feed of the awesome moment: 

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Contreras and the Cubs will return to Wrigley Field on Thursday night to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[See Inside Former Bear's Luxurious Chicago Condo]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:37:58 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/vht_viewer_11.jpg After two years on the market, the luxurious Michigan Avenue condo of former Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is back on the market again at a reduced price.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Place Morrow on D.L. ]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:51:48 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-9605918461.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are dealing with injuries both on their Major League roster and in their farm system as the All-Star break finishes up.

On Thursday, the team placed reliever Brandon Morrow on the disabled list with right biceps inflammation. Morrow, who also missed time this season with a back injury, doesn’t expect to be out long-term with the injury, which occurred before the All-Star break.

Relief pitcher Anthony Bass was called up from the minor leagues to replace Morrow on the roster.

The development path for first round pick Nico Hoerner also hit a bit of a stumbling block, as the infielder will be out for four-to-six weeks with a left arm ligament injury.

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Hoerner, whom the Cubs took in the first round of June’s MLB Draft, was playing with the South Bend Cubs when he sustained the injury. He hopes to play again at some point this season, with a possible trip to Arizona Rookie League or the Arizona Fall League serving as a possible landing spot.

The Cubs will get their season back underway Thursday when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Bears Training Camp Preview: Meet the New Bears]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:34:13 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/allenrobinsonjaguars.jpg The Chicago Bears are adding plenty of new faces to their roster this year, and we're here to introduce you to the newest future stars.

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<![CDATA[Bears Training Camp Preview: Full Practice Schedule]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:53:42 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-900101904.jpg

The Chicago Bears are preparing for their annual training camp, and fans will be able to get a close-up view of the action as most practices will once again be open to the public in Bourbonnais.

Training camp, which officially gets underway this week at Olivet Nazarene University, will feature a total of 11 open practices, with the first workout scheduled for July 21.

Here is the full list of practices:

Sat. July 21 – 8:15 a.m.

Sun. July 22 – 8:15 a.m.

Mon. July 23 – 8:15 a.m.

Thurs. July 26 – 8:15 a.m.

Fri. July 27 – 8:15 a.m. (Family Weekend)

Sat. July 28 – 8:15 a.m. (Back to School Fair, Family Weekend)

Mon. July 30 – 8:15 a.m. (Military Appreciation)

Sat. Aug. 4 – 8:15 a.m. (Blue & Orange Weekend)

Sun. Aug. 5 – 8:15 a.m. (Blue & Orange Weekend)

Mon. Aug. 6 – 8:15 a.m.

Sat. Aug. 11 – 7:10 p.m. (Practice Ward Field, fireworks)

Gates for all open practices (excluding the final practice of the summer) will open at 7:30 a.m., and the gates will remain open through 11:30 a.m. each day. 

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<![CDATA[White Sox Have Worst TV Ratings in MLB]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:26:54 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-815154592.jpg

According to a new list of TV ratings for MLB teams, the Chicago White Sox are one of the least-watched teams in the league.

According to Forbes Magazine, the White Sox actually have the worst TV ratings of any of the 29 American baseball teams. The data, provided by Nielsen, shows that the White Sox pull a 0.79 rating on average for their games, the worst rating any team receives.

The team’s games are the sixth-highest rated event on television in the Chicagoland area, while Cubs games are the most popular cable program on teleivision.

The Cubs currently rank seventh in the league, with an average rating of 4.63.

The St. Louis Cardinals pull the top ratings in baseball, at a strong 7.23. The Indians, Red Sox, Brewers, and Royals round out the top five.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Trade Targets: 10 Players to Watch]]> Sat, 21 Jul 2018 16:27:12 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zach-britton-orioles-usatsi.jpg The Chicago Cubs are eyeing some improvements to their roster ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, and here are 10 players that they could potentially add to aid their playoff push.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Trade Rumors: Hand Gone, deGrom's Cost]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:58:45 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-968613376.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are getting ready to kick off the second half of the season this week, and as the MLB trade deadline approaches, they’re hoping to bolster their roster moving forward.

Here are the latest rumblings around the Cubs and the rest of the National League Central:

Brad Hand Off the Market

The Cubs traditionally are a team that likes to get a jump on the trade market, but instead it was the Cleveland Indians doing the honors on Thursday, sending catching prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres for relief pitchers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.

The trade solidifies Cleveland’s bullpen in a big way, adding two quality arms to join pitchers like Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, but it also takes one potential trade option off the board for the Cubs, who are reportedly trying to bolster their own bullpen before the trade deadline.

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, Orioles closer Zach Britton, and Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias could all be on the market as well, giving the Cubs a few different options to choose from.

What Would it Take to Get Jacob deGrom?

There is no indication that the New York Mets are looking to trade All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom, but if the hurler was put on the market, what would it take to get him?

According to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, it wouldn’t take as much as one would think. In discussions with baseball insiders, Rogers says that Ian Happ, Mike Montgomery, and Addison Russell could provide the building blocks for such a trade, given that the Mets would like to get MLB ready talent instead of prospect-based packages.

The Mets’ hurler does want to stay with the team, however, saying that he wants to sign a long-term deal. His agent told reporters that if the Mets aren’t interested in a long-term deal that his client would want to be traded, so that might be worth keeping an eye on for Cubs fans.

What Are the Brewers Doing?

The Milwaukee Brewers missed out on Manny Machado, but they’re still reportedly looking to upgrade their infield before the trade deadline.

According to multiple reports, the Brewers are looking at Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, as they try to close the gap on the Cubs in the NL Central race.

The soon-to-be free agent has 16 home runs and 48 RBI this season, but is only batting .230 on the season. He would give the Brewers’ offense a boost, but will the team be willing to part with assets to grab him given his rather pedestrian numbers this season? 

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<![CDATA[ESPYs 2018 Fashion: Athletes, Celebs’ Bold Red Carpet Looks]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:50:42 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/espys-suits-thumb1.jpg From sequins to short suits, athletes and celebrities hit the ESPYS red carpet under a sizzling sun at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday. ]]> <![CDATA[The Best Hats at San Diego's Famed Del Mar Opening Day]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:31:53 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hat-Contest-Winner-2018.jpg For the past 24 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, hundreds of race track guests come to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.

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<![CDATA[Did Harper Cheat to Beat Schwarber?]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:00:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002533504.jpg

Nothing gets tongues wagging like a good conspiracy theory, and a new one has emerged about Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber and his Home Run Derby loss to Bryce Harper.

Harper, the hometown hero for the Washington Nationals who won the Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, has been the subject of criticism on the part of Cubs fans on social media, who say that he cheated in order to win the competition.

The alleged cheating took place as Harper was hitting in the final round of the competition. Trailing Schwarber, Harper mounted a massive comeback, but it appeared that his father was throwing him pitches before previous balls landed, a violation of the rules of the derby.

Naturally, Cubs fans took to Twitter, using the hashtag #Justice4Schwarber, to plead their case:

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Extensive research by other outlets, including SB Nation, showed that Harper did indeed receive pitches early, but other hitters did as well, thereby negating at least some of the impact in their eyes.

Finally, there is nothing in the MLB rulebook that can be used to retroactively alter the result or even punish a player during the derby for violating rules, so it seems as though Schwarber’s case is likely to fall on deaf ears.

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<![CDATA[Contreras Makes History at MLB All-Star Game]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:22:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1000397624.jpg

The National League may have lost the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, but Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras managed to do something that no player in the history of baseball has ever done.

In the third inning of the game, which the American League won in extra-innings, Contreras stepped up to the plate against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell and promptly smacked the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers to get the National League on the board.

The pitch was the first Contreras had ever faced in All-Star competition, and perfectly mirrored the first pitch he saw in his big league career in 2016, when he smashed a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Contreras is the only player in big league history to homer on both the first pitch he faced as a big leaguer and to homer on the first pitch he’d seen in an All-Star Game.

Contreras wasn’t the only one rewriting the history books for the Cubs. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Javier Baez became just the second Cubs player to ever lead off an All-Star Game with a base hit, joining Cubs legend Stan Hack, who did it in 1938 and 1943. 

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<![CDATA[Hader Under Fire for Racially-Charged Tweets]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:43:49 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1000978446.jpg

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader gave up a three-run home run in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, but what happened off the field was even worse for the hurler.

During the game, old tweets that Hader had posted to his social media account resurfaced, causing an avalanche of controversy and calls for the pitcher to be suspended.

In the tweets, which have since been deleted but were screen-grabbed by Twitter users, Hader repeatedly used racial slurs and made several homophobic remarks, including a tweet from 2011 in which he said “I hate gay people.”

After the game, Hader apologized for the comments.

“I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on,” he told media at Nationals Park. “As a child, I was immature. That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.”

On Wednesday, Brewers General Manager David Stearns released a statement on the tweets by Hader, calling them “inexcusable:”

“We have been in contact with Josh and he is fully aware of the severity of the situation related to his social media comments, regardless of the timeline of his posts. His comments are inexcusable, and he is taking full responsibility for the consequences of his actions. In no way do these sentiments reflect the views of the Brewers organization or our community.

“Those of us that have come to know Josh do not believe that these posts are representative of his beliefs. He has been a good teammate and contributor to the team in every way.

“We will continue to work through this issue with Josh as we prepare to resume games after the break.”

Major League Baseball said that they will require Hader to go through sensitivity training and to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives, but that they will not suspend the hurler.

“After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it,” the league said in a statement.

The Brewers will resume their season on Friday night when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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<![CDATA[Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Nats?]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:46:37 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-153947724-%281%29.jpg

You've probably been to at least a few games, eaten a curly-W-shaped pretzel or two, and maybe even debated whether Teddy's first Presidents Race win cursed the team. 

But how well do you really know the Washington Nationals? Even if you're a diehard fan, there are a few questions here that might have you scratching your head.Test your knowledge on everything from Nats history to the Presidents race -- and see if there will be a curly W in your books or if you're just going to strike out.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at US Presidents at All-Star Games in DC]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:52:43 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/199*120/historic-GettyImages-50539575.jpg

On a hot sticky July day in Washington 81 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his way to the tiny ballpark two miles northeast of the White House, escaping a political storm of his own making.

On his heels over his unpopular plan to "pack" the U.S. Supreme Court with extra justices to overcome a court that had stymied some of his New Deal legislation, FDR found campaign-style adoration at the 1937 All-Star Game. Before the game, American League and National League stars lined a parade route on the field as the grinning president rode past, waving his hat to the fans from the back seat of a convertible. Later, he threw out the first pitch from his presidential box.

That afternoon marked the first time Washington hosted the All-Star Game, and it would do so again in 1956, 1962, and 1969, with presidents playing a central role in three of the four games. Next week, the Midsummer Classic returns to DC for the first time in nearly a half-century. The White House has not yet said whether President Trump will throw out the first pitch on July 17. If so, he'd be continuing a summer tradition started by FDR, who died a year before Trump was born in 1946.

Whether Trump shows up or not, next month's All-Star Game will be the hottest ticket of the summer, just as it was eight decades ago. In 1937, the Washington Post society editor called the All-Star Game "the most thrilling event of the summer social season." Celebrities filled Griffith Stadium, including Cabinet secretaries, military leaders, members of Congress, and the 42-year-old FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Fans without connections could buy $1.65 seats from scalpers for $20 ($345 in today's dollars).

But FDR's battle with Congress over his court-packing plan almost cost senators a chance to watch the game. While the House adjourned for the day so members could attend, Senate Majority Leader Joseph T. Robinson, D-Ark., announced that the Senate would meet to take up a compromise version of FDR's court-packing proposal.

As Robinson saw it, there was no justification for suspending Senate action "in order that members may have an opportunity of attending a baseball game." He wound up relenting, at least halfway - scheduling a morning session and adjourning at 1 p.m., giving senators time to make it up to the ballpark at Georgia Avenue NW for the afternoon game.

FDR, who had won a landslide re-election the previous November but was under attack for a court-packing plan unpopular with both parties, got a respite at the ballpark. The president, who suffered from polio, once told Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, "If I didn't have to hobble up those steps in front of all these people, I'd be out at the ballpark every day."

When the Nationals host the All-Star Game, they will do so as legitimate World Series contenders. That was not the case for the Senators in 1937, when their best baseball was in the rearview mirror. The team had won its final pennant in FDR's first year in office, 1933. At the All-Star Break in 1937, Washington was mired in sixth place in the eight-team American League, and they would draw just 398,000 fans that season - attendance tamped down by the Great Depression and bad baseball.

New Yorkers ran the show in Washington that summer. Because they had won the previous year's pennants, New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy and New York Giants manager Bill Terry were in charge of the All-Star teams. McCarthy didn't mind playing favorites, starting five Yankees in the AL lineup, including a young Joe DiMaggio and an aging Lou Gehrig. As Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich described it: "A neat packing job by manager Joe McCarthy with President Franklin D. Roosevelt looking on - perhaps wistfully."

The National League lineup, meanwhile, boasted an astonishing seven players who were hitting .349 or higher at the break - led by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ducky Medwick (.404), who wound up winning the last Triple Crown in NL history that season.

It was against this backdrop that the host team was relegated to an afterthought at its own ballpark. McCarthy kept all three Senators - second baseman Buddy Myer, and the pitcher-catcher brother duo of Wes and Rick Ferrell - on the bench the entire game, putting a bigger emphasis on winning the game than mollifying the local fans.

The pitching matchup that afternoon pitted colorful St. Louis Cardinals righthander Dizzy Dean for the NL against Lefty Gomez of the Yankees, who was making his fourth start in just the fifth All-Star Game in history. But Dean was almost a no-show, declaring initially he wasn't going to play because he was "tired of having people tell me what to do."

He wound up showing up at the last minute by plane (in an era when most travel was by railroad), and hundreds of fans greeted him. Dean told reporters:

"Shucks, you fellers ought to have known Ol' Diz would never take a run-out like that. I just didn't like the idea of that long train ride and I figured if I stalled around long enough the only way they could get me here would be by airplane. So I got my airplane ride and here I am."

The two pitchers matched scoreless innings until the bottom of the third, when the American League took a 2-0 lead behind a single by DiMaggio and a home run by Gehrig, who waved his cap to FDR as he crossed the plate.

But the most significant play came when the next batter, Cleveland Indians outfielder Earl Averill, lined a ball up the middle, breaking Dean's toe. Dean was just 27 but the injury essentially ended his run as an elite pitcher. Later that season, he tried to come back too soon, and wound up altering his mechanics and ruining his arm.

The American League never trailed after Gehrig's homer, coasting to an 8-3 victory, its fourth in five years.

On the Curly W Live Podcast this week, Nationals Principal Owner Ted Lerner, 92, recalled attending the game as a 12-year-old boy.

"I was an usher at the game, and the injury to Dizzy Dean was probably the most important event of that day, since he was a sensational pitcher, and lost his effectiveness after that game," Lerner said.

It would be nearly 20 years before Washington hosted the All-Star Game again, and the Senators saw barely more action than the first time. At the 1956 All-Star break the team was in seventh place, with the Yankees once again in first, and AL manager Casey Stengel limited Washington to just one at-bat in the Midsummer Classic - a popup by Roy Sievers in the ninth inning.

While local fans again didn't have many local favorites to root for that afternoon, they were treated to a home run display by four future Hall-of-Famers. Willie Mays and Stan Musial homered for the NL, and Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle went deep for the AL (although Mantle struck out in his other three at-bats).

The real star of the game, however, was Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer, who made several defensive gems for the NL, while picking up three hits, helping his league win in a rout, 7-3.

This time there was no presidential first pitch, as Dwight D. Eisenhower was recovering from surgery, although he did announce that day he was running for re-election. Povich, the Post columnist, panned the moved: "The first error of the 1956 All-Star festivities is committed by Mr. Eisenhower. On a day when the nation is baseball minded, Ike's announcement that he will stand for reelection could wind up among the Sally League results" - a nickname for a low-level minor league.

The president watched the game with his doctors in Gettysburg, Pa., pulling for Washington's league. White House press secretary James Hagerty told reporters, "He and I rooted for the wrong team."

Five years later the Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Twins, and the American League immediately awarded an expansion team to DC, also called the Senators, to take their place. The new Senators hosted an All-Star Game in just their second season, 1962, in the new $24 million federally-funded DC Stadium.

At an All-Star luncheon the day before the game, Vice President Lyndon Johnson quipped, "I am among those who have prayed for the Washington baseball club - if the Supreme Court doesn't mind."

Like FDR a quarter-century earlier, President John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch. He also greeted an old friend from the campaign trail: Stan Musial, the 41-year-old Cardinals outfielder playing in his 22nd All-Star Game. During the 1960 election, Musial had campaigned for JFK and served on a "National Sportsmen for Kennedy Committee" along with Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and athletes from other sports.

Now, as the young president and old ballplayer shook hands, Kennedy told everyone what a great job Musial had done campaigning for him. Musial reminded Kennedy, who was just 3 1/2 years his senior, of their conversation when they first met during the campaign. JFK had said: "They tell me you're too old to play ball and I'm too young to run for president. I have a hunch we'll fool 'em." At the ballpark that afternoon, the young president mused, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if the old man got a hit?"

Kennedy got his wish. Entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning, Musial singled, and was replaced by pinch-runner Maury Wills, who stole second and went on to score the first run of game. Then in the eighth inning, with the National League leading 2-1, Wills used his aggressiveness to manufacture an insurance run.

Sitting in the president's box that afternoon was American League President Joe Cronin, who had led Washington to its final pennant as a 26-year-old player-manager in 1933. Now he summoned New York Mets manager Casey Stengel, who was coaching first base for the NL, to meet Kennedy. But the normally loquacious Stengel only had time for a quick hello.

"Hi Mr. President. It's nice to meet you. I'd stay a little longer only I'm not working for myself today," Stengel said, as JFK laughed.

The NL held on for a 3-1 victory, and Wills, a DC native who went on to set the single-season stolen base record that season (since broken), won the game's MVP award. The new Senators were so bad - they would finish 10th in the 10-team American League - that none saw any action in the game. (That year was the final season of MLB's short-lived run of playing two All-Star Games, and Washington Senators pitcher Dave Stenhouse started the second one, held at Wrigley Field, a few weeks later.)

The All-Star Game returned to Washington just seven years later, in 1969, as MLB commemorated the centennial of pro baseball. The ballpark had recently been renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, following RFK's assassination on the presidential campaign trail the previous year.

It was a time of big change for the national pastime, which had suffered from lagging fan interest and anemic offense in recent years, epitomized by the "Year of the Pitcher" in 1968, when the leagues' players hit a combined .237.

To inject more offense into the sport, MLB lowered the pitching mound. Each league added two teams (including the Montreal Expos, who would later become the Nationals) and split into two divisions. And new baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, a Washington native who had earned a $1 a day working the scoreboard at old Griffith Stadium as a teenager, showed a flair for marketing by creating a couple of days of activities to celebrate the centennial in DC.

On the Monday night of All-Star week, MLB hosted an Oscars-style dinner, with 2,200 people in attendance, to honor the All-Time All-Star Team. Babe Ruth was named the best player ever, and former Washington Senator Walter Johnson was named greatest right-handed pitcher. Ted Williams, the Senators rookie manager, lost out to Joe DiMaggio as the best living player and blew off the dinner. His wife accepted his award as greatest living leftfielder.

The next afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled All-Star Game, President Richard Nixon hosted a White House event with 400 baseball VIPs, including Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars, and sportswriters. Nixon told the crowd: "I just want you to know that I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would have liked to have ended up as a sportswriter."

Then the dignitaries made their way to RFK Stadium. Kuhn, the commissioner, held a pre-game100th birthday party in three tents on the fields of the National Armory, across the street from the ballpark. A drenching summer storm soaked the VIPs in attendance, and soon after led to the first postponement in All-Star Game history. But Kuhn wasn't discouraged.

"The whole thing went off so well that I could not even get depressed by the rain and the postponement," he said. "There were U.S. senators standing there in two inches of rain talking about baseball. How could I get depressed?"

For once, DC hosted the All-Star Game with a (barely) winning record, at 51-50. DC's new skipper, Ted Williams, the New York Times said, was the "focus of a tremendous revival in baseball interest in the nation's capital, and of a remarkable improvement in the weak team's fortunes on the field." The Senators would finish the season 10 games over .500, the team's only winning record in 11 seasons in Washington, before moving to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972.

Nixon, probably the biggest baseball fan to occupy the Oval Office, had been scheduled to throw out the first pitch, but the postponement scuttled those plans, as he had to leave for a world trip the next day. Vice President Spiro Agnew stood in for him.

The scheduled starting pitchers were Detroit Tiger Denny McLain of the American League against Cardinal Steve Carlton of the National League. But when the game was rained out, McLain insisted on flying back to Detroit on his private plane to keep a dental appointment the next morning. By the time he got to the ballpark the next afternoon, the game had already started. So he pitched one in inning in relief. Then he left early.

"Denny McLain was the envy of every working man in America today," wrote Murray Chass in the New York Times. "He arrived for work late and left early."

Befitting their resurgent team, Senators fans for once got to cheer one of their own in an All-Star Game. Slugger Frank Howard started in left field, and after the NL took a quick 3-0 lead, he smoked a 458-foot home run over the clock in right-center field in the second inning to make it 3-1.

The All-Star Game demonstrated baseball's success in generating more firepower. The NL won 9-3, a year after winning the previous All-Star Game 1-0 (and the previous two games 2-1). The '69 game featured five home runs, including two by the San Francisco Giants' Willie McCovey. All 12 runs came in the first four innings. Carlton was the winning pitcher, despite giving up two earned runs in three innings.

After the game, Bowie Kuhn told Ted Williams: "Hope to see more of you, Ted," alluding to Williams's decision to skip the dinner two days earlier. Both men laughed.

Despite the entertaining All-Star Game, the moon outshined the stars that summer. Later that week, Nixon met the Apollo astronauts after their splashdown in the Pacific following their return to Earth after the lunar landing. One question Nixon had for them was whether they heard about the All-Star Game. They said they had, and Neil Armstrong told Nixon he was sorry the president missed the game. "You knew that, too?" Nixon asked. Armstrong replied that they heard about the rain, and they couldn't control the weather yet - but looked forward to doing that.

Frederic J. Frommer is the author of You Gotta Have Heart, a history of Washington baseball, and the head of the Sports Business Practice at the Dewey Square Group, a Washington, D.C. communications firm. Twitter: @ffrommer

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<![CDATA[MLB All-Star Week in DC: What to Know If You’re Going]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:34:20 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664164542.jpg

Prepare for a flood of baseball fans and players from across the country: Amid a week of fun and festivities, D.C. hosts the city’s first All-Star League Game of the Washington Nationals era.

The All-Star Classic allows fans and teams to build two competitive rosters, representing the best players the National League and American League each have to offer.

Outfielder Bryce Harper and pitchers Max Scherzer and Sean Doolittle will be representing the The Nationals.

After the best of the best are done being selected, the National League and American League teams face off on Tuesday, July 17. The National League — The Nationals' home — are about due for their first All-Star victory since 2012.

D.C. last hosted an All-Star Game in 1969, during the Washington Senators' run as the home team in the nation's capital.

Five days of festivities come around the game, including FanFest, a color run and the Home Run Derby.

Here's what you need to know if you’re going:

When to Watch Baseball Games

The Futures Game and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m.

In a back-to-back series, you can watch Minor League players strut their stuff. Then, some famous faces will take the field. In 2017, baseball Hall-of-Famers like Jason Taylor and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez played alongside Olympians and celebrities including actor Michael Cudlitz, musician Jencarlos Canela and actor Jamie Foxx. Tickets are still available online and start at $60.

Home Run Derby
Monday, July 16 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are already sold out for the race to hit the most home runs. Metro will offer extended hours; see below.

The All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

The best players, chosen by fans and insiders, from both the National League and American league will face off. The game will be played at Nationals Park. It will also be televised.

How to Get Tickets

Fans snatched up tickets early for both the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. You can still find them on sites like StubHub, but they cost upwards of $180.

The MLB has a relationship with StubHub, so fans can be confident that tickets they buy from the resale site are legitimate, an MLB spokesperson said.

If you're itching to catch some baseball but can't swing tickets to the All-Star game, tickets were still available at press time for Sunday’s two match-ups.

A new law allows the mayor to enforce that vendors, including ticket vendors, have a Stadium Special Events Permit to sell anything in the area of the park. This law can be enforced for seven days around the time of the All-Star Game.

How to Get to Nationals Park

Metro promises to get attendees home after the game. WMATA said that the last trains will leave toward Greenbelt at 12:22 a.m. and toward Branch Avenue at 12:48 a.m. or 30 minutes after the game ends — whichever is later.

You’ll be allowed to enter Metro through the Navy Yard station. Other stations are only open to exit.

You can also pick up a special, commemorative Metro card at the Navy Yard station.

The same extended Metro hours apply to Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby game.

The Blue Line of the Circulator Bus' drops off near Nationals Park. You can catch it near Eastern Market, L'Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. The fare is $1.

If you’re coming from Old Town Alexandria or National Harbor, you could catch the Baseball Boat water taxi. Round-trip tickets start at $35 each for adults.

Drivers willing to brave the traffic can park in one of the Nationals’ parking lots. Find more information here

Where to Find Other MLB Activities

The All-Star Game is the crown jewel event, but the MLB has planned to overflow Navy Yard and the Washington Convention Center with fun activities:

All-Star FanFest 
Friday, July 13 to July 17, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Convention Center 

Dozens of players are slated to snap selfies, shake hands and greet fans during All-Star FanFest. The Nationals’ own Ryan Zimmerman will be there, alongside other Nats players and alum including Davey Johnson, Dmitri Young and Jose Vidro. Here’s the schedule

For a limited time, you can enter code FFMM to get $10 tickets. Regularly priced tickets cost $35, but there are several deals on different days.

Friday, July 13 to July 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Yards, Parcel A, Lot 854 Square, near First and M Streets Southeast

Bring your young baseball fan for a day of interactive activities in partnership with MLB, USA Baseball and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Organizers say there will be a youth-sized baseball diamond, food trucks, pitching inflatables, batting tunnels and scheduled programming each day.

It’s free to attend, and kids are promised freebies!

The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K 
Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m., Yards Park, near First and M Streets Southeast

Zip around a 5-mile loop that takes you on both sides of the Anacostia River among blasts of dye that turn the crowd technicolor.

Where to Find Parties and Celebrations

Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until almost 4 a.m. under a new law passed specifically for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

A number of bars and restaurants have already announced celebrations:

MLB All-Star Reception presented by Women in Sports & Events
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Gallery Place

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and networking opportunities at Crimson Whisky Bar. Tickets are $45 and come with one drink.

All Star Weekend Sunday Cookout at Lost & Found
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Shaw 

BBQ Bus Smokehouse and headed to Lost & Found to fuel an All-Star party with plenty of drinks and live music.

Home Run Derby Party at Up Top Acres
Monday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Navy Yard

Enjoy the view above Nationals Park while munching burgers and other grill favorites from Bluejacket. Early bird entry tickets start at $25 and increase to $35 after July 9.Some bars could begin serving at 7 a.m. and hold off last call until 4 a.m. under a new law passed specially for the All-Star Game (and World Cup). Bars must specially register for permission; a full list is set to be announced in the future.

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<![CDATA[Marathon Moments: The Importance of Cross Training]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:10:47 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Marathon+Moment+7+-+00001505_32871665.jpg

Emily Hutchins, a Nike master trainer, talks about the importance of cross training while preparing for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.