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Derek Jeter delivers win in final game at Yankee Stadium (Video)

Derek Jeter played in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, so naturally he delivered the game-winning hit.

After the Baltimore Orioles tied the game in the top of the ninth inning via a two-run home run by Adam Jones and a solo shot by Steve Pearce, there was never any other possible outcome with Jeter due up third in the bottom half of the inning.

derek-jeter-game-winning-hitJose Pirela led off with a single, and was pinch run for by Antoan Richardson. Brett Gardner laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Richardson up to second base. In typical Derek Jeter fashion, he took the first pitch he saw from Oriole reliever Evan Meek to right field for a single, bringing home Richardson with the winning run.

Sometimes things just have a way of working out perfectly. There’s no need to ask questions or hunt for explanations. What happened Thursday night at Yankee Stadium was one of those instances.

The Yankees have three games remaining in the season, against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The chances of Jeter not playing in any of them are probably pretty slim. However, there may not be a more storybook way to end a career short of going out after a championship than this moment, if Derek Jeter wants to take it. We know he won’t.

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Chris Douglas-Roberts is bringing short shorts back to the NBA

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Anyone who’s seen highlights of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and John Stockton has no doubt noticed how short the shorts used to be in the NBA. They eventually went away, because, well, they should have. We can thank Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, and the rest of the Fab Five in part for the baggy shorts renaissance.

Chris Douglas-Roberts of the Los Angeles Clippers is trying to bring back the short shorts look, however. He told us of his plans earlier this month.

On Thursday, the above picture appeared on Douglas-Roberts’ Instagram account with the following caption:

“Shut ya player hatin ass up & watch the Wave God shift the culture of the NBA. #MediaDay #Clippers #DCTG”

Well then. It looks like Douglas-Roberts was quite serious about getting his John Stockton on this season. I think it’s safe to say, this is a trend that won’t be catching on league-wide.

H/T For The Win

Phil Hughes turns down Twins’ $500,000 offer

Phil-Hughes-TwinsAs we near the end of Major League Baseball’s regular season, incentive bonuses in player contracts are coming into play with only a few games remaining.

In the case of Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, his 2014 season comes to an end agonizingly short of an additional $500,000.

Hughes was to receive the half million dollar bonus for reaching 210 innings pitched this season. He started Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but did not return after an hour-long rain delay, leaving his inning total for the year at 209 2/3, just one out shy of the required amount.

After initially saying Hughes wouldn’t be used in a relief role to reach the threshold, the team apparently changed course.

It’s certainly admirable Phil Hughes is taking the “wasn’t meant to be” approach. On the other hand, you have to think there are more than a few who wouldn’t have turned down the chance to earn an extra $500,000, especially only needing to record one out to do so.

After going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013 with the Yankees, the Twins invested $24 million over three years to bring Hughes to Minnesota. That said, I can certainly see his point about owing a lot to the organization.

Jaguars created ‘standing encouraged’ sections at EverBank Field

everbank-fieldThe Jacksonville Jaguars made a conscious effort to improve the fan experience at their home stadium, EverBank Field. More than $60 million was spent on improvements that include two new scoreboards and poolside cabanas.

While the franchise has taken steps to increase the level of enjoyment Jaguars fans have while attending home games, it has also requested a curtailment of one form of expressing excitement.

As SB Nation’s Big Cat Country shared, the Jaguars sent a letter to fans kindly reminding them to be courteous and refrain from an excessive amount of standing and cheering.

“The Jaguars have received multiple reports of individuals standing excessively without respect to other fans in the area. To be courteous to fans around you when you are standing and cheering for the team, we ask that you please stand with the flow of the game, making sure not to block aisles or prevent the flow of traffic.”

The letter also reinforces the standing policy in the Fan Code of Conduct and notes two “standing encouraged” sections have been created for those who prefer to be up out of their seats more frequently.

An increasing sentiment among NFL fans is that they enjoy watching games in the comfort of their own home, for various reasons. Harsh winter weather keeps fans away in some parts of the country. Raucous fans fresh off a few hours of tailgating with alcohol ruins the game for some.

In Jacksonville, fans are growing tired of staring at the backs of those in the rows in front of them. It’s obviously gotten bad enough the team felt the need to send a letter about it.

Jose Altuve jumping to swing at pitch is great (Video)

jose-altuve-jump-swingJose Altuve has a season to remember for the Houston Astros. On Monday, Altuve added to his 2014 highlight reel by going airborne to hit a pitch by Roman Mendez that was just a bit above the strike zone … all in the name of doing his job on a hit and run.

With the hit and run called, it was Altuve’s job to swing at the pitch regardless of where it was thrown, and the goal was for him to hit the ball on the ground to the right side where there would be a hole because of the second baseman covering for the stolen base attempt.

The Astros probably knew they could trust Altuve on the play after seeing him perfectly execute a hit and run on another high pitch Friday:

For all of his talents, it’s worth noting Altuve is listed at 5’6″, which no doubt adds to the greatness of the moment.

With less than a week remaining in the regular season, Jose Altuve leads the majors with a .345 average and 220 hits. Unfortunately, he was unable to add another hit to his total on this particular pitch, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Altuve also leads the American League with 54 stolen bases.

Video: Twitter/d_moore55

Metta World Peace’s new shoes have stuffed panda head

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After 15 seasons in the NBA, Metta World Peace will be joining Stephon Marbury, Andray Blatche, and Jordan Crawford in China for the upcoming basketball season. The 34-year-old has signed to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales.

A new opportunity means a new name for the former All-Star, who would now like to be referred to as “The Panda’s Friend.”

In keeping with the panda theme, Metta will be wearing a shoe complete with a stuffed panda head and arms.

On the list of Most Metta World Peace Things Ever, this has to be somewhere near the top.

H/T Sporting News

Kings give vial of ice from Stanley Cup Final to season ticket holders

la-kings-rings-smallThe Los Angeles Kings were the last ones standing when the 2013-2014 NHL season ended, as they captured their second Stanley Cup in three years.

With training camps underway, 29 other teams are setting their sights on ending the upcoming season the way Los Angeles did this past June.

Understandably, Kings fans are excited for the new season and The Royal Half is among them. As he began unpacking the box that contained his season tickets, The Royal Half noticed an unexpected surprise.

The Kings included a vial of ice from June 13, 2014, the day the team defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime of game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals to clinch the championship.

In his blog post, The Royal Half said he would hold on to the vial for the rest of his life. I can’t say I blame him, that’s pretty sweet.

The Kings play their first preseason game on September 22 and begin their title defense October 8 when the San Jose Sharks visit Staples Center.