Jul 31

As if the defending World Series Champs needed any help in their run to return to October action. They are already six games up in the NL East, and their offense is far-and-away the most powerful in all of baseball. Add solid pitching to the menu, you have legitimate contender for a repeat.

On Wednesday, the Phillies made a move for that extra pitching by picking up last years Cy Young award winner, Cliff Lee from the Cleveland Indians. Lee, along with Ben Francisco headed to Philadelphia for prospects Jason Knapp, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson.

Lee was sad to go, but relished the opportunity to win. “Obviously, I’m going to miss all these guys here,” said Lee. “But it’s an opportunity for me to help a team that’s in first place and is the defending world champion. As far as that goes, I’m excited.”

Francisco agreed. “I’m surprised,” he said. “I woke up this morning not even thinking about it. I got to the field and obviously heard everything. It’s definitely a shock, but I’m excited to go to a team that is the defending champion.”

The Phillies are good, and they just got better. Grab some Phillies tickets, and see for yourself.

Jul 31

It was a busy day today, as the MLB trade deadline hit at 4 pm EST. Many teams made moves to help their franchise, but perhaps no team had a more important day than the Boston Red Sox. The Sox pulled off two deals today, adding a powerful young first baseman, as well as an perennial All-star catcher.

The first deal made was a three-way trade, in which the Sox gave up three minor leaguers for first baseman Casey Kotchman from Atlanta. Additionally, Boston picked up switch hitting catcher Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians.

“We think Victor Martinez is a great fit for our club and provides a significant offensive boost, and he does it with some versatility that complements our roster really well,” said Epstein. “He can catch and give ‘Tek a little bit of a rest behind the plate, and he can play first base and get some at-bats there. He can DH a little bit, so we thought it was a good fit for our roster, and he provides some offensive support and some depth at the same time.”

Martinez will join the club on Saturday in Baltimore. Grab some Red Sox tickets, and see what sort of role he’s going to play.

Jul 31

With several weeks remaining before the MLB trade deadline, the Mets and Braves are already playing “Let’s Make a Deal” as longtime Braves star Jeff Francouer was dealt to New York for one of the Mets seemingly limitless outfielders, Ryan Church. The deal also sent a quarter of a million dollars to New York to pay for the difference in salary of the two players.

The Braves have a supremely loyal fanbase and seeing Francoeur go was unexpected for the fans, as well as the star. But going to New York, of all places, was especially difficult. “You imagine getting traded,” Francoeur said. “But you don’t imagine getting traded to your biggest rival. The hardest thing to think about right now is coming back to Atlanta next week with the Mets.”

As for Church, he was also surprised by the move, but rumors have persisted for a while that he had fallen out of favor with the Mets’ manager, Charlie Manuel. “I’m just looking at it as a new start,” Church said. “They’ve got a great organization in Atlanta.”

Bobby Cox is a player’s manager, so Church should find favor again in Atlanta. Both these teams just got better, so grab some Braves or Mets tickets and watch them in action.

Jul 31

In years past, the Yankees have made waves at trade deadline, helping make their team better, and better still. But this year, they sat idly by and watched as the deadline crept up – with seemingly no intentions of making any moves until an 11th hour trade with Cincinnati broke their silence and added a complementary player to their roster as the playoffs approach.

The Yankees closed a deal late on Friday that sent utility player Jerry Hairston, Jr, from the Reds for minor league catcher Chase Weems. This trade was the only move made by the Yanks during a heavy day of deadline trading.

“I’m happy with the effort made and feel real good about this club,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “You always want to try and make it better if possible, but unfortunately we just never found anything that made that possible, other than the move we made.”

The acquisition of the 33 year old will help bolster the Yankees bench by providing experience, offensive proficiency, and defensive versatility. With Hairston’s help, the Yankees are hoping to make a return to the playoffs this year. Snag some Yankees tickets and find out if they have the right stuff.

Jul 30

An earlier report surfacing today revealed that David Ortiz was one of the 104 players listed as testing positive in a 2003 drug test that has already incriminated several high-profile stars. Big Papi didn’t take a passive stance, however as he immediately released a statement regarding the report.

“Honestly, right now, I don’t have [any] information about it,” Ortiz said. “I’m going to get more info about the situation and I’m going to honestly tell you guys what’s up. Right now, I don’t have [any] answers. I’ve got no information. The next few days, I’m going to get some information about it.”

When pressed further, he indicated that he would be on a fact-finding mission in order to clear up any questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the reported positive test. He also indicated that he will offer complete transparency regarding the matter:

“I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me — I will not hide and I will not make excuses.

The next few days should be interesting as Red Sox fans and the nation watch and wait. Interestingly, Ortiz blasted a game-winning home run tonight only hours after the report was released.

Jul 30

Current Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, along with former Sox star Manny Ramirez were among the 104 players who tested positive in anonymous testing procedures back in 2003. The two players join Alex Rodriquez, Miguel Tijada, and Roger Clemens in having their names leaked from the report which specifies that the players’ names would not be released.

The leak adds to Ramirez’s troubles as he begins to bounce back from a 50-game suspension from earlier in the season after testing positive for a female fertility drug that is on the MLB’s list of banned substances. As for Ortiz, this is the first tick on his otherwise flawless record, though some have speculated that his performance might be aided by PEDs.

This is just another in a string of many, many steroids stories to surface in the past 5 years, and it feels like the fans are getting numb to the controversy. Regardless, it should be interesting to see how the former dynamic duo from Boston handle the newly discovered information. Grab some Red Sox tickets or Dodgers tickets today and find out.

Jul 30

Joba Lifts Yankees Over Rays

Joba Chamberlain pitched like the pitcher he’s supposed to be on Wednesday night as he three-hit the Rays (6-2) while the Yankees pushed back up to a three game lead on the Red Sox in the American League East. The win was much needed as the Red Sox had lost two in a row against the A’s and the Yanks needed to capitalize on it.

Offensively, it was a bit of a slugfest for the Yankees as Robinson Cano (16, 6th inning off Garza, 0 on, 2 out), Melky Cabrera (9, 9th inning off Wheeler, 0 on, 0 out), and Mark Teixeira (26, 9th inning off Wheeler, 0 on, 2 out) all hit home runs in the game, while Derek Jeter had a triple and Hideki Matsui a double.

After Chamberlain’s departure, Mariano Rivera had a non-save opportunity in the 9th, where he gave up only one walk while striking out two.

Next up for the Yankees is a four-game series against the contending Chicago White Sox. Both of those teams will be looking for wins in order to bolster their playoff hopes. If you are a fan, you should grab some Yankees tickets and cheer on your team.

Jul 30

Mark Teixeira thought nothing of the hit-by pitch by the Rays’ Matt Garza in the fifth inning of last nights game. But Garza admitted to reporters in the post-game interviews that the plunking was intentional. That changed Tex’s perspective.

“That’s a suspension waiting to happen, when you admit something like that,” Teixeira said. “It’s part of the game. Whether it’s right or not, I don’t know. But it happens. It’s happened to me once or twice a year my entire career.”

Garza admitted to throwing at Teixeira in retaliation for Joba Chamberlain’s earlier pitch that sailed over Evan Longoria’s head. “I hate to be that guy, but someone had to take a stand and say, ‘You know, we’re tired of it,'” Garza told reporters. “‘You can go after our best guy. We’ll make some noise, too.’ And that’s what happened.”

Tex is no stranger to being the target of aggression. As one of the highest paid players on the team, he’s bound to be singled out from time to time. Teixeira has been hit eight times in 97 games this season, after being hit seven times in 157 games last year with the Braves and Angels.

Grab some Yankees tickets and hey, you might even see Mark Teixeira take one of the team…

Jul 28

When it comes to Major League baseball post season, no team is as ubiquitous as the New York Yankees. Having won more than 25 World Series titles and being THE team of the nations largest city puts continuous pressure on the Yankees to perform well and not only make the playoffs, but win – every year.

The past few seasons, expectations have been especially high since the Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2001. In addition, their farm system has produced numerous talents, while they have managed to pick up several established players while still not making the playoffs at all in 2008.

The pressure will continue to mount until they make another run. Could this be the year? Time shall tell. Grab some Yankees tickets and find out.

Jul 28

New York is the largest city in the U.S. and as such it is natural that its residence would be proud and that their pride would infest everything from art an culture to sports. New York is the only city that hosts two major sports teams in each of the major sports (I’m including the Nets in the NBA).

Any time a city hosts more thatn one team in the same sport, one of the two teams is bound to be consider predominant Some examples are the Cubs in Chicago, the Lakers in L.A., and the Mets in New York.

There are numerous reasons for this, but generally speaking, I think its safe to say that its all about tradition. The Mets have had some great teams, and their 1986 World Series victory was one of the most thrilling of all time. But as long as the Yankees are in town, the Mets will always be New York’s #2 team.

But that’s okay. The people of Queens are proud of their team and baseball at Citi Field are as exciting as anywhere in baseball. Grab some Mets tickets and enjoy the magic.

Jul 28

The New York Yankees have started the second half strong as they have taken a 2.5 game lead in the American League’s volatile Eastern division. Despite a so-so first half that saw the Red Sox sweep the Yankees in 3 series, the Yanks have been solid in the second half so far as Boston has struggled.

With seven games against the Sox in August, the Yanks will need to break their losing streak in order to stay atop the division.

Both the Yankees and the Red Sox are among America’s favorite teams and the AL East has become the premier division in the Major Leagues in the time that both of those teams have prospered.

You gotta love mid-summer baseball. Grab some Yankees ticketsnow and enjoy the show!

Jul 28

The Mets are a proud franchise that have been so close to greatness in the past few years. But they haven’t been able to close the deal on the playoffs in the past few seasons. This year, in particular, there are questions about how the Mets will handle the trade deadline.

Generally the trade deadline may mean one of two things for your team. If a team is performing well and has a chance to make the playoffs, then they team may be looking to acquire a player or two (usually on a short term basis) who can help them win it all.

If a team is struggling and has little or no real chance to make the playoffs, that team may look to unload huge payroll players which can help them beef up for next season.

In the Mets’ case, it may be somewhere in between this year. At this point, they are 10.5 games out of first place and may be looking to dump someone, however they are a talented team and they may think they can make a run if they make a move or two. Mets ticket sales could also be a factor. Stay tuned.

Jul 27

The top five events on selectaticket.com last week were:

  1. 2010 NBA All Star Game Tickets
  2. AC/DC at Giants Stadium Tickets
  3. Bruce Springsteen Giants Stadium Tickets
  4. Hair Broadway tickets
  5. Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular Tickets

People are already planning ahead for the holidays so better buy Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular tickets soon! Come back next week to see what makes the list. I think AC/DC will be on the list again as they are playing Giants Stadium on July 31st, that show is going to be hot this week!

Jul 24

A few tickets are still remaining for the Gold Cup Final this Sunday at Giants Stadium between the United States and Mexico.

SelectATicket.com has some good 300 level tickets available, marked by the blue star in a circle image, for Sunday’s championship match… find CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Tickets today – and you better hurry up, they’re moving fast today!

Jul 24

For the 2nd night of the 25th Anniversary Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Concerts at MSG, the unbelievable All-Star lineup looks like this:

Eric Clapton
Metallica
Aretha Franklin
U2

For me, this is the night to attend. I love Bruce but the chance to see Clapton & U2 at the same show is something I would NOT want to miss.

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