As the 2011 World Series returns to St. Louis for a guaranteed Game 6 and a potential Game 7, Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood will once again become the center of baseball life in downtown St. Louis. Located one block north of Busch Stadium, this St. Louis dining institution, owned by former Cardinal player and longtime radio broadcaster Mike Shannon, has been hopping with baseball and media bigwigs during the entirety of the postseason.
Some of the big names spotted over the last few days have included FOX’s Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, ESPN’s Orel Hershiser, Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone, as well as Sirius XM host Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
560 miles separates the cities of St. Louis, Missouri and Arlington, Texas. Sunday, the four combined NFL and MLB teams that call these cities home will be separated by a grand total of 0.65 miles.
In an extremely unique scheduling quick, the St. Louis Rams will take on the Dallas Cowboys at 3:00 pm Central, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers battling in Game 4 of the World Series at 7:05 pm Central, later that evening.
A large gathering of NBA players were in attendance at Friday’s NBPA meeting at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. By far, the biggest star present was Boston Celtics forward and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. This particular meeting was convenient for KG because he makes his offseason home in the nearby seaside enclave of Malibu.
At the three-hour meeting's conclusion, the majority of players walked across the hotel lobby to the awaiting press conference. Garnett was actually one of the few to head straight for his vehicle, as opposed to joining the media event.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay suffered a significant shoulder injury in the middle of last season, causing him to miss the final 28 games of the regular season, as well as the entirety of Memphis’ unexpected postseason run. With no end in sight to the lockout, Grizzlies’ team officials and Memphis’ fans have not had much of an opportunity to gage the progress of their budding star.
Sunday, Gay took to the court in Long Beach, California on behalf of Washington D.C.’s Goodman League, in a Summer League All-Star rematch against LA’s Drew League. Gay looked healthy and spry, showing what appeared to be no remaining ill effects from last season’s injury.
La Mirada, California native Derrick Williams was the second overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former Arizona Wildcat All-American and 2010-11 Pac-10 Player of the Year has yet to don a T-Wolves’ jersey due to the ongoing and seemingly unending NBA lockout. With this being the case, the only opportunity for fans to catch a glimpse of rookie stars like Williams is at either a Summer League game or charity focused event.
Sunday, the Southern California native represented the Los Angeles based Drew League in their rematch with the Washington D.C. based Goodman League. Ironically, Williams’ current and potentially soon-to-be former Wolves teammate, Michael Beasley, was on hand playing for the team from our nation’s capital. The game took place in Long Beach, California.
With the lack of movement in the NBA’s ongoing lockout drama, the best and in some cases only chance to see the world’s finest basketball players hone their craft is at the array of summer league and charity games that have taken place throughout the country. Last weekend served as perhaps the busiest stretch of these high profile hoops related events.
Saturday, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade hosted the South Florida All-Star Classic at Florida International University. Sunday night, Washington D.C.’s Goodman League took on Los Angeles’ Drew League in a game dubbed “The Big Payback.” The contest served as a rematch following the Goodman League’s 135-134 victory in August. The exhibition was held on the campus of California State University, Long Beach.
Oklahoma City Thunder sharpshooter James Harden took the court on behalf of Los Angeles’ famed Drew League on Sunday night. The LA native attended high school at Artesia High School, located only eight miles from Cal State Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid. The third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft (out of Arizona State) averaged 12.2 PPG and 3.1 RPG during OKC’s breakout season of 2010-2011, which ended with a Western Conference Finals loss to the eventual world champion Dallas Mavericks. Take a look at ifollosports.com original video of Harden’s night back in his hometown. The man known for his impressive beard scored 48 points in his team’s seven point victory.
Harden playing outstanding defense in denying Thunder teammate Kevin Durant’s outside jump shot.
Like Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards star John Wall traveled from the South Florida All-Star Classic to the Goodman-Drew rematch in Southern California. Despite being a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Wall is allowed to play for the D.C. based Goodman team because he is a member of our nation’s capitol’s NBA team. The first overall choice in the 2010 NBA Draft had an excellent rookie season lacing up his shoes down the street from the White House, averaging 16.4 PPG and 8.3 APG. Sunday night, Wall led all scorers with 55 points, in his club’s 151-144 defeat. Take a look at ifollosports.com original video from Wall’s big night.
Wall signing autographs for fans, as he arrives at the Walter Pyramid prior to the game.
C.J. Nitkowski pitched for 10 Big League teams (including two stints with the Tigers) during a rather pedestrian 10-year career. The Suffern, New York native compiled a record of 18-32, with a career ERA of 5.37. In the years since his American baseball career came to an end, the lefty spent some time hurling fastballs in the professional leagues of Japan and Korea.