Hunter & Carew represent the Angels, Twins & baseball extremely well

This week's All-Star Game festivities in Anaheim featured a decidedly Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins flavor. The reason for this was the very prominent roles of Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter and Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Torii Hunter

Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark?

Can someone give Charlie Manuel a ride to the ballpark? Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has had an incredibly impressive three-year run. Manuel led the Phils to their first World Series title since 1980, while capturing two consecutive National League Championships along the way.

Charlie Manuel

Tim Lincecum is even smaller in person

While spending time outside of the All-Star Game headquarters in Anaheim, I was witness to Tim Lincecum exiting a vehicle and being led into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.  He is listed at 5’11”, 170 lbs, but he looks a whole lot smaller than that.  Comparisons to Mitch Kramer in “Dazed and Confused” are pretty accurate.  He much more resembles a skater in Santa Cruz or Hermosa Beach, than that of an incredible Major League pitcher.  It’s funny to look at Lincecum compared to his fellow All-Stars.  Most of his counterparts are big and very athletic looking, while Lincecum looks like a guy you’

The Wizard is really good to fans

While spending time at All-Star Game headquarters, I had the pleasure of seeing the great Ozzie Smith interact with his many fans.  During his playing days, Ozzie always appeared to conduct his business with both class and dignity.  His actions in Anaheim were right in line with this approach.  He was shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs for everyone along his path. Whether it was the hardcore baseball fan, a chauffeur waiting for a pick up or simply someone who just wanted to say hello, Ozzie made time for everyone.  He is truly a class act in every sense of the word.

Jeter & AROD operating at a different level than Swisher & fellow All-Stars

The New York Yankees are sitting comfortably atop the baseball world with a record of 56-32.  The defending World Series Champions have been operating on all cylinders during the first half of the 2010 season.  

Because of their stellar play, the Yanks are very well represented at Tuesday's All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.  

Derek Jeter

Denard Span answering the tough questions amid a crazy few months of activity

Minnesota Twins centerfielder Denard Span has experienced a very eventful last few months. 

Span's first bit of significant news took place in November, when the Twins traded fellow outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop J.J. Hardy. This transaction cleared the way for Span to assume the role of the Twins' everyday centerfielder.  

Minnesota Twins

Celebs galore at the Yankees vs. Dodgers big city battle in LA

While Los Angeles Lakers games usually serve as the sports world's equivalent to the Academy Awards, last weekend this distinction moved north three miles up the 110 Freeway from Staples Center to Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers

One of the best days & the last day of Manny's Boston life

This weekend, Los Angeles Dodgers' left fielder Manny Ramirez makes his long anticipated return to Fenway Park, as the Dodgers battle the Boston Red Sox in an incredibly high profile interleague matchup. 

Manny Ramirez

Chris Carpenter Signs Unique Autograph

St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Chris Carpenter boasts a 73-25 record and a 2.92 ERA, during his seven seasons in Missouri. This season, the trend has continued, as Carpenter stands at 5-1, with a 3.09 ERA. 

Because of these remarkable numbers, many baseball fans forget that Carpenter was once a .500 pitcher, when he threw for the Toronto Blue Jays. Carpenter spent six seasons in Canada, compiling a record of 49-50, with a 4.83 ERA.

Chris Carpenter

Justin Verlander is one of baseball's true aces

While the current version of the Detroit Tigers are best known for their offensive productivity, the rock of this era of Motor City baseball is and has been the right arm of pitcher Justin Verlander.  

Justin Verlander

Jon Lester defines class on & off the diamond

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester has experienced more by age 26, than most people do within an entire lifetime.

The Tacoma, Washington native has beaten cancer, pitched a no-hitter and earned a win in a World Series clinching game.

Lester enters Thursday's game vs. the Minnesota Twins with a career record of 45-18.

Jon Lester

Dallas Braden & Barry Zito unite for military families

Oakland Athletics' pitcher Dallas Braden and San Francisco Giants' pitcher Barry Zito are left handed hurlers for Bay Area baseball teams.  Aside from that, the two have pretty much nothing in common.

Dallas Braden