Starting Nine: Baseball returns to Fenway
Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:
1. Back in the Bean
The Red Sox welcomed the Royals to town on Saturday, the first game at Fenway since last week's Boston Marathon tragedy. Victims were honored during pregame ceremonies, David Ortiz delivered a rousing speech and Neil Diamond stopped by to sing "Sweet Caroline." Oh, and the Sox won thanks to a dramatic Daniel Nava home run.
2. A Buck goes a long way
Mets catcher John Buck continues to dominate this April. He crushed his seventh home run of the young sesaon on Sunday and increased his league-leading RBI total to 22. Matt Harvey also outdueled Stephen Strasburg on Friday as New York took two of three from the Nats.
3. Somethin' be Brewin' in Milwaukee
After a 2-8 start, the Brew Crew have won seven straight following Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Cubs. The streak is due in large part to Ryan Braun home runs, but will probably end soon if Jean Segura keeps running the bases like this.
4. Walk it off
Mark Trumbo hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning on Sunday, helping the Angels complete a three-game sweep over the Tigers in Anaheim. After losing 10 of their first 14 games, the Halos (and that dangerous lineup) are finally finding their swing.
5. That's a horse of a different color
For some reason or another, horse heads are becoming a popular ballpark trend. A Giants fan sported one last year, an Orioles supporter
terrified inspired others with his on Saturday and similar masks have been spotted at Pirates games. Don't tell Jack Woltz.
6. Popcorn showers are the best
Rick Ankiel almost robbed a Drew Stubbs' homer on Sunday, but instead, found himself covered in a buttery stadium snack.
7. 100-year-old baseball footage
University of Georgia researchers have uncovered the earliest moving images of baseball being played in their state. The 26-second video features two African-American plantation teams playing against one another and may be the first such clip of its kind.
8. Tour every MLB stadium in less than five seconds
Google Street View Hyperlapse now gives users the opportunity to see all 30 ballparks in real-time.
9. This 14-year-old is the best basketball player you know
Seventh Woods is only a freshman in high school but his new mixtape screams NBA ... NOW.
-- Cut4 Staff