Saying goodbye is never easy, but somehow it gets even more emotional when you've got an entire team, stadium of fans, and world watching. On Thursday, Yankees player Mariano Rivera said farewell to his team and the game, after he was pulled from the game in the ninth by teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Watching him say goodbye is equal parts sad and moving. Check it out above.
July is a busy month not just for concerts, but sporting and theater events as well. Aside from summer fests, several artists launch their tours, including Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. For sports, MLB and WWE events are prolific. Meanwhile, for theater lovers, two shows will open on Broadway, including Let It Be, a Beatles musical. Here's what to look out for in July!
Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z: The highly-anticipated "Legends of the Summer" tour starts July 17 in Canada, then heads to the Bronx, Chicago, and San Francisco.
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Fun.: Following their second album, Some Nights, Fun. heads on tour with Tegan & Sara starting July 6. They'll stop at the Bunbury Musical Festival July 12.
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Jonas Brothers: JoBros return with a brand new tour beginning July 10 in Chicago, IL. The trio will make stops in Boston, MA, Atlantic City, NJ, and Charlotte, NC, before it wraps in mid-August.
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Now that we are nearly half-way through the 2013 Major League Baseball season, I thought it would be a great time to take a look back on the first half of the season and check out some of the ticketing trends that have developed so far on TicketNetwork.com.
At the top of the list of top-selling teams are the Texas Rangers, who currently have the second-best record in the American League. Rangers tickets for games in Arlington, TX, have accounted for more than 10% of all tickets sold for MLB regular season games. By comparison, there have been more tickets sold for the Rangers games than for the bottom nine selling teams, combined. That includes teams like the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and both Chicago teams, the Cubs and White Sox.
Right behind the Rangers is their 2010 World Series opponent, the San Francisco Giants, who account for more than 9% of MLB tickets sold. The defending World Series champs have struggled this season, hovering around .500 for much of the year, which has not dampened their fans enthusiasm.
Last night, it was announced that as many as 20 Major League Baseball players may be suspended from the league for their connection to a clinic in Miami that's involved in a performance-enhancement drug scandal. Among the players up for suspension are New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun. Others include Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher and first baseman Jesus Montero, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and Padres outfielder Everth Cabrera.
Some players may even be suspended for as many as 100 games. These developments came as part of MLB's investigation into Biogenesis Lab founder Anthony Bosch, who (allegedly) provided the performance enhancing drugs to the players. Because Bosch will cooperate completely with the investigation, the lawsuit MLB had filed against him will likely be dropped. If things continue along this path, this performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
What do you guys think? Personally, I think one commenter on ESPN said it best: "Stop this nonsense, I have a fantasy league to win."
It's been a while since we've had a three-item edition of WPATATW. In fact, the last time was September 7. Since then we've celebrated our 5th Anniversary, missed a week, discussed football referees twice, and featured lemon-eating babies. But we're back to three items this week. Let's get to it.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes record-breaking jump
On Sunday, skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner rode in a pressurized capsule to more than 128,000 feet (24 miles) above sea level and then jumped. The Austrian daredevil broke the record set in 1960 by retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who jumped from almost 103,000 feet (19 miles). Baumgartner also broke the record for highest balloon flight (the same height), and became the first human to break the sound barrier outside a vehicle, by free-falling at 834 mph.
Keith Richards hints at a full Rolling Stones tour in 2013
In the week's most anticipated concert news, The Rolling Stones announced that they are performing four concerts before the end of the year. However, there may be more to come, according to Keith Richards. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Richards noted, "Nobody's actually given a heads up on that, but I don't think that this band is gonna wind up all of this for four shows." They have a highly promoted compilation album coming out next month, so I'd guess that there's a greater than 50% chance this tour happens.
Tigers win the ALCS
The Detroit Tigers made a clean sweep of the ALCS last night, winning four games against the NY Yankees. The Tigers now move to the World Series, where they will face the winner of the NLCS. Right now the St. Louis Cardinals are leading 3-1 over the San Francisco Giants.
Have a great weekend, everyone!