5 Things: Boston And New York Both Celebrate Impressive MLB AccomplishmentsBoston and New York have a rivalry in the sports world no other two cities can match (sorry, L.A. and S.F.!), and last week in Major League Baseball, both cities got to celebrate some sports history. In Boston, one-time American League Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia strung together 11 hits in a row to almost match the all-time record, while in the Bronx, rookie catcher Gary Sanchez set a record by becoming the fastest player to hit his first 11 home runs in history. Oh, what a week in MLB!
5 Things: Strange Highs And Curious Lows For Brandon Crawford And The San Francisco GiantsThere's never a dull moment in Major League Baseball, of course, but some weeks are more volatile than others. Nothing illustrates this better than the seven-day stretch the San Francisco Giants just went through. Last Monday, shortstop Brandon Crawford set a record with seven hits in one game, but by Sunday, the team's bullpen had wasted all the momentum generated earlier in the week. In other big news, Texas first baseman Prince Fielder announced his playing days were over due to injury concerns, and Alex Rodriguez played his final MLB game.
5 Things: A-Rod And Teixeira Saying Goodbye, While Ichiro Makes More HistoryThe Chicago Cubs had another perfect week thanks to another ninth-inning comeback, but the big headlines in Major League Baseball last week came from the Bronx and the Rocky Mountains. Both Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira said their goodbyes to the New York Yankees, albeit in different ways. Meanwhile, Ichiro Suzuki capped a Hall of Fame career with his 3,000th hit in Denver, an amazing accomplishment considering he didn't join MLB until he was 26 years old.
5 Things: Springer Into Summer, Cleveland Wins And Tampa Bay LossesEvery week of MLB action has special moments, and some are historic. Teams win, and teams lose—and baseball fans all over the country watch with fascination and horror at what unfolds on the big diamond. Last week, for example, Cleveland couldn't lose, and Tampa Bay couldn't win. A player named Springer had a huge inning to get summer rolling, and the New York Yankees kind of remembered they're the New York Yankees.