David Ortiz posts first photo of himself since shooting as he drops daughter off at college

Former MLB slugger David Ortiz posted the first photo of himself to Instagram since he was shot in the Dominican Republic in June. 

The Boston Red Sox legend shared two photos alongside his daughter, Alexandria, on Sunday as he and his wife dropped her off at college.

In a heartfelt caption, Ortiz wished his daughter “good luck with everything” and left her with some parting words of wisdom.

According to Alexandria’s Instagram, she is attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

The photos are the first time the public has seen Ortiz since he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on June 9. The Red Sox arranged for Ortiz to be brought to Boston for follow-up treatment. He was released from the hospital on July 27 and posted his first comments since the incident on Instagram two days later. 

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Anthony Rizzo lets the kids play: Cubs superstar surprises Little Leaguers in Chicago

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is taking the MLB’s “let the kids play” mantra literally.

The 2016 World Series Champion and retired Little Leaguer surprised a group of young Chicago-area baseball players on Tuesday by inviting them to run drills and imparting some invaluable wisdom.

Rizzo told AOL.com that his main advice for current Little Leaguers is simple, and it’s the same advice that he received when he was in their shoes: Just have fun.

“My mom and dad always made it very easy for my brother and I to have fun in all sports, and baseball was no different,” he said. “We always had a good time, we were always laughing, we were always the team that had the most fun. That’s what being a kid is all about.”

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White House misspells ‘Red Sox’ ahead of team’s championship visit

The White House made a mistake ahead of the Boston Red Sox’ visit on Thursday that the internet won’t soon let it forget. 

On both the White House’s official website and its YouTube channel, a headline was displayed welcoming the “Red Socks” for their 2018 World Series celebration. 

It’s not an error that spellcheck would catch, but it’s an error nonetheless. The small snafu was reportedly fixed shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern Time, but it was up long enough for screenshots to be grabbed — and we all know screenshots last forever. 

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Red Sox pitcher David Price clarifies sharing of ‘insensitive’ tweet about White House visit

The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate their 2018 World Series victory on Thursday, but as has become the norm as of late, many star players have revealed they won’t be going.

Starting pitcher David Price is among those who will not be in attendance, alongside Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., reigning American League Most Valuable Player Mookie Betts and manager Alex Cora, including others. 

Price stated that his reasoning for not visiting the White House was simply because “it’s baseball season,” but on Monday, he took to Twitter to seemingly make another comment on the matter.

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Nine pitchers, 3 Red Sox in ESPN’s top 25 MLB players of 2019

The 2019 MLB season technically kicked off in Japan on Wednesday, but all 30 teams will be returning to action in just over a week on March 28. 

Over the offseason, ESPN released its ranking of the top 100 MLB players of 2019. A panel of writers, experts and analysts voted from a list of 300 players to select the best of the best in the league entering the new season. 

Some major names, like the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, saw their stock drop from 2018. In fact, five players from last year’s top 50 weren’t even ranked this time around. Others, like pitchers Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole, moved way up on the list after impressive campaigns last season. 

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were well-represented in the top quarter of the list. American League MVP and Boston outfielder Mookie Betts made a significant jump up in the rankings, but was it enough to topple last year’s No. 1 (and soon-to-be highest-paid player) Mike Trout?

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Ranking reveals best American athlete of 2018

Take a bow, Mookie Betts – and then another, and another. 

As if his World Series ring and American League Most Valuable Player trophy weren’t enough, a ranking by FiveThirtyEight has named the Boston Red Sox right fielder the best athlete of 2018 across the NBA, MLB and NFL. 

Betts’ success is largely summed up by the 10.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR)that he posted, just outdueling Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The young superstar became only the fifth player since 2000 to crack 10 WAR in one season.

Also among the top players of the year were National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Houston Rockets guard James Harden – twice.

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Ranking reveals best (and worst) sports teams of 2018

The Golden State Warriors may have secured dynasty status with their third NBA title in four years, but that didn’t make them the best team of 2018. 

Other championship teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, were in the conversation but fell short of that honor, as well. 

Based on a ranking by FiveThirtyEight, the best team across (almost) all sports in 2018 was none other than the 108-win, World Series champion Boston Red Sox. 

Somewhat surprisingly, 2018’s No. 2 team also hailed from the MLB – the Houston Astros, who fell to the Red Sox in this year’s ALCS, came in just behind the champs.

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Way-too-early 2019 World Series odds: Buckle up for another AL-dominated year

In 2018, the Houston Astros fell short of repeating as World Series champions. According to Las Vegas, the Boston Red Sox won’t have that problem. 

Of course, anything can happen between now and the 2019 Fall Classic. We’re still in the midst of what figures to be a busy offseason, with free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still on the market. The Red Sox spent big bucks to secure pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for the next four years, but likely won’t be keeping star closer Craig Kimbrel around. 

With so much movement still anticipated around the league, it’s silly to try to predict the future — but we miss baseball, so why not? Check out every team’s odds of winning the 2019 World series below, courtesy of Vegas Insider

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Athletes who also served time in the United States Armed Forces

Every athlete puts his or her body on the line each time they step on the field — but some superstars have put their lives on the line, too.

During several wars throughout the history of the United States, notable athletes put their sporting careers on hold to serve their country. Some, including Jackie Robinson, put in their service before making the big leagues. Others, like Ted Williams, took time away in the middle of their playing days.

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Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

Local authorities confirmed that former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay has died after a plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday. He was 40 years old.

During a press conference, police confirmed that one body had been recoveredafter a small, single-engine plane crashed off the coast of Florida. The plane was registered in Halladay’s name.

Halladay leaves behind his wife, Brandy, and their two children.

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