Red Sox ace Josh Beckett held his annual Beckett Bowl charity bowling tournament on Monday. Since 2007, the Beckett Bowl has raised more than $1 million for Children's Hospital Boston and the Josh Beckett Foundation (Beckett Bowl). Beckett, New England-area celebs and some special guests from the Children's Hospital had a ball at the bowling alley. (Boston Globe)
08/31/2011 5:33 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: Aug. 31
Beckett raises money at annual bowling event
Giants rookie Brandon Belt, known around the Bay Area as "Baby Giraffe" (San Francisco Chronicle), now has the unique honor of having a newborn giraffe at California's Six Flags Discovery Kingdom officially named after him. (CBS 13 Sacramento)
Mets pitcher Miguel Batista might be known best around Citi Field for his work on the baseball diamond, but his night job isn't bad either. Batista, an accomplished writer, has already published a poetry collection and a crime novel and is in the process of writing his third book tentatively titled, "DNA 18."
"It's about DNA, a project between the government and United Nations that doesn't go as planned, and the people who have to be brought in from the outside to clean it up," explained Batista, who consulted genetics experts, police officers, detectives and FBI specialists in forensics and criminal psychology during his research for the book.
"Baseball became the most important thing when I saw it could become a career, but I have always liked writing," said the veteran pitcher. "I do it when I can, in the offseason, at hotels or at home before and after games. The research I've done to write my books has taught me so much and has allowed me to expand my mind. It's a big part of being alive." (New York Daily News)
Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard stole the show (YouTube) at Phillies teammate Shane Victorino's annual Shane Victorino Foundation All-Star Celebrity Fashion Show benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Magazine)
For D-backs pitcher Brad Ziegler, the best part of being on the road is getting to sightsee and appreciate the history of different cities.
"I have a foundation for the troops and their families, and when you go there you get a real sense of sacrifice," said Ziegler of his trip to Arlington National Cemetery during a series against the Nationals. "There are so many tombstones, and everyone is really quiet when they're there, a very quiet and respectful atmosphere. You walk away from it just kind of with chills, and it makes you want to do more because you know there is so much going on that you don't even know about." (The Arizona Republic)
Padres relievers Heath Bell, Anthony Bass, Josh Spence and Erik Hamren brought their bullpen skills to the streets of New York to "put out some fires" (MLB FanCave). On a more serious note, the players also took some time to visit the 29th St. FDNY firehouse in tribute to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and the sacrifice of the fire company's Ladder 7 crew.
"The New York firefighters are unbelievable guys out there," remarked Bell. "Putting on all this stuff, you don't really appreciate what they do until you actually put all this gear on, and they run around going up stairs and all that stuff. Much love to the firefighters out there." (MLB.com)
Which Star Wars look is better for R.A. Dickey? Darth Dickious or Obi-Wan Dickey? (Twitter)
Tweet of the Day: "Just left the Texas Childrens Hospital. Those kids are an inspiration to all. Made my day and dang those kids are tough." -- Astros right-hander Bud Norris (@BudNorris20)
Quote of the Day: "I feel like I'm on Mount Everest with no clothes on. That's a terrible idea. At the same time, I'm like, 'I'm going to throw harder. I can throw 160 pitches. Are we done yet?' It's cool." -- C.J. Wilson who has started practicing whole body cryotherapy, a therapeutic process where he steps into a cooling chamber and spends about two minutes in circulating air that drops to a temperature of -290ºF. Yes, 290 degrees below zero! (ESPN Dallas)