Derek Jeter and his Turn 2 Foundation welcomed 250 teens to the 2011 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference, where Jeter joined fellow pro stars like Tino Martinez and Greg Jennings to talk about life, leadership, success and creating social change (Turn2Foundation.org). "It's important to give back. We're in this position to try to impact people's lives in a positive way, and that's what I've tried to do," said the Yankees captain, who gave advice on peer pressure and staying humble. "You hope that people and kids come here, they listen and they take a little from one of us. I was here when the conference first started, and I told them it's a great opportunity and to take advantage of it and learn from it, because if I was attending high school, this would have helped me with making some tough decisions." (Tampa Tribune)
Mets pitcher Dillon Gee brushed up on his A-B-C-D-E-F-Gees (MLB FanCave)
Call him crazy, but just don't call him boring. In the words of Brian Wilson, "I'm a pro baseball player in my 20s. I'm not going to walk around like a robot and have zero fun. New situations scare people. Change puts people out of their comfort zone, but when the comfort zone is change, it's normalcy that's scary." Here's look back at how the always entertaining Giants closer went from a fresh-faced rookie to "too much awesome." (SI.com: 1 | 2)
Congratulations to Mets catcher Josh Thole and wife Kathryn, who became first-time parents with the birth of son Camden Duncan on Tuesday. "It's unexplainable. You don't understand it until it happens. People say you can't explain it, and they're right," said Thole of becoming a father. "Watching my wife, what she went through doing an unmedicated birth, I think catching a knuckleball puts things into perspective a little bit. It's a whole new appreciation for life." (New York Post)
David Ross got all the dirt on Braves teammate Brian McCann, who would pick country musician Jason Aldean over fellow country singer Rodney Atkins, an ice cream sandwich and hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, but says that Justin Bieber still trumps Jason Aldean. (YouTube)
Adam Jones grew up going to the San Diego Boys & Girls Club. Now a Major League outfielder with the Orioles, Jones stopped by the Boys & Girls Club in Annapolis, Md., to inspire the next generation of kids to work hard and do positive things with their lives (The Capital). "It's something that's fun for me to do," said Jones. "Every time I get an opportunity to come out, even on my day off, it's worth the time."
Tweet of the Day: "BPeezy and @Redsfan1971 at @TheOfficialQSL w/ our waivers about to try to the atomic wings challenge! Pray for us http://lockerz.com/s/122389480" -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP)
Quote of the Day: "Take it easy on me." -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter to Rays catcher Robinson Chirinos as he stepped into the batter's box during Chirinos' Major League debut. The newest member of baseball's 3,000-hit club wished the rookie backstop all the best and even joked around while congratulating him on his first big league hit (MLB.com). Said Chirinos, "I was so happy. [There] couldn't be a better player to say those words than Derek Jeter. He was real nice." (St. Petersburg Times)
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