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Baltimore City Protestors Want Answers on the Death of 25 Year Old Freddie Gray

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Thousands took to the streets of Baltimore City on Saturday, April 25th to protest the death of 25 year old Baltimorean, Freddie Gray. The protest began peacefully as protestors marched from the West District to Baltimore City Hall in downtown Baltimore. Protests became violent when protestors moved through the city to Oriole Park at Camden Yards where they blocked main roads and tried to stop others from entering the ballgame.

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Protestors demanded answers from the Baltimore City Police Department.

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A young boy joins the protestors holding a sign with a powerful message, “Stop Killing Black People”.

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Protestors hold up signs outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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A man holds a black American flag during the protest in downtown Baltimore, MD on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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Police call in back-up to help with security for the protestors.

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A protestor yells at cops demanding answers for their actions.

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Above, Baltimore Police prepare to move their line forward after dozens of people broke into and trashed police cars that were parked along the street.

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An innocent man lies on the ground pretending to be tied up as a display for the police during Saturday’s protest.

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“Hands up don’t shoot,” protestors yell and display their message in front of the Baltimore Police.

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People gather on the bridge the connects the Baltimore Convention Center to the Hilton Hotel to see the Freddie Gray Protestors.

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A line of police stand in riot gear during the Freddie Gray Protests.

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Violent protestors continued to disrupt the city by breaking windows of nearby businesses and looting. Here is the 7eleven on the corner of Howard Street and Baltimore Street. Looters came in, stole items and the cash registers from the popular downtown convenient store.

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Instagram (Athletchic) or on Twitter at @Athletchic.

Red Sox, Rings, and Selfies: Another Page in American History

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Friday afternoon was a joyous day for Bostonians. It was the third time in ten years that Red Sox fans could celebrate in the stands while players took the field to receive their World Series rings. It was an epic celebration with politicians, helicopters and, of course, the magnificently large World Series 2013 Champions banner that nearly blanketed the entire Green Monster.

Fans live for celebrations like this, but if you’re a true Red Sox fan, then you know it hasn’t always been easy. For 86 years, Red Sox fans only dreamed of a Friday celebration like this as they were doomed by the Curse of the Bambino. It wasn’t until 2004 that they could finally hold their heads up high and wear their red and whites with pride.

2013 was no 2004. It was better.

While 2004 was the year the curse was broken, 2013 was the year the broken were mended. Boston baseball was no longer about nine players and a Green Monster. It was about drive, raw pain, determination, hard work and camaraderie. It was the year that the players went out game after game and pushed themselves because down the street the victims of the Boston Marathon were working harder.

True to form, World Series MVP, David Ortiz (Big Papi) shared his celebration with fans. When police officer Richard Donohue, who had been injured in a shootout with the marathon bombers, came up to him for a selfie, David Ortiz obliged. Just three days before on the south lawn of the White House, Big Papi had asked President Obama for the honor of posing for a selfie with him. So once again with sunglasses on, Big Papi leaned in for a picture, and Donohue clicked the icon. (Only this time, it wasn’t about Samsung, marketing, lawyers or national pride—it was just a selfie between two champions.) Big Papi paid-it-forward and the result: two frames of American History captured in one week’s time.

The History Books will certainly claim the Marathon as part of the Red Sox’ 2013 inspiration, but no page will ever come close to capturing the heart-felt camaraderie of the players and those victims on that Friday afternoon in Boston when champions and victims stood shoulder to shoulder at Fenway Park. They all wore red and white jerseys and, from the distance, you could barely tell them apart.

Resources: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/35623/photos-scenes-from-fenway-ceremony

_________________________________________________________________________ Cyndie Zahner is a free lance writer. Follow her on Twitter at @tweetyz or on Instagram as athletchicz.

Papi’s Presidential Selfie

Yesterday was the first off-day for the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club. The World Series Champions took to the White House to meet President Obama and tour his home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, DC.

‘Excited’ is an understated emotion you could use to mildly describe the players feelings about being at the White House. The home of the President and his family had the players completely ecstatic. Prior to the event, left fielder, Jonny Gomes bought the team matching American Flag blazers which the Red Sox leaked on their Twitter page.

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Gomes was the only player to wear the blazer to meet the President.

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Gomes wasn’t the only excited Bostonian baseballer to get overly enthusiastic about the event. Big Papi, David Ortiz, was so thrilled he decided to take a ‘selfie’ with President Obama which quickly turned into one of the most popular selfies of all time.

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The Presidential selfie was so popular that Big Papi was even trending on Twitter.

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This selfie may just be the most popular selfie of all time. But for now, the Sox are back in Baltimore ready for game 2 with the Orioles tonight.

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Jessie Zahner is the owner of Athletchic.com. You can follow her on Instagram (Athletchic) or on Twitter at @Athletchic.

Opening Day: What to do if your Hubby Has a Bromance—The $838 Payback

 Opening Day: What to do if your Hubby Has a Bromance

The $838 Payback

 

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My husband is a sports nerd.

Really, I can’t take much more. Yesterday was Opening Day for the Orioles and they were playing my husband, Jeff’s, favorite team—the Red Sox.

So naturally Jeff was in Baltimore stalking players. He was with my first-born child, Jessie, of whom he’s brainwashed into being a Red Sox fan and this is bad because Jessie is twitter-savvy. The Red Sox made the mistake of posting a picture; Jessie recognized the Baltimore hotel in the picture; and immediately my email began sputtering out picture after picture of Red Sox sightings.

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(Image from Red Sox Twitter Account.)

Jeff and I have been married for 32 years so you’d think I’d be use to the Opening Day scramble by now, but I’m not. He took a day off work to drive to Baltimore. You have to understand my irritation. This is a man who wouldn’t take a day off work for our honeymoon, to move his children to college or to drop me off at the hospital to have surgery. He’s a typical fan with a whole set of sports-induced priorities.

Despite the hard feelings, I’m still smiling. He’s with my daughter and what a great relationship they have—scurrying around Baltimore in their running attire, laughing and talking about the big game. I, too, was lucky enough to have had a great relationship with my dad as did Jeff with his dad. So I’m happy that family trait lives on.

My son, Zak, gave an eye-opening speech at his Grandpa Zahner’s wake three years ago. It truly was an aha moment for me. He said through the Red Sox his grandfather had created a way to keep his family together. It was an unbreakable bond. I never realized it until then, but he was right. No matter where life takes them, all three of my children call their Dad after a game. It is a wonderful connection.

As for me? Don’t worry, girls. I’m fine. I am happily covering the home front, but it’s costly. Take a good look at that picture of my husband with Red Sox catcher David Ross. (Is that a dunce cap Jeff has on?) That picture cost him a little more than a trip to Baltimore.

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Jeff, honey, while you were away…

Allburn Florists — $68 (Jeff’s attempt at damage control.)
The Limited — $250 (Ok this was last week when I found out you were going.)
Ann Taylor — $156 (You have to love 50% off.)
Nike — $132 (Stole some running shoes for $45!)
Church of the Cross — $20 (Feeling a little guilty I didn’t spend more here.)
Full tank of gas — $40 (The mall is an hour away.)
Lunch — $12 (Oh that’s for energy.)
Ben & Jerry’s — $13 (This one’s for you honey.)
Dinner — $47 (Famished.)
Broadway Show — $100 (Well deserved night out.)
Total — $838

Thanks Honey! 

_________________________________________________________________________ Cyndie Zahner is a free lance writer. Follow her on Twitter at @tweetyz or on Instagram as athletchicz.