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Top Weekend Events – July 1st – 4th

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipWell, it’s Wednesday again.  This is the big 4th of July weekend and people for sure want to get out and see some baseball!  They have a number of excellent games to go see.

While baseball games, particularly on the 4th, are reigning supreme on the list, some other “manly” events are of note.  Taking top placement of events going on this weekend is the mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Vegas.  Originally, the event was set to be a rematch between B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, but, given the nature of the sport, both competitors had to bow out due to injuries.    This started a whole ripple of injuries replacements from the event, including Evan Dunham, Jason Miller, and Cub Swanson.  The main event, Bantamweight Championship is between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.  UFC 132 will broadcast it’s two preliminary fights live on Spike TV and the remaining fights will be streamed on Facebook.  How’s that for using social media?

The Coke Zero 400 Race is a 160 lap, 400 mile NASCAR Sprint Series stock car race at the Daytona International Speedway.  This particular race has been around since 1959 and usually held around 4th of July, and has held other names such as the Firecracker 250, Firecracker 400, Pepsi Firecracker 400 and Pepsi 400.  This year’s event will again be televised on TNT.

As for your top weekend concerts, the men of country seem to hold their fan’s attention.  Toby Keith will be playing at the Henry Maier Festival Park at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI.  Mr. Keith with special guest Eric Church are the headliners for the day, but other notable (free with admission!) acts include; Girl Talk, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Anberlin, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus an Taj Mahal.  Kenny Chesney is the other man of the weekend with his show in Pittsburgh.  There’s something about country music, fireworks, a cold beer and celebrating the 4th, isn’t there?

So, all in all, people are looking for good old fashioned events that remind folks about our American pastimes; music, baseball and having a good time.

Top Events – 4th of July Weekend

1.)   UFC 132 Cruz vs. Faber, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, July 2nd

2.)   Mets at Dodgers, Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Monday, July 4th

3.)   Coke Zero 400, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL – Saturday, July 2nd

4.)   Toby Keith, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI – Friday, July 1st

5.)   Royals at White Sox, Cellular Field, Chicago, IL – Monday, July 4th

6.)   Kenny Chesney, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA – Saturday, July 2nd

7.)   Blue Jays at Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Monday, July 4th

8.)   Rockies at Braves, Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – Monday, July 4th

9.)   Phillies at Marlins, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL – Monday, July 4th

10.) Indians at Reds, Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, OH – Saturday, July 4th

Top Weekend Events – May 20 – 22nd

Welcome to your Wednesday.

This week’s top events list brings an odd mix of events.  It has everything from baseball to Nascar to Country Music to Wrestling to Heavy Metal.

The top even for the weekend is the Cubs vs. Red Sox game taking place at Fenway Park.  Each of these teams has die-hard, loyal fans.  The Red Sox hold a very interesting title within the MLB, one they’ve held for the past 8 years, every game since May 15, 2003, has sold out.  Recently, they have won the World Series Championship in 2003 and 2007.  Sadly, the Cubs have not been that lucky.  They haven’t won a World Championship in 102 years, the longest draught of any MLB team.  Perhaps this is the year and they can win it for the late Ron Santo who passed away late last year.

The NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals is full throttle drag racing.  This is the 60th anniversary season of the NHRA.  There are 22 Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock care events and 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle Events on schedule.  This is a very loud and very fun event.

For your music events, the one to take exceptional note of it the Jason Aldean show at Riverbend.  This particular show has garnered A LOT of attention on Free Ticket Classifieds.  Fans are all of sudden hankering for tickets.  Lawn Seats are of particular interest to the fans.  Sugarland has a very strong fan base, as evident by them showing up on the Top Weekend Events list for multiple weeks in a row.  This is U2’s first appearance on the list.  The shows on tour now are make-up shows from when Bono cancelled last year due to a serious back injury.  The U2 360 Tour is the highest grossing tour to date in history, beating out the $558 million earnings from the Rolling Stones tour the year previous.  Since these are make-up shows, tickets are really cheap.  I’m surprised to see System of a Down on the list because, while they have a strong fan base, it’s a pretty specific demographic that is drawn to them.  Serj Tankian, the lead singer, had great success on his debut solo Album in 2007 while the band was on hiatus.  In later 2010, SOAD announced that they would be reuniting for festival dates in Europe and a few in the States.

Glee Live! In Concert! is a concert tour featuring the members of the cast of the infinitely popular television series on Fox.  Fans are crazy about the show and the concert series as well.  Their popularity knows no bounds at this time.

Top Weekend Events – Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd

1.)    Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs, Fenway Park, Boston, MA – Saturday, May 21st

2.)    NHRA O’Reilly Summer Nationals, Heartland Park, Topeka, KS – Friday, May 20th

3.)    WWE Over the Limit, Key Arena, Seattle, WA – Sunday, May 22nd

4.)    Jason Aldean, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – Friday, May 20th

5.)    Sugarland, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD – Sunday May 22nd

6.)    Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON – Friday, May 20th

7.)    Glee Live!, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, May 21st

8.)    U2, Invesco field at Mile High, Denver, CO – Saturday, May 21st

9.)    Chelsea Handler, Beacon Theatre,  New York City, NY – Saturday, May 21st

10.)  System of a Down, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA – Saturday, May 21st

Spring Training 2011 – Top People to Watch

Boston Red SoxRaise your hand if you’re sick of winter.  :: raises hand emphatically::

Unless you’re one of our fairer brethren to the South, the rest of the country is stuck in a deep freeze until only knows when.  So, for now, let’s think ahead to warmer days and more specifically the cracks of the bats, cold beers in the bleachers and the roar of the crowd.  I’m talkin’ baseball, people!

With the hint of spring, perhaps maybe in the air, let’s talk prospects and spring training. Spring training is very indicative of how a player will perform in the upcoming season and often helps scouts see how players have recovered, or not, from injury, and also whether or not to expect a player who did poorly the season previous to repeat or improve.

Below are a list of players that we should watch in spring training and the upcoming season:

Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles – Lee left the Chicago Cubs on August 19th and signed a one year deal with the Orioles with the hopes of reviving his career.  2010 was a tough year for Lee.  He was a candidate for the Triple Crown earlier in his career, and it is still a possibility that he could hit .300 with 30+ home runs again. The Orioles are not bountiful with other offensive superstars; Lee is expected to be a great addition to the team with runs productions.

Kyle Drabek, Toronto Blue Jays   Drabek’s first three starts in the majors were pretty piss poor, going 0-3 and with a 4.76 ERA.  The Blue Jays didn’t exactly show up to those games either.  His potential, however, is still excellent and should not be discounted. 

Drabek has been a force to be reckoned with in minor league pitching for three years now with a record of 14-9 and a 2.94 earned run average in 2010. His perseverance is duly noted with a record of 26-12 in the minors in the past two seasons.  His hunger to win is apparent. 

The 2011 season looks promising for the Jays as they are positioned to have one of the better offensive games in the league.  Drabek is crucial to this strategy. If his pitching skill is on par with seasons previous at a number two starter level, the Jays may gain the lead on the Rays and/or even, perhaps maybe Yankees this season. 

Ivan Nova, New York YankeesNova is sitting pretty in a nice spot after Andy Pettitte officially retired last year.  If he can reach his full potential in the 2011 season, the Yankees will be eternally grateful as their line-up is not nearly as strong this year.

During the 2010 season, Nova had an impressive 12-3 record with a 2.86 ERA in the minors, pitching 145.0 innings. Nova has been highly advertised, however he has shown susceptibility. He will be one to watch for sure in the 2011 season.

 Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox  27-year old Jacoby Ellsbury is an critical part of the Red Sox offense. The lineup would seem like a bunch of kids without him.  Do you really need to be reminded that that the Red Sox have made the playoffs in every season he has been a full-year starter?  Notably, when he was on the disabled list last year, they didn’t even make it to the post season.  Think about that one for a second.

While he might not be in top notch state by Opening Day, he will still be a force to be reckoned with as he is expected to assume a starting role. 

His base stealing skills are what legends are made of, with a total of 120 bases stolen in 2008 -09. If he can even match what he performed in 2009, the Red Sox will be quite the formidable team again with their amazing offense.

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays The Youngin’s are the key for the Rays in 2011 as most of their veterans did not return, including their best pitcher, Matt Garza.  Hellickson has the golden opportunity to lead this team in 2011.

Like the others listed above, Hellickson shined in the minor league.  In 2010, he has a record of  12-3 with a 2.ERA.   Not to be ignored, his major league career also has many high points, notably his flawless 4-0 record with a 3.47 ERA, striking out 33 batters and walking a mere eight during the 2010 season.  Impressed yet?

 While this is obviously not a complete list of talented players emerging for the 2011 season, this is just a random sampling of ones that could do exceptionally well.  Stay tuned to for all your baseball ticket needs!