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Dallas stars shine at Nowitzki event

June, 21, 2014
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Dirk NowitzkiAP Photo/LM OteroDirk Nowitzki's White Socks team scored a 17-16 victory in Saturday's charity game.

FRISCO, Texas — The stars were out Saturday night as Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hosted the 2014 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game presented by Baylor Medical Center. The game featured stars of the Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys and former Texas Rangers. Nowitzki led his White Socks against the Blue Socks.

Former Dallas Stars center Mike Modano established the game 10 years ago. With the event flagging three years ago, the foundation approached Nowitzki, who has taken over responsibility since. The event benefits the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation, established by Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

For the first time, the celebrity baseball game played at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Ballpark sold out -- for which Nowitzki expressed his gratitude.



Here are some of the highlights:

  • Cowboys quarterback/White Socks dugout coach Tony Romo joked during the game that he was dying to play, but head coach Jason Garrett -- who played third base -- wouldn’t let him. Both Garrett and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle joked beforehand that they had a similar dream: That everyone involved would avoid any injuries. Their dream ultimately came true.
  • Nowitzki -- who played first base -- singled in his first at-bat, a line drive up the middle. Nowitzki casually ran backward to first base. He later scored the first run of the game.
  • Jason Witten was caught in a rundown between first and second base during the same inning. He was eventually called out at first but charged into the opposing catcher. No one was injured.
  • Cowboys wide receiver/White Socks center fielder Dez Bryant made a tremendous catch in the top of the fourth inning. Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez hit a hard pop fly to center, forcing Bryant to retreat. Still trying to catch up to the ball, Bryant leapt as he was running backward and snagged the ball, drawing a roar of applause from the crowd.
  • Between innings, Carlisle joined the Mavs' drum line. As its members were going through their routine, Carlisle grabbed sticks and began banging on each of the drums.
  • Mavericks guard/White Socks second baseman Devin Harris had an eventful sixth inning. He let a ground ball roll between his legs -- then redeemed himself with a running over-the-shoulder catch on the next play.
  • Former Mavericks forward/White Socks infielder Brian Cardinal had the game-winning hit, a bases-clearing two-out double. The fly ball got past a hard-charging Terrell Owens. The White Socks scored seven runs during their comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Cardinal and Nowitzki were named co-MVPs of the game. With the 17-16 win, Nowitzki got his first victory in the charity contest. In addition to the 33 runs, the teams combined for 40 hits.
DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki jokingly credits himself with an assist for the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run.

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Nowitzki figures that Joe Flacco’s autographed jersey hanging in his locker at the American Airlines all season had to have helped.

“I guess I got him hot,” Nowitzki said. “It’s been in there before everyone thought he had a chance.”

Flacco, a Dirk fan, sent Nowitzki the autographed jersey this fall and asked for one in return. Nowitzki finally signed a Mavs jersey and had Mavs PR man Scott Tomlin send it off midway through the Ravens’ title run.

Apparently, Nowitzki just needed to see Flacco outplay Peyton Manning in a road playoff game before deeming him worthy of an autographed jersey.

“I had to wait to see if he’s for real or not,” Nowitzki cracked.

Memo to the Cowboys: You might want to get Dirk a signed Tony Romo jersey next fall.

Who's more clutch: Romo or LeBron?

October, 11, 2011
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Amare Stoudemire and Skip Bayless debate which player is more clutch: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo or Miami Heat star LeBron James.
One of the worst losses in Cowboys history came in the 2008 regular-season finale at Philadelphia.

Needing a victory to reach the postseason, the Cowboys lost, 44-6, to the Eagles. It was a terrible on-the-field performance. After the game, hurting due to a rib injury, quarterback Tony Romo was asked about another difficult loss in December. At that time, Romo's record fell to 5-8 in December.

Romo tried to put things in perspective by saying, "I wake up tomorrow and I keep living."

It was an interesting comment from the quarterback after such an embarrassing loss.

Sunday night after Game 6 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James, who has been criticized for his poor play in the fourth quarter, commented on what his critics have said about him.

"They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal," James said. "But they have to get back to the real world at some point."

It was almost as if James was telling his critics to get over it, because he's a rich man who will be all right.

Fans want players to feel their pain, especially in public, and when it doesn't happen, which was the case with Romo and James, criticism mounts.

People who know Romo said he felt bad about the Eagles loss, but with growth he probably wouldn't be so flippant after a loss again, and he hasn't. Romo, in fact, has become one of the more trusted leaders on the Cowboys, from organizing the private workouts during the lockout to getting on players behind the scenes when things go wrong.

Dwyane Wade is without question the leader of the Heat. In time, maybe James will become a leader on the Heat, much like Romo is now with the Cowboys.

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