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Dallas stars shine at Nowitzki event

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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.
Michael YoungAP Photo/LM Otero"I learned real quick what a true pro Michael was," Jason Witten said of Saturday honoree Young.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's become a tradition of sorts lately: A Dallas-Fort Worth sports star is honored and other top athletes from the city attend to show their support.

That was the case again Saturday night as Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten were on hand for a ceremony honoring Michael Young's career prior to the Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays game.

"Michael made baseball into something in this town," Nowitzki said. "They weren’t very good when I got here and he stuck with the team and kept playing hard and showing up every night, played his heart out no matter what the standings were. What I appreciated most about him was how he handled himself on and off the field. I can relate to that.

"It was never really about him, even in successful years. It was always about the team. It wasn't about, ‘How do I get in the headlines off the field?’ It was leaving it all out on the field. That’s what I appreciate the most about him. We’ve been friends for years and keep in touch."

Nowitzki, who just returned from vacation, received a loud ovation when he was introduced prior to the event. He congratulated Young after it was over and took pictures with two of Young's sons -- Mateo and Emilio.

Witten, another longtime Dallas athlete, said he loved watching Young play the game.

"I came in '03 and I learned real quick what a true pro Michael was," Witten said. "I think anybody that’s been around him, you know how great he was. It was somebody I looked up to and admired, not just how he played on the field, but how he acted off. I wanted to show my gratitude and respect by being here tonight."

The last time there was similar sports royalty on hand for a big ceremony was the retirement of Mike Modano's No. 9 in March. Nowitzki and Young were both at that event, congratulating Modano just before the No. 9 was raised to the American Airlines Center rafters. Modano couldn't attend Saturday, but left Young a video message that was played on the big screen at Globe Life Park.

"I think it’s very special," Young, 37, said of how area athletes support each other. "I don’t think you see that in many other towns. We all know each other, we keep in touch, we all pull for each other and hit each other up after good games. It’s a special bond and I’m very happy to be a part of it. A lot of these guys, we spend a massive chunk of our careers in the same town playing in front of the same fans. That’s pretty special."

Young was honored with a proclamation from the city of Arlington (making May 17 Michael Young Day), the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation donated $10,000 to the Michael Young Family Foundation, and Young received a four-day trip to Walt Disney World courtesy of his former teammates.

A handful of those former teammates, managers and even those who played against Young for years presented video tributes, including Mark DeRosa, Derek Jeter, Cliff Lee, Don Mattingly, Mike Napoli, Mark Teixeira and David Murphy.

Most Beloved: Vote for Enamored Eight

March, 18, 2012
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Who advanced and who didn't?

Sometimes, love hurts. And while some of your favorites -- Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, Mark Cuban, Jimmy Johnson, Ron Washington, Bob Lilly, Jason Witten and Josh Hamilton -- didn't make the cut, take a look at who's left!

Your voting determined our Enamored Eight, and now you have until Sunday to vote and decide who advances to the Fantastic Four of our Metroplex Most Beloved sports figure bracket.

It's much harder this time around. The matchups:

* No. 1 seed Roger Staubach vs. No. 9 Michael Irvin
* No. 4 Tom Landry vs. No. 5 Dirk Nowitzki
* No. 2 Emmitt Smith vs. No. 7 Mike Modano
* No. 3 Troy Aikman vs. No. 6 Nolan Ryan.

Choose wisely by voting here through Sunday. And join the discussion afterward.

Special guest slated for Heroes Celebrity game

June, 29, 2011
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Add a famous newcomer to the always power-packed lineup of celebrity athletes that will be on hand for the ninth-annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. on July 9 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRiders Trail).

Joining the famous faces of Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Donnie Nelson, Everson Walls, Jason Witten and Dave Annabel, among others, will be none other than the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the NBA's championship trophy won by the 2011 Dallas Mavericks. In lieu of playing in the game, the trophy will stick around and pose with fans for pictures.

Tickets are $5, $7, $12 and $15 and are on sale at Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-3000) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on July 9. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Money raised from the game will benefit the children's charities of The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation.

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OTHER LEADERS
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RA. Beltre 54
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