Ah, the first day of spring training. Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers end their vacations and report to their teams’ spring camps to start early workout regimens. For baseball fans, it’s a time of hope for the new baseball season. And if you’re a New York Yankees fan like Jay-Z and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, you can’t help but be very optimistic that the Bronx Bombers will repeat their championship run of last year. It seems like only yesterday Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing “Empire State of Mind” at the World Series in Yankee Stadium.
On Saturday night, during the Two Kings Dinner & Afterparty at the W Hotel in Dallas organized by Jay-Z and James, the b-baller gave his prediction for the Yankees’ chances to win a 28th World Championship this season.
“I think so,” LeBron said on the red carpet when asked if he thought the team helmed by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez would be keeping the championship in New York this year. “With the loss of Johnny Damon, it may hurt us, and also Matsui, but I think the guys are gonna come back, be ready to play and we looking forward to spring training,” he added.
The Yankees have made several roster alterations during the off-season, most notably choosing not to renew contracts of two vital cogs of their championship run, outfielder Johnny Damon and World Series MVP, designated hitter Hideki Matsui.
James and Jay-Z also share a love for America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. And on Sunday, James got a chance to play in Cowboys Stadium during the NBA All-Star Game.
“I’m honored. To be able to be in Cowboy Stadium, one of the biggest stages, it’s an honor for me,” James said.
Before Saturday evening’s festivities, Jay-Z and LeBron James were at a Dallas Boys and Girls Club donating scholarships to kids.
“Growing up where we grew up, we didn’t have much as kids,” James said, standing next to Jay. “[One of the reasons] why we’re so close is we both always believed [that] if we ever became successful and had a chance to give back to the community — not just ours — we would.”
Jay added, “There are not a lot of people that make it out of neighborhoods we made it out in the first place. And the people that do, we don’t have many examples of a James that’s still moving around the neighborhood. Any chance we get to come back and touch and inspire, we’re always up for it.