Missing Manny


13 - Machado 2Wednesday was a hard day in Birdland. The rumors of Tuesday turned to doubts Wednesday morning, with headlines that the trade of Manny Machado was far from a done deal. I’d almost come to terms with the fact that Baltimore’s Beloved Manny would be going to Los Angeles, but the gut-wrenching fear that he could still end up in one of my not-favorite teams started all over again.

A little after 7 pm Wednesday night, however, it finally became official: Manny Machado had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for Manny. He deserves a better team. But I’m sad for Baltimore and Orioles fans. We deserve a better team, too.

Manny Machado was supposed to be the second coming of Cal. The heir-apparent to Cal Ripken was signed in the first round of the 2010 draft. He played a handful of games in 2010 in the rookie leagues and short season A before being assigned to the Orioles low- and high-A affiliates in 2011. He spent most of 2012 in double-A before being promoted to the Orioles on August 9, 2012. After that point Manny and O’s fans never looked back (except for the 3-game rehab stint with the Frederick Keys in 2014).

MachadoBaltimore loved Manny. We still do. That’s why its so hard to say goodbye.

I was irritated with the O’s in 1992 when they released Billy Ripken, but I understood. I was sad in 2001 when Cal retired, but he’d earned it. I was annoyed in 2013 when the O’s traded Jake Arrieta, but I got over it. I was mad in 2014 when the they failed to re-sign Nick Markakis, but I forgave. I was angry when they traded or failed to resign  prospect after prospect, but each time I let it pass. But this time, I’m furious.

This time it feels like the team that we’ve stood by for the last three decades, while they pulled themselves up from their 54-107 1988 season (which included that 21-game losing streak through most of April) really doesn’t care about the fans. The astounding lack of decent pitching, while constantly signing outfielders, is bad enough. Signing aging guys who were good on other teams is annoying. Constantly bringing guys up and sending them down again is frustrating. But trading Manny away is almost enough to make me give up on them once and for all. It might very well be unforgivable.

IMG_1602This time, the Orioles are going to have to work really hard to make it up to us – as well as to the remaining players. Because they deserve better, too. Yes, we still have Adam and Jonathan and Trey. But don’t they deserve to play on a good team, too?

Have the Orioles relied on the fans’ good will for too long? Has it become painfully obvious that they never loved us, like we loved them? Is it time to break up with them once and for all?

Its definitely time for a break. At least for the next few months, I’m totally a Dodgers fan.

Next year, I might have to follow the Yankees. (That’s how mad I am.)

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

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NASA and the All-Star Game


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Astronaut Terry Virts, April 15, 2015 (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

Even NASA got in on the fun at the All-Star Game yesterday. Check out NASA’s tweet below and the video from the NASA Administrator.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Happy All-Star Game!


Yesterday, USA Today posted a video of MLB All-Stars discussing how to get millennials and younger people interested in baseball. They made some pretty good points, and most were not about the pace of the game. Check out the video below and enjoy the All-Star Game!

~ baseballrebecca

All-Star Festivities


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New Mobile Dental Unit for Washington, DC (photo courtesy of the office of the Washington, DC, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services)

The All-Star Week schedule is posted below, but there seems to be a whole lot more going on than just what’s on the official MLB schedule. MLB’s All-Star Legacy Initiative, along with the Washington Nationals and the Nationals Dream Foundation, has funded several projects throughout the city, and, as a result there have been several grand openings, ribbon cuttings, and other celebrations throughout the area. The All-Star Legacy projects funded around the area include:

  • All-Star Pavilion at Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington
  • Nationals All-Star Field at Walker Mill Regional Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Youth Baseball Complex at Fred Crabtree Park in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • USO-Metro All-Star Depot at Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington — All-Star Teen Room at Richard England Clubhouse #14 in Washington
  • Mobile Dental Unit with Children’s National Hospital in Washington

In addition, on Thursday, MLB unveiled a mural outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl, an historic restaurant in Washington, DC. The mural honors Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and Josh Gibson, two Negro League stars. On Saturday, MLB held its first “Culture + Code” event at the Blind Whino Arts Club Saturday.

Tonight, of course, is the Home Run Derby. But before that, at 3 pm, the annual Town Hall Meeting with the Commissioner of Baseball will be held at PLAY BALL Park, located at First and M Streets, SE, just down the road from Nationals Park. Today is also the final day of MLB Assembly at District Pier at The Wharf in DC. According to the website, this event “celebrates baseball at the intersection of art, fashion, and music.”

Whether you’re out and about in DC or watching this all from the comfort of home, enjoy All-Star Week!

~ baseballrebecca

MLB ALL-STAR SCHEDULE

 DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
7/13 – 7/17 Fri-Mon—
10:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday—10:00am-5:00pm
PLAY BALL Park: a 56,000-square-foot venue featuring a youth-sized turf diamond and daily programming for fans of all ages, is free and open to the public PLAY BALL Park (First and M Streets SE)
7/13 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. All-Star Armed Forces Classic Nationals Park
7/14 8:00 a.m. MLB All-Star Color 5K Fun Run Anacostia Park/ Play Ball Park
7/15 4:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

All-Star Futures Game

Legends/Celebrity Softball Game

Nationals Park
7/16 3:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting with the Commissioner of Baseball PLAY BALL Park
7/16 8:00 p.m. Home Run Derby Nationals Park
7/17 2:00 p.m. All-Star Game Red Carpet Show Nationals Park
7/17 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. All-Star Pre-Game Celebration Navy Yard
7/17 7:45 p.m. 89th MLB All-Star Game Nationals Park

 

Best of the Week: 7/8/18 – 7/14/18


That time when Adam Jones spent game 2 of a double header in the Orioles bullpen:

Stat-urday, 7/14/2018


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Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, current home of the Tampa Bay Rays

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled their plans for a new stadium in Tampa. While the team has settled on a proposed site in Ybor City, there are still several decisions to be made, including who will pay for it all. In the meantime, here are some stats, based on what was revealed on Tuesday:

  • Seating capacity: 28,216
  • Total capacity: 30,842
  • Stadium size: 900,000 feet
  • Parking spaces: 10,000 within a 10-minute walk; 23,000 within one mile
  • Time to build: four to five ears
  • Total cost: $892,429,823
  • Current capacity of Tropicana Field: 31,042
  • Current attendance, per game: 14,745
  • Population of the surrounding area: 350,000 in the city of Tampa; 4.3 million in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan statistical area.

Check out the ballpark renderings, posted by Ballpark Digest.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Films on Friday: All-Star Game Preparations


img_2209On Tuesday, the DC  government held a press conference regarding the influx of fans and media into the city for the 2018 All-Star Week, including the All-Star Game, which will be held at Nationals Park. Things will be happening all around the city, especially at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the All-Star Fan Fest will take place today through Tuesday.

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Traffic sign above a major Washington, DC, thoroughfare

At the press conference, the Mayor noted that planning for All-Star week began as early as 2014. The City Manager stated the city has invested $5 million in this endeavor, but expects a return of about $70 million. That may be of little consolation to city residents and those of us who still need to navigate the city on a daily basis. Although DC has been warning us about road closures for just about a week now (it finally dawned on me the other days that these signs referred to the All-Star festivities), only today did I see the official list of road closures. So far, Federal agencies and OPM have remained silent about cutting Federal employees a break next week. They were permitted to take take time off or to telework during the Caps’ victory parade; some would argue baseball is even more important.

The Mayor’s press conference is posted below – all 21 minutes of it. They really should have just done something shorter and sweeter to warn us about traffic problems. Like the Washington State Department of Transportation did with the Mariner Moose a few weeks ago:

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Washington, DC, Mayor’s VERY Long Press Conference/Excuse to hang out at Nats Park: