Stat-urday, 8/12/2017


We All Have One of Those Coworkers


I’ve noted before that sociologists view sports as a microcosm of society. This can definitely be said of baseball – and while I have no direct proof of what was happening behind the scenes at the Bowie Baysox game Wednesday night, the interaction between Ryan Flaherty and his fellow Baysox players certainly seemed to reflect coworker interactions we’ve all experienced.

Flaherty, who was on a rehab assignment with the Baysox, finished his work for the evening after the seventh inning. As he walked off the field, he stopped to talk to some teammates on his way to the clubhouse:

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What happened next, perhaps only Ryan knows, but if baseball imitates life, I imagine it went something like this: Ryan stopped to talk to his teammates. They were friendly, perhaps even having a great conversation. But at some point, maybe that conversation started getting a little too long, and Ryan found himself trying to figure out how to extricate himself from his overly chatty coworker. I mean, we’ve all been there haven’t we? We’ve all had to deal with one of those coworkers.

I watched the action unfold from across the ballpark. At first, Ryan seemed to get in to the conversation, and sets his gear down:

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The conversation drags on; Ryan untucks his shirt and starts to fidget and stretch:

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But the coworker keeps talking, so he tries paying more attention to something – anything – than the conversation at hand, like watching the game (this is a common tactic designed to send the message to the overly chatty person that you have better things to do):

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Perhaps he even tried to say goodbye and make his escape as another player walked by:

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But, alas, Ryan wasn’t the one who was able to escape, and now he’s wondering how else he might disentangle himself:

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So he tries backing away slowly, though the world appears to be speeding by as he’s stuck in place:

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The next strategy is usually to keep backing away from the person who won’t stop talking, looking uncomfortable if you think it will help:

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If it doesn’t work, you might have to resign yourself to being stuck there a little while longer:

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But keep hoping someone else will come by to save you:

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Then, slowly start making your move to escape again:

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When you seen an opportunity, get out of there as fast as you can:

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It matters not if someone else gets stuck with your chatty coworker – at least you have saved yourself:

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Happy Friday! Enjoy some time off from your coworkers!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Having Cedric


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Cedric Mullins (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

Cedric Mullins is batting .315 this season with the Bowie Baysox. But that’s not the whole story.

The Bowie Baysox are 60-55 and in first place in the Eastern League Western Division. So far they are 3-5 this month, though they have outscored their opponents 49 to 43. But that’s not the whole story, either.

Last night, the Baysox hit five home runs, scored 14 runs, and beat the Harrisburg Senators 14-2. The Senators, for their part, hit two home runs. Most of the home runs scored in the game can be attributed to Cedric. Yet only one of those home runs was hit by Cedric himself.

This is the story: Last night the Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. It also happened to be a night in which a group of boys, approximately 10 to 16 years old, were in attendance at the Baysox game. They were loud and exuberant and they immediately took a liking to the Baysox’ leadoff batter Cedric Mullins.

In the first inning, they began chanting, “Ced-ric Mul-lins” followed by the rhythmic clap, clap, clap-clap-clap so often heard at baseball stadiums. In response, Cedric hit a home run, immediately putting Bowie on the board.

So the boys kept chanting Cedric’s name; it did not matter if the rest of the players were not named Cedric Mullins. After Mullins’ lead off home run, the next batter, Baltimore Orioles rehabbing infielder Ryan Flaherty, singled. The boys chanted. After the next batter made an out, the rehabbing Anthony Santander homered, and the boys chanted.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Then Bowie’s D.J. Stewart homered.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

By the end of the first inning, the Baysox were leading 4-0. For nearly every batter, the group of boys chanted not the batter’s name, but Cedric Mullins’ name. The chanting continued into the top of the second inning, even though the Senators were batting. The young men continued to show their love for Cedric Mullins. So Raudy Read and Drew Ward each hit home runs – for the visiting team.

Baysox 4, Senators 2.

As the game progressed, the boys’ interest in both the game and Mullins ebbed and flowed. But in the bottom of the sixth, as the game got more interesting, their attention again turned to Cedric Mullins after Austin Wynns walked and Erick Salcedo singled. Before his name was even announced, the chanting started all over again, as loud as it had been in the first inning.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

With men on first and second, Mullins singled on a ground ball to Harrisburg’s right fielder, Yadiel Hernandez. Wynns stopped at third, Salcedo at second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The next batter, Flaherty, walked; Wynns scored; Salcedo to third; Mullins to second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Austin Hays to the plate.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The bases are loaded.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

“CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”,

And then Austin Hays hit a grand slam. And the small crowd in the stadium went wild. One by one, they crossed the plate: Salcedo, then Mullins, then Flaherty, then Hays.

Baysox 12, Senators 2.

“Aus-tin Ha-ys (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) …”

The chants may have changed by the end of the game, but with Cedric Mullins, and his fan club’s adoration, the Baysox might never have hit those five home runs last night (nor might the Senators have hit their two). The importance of Cedric Mullins to the outcome of yesterday’s game, and the Baysox’ 2017 success, cannot be overstated.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

MiLB Bobbleheads: August and September


With little more than a month left to the minor league baseball season, if you haven’t already stood in line to obtain a 2017 bobblehead, your chances are dwindling. Below are the remaining bobblehead giveaway dates in the International, Easter, Carolina, and South Atlantic leagues.

Happy August!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
1-Aug Vintage Bobblehead New Hampshire Eastern
3-Aug Senator Chris Coons Bobblehead Wilmington Carolina
4-Aug Quidditch C. Wolf Bobblehead Erie Eastern
4-Aug Reggie Jackson/Derby (bat dog) Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
4-Aug Auggie Bobblhead Augusta South Atlantic
5-Aug Zack Greinke Wilmington Carolina
5-Aug Brandon Phillips Harrisburg Eastern
11-Aug Nomar Garciaparra Pawtucket International
11-Aug Sherman mini bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
11-Aug Coach Cal Bobblehead Series Giveaway #3 Lexington South Atlantic
12-Aug Jonathan Schoop Gnome Frederick Carolina
12-Aug Mystery Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic
15-Aug Yoan Moncada Portland Eastern
18-Aug Clint Frazier Human Torch Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
19-Aug Anthony Rendon “Real Electric Hair” Bobblehead Potomac Carolina
19-Aug Thurman Munson Syracuse International
19-Aug Jim Schlossnagle Hagerstown South Atlantic
25-Aug Fan Vote Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
25-Aug Gary Sanchez Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
25-Aug MASH Night – Corporal Klinger Bobblehead Toledo International
25-Aug Jon Lester Augusta South Atlantic
26-Aug Fans’ Choice Bobblehead: Jayson Werth and MASN’s Dan Kolko Potomac Carolina
26-Aug Tony Schiavone and his Chihuahua, Bug, Bobblehead Gwinnett International
26-Aug Dave Parker West Virginia South Atlantic
29-Aug Corey Kluber (random drawing) Columbus International
31-Aug Aaron Judge Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
1-Sep Jameson Suit and Taillon bobblehead giveaway Altoona Eastern
1-Sep Vintage Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
2-Sep Erick Hosmer Wilmington Carolina
2-Sep Enrico Pallazzo Akron Eastern
2-Sep Rumble Ponies Mascot Bobblehead ft. Bobblefist Binghamton Eastern
2-Sep Mystery Ball/ Bobblehead Auction Gwinnett International
2-Sep Mystery Bobblehead Syracuse International
2-Sep Fan Choice Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic

 

 

An Emotional Fan’s Guide to the Trade Deadline


It’s looming.

It’s less than 10 hours away.

Every year, MLB’s trade deadline occurs on July 31st – tormenting us up until the final moment at 4 pm, Eastern time. MLB instituted the trade deadline in 1923, in response to moves made by the New York Yankees and Giants during several previous years that put other teams at a competitive disadvantage. Thus, both the American and National Leagues implemented a uniform rule on non-waiver trades prior to the 1923 season. (Its always the Yankees, isn’t it?)

On Friday, the Orioles traded away Hyun Soo Kim, one of my favorite players. I was bummed. It’s hard when your favorite players are traded away. (It’s even harder when they go to a team you don’t really much care for.) In order to survive, however, maybe we need to start reinterpreting what a trade is.

Old definition: A trade is a heartbreaking disruption of the perfect balance achieved by the personalities on your favorite team, presumably to improve the post-season chances of one of the teams involved, but generally resulting only in heartbreak and not always a World Series championship.

New definition: A trade is a new opportunity for your favorite players, who clearly were not appreciated by the heartless owners of your favorite team. You still are not likely to win the World Series, but at least now you don’t have to hear rude MLB analysts saying mean things about a guy who was not given a fair shake on your team or watch the players’ stats dwindle along with their playing time.

Or something along those lines. (Never mind the fact that that doesn’t seem to be the case with Kim.)

You see, don’t look as a trade simply as a removal of one of your favorite players to another team, obviously without your permission. Let’s face it, often, your favorite team has pretty much mistreated said favorite player by not giving him enough playing time, not paying him what he deserves, not saying nice enough things (in your opinion) about him, etc. Favorite Player, now that he has been traded, will likely be better appreciated and have more playing time in his new city. Even if it is a city you despise. It’s not his fault. It’s the fault of the evil ownership of your favorite team.

Of course, the trades may not be over by the end of the day – meaning there will be more opportunities for our hearts to break. Teams may still negotiate trades until midnight (Eastern time) on August 31. (Any player added to a team’s roster after August 31 will not be eligible for the postseason.) After today, however, players have to clear waivers before a trade becomes final. In other words, other teams (in reverse order of the standings) will have the opportunity to claim the player first. If a player is claimed during the waiver period, the original team can choose to keep the player on its roster or send the player to the team that claimed it.

No matter how we convince ourselves that trades can be a good thing, however, we can’t help feeling like this:

Don't Go Lucas!!!!! Gonna miss you buddy!!!

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August Bobbleheads


Below are the bobblehead giveaways at MLB ballparks this August:

1-Aug Red Sox Billy Joel (with special ticket purchase)
3-Aug Giants Giants-themed Dancing Bear bobblehead (Greatful Dead Tribute Night – special tickets required)
3-Aug Pirates Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket)
3-Aug Red Sox Jackie Bradley, Jr.
4-5-Aug Reds Elvis Bobblehead (special ticket)
4-Aug Angels Trout MVP Season: Bobblehead 2 of 3
4-Aug Giants Game of Thrones Giants Bobblehead (special tickets required)
5-Aug Astros Jeff Bagwell “Batting Stance” HOF Bobblehead
5-Aug Indians Lou Boudreau Replica Statue
5-Aug Orioles Jonathan Schoop
5-Aug Reds Raisel Iglesias
5-Aug Tampa Bay Marvel Iron Man Bobblehead
6-Aug Reds Game of Thrones Dragon Bobblehead (special tickets required)
6-Aug Twins T.C. Bobblehead
9-Aug Mariners Robinson Cano
11-Aug Mariners Edgar Martinez
11-Aug Miami Superhero Night Bobblehead (special ticket)
11-Aug Phillies Pete Rose
12-Aug Rangers Pudge Rodriguez Baseball HOF Bobblehead
13-Aug Miami Billy the Marlin Birthday Bobblehead (special ticket)
13-Aug Miami Billy the Marlin Hula Dancer Figurine
15-Aug Brewers Bernie Iron Throne Bobblehead (special ticket)
15-Aug Cubs Kris Bryant MVP Starting Lineup Figure
15-Aug Dodgers Gil Hodges
17-Aug Cubs “Starting Aces” Bobblehead
18-Aug Braves Hank Aaron Replica Statue
18-Aug Twins Rod Carew
19-Aug Astros Triple Bobblehead featuring Biggio, Bagwell, and Hampton
19-Aug Mets Yoenis Cespedes
19-Aug Pirates Gregory Polanco El Coffee Bobblehead
19-Aug Rangers Adrian Beltre Starting Lineup Figurine
19-Aug Rockies Nolen Arenado
19-Aug Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: Kevin Appier
19-Aug Tigers Alan Trammell
19-Aug Twins Michael Cuddyer
21-23-Aug Reds Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon (special ticket)
22-Aug Angels Trout MVP Season: Bobblehead 3 of 3
22-Aug Cardinals Tom Lawless mini bobblehead (special ticket)
23-Aug Indians Terry Francona
25-Aug Angels Nolan Ryan
25-Aug Braves Freddie Freeman
25-Aug Cardinals Mystery Hall of Fame Manager Bobblehead
25-Aug Miami J.T. Realmuto
26-Aug Reds Homer Bailey
26-Aug White Sox White Sox Stormtrooper Bobblehead
27-Aug Yankees Aroldis Champman
29-Aug Nationals Bryce Harper Starting Lineup Action Figure
31-Aug Giants Giants player-themed runner bobblehead (special ticket)
31-Aug Giants Italian-themed Lou Seal bobblehead (special ticket)