MLB at the White House

As a Baseball Sociologist, I am always fascinated by the intersection of sport and politics. Yesterday I posted about the Chicago Cubs’ visit to the White House earlier this week. In honor of President Barack Obama’s last full day in office, I thought I’d share this video from Yahoo! Sports:


~ baseballrebecca

The Cubs at the White House

Days before he leaves office, President Obama welcomed the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House. After the meeting, the President tweeted the following:

Among the Cubs’ gifts for Obama were: both a home and a road jersey (no. 44, of course), a no. 44 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard, a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field, and an official pardon for being a White Sox fan. And let’s not forget the personalized Jordans from Dexter Fowler:

For more details on the Cubs’ historic visit, check out the Cubs’ video below and the transcript of the President’s remarks.


~ baseballrebecca


Is It Spring Training Yet?

baseballandsnow_crop_340x234With snow in the forecast this weekend for some places on the East Coast, thoughts naturally turn to Spring Training. Fortunately, it’s that time of year when MLB teams start putting their Spring Training tickets on sale. Individual tickets to Phillies spring games went on sale yesterday, while tickets for the Twins, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies, and Marlins go on sale tomorrow. White Sox and Dodgers spring tickets go on sale Monday.

Next week, Spring Training tickets for the Giants go on sale on Thursday; Rays and Yankees on Friday; and Tigers, Nationals, and Mets on Saturday. The last to go on sale are for the Pirates and Orioles, which are not available until January 21. All other teams have already put their individual Spring Training game tickets on sale.

As for regular season individual game tickets, most teams have not announced when they’ll go on sale. Only Mariners tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the Braves go on sale on February 11, and the Cubs’ website says theirs will go on sale in late February or early March.

Now I just have to figure out when I’m going!

Stay warm!

~ baseballrebecca

From Baby Cakes to Jumbo Shrimp

5704On Monday, the Staten Island Yankees announced that they would not be changing their name after all. So, for the time being, the proposed names of Pizza Rats, Killer Bees, Heroes, Rock Pigeons or Bridge Trolls, can be forgotten. Nonetheless, as 2016 winds down and we start looking forward to 2017, here are few minor league team name changes that we can prepare ourselves for:



Old Name New Name
New Orleans Zephyrs New Orleans Baby Cakes
Jacksonville Suns Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Binghamton Mets Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Brevard County Manatees Florida Fire Frogs
High Desert Mavericks Down East Wood Ducks
Bakersfield Blaze Buies Creek Astros

Some of the name changes came about because of teams moving. For example, the Brevard County Manatees are moving from Melbourne, FL, to Kissimmee, FL, and, accordingly, changed their name. Like other teams, the ownership took it to a fan vote, which chose the Fire Frogs from among the finalist names that included the Dragonflies, Mud Kickers, Rodeo Clowns, Sorcerers, and Toucans.

With the California League contracted after the 2016 season ended, two new teams were awarded to the Carolina League. One is the Down East Wood Ducks (as opposed to the jacksonville_pnsxx1ap_1mir752iother proposed names of Eagles, Hamhawks, Hogzillas, and Shaggers). The other defunct California League Team, the Bakersfield Blaze, will be replaced with the new Carolina League team, the Buies Creek Astros.

Although staying put, fans of the Binghamton team were offered the choices of Bullheads, Gobblers, Rocking Horses, Stud Muffins, and Timber Jockeys, along with their ultimate pick, Rumble Ponies. Similarly, the New Orleans Zephyrs and Jacksonville Suns have changed their names to the Baby Cakes and Jumbo Shrimp, respectively.

Looking forward to a new year with new teams and names!

~ baseballrebecca


Mr. and Mrs. Harper

Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner tied the knot last Saturday in San Diego…

For Time & All Eternity #mrandmrsharper

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Recognize any familiar faces in the wedding party?

Talk about a great weekend!! Such an amazing time celebrating #TheSequel!! Congrats to @bharper3407 and @kayyvarner!!

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