Spring Training: Now and Then

MLB has been posting great images of Spring Training this week – the images below let us compare Spring Training now to Spring Training then.

Happy weekend!

~ baseballrebecca

Mattingly’s Love Letter?

Yesterday, MLB.com shared this letter from Don Mattingly to the Miami Marlins. I was hoping it would be a little more loving and inspirational, but, you know, not bad for a baseball guy…


Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ baseballrebecca


Ready for Spring

This picture was so pretty, I just needed to share it! Who’s ready for Spring (Training)?

~ baseballrebecca

Mary Tyler Moore, Baseball Star

I have a few heroes outside of baseball, and Mary Tyler Moore was one of them. She inspired women, journalists, and pretty much everyone (including Oprah) to follow their dreams. But this is a blog about baseball, right?

Soon after her death on January 25th, the Minnesota Twins posted a video of Moore’s 2002 appearance at the Metrodome. She did a pretty decent job of throwing out that first pitch:


Ok, so that may be the only connection between baseball and MTM, but it got me thinking of how much both baseball and The Mary Tyler Moore show are ingrained in our culture. In fact, some time ago, when Freddy Garcia was still with the Mariners, there was a Mary Tyler Moore-esque Mariners promo featuring Garcia:

Mary Tyler Moore will live on in our hearts and in our baseball memories of her. We’re gonna make it after all.

~ baseballrebecca


Obama and Baseball

President Obama and Willie Mays on Air Force One, July 14, 2009

President Barack Obama has been doing a lot of baseball-related things this week. On Monday, he hung out with the Chicago Cubs at the White House. On Tuesday, he pardoned Willie McCovey, who had been sentenced to two years probation in 1995.

He probably won’t have time for any other baseball activities in his last few hours as President. So, I thought I’d just reflect on his baseball highlights from the last 8 years, including that time he hung out with the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents:


  • May 15: Welcomes 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies to the White House
  • July 14: Attends his first game as President, throwing out the first pitch of the MLB All Star game in St. Louis; accompanied by Willie Mays on Air Force One


  • February 8: Greets the 2009 Little League World Series Champions, the Park View All-Stars from Chula Vista, CA
  • April 5: Throws out first pitch at Washington Nationals home opener
  • April 26: Welcomes 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees to the White House
  • June 18: Attends White Sox v. Nationals game in DC. White Sox win
  • August 14: Obama honors collegiate champions in several sports, including College World Series Champions, University of South Carolina


  • July 25: Honors 2010 World Series winners, San Francisco Giants at the White House
  • November 30: Meets with Dutch Prime Minister, who gives him a baseball jersey of the Dutch National Team, which won the Baseball World Cup the previous month


  • January 17: Hosts 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, at the White House
  • August 3: Signs the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act into law
  • August 10: Announces selections for Presidential Delegation to attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, which includes former MLB player and Gallaudet University baseball head coach, Curtis Pride


  • July 29: Welcomes 2012 World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants, to the White House
  • August 4: Honors former Negro Leaguers at the White House, including Minnie Minoso, Pedro Sierra, and Ron Teasley
  • November 20: Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ernie Banks


  • April 1: Welcomes the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series winners, to the White House
  • May 20: Makes surprise visit at Little League game in Washington, DC; throws first pitch
  • May 22: Visits the Cooperstown, NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame to make a speech about tourism; donates the jacket he wore when he threw out his first 1st pitch in 2009
  • November 22: Plays golf in Las Vegas with Dereck Jeter on an off day


  • May 18: Gets his own Twitter account, follows the White Sox and other Chicago sports teams (but apparently not the Cubs)
  • June 5: Hosts 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at the White House
  • June 11: Attends annual Congressional Baseball Game
  • November 24: Bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Yogi Berra and Willie Mays


  • March 22: Attends a Tampa Bay Rays game. With Raul Castro. In Cuba.
  • June 20: Interviewed by Derek Jeter for The Players’ Tribune
  • July 20: Welcomes 2015 World Series winners, Kansas City Royals, to the White House
  • November 22: Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vin Scully


Thank you, President Obama. Now that you’ll have a little more free time, let’s catch a ballgame together!

~ baseballrebecca


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