Best of the Week: 9/23/18 – 9/29/18


 

I haven’t found much to award the Best of the Week lately, but this is pretty much the Best of the Season – check out the video of the Kingsford Charcoal ad featuring Bartolo Colon:

Watch: Bartolo Colon Stays in Great Shape By Squatting Pigs, Curling Ribs

 

Below is the link to the original tweet from MLB:

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Films on Friday: Bryce Harper’s Hair


Remember that tweet from a few months ago from Bryce Harper’s brother, Bryan? You know, this one:

Well, turns out this was a teaser ad for Blind Barber hair products, in which Bryce announced he’d become an investor. The full ad won the advertising industry’s 2018 Clio Fashion & Beauty Silver award:

 

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Films on Friday: We Love Adam Jones


A lot has been written about my favorite center fielder, Adam Jones, this week – and I mean a LOT. For example:

Adam Jones has been good to the Orioles, O’s fans, and the City of Baltimore, and I hope he knows how much we love him. No matter where he ends up, he’ll always be Mr. Baltimore. So, check out one of the videos he did a few years ago as a part of the Nike Baseball YouTube series, “Between Innings“:

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

MLB Activities for Hispanic Heritage Month


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Roberto Clemente, 1962 (photograph courtesy of Wikipedia)

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially from September 15 through October 15. However, many MLB clubs have already begun the celebration. On Monday, MLB issued a press release on the activities they will host during Hispanic Heritage Month (I still want to know how I can get a Ponle Acento shirt):

MLB celebrates Hispanic and Latino culture & contributions throughout September

In addition, voting is underway for the 2018 Robert Clemente Award, which is “bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” You can vote at MLB.com/clemente21.

In a related note, last week, Bryce Harper wore specially-designed cleats in honor of Roberto Clemente Day. He also won National League Player of the Week last week. Just a coincidence?

~ baseballrebecca

The Swampoodle Grounds


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Earlier this week I was reading through “This Day in All Teams History” at Nationalpastime.com, when I stumbled upon this entry for September 11, 1886:

“At Washington’s Swampoodle Grounds, backstop Connie Mack makes his major league debut when the Nationals, in a rare victory, edge the Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3. The journeyman catcher will post the most big league wins and losses as a manager, compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record with the Pirates and A’s during his 53-year managerial career.”

Having lived and worked in the Washington, DC, area for years, I was surprised I’d never heard of the Swampoodle Grounds. After all, “Swampoodle” is not a name one easily forgets (note: see my disclaimer below). So, I did my research.

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Swampoodle (See larger map of the area below)

Swampoodle was a neighborhood in northeast Washington, DC (now part of the so-called NoMa District). The term is actually a contraction of the words “swamp” and “puddle” and is a reference to the fact that the nearby Tiber Creek often overflowed in that area. The neighborhood was originally settled by Irish immigrants escaping the potato famine in the mid-1800s.

Located in the neighborhood was the Swampoodle Grounds, more officially known as Capitol Park. Home of the Washington Nationals baseball team from 1886 to 1889, the ballpark was bounded by Delaware Avenue (first base side), G Street (right field), North Capitol Street (left field), and F Street (third base side). Today, Union Station stands near the site of the former ballpark. The name will once again be used for a new playground and dog park to be located 3rd and L Streets.

~ baseballrebecca

 

Postscript: Naturally, as I did my research, I also discovered that the Swampoodle Grounds was featured in the blog Archived Innings earlier this year and I had, in fact, read the post and liked it. Obviously, I have a terrible memory. (Next year at this time I probably rediscover the Swampoodle Grounds all over again!)

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Swampoodle area of Washington, DC, in 1893 (image courtesy of Wikipedia)