The Best and Worst of Baseball in 2018

Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins, 2018, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia

As we say goodbye to 2018 and look forward to 2019, let’s recap the year in baseball. While 2018 was, overall, a miserable year – if you’re an Os fan or a Nats fan – there were a few highlights. In the minors, there was the Copa de la Diversión, the P-Nats made the playoffs, and Cedric Mullins made his Major League debut.

In other good news, in June, the Washington Nationals helped the Washington Capitals celebrate DC winning the Stanley Cup and  MLB participated in the New York City Pride March for the first time. In July, the Nation’s Capitol hosted the MLB All-Star festivities, during which Bryce Harper, proudly representing DC, won the Home Run Derby. On a personal note, I finally got to see the Arizona Fall League, the Negro Southern League Museum, the Mobile BayBears, Hank Aaron Stadium, and Jackie Robinson’s childhood home in Pasadena.

In weird baseball news, the Norfolk Tides experiences a game delay due to ducklings on the field, and the new minor league team in North Alabama announced their new name, the Trash Pandas.


Jonathan Schoop, 2013, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia

Sadly, in 2018 we lost Willie McCovey, Oscar Gamble, Rusty Staub, presidential fan George H.W. Bush, and quite a few others. Derek Jeter had the nerve to want to move the home run sculpture outside of Marlins Park. And the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals committed the unforgivable acts of trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Gio Gonzalez.

Of course, we can’t forget that 2018 was the worst Orioles season ever and that the Orioles likely won’t re-sign Adam Jones.

Hopefully, 2019 will be better…

Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration!

~ baseballrebecca


Films on Fridays: O’s Try Oysters

Since many of us are still celebrating the holidays – and missing baseball – the video below seemed appropriate. The video appeared on the the television channel that broadcasts Orioles games, MASN. It’s holiday-related because, apparently, oysters are featured in many holiday traditions. According to a recent article in Forbes, oysters are a Thanksgiving tradition in the New England, and a Christmas Eve staple in the Southeastern United States. Traditionally, many Irish and German immigrants ate oyster stew on Christmas Eve because Catholics did not eat meat the night before the holiday. Oysters are used in other holiday meals, as well; according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, oysters are also a New Year’s tradition.

However, just because oysters appear in many holiday recipes and Trey Mancini was brave enough to try them, does not mean I plan on eating oysters any time soon. What about the rest of you? Do you include oysters in your holiday traditions?

~ baseballrebecca




All I Want for Christmas is No. 10

All I want for Christmas is my team back the way it was – with my favorite Os players, especially Adam Jones. While it’s already too late to sign Jonathan Schoop, I’m sure we could work something out. And Manny Machado is still available!

And how about adding some of my favorite minor leaguers? Garabez Rosa, my all-time favorite Baysox player, would enjoy a promotion, I’m quite sure.

Of course, every year I ask Santa for a good starting pitcher. Every year he lets me down. Maybe this year’s the year?

What’s your baseball wish list?

Happy Holidays!

~ baseballrebecca




George H.W. Bush and Baseball


George H.W. Bush played baseball while at the Phillips Academy in Andover,

Much has been said this past week about President George H.W. Bush and his love of baseball. Several organizations, including Little League Baseball, paid their respects with fitting tributes. Here is a run down of just a few of his baseball-related honors and accomplishments:


  • 1946-48 – Played baseball at Yale University.
  • 1984 – While Vice President, participated in an old-timers game with the Denver Bears at Mile High Stadium.
  • 1989 – Using his own glove, threw out the first pitch at the Orioles season opener on April 3.
  • 1989 – Threw out the first pitch in Anaheim on April 25.
  • 1989 – Little League Baseball renamed the “Little League Parents of the Year Award” the “George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year Award.”
  • 1989 – Celebrated Little League’s 50th anniversary with a reception on the South Lawn of the White House; later, later traveled with the Little League President to Warsaw, Poland, to deliver the first Little League charter to leagues that were established after the fall of the Soviet Union.
  • 1989 – Threw out the first pitch in Baltimore on June 28
  • 1989 – Attended baseball game in Baltimore on August 4.
  • 1990 – Threw out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game on April 10; became the first President to attend a baseball game in Canada.
  • 1990 – Threw out the first pitch in Baltimore on July 16.
  • 1991 – Threw out the first pitch at the Rangers game on April 8.
  • 1991 – Attended an Orioles game with Queen Elizabeth on May 15.
  • 1991 – Attended Frederick Keys game at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, MD, on June 8.
  • 1992 – Threw out the first pitch for the opening of Camden Yards on April 6.
  • 1991 – Awarded the “President’s Award” to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio and attended the 1991 All-Star Game with them.
  • 1995 – Attended Ted Williams’ spring event at the Hitters Hall of Fame.
  • 2000 – Threw out the Opening Day first pitch for the Texas Rangers.
  • 2005 – Met Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr at his home in Kennebunkport.
  • 2007 – At the Little League International Congress, President and Mrs. Bush were honored as Little League’s “First Family.
  • 2015 – Threw out the first pitch of the American League Championship Series in Houston, TX.
  • 2014 – The National College Baseball Hall of Fame facility in Lubbock, TX, was named the George H.W. Bush National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 2017 – Threw the first pitch before the 5th game of the World Series in Houston, TX.


~ baseballrebecca