Monday Baseball Motivation

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Dave Martinez, Manager of the Washington Nationals, July 2019. Photo by Derek Russell (via Wikipedia)

It’s all about teamwork and believing in yourself. As Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats won the World Series:

โ€œI believe in these guys and they believe in each other. The biggest thing for us is never quit.โ€

Washington, DC, is still pinching themselves over last week’s World Series win. This week, The Baseball Sociologist looks at the Sociology of the Series, recapping the 2019 World Series from a sociological perspective.

Stay tuned!

~ baseballrebecca






Best of the Week: 10/27/2019 – 11/2/2019

The Best of the Week this past week? The Washington Nationals.

Congratulations to the Washington Nationals!

~ baseballrebecca





Films on Friday: Senior Professional Baseball Association

Thirty years ago today, the Senior Professional Baseball Association debuted. Check out the report from CNN (and that ’80s computer the reporter is sitting next to!):


The Senior League wouldn’t make it past two seasons – and I kind of miss it. It should bring a smile to any baseball fan’s face to watch these old videos…

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Happy Halloween – MLB-style

Congrats to the new World Series champions, the Washington Nationals! So much to process here, so more on that later. For now, we’ll just celebrate Halloween, MLB-style.

And no one ever said baseball players weren’t just big kids… check out some of their past Halloween costumes:

Washington Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love:

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She wanted none of this

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Hunter Pence as Lurch:

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โ€œYou raaang?โ€

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Bryce Harper, when he was still a National, as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle:

Todd Frazier and family:

Didi Gregorius:

Giancarlo Stanton:

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And… whatever this is that Max and Erica Scherzer as posing as:

Happy Halloween!

~ baseballrebecca





Best World Series Subplot

Throughout the 2019 season, the Washington Nationals’ unofficial clubhouse song was “Calma” by Pedro Capรณ (featuring Farruko). Most people learned of this when a reporter tweeted this video of Brian Dozier after the Nats clinched a playoff spot in September:

Dozier sang the song for us at a pre-Game 1 press conference in Houston:

After a few tweets, Capรณ was persuaded to come to DC for Game 5:

During his visit, Capรณ hung out in the clubhouse, took batting practice, and was interviewed by several media outlets:

But THIS should not have happened:

Of course, he later got a Nats jersey and said he’d root for the Nats, so I guess he’s ok:

Yesterday, Capรณ was in Houston to support his Nationals:

Now on to Game 7! Go Nats!

~ baseballrebecca