Piñatas v. Cangrejos Fantasmas

DSCN8568A few weeks ago we attended the Bowie Baysox’ (Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake) first Copa de la Diversión game of the season v. the Erie SeaWolves (Piñatas de Erie). Check out some of my photos of the game. I love this promotion!

~ baseballrebecca



June Bobbleheads

We are already in June, so its time to start planning our baseball adventures for the summer. On Saturday, alone, baseball teams across the country gave out six different bobbleheads! Right not I’ve got my eye on that Obi Sean Kenobi bobblehead of Sean Doolittle being given away at Nats Park on June 15. So mark your calendars for the June bobbleheads you need to collect:

Date Team Bobblehead/Statue/Etc. 
1-Jun Fresno Parker Astronaut Bobblehead
1-Jun Scranton/WB Chase Utley
1-Jun Rays Tommy Pham
1-Jun Rangers “The Batting Champs” Josh Hamilton Bobblehead (Batting Champs 2 of 2)
1-Jun Reds Joe Morgan 150 Series Bobblehead
1-Jun Dodgers Steve Garvey: Legends of Dodger Baseball Bobblehead
1-Jun Pirates Chris Archer
5-Jun New Hampshire Cavan Biggio
5-Jun Portland Jackie Bradley Jr.
5-Jun Indians Mike Clevinger
7-Jun Potomac Mystery Night Giveaway (includes bobbles and other items)
7-Jun Astros MaX-Wing Stassi Bobblehead (Star Wars Night special ticket required)
8-Jun Scranton/WB Brett Gardner
8-Jun Rangers Adrian Beltre “The 3,000th Hit” Bobblehead
8-Jun Giants Mike Krukow OR Duane Kuiper Gnome
9-Jun Reading “Master Nola” Strike Out Tracker Bobblehead
9-Jun Brewers Christian Yelich
11-Jun Braves Swanberson Bobblehead (half Dansby Swanson, half Charlie Culberson)
12-Jun Astros George Springer “Thumbs Up” Bobblehead
13-Jun Dodgers Joe Kelly
14-Jun Delmarva Josh Hader
14-Jun Reds Black Panther (special ticket required)
15-Jun Akron Craig Ehlo (Cleveland Basketball)
15-Jun Reds Barry Larkin 150 Series Bobblehead
15-Jun Nationals Obi “Sean” Kenobi Bobblehead
18-Jun Reading Chad Henne Hometown Hero Bobblehead
18-Jun Reds Cincinnati Zoo All-Star-Sam, The Bald Eagle (special ticket required)
18-Jun Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
20-Jun Cubs Javier Báez Sliding Coin Bank
21-Jun Phillies Chase Utley
21-Jun Nationals Max Scherzer
22-Jun Harrisburg Matt LeCroy
22-Jun Potomac Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 35th Anniversary Night “Indiana Strasburg” Bobblehead
22-Jun Scranton/WB Luis Severino
22-Jun A’s Matt Olson Gold Glove Bobblehead
22-Jun Mariners Jimi Hendrix Bobblehead (special ticket required)
22-Jun Rangers Ivan Rodriguez “The ’95 All-Star Game” Bobblehead
22-Jun D’backs David Peralta #FreightTrain Bobblehead
22-Jun Brewers Lorenzo Cain Superhero Bobblehead (special ticket required)
23-Jun New Hampshire Bo Bichette
23-Jun Cubs Anthony Rizzo ”Out on the Water” Bobblehead
24-Jun Portland Brock Holt
25-Jun Trenton Bat Boy Tommy
25-Jun Red Sox Alex Cora
25-Jun Cardinals Fernando Viña (special ticket required)
26-Jun Astros Jose Altuve “Sliding” Bobblehead
26-Jun Twins Obi-Wan Kepleroni Bobblehead (special Star Wars night ticket required)
27-Jun Twins Twins Masct TC Bobblehead in a Mustang (special ticket required)
28-Jun Norfolk Pajaritos Bobblehead (Copa de la Diversion)
28-Jun Erie Nick Castellanos
28-Jun Giants Bruce Lee Funko Pop! (special ticket required)
28-Jun Giants Another Bruce Lee Funko Pop! (special ticket required)
29-Jun Tigers Sparky Anderson
29-Jun Marlins Miguel Rojas
29-Jun Giants Dereck Rodriguez
30-Jun Reading “Kevin Spilling Chili” Bobblehead (special ticket package required)
30-Jun Rockies Trevor Story Bobblehead
30-Jun Brewers Prince Fielder

Celebrate Pride at the Ballpark

White and Multicolored Love Is Love BannerHappy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! I’m psyched to be going to the 15th annual Night OUT at the Washington Nationals tonight. And this year nearly every team will host a Pride Night – with the exception of the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. And while the Yankees are not having a Pride Night per se, they will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 25 (more on that later).

MLB still has work to do on inclusion, which I’ll post about later this month. But for now, I’ve published the schedule below.  (I’ll post the Minor League events soon!) Note that several of these events are filed under “Theme Nights” on the various team websites, and special events and giveaways generally require a special ticket.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Details
19-Apr Padres Out at the Park
31-May Dodgers LGBT Night
1-Jun A’s Pride Night
1-Jun Reds Pride Community Night
4-Jun Nationals Night OUT
5-Jun Brewers Pride Night
6-Jun Blue Jays Pride Night
11-Jun Red Sox Pride Night
12-Jun Orioles LGBT Pride Night
12-Jun Giants LGBTQ Night
14-Jun Rays Pride Night
14-Jun Braves Pride Night
14-Jun Rockies Pride Night
21-Jun D’backs Pride Night
23-Jun Cubs Pride Night
25-Jun Angels Pride Night
26-Jun Tigers Pride Night
26-Jun Phillies Pride Night
27-Jun Marlins Pride at the Park
5-Jul Mariners Pride Night
7-Jul Pirates Pride Day
23-Jul White Sox Pride Night
23-Jul Twins Pride Night
26-Jul Cardinals Pride Night
10-Aug Mets Pride Night
25-Aug Indians Pride Night
25-Aug Cubs Out at Wrigley
4-Sep Royals Pride Night

Vote Early, Vote Often, Then Vote Again (If You Have That Kind of Energy)

All-StarAm I the only one, or did voting for the All-Star game get even harder? I mean, there’s even a voting guide on MLB.com to explain all the changes. We now have a Primary, then there’s “The Starters Election.” You mean I have to do this voting thing again?

Raise your hand (or post a comment) if you miss the old way of voting – going to a ballgame, getting your ballot from the usher, and pushing out all those little circles of paper next to your favorite players’ names. Sure, it was probably bad for the environment or dangerous for  animals around the ballpark, but the new way gives me a headache.

All I want to do is check off the names of players, but, no, I have to click a million times and then fork over all my information – including my birth date – to submit my ballot. If I want to stuff the ballot box, I probably have to type in some code to prove I’m not a robot. (I don’t know, I didn’t want to have to go through that this year, so I voted once and that was it.) Last year, I could barely read those codes on my tiny phone screen. It’s voter suppression, I tell you!

Ok, yeah, I hear it now – I’ve become a grumpy Gen-X’er. (But still.)

Well, MLB keeps saying they need younger fans. Maybe this is a way to do it. Let the Millennials and Gen Z pick the All-Star teams – maybe that will motivate them to watch the game (instead of simply going to the ballpark to socialize). That’s ok with me.

As long as they vote for Trey Mancini.

Happy Voting!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 5/26/2019 – 6/1/2019

Former Bowie Baysox player Mike Yastrzemski hit his first Major League home run Friday night at Oriole Park for the team that wears orange and black – and against the Baltimore Orioles.

Back in March, the Orioles traded Yaz to San Francisco for LHP Tyler Herb (who is currently with triple-A Norfolk). After more than seven seasons in the minors, Yaz made his MLB debut on May 25 and is batting .280 – which is higher than pretty much all of the current Orioles.

The O’s should have kept him. And they should have promoted him long ago.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 6/1/2019

In anticipation of the MLB draft, which will be held this week, June 3-5, I’m posting Baseball America’s tweet showing the percentage of draftees that actually make it to the majors. Pretty interesting stats!


Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca