Films on Friday: Astronauts and Baseball


Check out #4 in the things we didn’t know about Astronaut Nick Hague:

 

Maybe astronauts ARE like the rest of us!

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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A Fall Escape


img_2436I woke up around 4 am yesterday. It was dark, it was cold, and it was way too early to be awake. Nonetheless, I boarded a plane in Baltimore a few hours later. After everyone found their seats and stored their carry-ons, the plane was de-iced and we took off. Five hours later, after a nice nap, we landed in Phoenix, Arizona, where it was a wonderful 85 degrees. The blue sky was gorgeous – it was going to be a great day to be outside.

So, I made my way to the Peoria Sports Complex where I joined a handful of other folks at a baseball game between the Peoria Javelinas and the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. For those of us whose favorite teams aren’t in the World Series, the Arizona Fall League is a nice distraction. Although the Fall Stars Game has been televised the past few years, the rest of the games are not, though you can follow online. So when I had the chance to go to Arizona, I couldn’t refuse.

img_2457The sun was out, but there was a nice breeze. Seating was open, so I sat in the sun along the third base side for the beginning of the game (I moved to the shadier first base side in the 3rd inning). The visiting Desert Dogs were up first, with three of my Bowie Baysox in the lineup. The Javelinas were the first to score in the bottom of the ninth, but the Desert Dogs came back in the top of the 2nd with three runs. By the 8th inning, the Dogs had 6 runs, including a 2-run home run by Cleveland’s Yu Chang in the top of the 5th. In the bottom of the 8th, the Javelinas scored another run on a home run by Seattle’s Ian Miller.

After a mere 2 hours and 11 minutes, the blissful afternoon ended all too soon as the final out was recorded. The final score was Desert Dogs 6, Javelinas 2. My team had won, and my spirit had been renewed.

If you ever need a fall escape, the Arizona Fall League is the place to be. I highly, highly recommend it.

~ baseballrebecca

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A Week Without Baseball: Postscript


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Tower at Heathrow Airport (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Last week I recounted my agony over being without baseball for an entire week while on vacation in Europe. Its really hard to find anything baseball-related in London, Malaga, or Paris (aside from the random person wearing a Yankees cap no matter where you go). After a week of longing for my teams, we spent one last night in London before our return flight home.  We arrived at the Heathrow Airport Hilton, checked in, and immediately turned on the TV. And to my great surprise and delight, there was a baseball game!

I figured they were just playing the game because MLB had just announced that day that they would be playing a game in London in 2019. Nonetheless, I imprinted the name of the TV channel on my brain in case I ever had occasion to be in London during baseball season again. It turns out that BT Sport-ESPN is an all-sports TV channel airing in the United Kingdom and Ireland – and it focuses on North American sports. It had been operated by ESPN from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, England’s BT Group acquired ESPN’s UK and Ireland TV business. In 2015, the channel was renamed BTS-ESPN.

Satellite_dish_1_C-BandThe important thing here is that baseball games are televised in the United Kingdom. This is good news for those of us who find themselves in the UK during baseball season. BT has several other sports channels as well and, in fact, BTS 1 is showing the Astros-Yankees game tonight. Or tomorrow morning. Sometime soon? Yesterday? I’m not sure about the whole time difference thing…

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

This is Where the Twins Play


I love it when you see the local team represented immediately upon arriving at a new location. Recently, I had a layover in Minneapolis. As I stepped off the airplane into the walkway, the first thing I saw was a Delta ad stating they were the official airline of the Minnesota Twins. 

Then I found this cool restaurant in the airport: 

I love a town that loves its baseball team!

~ baseballrebecca

We All Have One of Those Coworkers


I’ve noted before that sociologists view sports as a microcosm of society. This can definitely be said of baseball – and while I have no direct proof of what was happening behind the scenes at the Bowie Baysox game Wednesday night, the interaction between Ryan Flaherty and his fellow Baysox players certainly seemed to reflect coworker interactions we’ve all experienced.

Flaherty, who was on a rehab assignment with the Baysox, finished his work for the evening after the seventh inning. As he walked off the field, he stopped to talk to some teammates on his way to the clubhouse:

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What happened next, perhaps only Ryan knows, but if baseball imitates life, I imagine it went something like this: Ryan stopped to talk to his teammates. They were friendly, perhaps even having a great conversation. But at some point, maybe that conversation started getting a little too long, and Ryan found himself trying to figure out how to extricate himself from his overly chatty coworker. I mean, we’ve all been there haven’t we? We’ve all had to deal with one of those coworkers.

I watched the action unfold from across the ballpark. At first, Ryan seemed to get in to the conversation, and sets his gear down:

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The conversation drags on; Ryan untucks his shirt and starts to fidget and stretch:

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But the coworker keeps talking, so he tries paying more attention to something – anything – than the conversation at hand, like watching the game (this is a common tactic designed to send the message to the overly chatty person that you have better things to do):

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Perhaps he even tried to say goodbye and make his escape as another player walked by:

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But, alas, Ryan wasn’t the one who was able to escape, and now he’s wondering how else he might disentangle himself:

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So he tries backing away slowly, though the world appears to be speeding by as he’s stuck in place:

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The next strategy is usually to keep backing away from the person who won’t stop talking, looking uncomfortable if you think it will help:

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If it doesn’t work, you might have to resign yourself to being stuck there a little while longer:

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But keep hoping someone else will come by to save you:

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Then, slowly start making your move to escape again:

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When you seen an opportunity, get out of there as fast as you can:

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It matters not if someone else gets stuck with your chatty coworker – at least you have saved yourself:

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Happy Friday! Enjoy some time off from your coworkers!

~ baseballrebecca