Films on Friday: AFL’s First Pride Night


On Wednesday, the Arizona Fall League held its first-ever Pride Night. The Salt River Rafter hosted the Peoria Javelinas and MLB VP and special assistant to the Commissioner, Billy Bean, for a celebration of baseball, diversity, and inclusion. Check out the video below:

https://youtu.be/zFhao2dR0pg

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

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Hispanic Heritage and la Copa de la Diversión


Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but the Copa de la Diversión is going strong! Last week, Ballpark Digest announced its pick for its “2018 Best New Logo/Branding” award. According to the publication, the award “honors the team executing the best rebranding, from design to reception. [For 2018], There is one winner, with 33 different teams represented. Minor League Baseball’s Copa de La Diversión was an ambitious nationwide campaign and overwhelming success, earning our Best New Logo(s)/Branding of the Year citation.”

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The Baseball Sociologist, her husband, and the Bowie Baysox/Cangrejos Fantasmas Latino players

After three years of research, Minor League Baseball unveiled their year-long Copa promotion in March. Thirty-three teams participated, including Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (Bowie Baysox). At the 156 Copa games played in 2018, average attendance was 4,857 per game, approximately 1,000 more per game than the typical MiLB game. Retail sales related to the Copa de la Diversión topped $3.5 million. And, yes, there will be a Copa winner. It will be awarded to the team “that best connected with its community.” The winner will be announced in December at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

In 2019, the Copa de La Diversión will expand to 72 MiLB teams – 39 new teams will join the 33 teams that participated this year. I certainly enjoyed meeting my team’s Latin players this year, and hope to do so again next year!

~ 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

Copa de la Diversión y Latino Heritage Nights


dscn6884-e1531358499195.jpgThis season, 33 minor league teams have been competing in the Copa de la Diversión – the Fun Cup. According to the MiLB website, this season-long promotion is “specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.” The campaign follows the 2017 marketing campaign, “It’s Fun to Be a Fan” (“Es Divertido Ser Un Fan”). It’s also an opportunity to sell cool Spanish-language merch and be silly in a whole other language.

DSCN6880There were 165 games this season designated as “Copa” games, so there is still plenty of time to catch one. I had the pleasure of attending the Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake’s (Ghost Crabs, aka Bowie Baysox) event on June 26. Players were announced in both English and Spanish, Latin music was played throughout the game, and the concession stand included tacos, nachos, yucca, frijoles, and plantanitos fritos.

Of course, this is in addition to the regularly scheduled Latino heritage nights that are found throughout both MLB and MiLB. Check out the list of remaining Latino heritage nights below – and definitely check out the Copa de la Diversión!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
13-Jul Dominican Heritage Night White Sox
14-Jul Nicaraguan Heritage Day Marlins
15-Jul Hispanic Day at the Ballpark Norfolk
24-Jul Latin Fiesta Bowie
27-Jul Colombian Heritage Celebration Marlins
9-Aug Latino Night Syracuse
11-Aug Dominican Heritiage Night Marlins
11-Aug Fiesta Tigres (special tix) Tigers
16-Aug Goya Latino Family Celebration Phillies
26-Aug Cuba Day Dodgers
26-Aug Latino Family Festival Red Sox
1-Sep Viva Los Reales Royals
5-Sep Roberto Clemente & Hispanic Heritage Day Nationals
7-Sep Hispanic Heritage Night White Sox
8-Sep Hispanic Heritage Day Diamondbacks
9-Sep Hispanic Heritage Day A’s
9-Sep Dia de los Rockies Rockies
15-Sep Fiesta Gigantes Giants
16-Sep Hispanic Heritage Street Fest Astros
16-Sep Los Bravos Day Braves
16-Sep Fiesta Cardenales Cardinals
19-Sep Dia de los Dodgers Night Dodgers
22-Sep Hispanic Heritage Night Rangers
23-Sep Mexican Heritage Celebration Marlins
28-Sep Fiesta Rojos Reds
14-16-Sep Hispanic Heritage Weekend Padres
7-9-Sep Fiesta Weekend Pirates

2018 Heritage & Community Days, Part 2


Heritage and community days and nights for Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews, Mormons, and other faith groups are scheduled throughout July, August, and September. Check out the list below.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
10-Jul Catholic Night Red Sox
13-Jul Catholic Night Padres
27-Jul Episcopal Night Padres
27-Jul Faith Night Pirates
28-Jul Mormon Night Padres
29-Jul Faith Day Rockies
29-Jul Jewish Heritage Night (special tix) Tigers
5-Aug Jewish Heritage Day Binghamton
5-Aug Jewish Community Day Dodgers
8-Aug Jewish Heritage Night A’s
9-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Trenton
12-Aug Jewish Community Day Padres
16-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Pirates
19-Aug Jewish Community Day Nationals
29-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Giants
1-Sep Fellowship Day Giants
22-Sep Faith Day Nationals

2018 Heritage & Community Days, Part 1


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Island Luau Night at the Bowie Baysox

We may have missed Armenian Night at the Tigers, which happened July 7, but there are plenty of heritage and community nights left at ballparks around the country this summer. So, if you’re Greek, German, Polynesian, Nordic, Arab American, or a member, friend, or supporter of several other groups, you might want to mark your calendar for one of the nights below. In addition, in case you missed Pride Night at your local ballpark, there are two more scheduled for August: at the Cardinals (August 17) and the White Sox (August 31).

Later this week I’ll report on the remaining Latino nights, religious-themed nights, and, of course, bobblehead nights.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
11-Jul Greek Heritage Night White Sox
13-Jul Japan Night Dodgers
13-Jul German Heritage Night Padres
13-15-Jul African American Heritage Weekend Pirates
19-Jul Italian Night Binghamton
20-Jul Italian Heritage Celebration Phillies
26-Jul Irish Community Night Reds
27-Jul Polynesian Heritage Night Giants
28-Jul Greek Heritage Night Padres
27-28-Jul Hawaiian Weekend Angels
2-Aug African American Heritage Night Dodgers
3-Aug African American Heritage Night Brewers
4-Aug Italian Heritage Night A’s
7-Aug African American Heritage Night A’s
8-Aug Polish Night at the Park Syracuse
11-Aug Filipino Heritage Night Padres
13-Aug Japanese Community Night Padres
16-Aug Irish Heritage Night Binghamton
17-Aug Korean Heritage Night Rangers
18-Aug Irish Fest Pirates
21-Aug Salute to Native American Night Mariners
21-Aug Augtobersfest Richmond
23-Aug Diversity Day Twins
24-Aug Italian Heritage Night Giants
27-Aug Irish Heritage Night 2 Giants
30-Aug Polynesian Night Dodgers
31-Aug Filipino Heritage Night A’s
31-Aug Nordic Heritage Night Padres
1-Sep Pacific Islander Heritage Night Padres
4-Sep Korean Night Dodgers
7-Sep Korean Heritage Night A’s
7-Sep African American Community Night Reds
8-Sep Taste of the World International Food Festival Nationals
12-Sep German Community Day Reds
15-Sep German Heritage Celebration Phillies
18-Sep Irish Heritage Celebration Phillies
21-Sep Portuguese Heritage Night A’s
21-Sep Oktoberfest Rangers
21-Sep Irish Heritage Night Tigers
22-Sep Oktoberfest Pirates
22-Sep Arab American Night Tigers
24-Sep Filipino Heritage Night 2 Giants
26-Sep Oktoberfest Giants
28-Sep African American Heritage Night Giants
28-Sep Native American Heritage Night Padres

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Island Luau Night at the Bowie Baysox

John Lewis Discusses Jackie Robinson


Yesterday, for Jackie Robinson Day, Congressman John Lewis threw out the first pitch at Nats Park. Prior to the game he was interviewed by MASN and asked to comment on Jackie Robinson’s contributions:

~ baseballrebecca