August Heritage Celebrations


Not that we ever need an excuse to go to the ballpark, but listed below are the Heritage Nights happening in August – and it might not count as a “heritage celebration,” but don’t forget Walter Johnson Day on Friday!

Date Team Event
1-Aug Dodgers Korea Night
2-Aug Dodgers Hawaiian Night
3-Aug A’s Italian Heritage Night
6-Aug Mariners Korean Heritage Night
6-Aug Tigers Arab American Night
9-Aug Padres Italian Heritage Night
10-Aug Padres Filipino Heritage Night
10-Aug Tigers 100th Anniversary Detroit Stars Replica Jersey
10-Aug Tigers Armenian Tigers Fan Night
15-Aug Rangers Hawaiian Heritage Night
15-Aug Reds Irish Community Night
15-Aug A’s Indian Heritage Night
16-Aug A’s Korean Heritage Night
20-Aug A’s Chinese Heritage Night
21-Aug A’s Jewish Heritage Night
23-Aug Mariners Filipino Heritage Night
24-Aug Marlins Dominican Heritage Celebration
26-Aug Phillies Jewish Heritage Celebration
27-Aug Padres Portuguese Heritage Night
27-Aug Tigers Italian Heritage Night
27-Aug Giants Jewish Heritage Night
30-Aug Rangers Korean Heritage Night
30-Aug Giants Italian Heritage Night

 

 

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Best of the Week: 7/21/2019 – 7/27/2019


When the little girl who was told she shouldn’t play baseball gets to meet her favorite MLB player:

When Ashlynn’s story went viral earlier this month, social media went crazy in support of her:

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Legend status 😱 • Last year, Ashlynn, a 7-year old from Toronto, was awarded the MVP award from the opposing team during Regional Finals. “After the game,” said her dad, Dan, “[a parent on our team] told me that girls shouldn’t be playing baseball and that they should stick to softball. Then, at tryouts, the coach cut her from the team.” • Our response? Their loss. • In just 10 days, this 8-year old is headed to #BFANationals to join hundreds of girls from North America and abroad to do what they do best: play baseball. • “I don’t think it has ever occurred to Ashlynn that some people think that girls can’t do things that boys can do,” says Dan. • We’re right there with you, Ashlynn—and we’ve got your back 💪 • #baseballforall #borntoplay #unstoppable #girlscandoanything #girlsplaybaseballtoo #baseballplayers #girlsinbaseball #naturalathelete #divingcatch #baseballseason #travebaseball #empoweredgirls #strongfemale #supporther #sheplayswewin #girlsinthegame #letherplay #baseballtournament #thefutureisfemale #futureofbaseball 📹 @danbaseballdadof6 @jbclac

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MLB’s Cut4, the Today Show, and I’m sure countless others picked up her story. Congrats, Ashlynn, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of you!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

July Heritage Celebrations


Don’t forget to check out the Heritage Celebrations coming soon to a ballpark near you! There were none scheduled the first week of July, but here’s what’s coming up the rest of this month:

Date Team Event
12-Jul Marlins Colombian Heritage Celebration
16-Jul Phillies Italian Heritage Night
19-Jul Giants Polynesian Heritage Night
22-Jul Mariners Jewish Community Night
23-Jul Giants African American Heritage Night
Jul-19 Dodgers Japan Night
25-Jul Mariners Irish Heritage Night
26-Jul A’s Pacific Islander Heritage Night
26-Jul Padres Catholic Night
27-Jul A’s Portuguese Heritage Night
29-Jul Padres Japanese Community Night
30-Jul A’s Native American Heritage Night

 

Films on Friday: Alone in the Game


I haven’t seen this 2018 documentary, but the trailer is pretty compelling. The website for the film provides this synopsis:

“Despite the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, sports continues to be an unsettling environment for many LGBTQ people on and off the field. Homophobia, transphobia, and a culture of secrecy strongly persist in American sports, often seen as the final frontier for LGBTQ equality. In the five major North American professional leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS – where statistically we would expect hundreds of openly gay athletes, there are no openly gay male professional athletes currently competing. Alone in the Game is a powerful documentary that enters into the old boys’ club world of sport and examines this major dilemma at the professional, Olympic, collegiate, and high school levels – capturing rarely seen stories of struggle, perseverance, and triumph.”

The curious thing about the trailer is that there is there is only one brief scene referencing MLB. Did they interview Billy Bean? What about Sean Conroy, the first openly gay player who played for the Sonoma Stompers? I’ll have to figure out how to watch the documentary, and I’ll let you know.

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

Who Did Baseball Pride Better?


IMG_3222Now that I’ve been to Pride Night for both a Major League team (the Washington Nationals) and a Minor League team (the Bowie Baysox), I gotta say the minors did it better. Here’s how they compared:

  1. Giveaways:  While both the Nats and the Baysox required a special ticket purchase to obtain the giveaway, the Baysox at least let us pick up our item inside the park. The Nats made us walk away from the main entrance and down the street to a mostly unlabeled blue tent. Sure there was a tiny little sign, but who hangs out outside the street down there in the first place? Also, several, though not all, minor league teams gave Pride-related giveaways to fans when they entered the stadium. No secret entrances, no having to pick up your giveaway outside the stadium far away from other fans.
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  3. In-game advertising: Sure, the Nats would occasionally put up the rainbow-colored “Curly W” up on the scoreboard and had one Pride flag hanging next to the U.S. flag, but that was about it. The Baysox not only kept putting up a sign saying “Welcome to Pride Night” up on the scoreboard, they had Pride flags on display throughout the stadium and staff wore rainbow-colored jerseys (ok, so they were really more like tie-dyed shirts, but they tried!)
  4. In-game programming: Other than the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus singing the National Anthem, the one Pride flag, and the occasional rainbow Curly W, you never would have known it was Pride Night at the Nats. The Baysox, on the other hand, created a truly welcoming atmosphere. They had LGBTQ-related trivia in between a few innings (like, how many LGBTQ individuals live in Maryland?) (of course, I was too busy trying to take a picture of the question up on the scoreboard – which I missed anyway – to pay attention to the answer), as well as LGBTQ community groups set-up on the concourse to provide information. Yes, the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs was at the Nats game, but not only were they tucked away in a corner where you wouldn’t see them (unless you bought those special LGBTQ tickets and happened to cut through the picnic tables on the way to those special seats) and they wouldn’t give you any information (or one of their cute flag pens) unless you lived in the city and gave them your phone number.

 

Minor League Baseball put forth a concerted effort with their Strike Out Hate Campaign and joint advertising for the nearly 70 teams hosting Pride Nights. Major League Baseball may have had a greater percentage of their teams celebrating Pride, but it was still only 28 of them. Maybe its time MLB learned something from MiLB.

~ baseballrebecca

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Pride flag on display above the entrance of Prince George’s County Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox

#MiLBPride, Part 3: The Bowie Baysox


DSCN9011The Bowie Baysox held their first-ever Pride event on June 13, 2019, partnering with a local LGBTQ+ organization, Annapolis Pride. The Baysox were just one of nearly 70 teams hosting Pride Nights and participating in Minor League Baseball’s “Strike Out Hate” Campaign.

Check out the scenes below from the game, and check out my post tomorrow in which I’ll compare the Washington Nationals Pride Night to the Baysox event! Who did Pride better?

~ baseballrebecca

 

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#MiLBPride, Part 2


As I reported last week, a record number of minor league teams are celebrating Pride Month. I posted the remaining schedule last week, but its also interesting to know what the other teams did for Pride Month. Below are the events that were held prior to last week. Plus, check out the video below from the Hartford Yard Goats.

~ baseballrebecca

 

Past dates:

Date Team Details
4/13 Lynchburg Hillcats
5/9 Hagerstown Suns
5/22 Lansing Lugnuts
5/31 Birmingham Barons “Action Network’s 5th Annual “Out at the Field” night kicked off Central Alabama Pride Week.
6/1 Biloxi Shuckers 1st ever Pride Night; first 1,500 guests through gate received aluminum water bottle; special ticket package included Shuckers Pride Hat; pre-game drag show;
6/1 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers LGBT-themed Timber Rattlers t-shirt and a ticket for a box seat at the game for $25. Promo code: pride
6/1 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers LGBT-themed Timber Rattlers t-shirt with special ticket (promo code: pride)
6/3 Greensboro Grasshoppers
6/4 Hartford Yard Goats The first of 2 Pride Nights. Fans received Yard Goats Pride-themed cap; the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus sang the National Anthem and had a booth on the concourse with other community organizations
6/5 Durham Bulls 1st ever Pride Night; special Pride Night ticket incl. a Bulls Pride pennant for the first 1,000 purchased
6/6 Omaha Storm Chasers
6/6 West Virginia Power
6/6 Wilmington Blue Rocks
6/7 Gwinnett Stripers
6/7 New Orleans Baby Cakes
6/7 Palm Beach Cardinals
6/8 Lake Elsinore Storm
6/8 Lakewood BlueClaws 1st ever Pride Night; BlueClaws Pride Night Hat Giveaway for the first 1,500 fans
6/8 Portland Sea Dogs
6/10 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
6/10 Trenton Thunder 1st ever Pride Night; Pride Hat Giveaway to the 1st 1,000 fans 14+, presented by NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce; special pre-game event; appearance from Billy Bean, MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion
6/11 Norfolk Tides
6/12 Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1st ever Pride Night; cap giveaway to the first 3,000 adults 18 and older; appearance by Billy Bean
6/12 Nashville Sounds
6/13 Bowie Baysox 1st ever Pride Night; Baysox Pride Hat with special ticket purchase
6/13 El Paso Chihuahuas first 1500 attendees received a free pride flag
6/13 Salem Red Sox
6/13 South Bend Cubs
6/13 Springfield Cardinals
6/14 Great Lakes Loons 3rd Annual Pride Night; special ticket package included a Loons Pride Night shirt
6/14 Sacramento River Cats