Films on Friday: Anthony Santander’s First Big League Hit


Since its been all about Anthony Santander this week, here’s a clip of his interview after he had his first major league hit in 2017:

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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Films on Friday: Cal and Bill Ripken


I noted the other day that Cal and Bill Ripken made an appearance at last Saturday’s Aberdeen IronBirds game. Before the game started, and before they each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, they spoke about their dad’s impact on the game of baseball and why the continue to support youth baseball and their team the Aberdeen IronBirds:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Films on Friday: Baseball In Memoriam, 2019


Today is the 40th anniversary of Thurman Munson’s death. Lately, it feels like we’ve lost too many players and former players way too soon. For the past few years, Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball has been producing an “In Memoriam” video to honor those the baseball world has lost. It is released in time for the All Star Game each year. Grab some tissues and watch this year’s video:

 On a brighter note, today is also Walter Johnson Day. Do something to celebrate the Big Train, Munson, and all those we’ve lost.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Films on Friday: Sesame Street and MLB


Sesame Street has come to Major League Baseball recently. Last month, Cookie Monster was at a Cubs game and sang the National Anthem. Just a few days before that, he’d been at the Phillies game throwing out the first pitch with Elmo and Abby Cadabby. And, just in time for the Yankees and Red Sox London Series, Sesame Street released the video “Respect is a Home Run!” – part of its 50th anniversary celebration #Respect campaign:

And in case you missed it, here’s Cookie Monster singing the National Anthem:

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~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Films on Friday: Baseball when the Eagle Landed


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I just love my Fresno Grizzlies Parker In Space bobblehead!

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. What was the baseball world doing on that day and how did they mark the historic event? According to SABR member, J.G. Preston, while much of the nation was at home watching the moon landing on TV, about 200,000 baseball fans attended baseball games, many with portable radios in hand. At 4:17 pm Eastern, the Eagle touched down on the moon. This is what happened at several stadiums around the same time:

  • Anaheim (v. Oakland): With the A’s Rick Monday at bat, the game was halted in the 2nd inning and the words “We have landed on the moon” were displayed on the scoreboard.
  • Atlanta (v. San Diego): The game was stopped in the 7th inning so a “silent prayer” could be said by the crowd and then the organist played “God Bless America.”
  • Boston (v. Baltimore): The 7th inning had just ended and an announcement was made over the PA system; the crowd cheered for nearly a minute and the organist played “something dramatic to fit the occasion.”
  • Chicago (v. Kansas City): Walt Williams had just singled for the White Sox in the 7th inning when the exploding scoreboard, which had been synched to salute the exact moment of the moon landing, did its thing. An announcement was made that the astronauts had landed on the moon and the players in the White Sox dugout bowed their heads in prayer.
  • Cleveland (v. Detroit): The first game of a double header had just ended, so the players listened to the broadcast in the clubhouse between games.
  • Montreal (v. Mets): Additional time was taken between the two games of a double header so the live broadcast of the landing could be played over the PA system.
  • New York (v. Washington): With Washington’s Jack Aker at bat in the 8th inning, an announcement was made that the astronauts had landed safely; the crowd cheered, the message “They’re on the moon” appeared on the scoreboard, and “America the Beautiful” was played over the PA system. (See video below.)
  • Philadelphia (v. Cubs): At the end of the first half of the 3rd inning in game 2 of a double header, the PA announcer informed the crowd that the U.S. had landed a man on the moon. The players lined up on the baselines, there was a moment of silence, and then “God Bless America” was played over the loudspeakers.
  • San Francisco (v. Los Angeles): With the bases loaded in the first inning, there was an announcement about the landing over the PA system, a moment of silence, and the crowd cheered.
  • Seattle (v. Minnesota): During the pregame ceremonies, an announcement was made of the landing; the fans cheered and sang “America the Beautiful.”

Here’s how the event unfolded at Yankee Stadium:

This clip is taken from a documentary, presumably “In the Shadow of the Moon,” though cited as “Shadows on the Moon,” in the clip above.

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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