Dave Martinez, Manager of the Washington Nationals, July 2019. Photo by Derek Russell (via Wikipedia)
It’s all about teamwork and believing in yourself. As Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats won the World Series:
“I believe in these guys and they believe in each other. The biggest thing for us is never quit.”
Washington, DC, is still pinching themselves over last week’s World Series win. This week, The Baseball Sociologist looks at the Sociology of the Series, recapping the 2019 World Series from a sociological perspective.
The World Series continues tonight in Houston and so far the home team has lost every game (so, hopefully that trend will continue). In case you missed this intro last week, its worth watching again…
I’m still in disbelief that the Nats swept the Cardinals and are headed to the World Series. But I’ve uncovered their secret weapon: they’re getting some heavenly help.
There’s a church just down the street from Nats Park that offers a Sunday “Nats Mass” during the season. You can attend mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, then walk just down the street to the ballpark in time for the first pitch:
But that’s not the only church rooting for the Nats these days. The Washington National Cathedral is also supporting the Nats:
The Nats also have a chaplain from Catholic University. Maybe we could get the Pope to help us out, too?
Juan Soto and Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals, who will play the NL Wild Card game tonight
Sadly, baseball season has ended, but at least we still have the playoffs and World Series. Did your team make it? Will you be watching?
Here’s the MLB post-season schedule, at least as far we know it:
WILD CARD GAMES:
- 10/1: Brewers at Nationals, 8:08 p.m., TBS
- 10/2: Rays at A’s, 8:09 p.m., ESPN
National League (NLDS) – all games on TBS:
- 10/3: NL Wild Card Winner at Dodgers
- 10/4: NL Wild Card Winner at Dodgers
- 10/6: Dodgers at NL Wild Card Winner
- 10/7: Dodgers at NL Wild Card Winner (if necessary)
- 10/9: NL Wild Card Winner at Dodgers (if necessary)
- 10/3: Cardinals at Braves
- 10/4: Cardinals at Braves
- 10/6: Braves at Cardinals
- 10/7: Braves at Cardinals (if necessary)
- 10/9: Cardinals at Braves (if necessary)
American League (ALDS):
- 10/4: AL Wild Card Winner at Astros, FS1 or MLBN
- 10/5: AL Wild Card Winner at Astros, FS1
- 10/7: Astros at AL Wild Card Winner, FS1 or MLBN
- 10/8: Astros at AL Wild Card Winner, FS1 (if necessary)
- 10/10: AL Wild Card Winner at Astros, FS1 (if necessary)
- 10/4: Twins at Yankees, FS1 or MLBN
- 10/5: Twins at Yankees, FS1
- 10/7: Yankees at Twins, FS1 or MLBN
- 10/8: Yankees at Twins, FS1 (if necessary)
- 10/10: Twins at Yankees, FS1 (if necessary)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES:
National League Championship Series (NLCS):
- 10/11: Game 1, TBS
- 10/12: Game 2, TBS
- 10/14: Game 3, TBS
- 10/15: Game 4, TBS
- 10/16: Game 5 (if necessary), TBS
- 10/18: Game 6 (if necessary), TBS
- 10/19: Game 7 (if necessary), TBS
American League Championship Series (ALCS):
- 10/12: Game 1, FOX or FS1
- 10/13: Game 2, FOX or FS1
- 10/15: Game 3, FOX or FS1
- 10/16: Game 4, FOX or FS1
- 10/17: Game 5 (if necessary), FOX or FS1
- 10/19: Game 6 (if necessary), FOX or FS1
- 10/20: Game 7 (if necessary), FOX or FS1
- 10/22: Game 1, FOX
- 10/23: Game 2, FOX
- 10/25: Game 3, FOX
- 10/26: Game 4, FOX
- 10/27: Game 5 (if necessary), FOX
- 10/29: Game 6 (if necessary), FOX
- 10/30: Game 7 (if necessary), FOX
The Eastern League Championship series begins today. The Trenton Thunder host the Bowie Baysox in a best of five series. As the sign on the road to stadium says, “The Baysox will play for the championship!”
The Baysox experienced an incredible turn-around as they entered the second half of the season with a 30-38 record. They fought back and improved their record to 46-26 in the second half, for an overall record of 76-64. In the Eastern League, the first half winner plays the second half winner in the division series. On Saturday, the Baysox beat the first half champion Harrisburg Senators to get to this round of the playoffs. Check out the tweets below that document that moment.
Games 1 and 2 of the championship series will be held in Trenton, New Jersey, tonight and tomorrow night. The series will then move to Bowie, Maryland, for Game 3 on Thursday. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be played in Bowie on Friday and Saturday. Games 1-4 will start at 7:00. Game 5 begins at 6:35, if needed.
Yesterday, most minor league teams played the first game of the postseason. The Eastern League’s Western Division second half winners, the Bowie Baysox, won Game 1 of the best of five series against the Harrisburg Senators. Those two teams will play again in Bowie tonight before moving to Harrisburg for the rest of the series.
Former Oriole Scott McGregor after throwing out the first pitch
It was a nice night for a game, as the rain held off – for the most part – until the game was over. The first pitch was thrown out by Oriole great, Scott McGregor, and before the National Anthem, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Erie SeaWolves player Chace Numata who passed away on Monday after a skateboarding accident.
The Baysox scored first in the bottom of the 1st with a sacrifice fly by Carlos Perez that scored Ryan McKenna. The Senators tied it in the 6th, and scored a second run shortly thereafter. The Baysox answered those two runs with a second run courtesy of Yusniel Diaz who hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the 6th. In the 8th, Preston Palmiero tripled in Jesse Valentin, then Palmiero scored on a sacrifice by T.J. Nichting. A Ryan McKenna single a couple batters later brought Cedric Mullins home, giving Bowie a 5-2 lead. The Senators scored one more run in the top of the 9th, but Bowie maintained the lead, winning the game 5-3.
Interestingly, the game featured three sons of former major leaguers: Jesse Valentin and Preston Palmeiro on the Baysox, sons of Jose Valentin and Rafael Palmiero, and Dante Bichette, Jr., son of Dante Sr. and older brother of Bo. A fourth major leaguer’s son, Ryan Ripken (Cal’s son), also plays for the Baysox. And let’s not forget that the brother of former Oriole and current Yankee Zack Britton, Buck Britton, is the Baysox’ manager. Baseball is definitely a family affair.
I’m totally looking forward to Game 2 tonight!
Dante Bichette, Jr.
The Delmarva Shorebirds’ mascot, Sherman the Shorebird (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The playoffs begin today for the following minor leagues: the International, Pacific Coast, Eastern, Southern, Texas, California, Carolina, Midwest, South Atlantic, New York-Penn, and Northwest leagues. The Florida State League playoffs were scheduled to begin yesterday, but were canceled because of Hurricane Dorian. The Gulf Coast League playoffs were also canceled over the weekend.
Two of the Baltimore Orioles’ affiliates will be in the playoffs: the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League and the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League. (Even if I’m still mad at the Orioles, I can still love their minor league teams!) Here is the schedule for the semi-final round of these two leagues:
|South Atlantic League:
||· Delmarva at Hickory
· Lexington at Augusta
||· Hickory at Delmarva
· Augusta at Lexington
|* Game 3 (on 9/7), if necessary
||· Trenton at Reading
· Harrisburg at Bowie
||· Reading at Trenton
· Bowie at Harrisburg
|* Games 4 and 5, if necessary
In each of these leagues, a 5-game championship series will be played by the winning teams in this first round of playoffs. The Minor League Baseball website has information on all of the playoffs. Enjoy!