NASA and the All-Star Game

Astronaut Terry Virts, April 15, 2015 (photo courtesy of

Even NASA got in on the fun at the All-Star Game yesterday. Check out NASA’s tweet below and the video from the NASA Administrator.

~ baseballrebecca




Films on Friday: All-Star Game Preparations

img_2209On Tuesday, the DC  government held a press conference regarding the influx of fans and media into the city for the 2018 All-Star Week, including the All-Star Game, which will be held at Nationals Park. Things will be happening all around the city, especially at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the All-Star Fan Fest will take place today through Tuesday.

Traffic sign above a major Washington, DC, thoroughfare

At the press conference, the Mayor noted that planning for All-Star week began as early as 2014. The City Manager stated the city has invested $5 million in this endeavor, but expects a return of about $70 million. That may be of little consolation to city residents and those of us who still need to navigate the city on a daily basis. Although DC has been warning us about road closures for just about a week now (it finally dawned on me the other days that these signs referred to the All-Star festivities), only today did I see the official list of road closures. So far, Federal agencies and OPM have remained silent about cutting Federal employees a break next week. They were permitted to take take time off or to telework during the Caps’ victory parade; some would argue baseball is even more important.

The Mayor’s press conference is posted below – all 21 minutes of it. They really should have just done something shorter and sweeter to warn us about traffic problems. Like the Washington State Department of Transportation did with the Mariner Moose a few weeks ago:


Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca


Washington, DC, Mayor’s VERY Long Press Conference/Excuse to hang out at Nats Park:


Getting Ready for the All-Star Game

The All-Star game is coming and Washington, DC, is beginning to get ready! I saw this on the way home one night last week. I don’t know if there were any other banners with any other players. All I saw was my favorite: Manny Machado.

~ baseballrebecca

Stanley v. the No-Hitter

Sure, there may have been some sort of hockey game last night, but let’s not overlook the no-hitter that Paul Balestrieri threw last night for the Peoria Chiefs.

Even more impressive is the fact that Balestrieri’s no-hitter was 12th in the minor leagues this season, and the third no-hitter thrown by a single pitcher this year. Shane Bieber and Adam Plutko did the same thing earlier this season for the same team. Both pitchers play for the Columbus Clippers. Now that’s pretty cool.

So, yeah, congrats to Balestrieri and the Chiefs and, ok, congrats to the Washington Capitals, too.

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball and the Queen

Since the royal wedding is taking place this week it seems rather appropriate that today marks the 27th anniversary of the time that Queen Elizabeth took in a baseball game at my favorite stadium:

~ baseballrebecca

MiLB Postseason 

Generally, the week after Labor Day is one of the saddest of the entire year. I’m always sad when the Minor League Baseball season ends. Sure, some of our guys might get called up for the end of the season. But it’s just not the same without them playing in down the street and in other towns and cities across the U.S.

This year, however, is different. Both the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles single A and double A affiliates, are in the playoffs. Game one for both teams is tonight – and they’re both playing at home.

Two years ago, the Bowie Baysox were the Eastern League champions. We’re hoping to take home the trophy again!

Good luck to both the Keys and the Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca 

Bowie Baysox, 2015 Eastern League Champions (photo courtesy of


Two More All-Star Games

If you think the All-Star Break is all but over, you’re wrong. Tonight the Triple A All-Star game will be played between the International League and Pacific League all-stars. The Eastern League All-Star game will also be played tonight. Both games will be on MiLB.TV.

Yesterday, before the first pitch of the MLB All-Star Game was even thrown, one of my very own Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, had won the Eastern League Home Run Derby. The Triple A home run derby took place on Monday, with the title being captured by Bryce Brentz of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Brentz hit 18 home runs and Rodriguez hit 14 to win their respective titles.

Congrats MiLB All-Stars!

~ baseballrebecca