Think Spring


img_1715As the “wintry mix” came down yesterday in DC, my thoughts turned to Spring – Spring Training, more precisely. Last year, we only attended one pre-season game – at Nats Park when the Yankees came here on their way north just before Opening Day.

This year is going to be different.

I’ve already put in for vacation time and have booked the hotel. I just recently purchased tickets for the Yankees in Tampa, since their tickets have been on sale for at least a month now. But I still don’t have my Orioles tickets. That’s because, while most teams put their Spring Training tickets on sale in November and December of last year, a few teams held out.

But this is the week! The remaining teams will be be placing their tickets on sale, so we all can finally finalize those Spring plans! Yesterday, White Sox Spring Training tickets went on sale and the Phillies’ sales started today. Pirates tickets, though officially on sale on Saturday, are available now at “Early Bird Presale Pricing,” which is about $5 more per ticket than what they will be on Saturday. According to the Pirates’ website: “Early Bird pricing is different than regular single game pricing and is an alternative purchase opportunity for fans who want to be guaranteed access to the best seats to high-demand games.”

In case you were wondering, these are the eight teams who will finally start selling their Spring Training tickets on Saturday:

Cardinals Jan. 11
Cubs Jan. 11
Diamondbacks Jan. 11
Marlins Jan. 11
Orioles Jan. 11
Pirates Jan. 11
Rockies Jan. 11
Tigers Jan. 11

So, by Saturday, my world will be complete.

Stay warm!

~ baseballrebecca

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Is It Spring Training Yet?


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Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Florida – spring home of the Baltimore Orioles

As the weather gets colder and we inch closer to the beginning of winter, most of us begin thinking about Spring Training. Half of the teams already have their Spring Training tickets on sale, although three (the Indians, Mets, and Reds) will begin sales this Friday. Check out the list below of when your team’s tickets will go on sale.

Where will you be spending your spring (training) next year?

~ baseballrebecca

Team On-Sale Date
Angels 27-Nov
A’s 3-Dec
Astros 9-Dec
Blue Jays 2-Dec
Braves 19-Nov
Brewers 2-Dec
Cardinals 11-Jan
Cubs 11-Jan
Diamondbacks 11-Jan
Dodgers 6-Jan
Giants 25-Nov
Indians 14-Dec
Mariners 20-Nov
Marlins 11-Jan
Mets 14-Dec
Nationals 9-Dec
Orioles 11-Jan
Padres 20-Nov
Phillies 8-Jan
Pirates 11-Jan
Rangers 16-Nov
Rays TBA
Red Sox 7-Dec
Reds 14-Dec
Rockies 11-Jan
Royals 16-Nov
Tigers 11-Jan
Twins 3-Dec
White Sox 9-Jan
Yankees 7-Dec

2019 Baseball Calendar


baysox sched1.jpgWell, now that football is out of the way, we can start planning for baseball season! Spring Training starts soon and pitchers and catchers begin reporting in less than two weeks! Below are just a few of the important upcoming dates:

February

  • TODAY – 2/10 – Caribbean Series (watch it on ESPN Deportes!)
  • 2/12 – Pitchers and catchers begin reporting for Spring Training (different teams have different reporting dates)
  • 2/16 – Position players begin reporting for Spring Training (different teams have different reporting dates)
  • 2/21 – Spring Training games begin

March

  • 3/20 – 3/21 – Mariners and A’s open regular season in Tokyo
  • 3/28 – MLB Opening Day

April

  • 4/4 – Minor League season begins
  • 4/15 – Jackie Robinson Day

June

  • 6/3 – 6/5 – MLB Draft
  • 6/13 – GEICO Summer Series featuring Royals v. Tigers in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 6/14 – Opening Night for the New York-Penn League
  • 6/15 – Florida State League (A) All-Star Game, Jupiter, FL
  • 6/18 – Southern League (AA) All-Star Game, Biloxi, MS
  • 6/18 – California League (A) All-Star Game, San Bernardino, CA
  • 6/18 – Carolina League (A) All-Star Game, Frederick, MD
  • 6/18 – Midwest League (A) All-Star Game, South Bend, IN
  • 6/18 – South Atlantic League (A) All-Star Game, Charleston, WV
  • 6/25 – Texas League (AA) All-Star Game, Tulsa, OK
  • 6/29 – 6/30 – London Series featuring Yankees and Red Sox

July

  • 7/9 – MLB All-Star Game, Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
  • 7/10 – AAA All-Star Game, El Paso, TX
  • 7/10 – Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game, Richmond, VA
  • 7/21 – Hall of Fame induction ceremony
  • 7/27 – 8/25 – Little League World Series

August

  • 8/6 – Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game, Boise, ID
  • 8/18 – Little League Classic featuring Pirates v. Cubs in Williamsport PA
  • 8/21 – New York-Penn League All-Star Game (short season A), Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, Staten Island, NY
  • 8/23 – 8/25 – MLB Players’ Weekend

September

  • Hispanic Heritage Month and Roberto Clemente Day are celebrated on various days in MLB and MiLB ballparks
  • 9/29 – last day of the regular season (MLB)

October

  • 10/1 – AL Wild Card Game
  • 10/2 – NL Wild Card Game
  • 10/3 – NLDS begins
  • 10/4 – ALDS begins
  • 10/11 – ALCS begins
  • 10/12 – NLCS begins
  • 10/22 – World Series begins

 

Play ball!

~ baseballrebecca

Spring Training 2018: Day 1


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Yesterday, we visited the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Spring Training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. The Nats beat the Mets 7-4 with Max Scherzer pitching 5 innings, striking out 9 and allowing 1 run. It was a good game, but the ballpark itself was a bit of a letdown. I’ll write a more detailed review and post better pics later, but for now I’ll just give you a preview. Check out my pictures below.

~ baseballrebecca