Films on Friday: Charley Pride with the Rangers

After his baseball career had ended and he was already a country music star, Charley Pride joined the Texas Rangers for a few Spring Training games. Check out the footage from 1974 that I recently stumbled upon:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca


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:


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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

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

The Annual Pilgrimage

IMG_0135And so the journey begins – Spring Training here we come! We successfully navigated the parking lot, security, and the line at Starbucks and are waiting impatiently at our gate. We got super cheap flights to Ft. Lauderdale and we have our tickets in hand. The only drawback so far is the swarms of spring breakers at the airport. But even that can’t keep us from our four top teams.

On deck tonight: Mets and the Nats. Tomorrow: Yankees at Orioles. My BBFF (best baseball friend forever) was born in New York. He can’t help it. I, on the other hand, have better taste.

img_0116I’ve alluded before to the tension between an Orioles fan and all things New York Yankees. But, I must admit, I’m softening in my old age. I mean, after watching some of the current Yankees grow up in the minors playing against my beloved Baysox, I’ve grown somewhat fond of the Baby Yankees. We’ve seen Austin Romine, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez. And now they have Giancarlo. And I do love Tanaka. They are no longer the despised Yankees of my youth. Of course, they did just let go of Danny Espinosa, so they’ll have to make up for that.

So, this week I’ll be sharing some pictures of my adventures in Spring Training.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 2/24/2018

As Spring Training games get underway, here are some stats from the Orioles on the economic impact of the Orioles on Sarasota, Florida: