Films on Fridays: The Ubiquitous Yankees


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A-Rod in 2008 (wearing one of those shirts), photo courtesy of Keith Allison (via Wikipedia)

One of the most popular bands of all time in Spain, is Hombres G, headed by David Summers (not pictured on the right). I mean seriously popular. They’ve literally been called “the Beatles of Spain.” They also happen to be one of my absolute most favorite bands. Ever. I’ve been following Hombres G since the 1980s, and their popularity has grown exponentially since then.

Of course, even they have fallen prey to the dreaded Yankees. Here’s a clip of the band performing in 2016 in New York. And David Summers is wearing one of those shirts (also pictured on the right):

He did not wear a Washington Nationals or a Baltimore Orioles shirt at their concert in Silver Spring, Maryland, a few days later. What’s up with that? Maybe I’ll have to send him a shirt in time for this year’s concert.

If you want to actually hear the song, here’s an official video from the band from a 2015 concert in Madrid. What, no Yankees shirt, David?

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

PS Let me know what you think of my new Friday feature: Films on Fridays. I’ve been pretty much posting videos on Fridays anyway, so I figured I’d make it official!

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Dodger Stadium During the Off-Season


img_1620I’ve always loved Dodger Stadium. Maybe its because its one of the three oldest MLB stadiums still in use. Maybe its because its all the way across the country in the Golden State, the land of stars, the land of milk and honey. Or, perhaps, its the the lure and lore of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whatever the reason, there’s just something about Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Dodgers that always draws me in.

So, when I found myself in Los Angeles recently for a business trip, I had to visit Dodger Stadium. It didn’t matter that I’d been there before, or that it was the off season, or that I was with non-baseball fan coworkers. I had to make the pilgrimage.

img_1602What many folks might not know is that Dodger Stadium is open on days there are no games – even during the off-season. You simply enter at Gate A (Sunset Gate) at the corner of Vin Scully Avenue and Stadium Way. Inform the person at the gate that you want to visit the gift shop and follow his or her directions to get to Lot P (i.e., “follow the blue line”). Eventually you’ll end up at the top level of the stadium and can go right into the gift shop.

img_1615Just outside the gates is the retired numbers plaza, where you’ll see giant statues of the Dodgers’ retired numbers – chief among them is no. 42. To the left you’ll see a staircase that will take you down to the Left Field Reserve Level, where you’ll find the recently installed Jackie Robinson statue (more on that tomorrow). After visiting the gift shop, you can enter the stadium. An existential, life-affirming feeling will take hold of you as you soak it all in. You will be one with the baseball gods.

The Dodgers offer a variety of stadium tours and for select dates through March 4 have a pop-up museum commemorating their 60 years in Los Angeles.

~ baseballrebecca

Home Run Derby, Bat Dog


Earlier this week, the baseball world paid tribute to Home Run Derby, the Bat Dog of the Trenton Thunder who died after a bout with cancer. In memoriam, Ben Hill of milb.com wrote a great piece today on baseball’s bat dogs. The Trenton Thunder announced that they will celebrate Derby Day on January 26th, Derby’s birthday.

 

Just to cheer us up a little, here is some adorable footage of Gleyber Torres playing with Derby and his son, Rookie:

 

Thanks for the memories, Derby! May you now get all the dog treats you want!

~ baseballrebecca

Baseball Begins Today in Puerto Rico


unitedforpuertoricoMonths after the original schedule, and months after Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League – La Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clementewill once again take the field. Since September, nearly 300,000 people, including more than 20,000 children, have left the island. No one knows when or if they will return.

Yet, baseball returns today.

Although the men’s volleyball and women’s basketball leagues will not be playing this year, a one-month baseball season will be held featuring four teams: Cangrejeros de Santurce, Criollas de Caguas, Gigantes de Carolina, and Indios de Mayaguez (which will include players from Tiburones de Aguadilla which will not field a separate team this year). The league will play in only two stadiums: Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan and Isidoro “Cholo” García Stadium in Mayaguez. No admission will be charged for the games, which will be played mostly on the weekends and mostly during daylight hours. But the games will provide much needed entertainment – and jobs – for the members of the community.

Schedules for the teams’ games can be found on MLB.com. Information on donating to relief efforts for Puerto Rico can be found at United for Puerto Rico, or at one of the many other charity websites identified by PBS News Hour.

Play ball!

~ baseballrebecca

#ForHouston


Baseball teams all over the country are joining together to help the people in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here’s a message from MLB:

An Emotional Fan’s Guide to the Trade Deadline


It’s looming.

It’s less than 10 hours away.

Every year, MLB’s trade deadline occurs on July 31st – tormenting us up until the final moment at 4 pm, Eastern time. MLB instituted the trade deadline in 1923, in response to moves made by the New York Yankees and Giants during several previous years that put other teams at a competitive disadvantage. Thus, both the American and National Leagues implemented a uniform rule on non-waiver trades prior to the 1923 season. (Its always the Yankees, isn’t it?)

On Friday, the Orioles traded away Hyun Soo Kim, one of my favorite players. I was bummed. It’s hard when your favorite players are traded away. (It’s even harder when they go to a team you don’t really much care for.) In order to survive, however, maybe we need to start reinterpreting what a trade is.

Old definition: A trade is a heartbreaking disruption of the perfect balance achieved by the personalities on your favorite team, presumably to improve the post-season chances of one of the teams involved, but generally resulting only in heartbreak and not always a World Series championship.

New definition: A trade is a new opportunity for your favorite players, who clearly were not appreciated by the heartless owners of your favorite team. You still are not likely to win the World Series, but at least now you don’t have to hear rude MLB analysts saying mean things about a guy who was not given a fair shake on your team or watch the players’ stats dwindle along with their playing time.

Or something along those lines. (Never mind the fact that that doesn’t seem to be the case with Kim.)

You see, don’t look as a trade simply as a removal of one of your favorite players to another team, obviously without your permission. Let’s face it, often, your favorite team has pretty much mistreated said favorite player by not giving him enough playing time, not paying him what he deserves, not saying nice enough things (in your opinion) about him, etc. Favorite Player, now that he has been traded, will likely be better appreciated and have more playing time in his new city. Even if it is a city you despise. It’s not his fault. It’s the fault of the evil ownership of your favorite team.

Of course, the trades may not be over by the end of the day – meaning there will be more opportunities for our hearts to break. Teams may still negotiate trades until midnight (Eastern time) on August 31. (Any player added to a team’s roster after August 31 will not be eligible for the postseason.) After today, however, players have to clear waivers before a trade becomes final. In other words, other teams (in reverse order of the standings) will have the opportunity to claim the player first. If a player is claimed during the waiver period, the original team can choose to keep the player on its roster or send the player to the team that claimed it.

No matter how we convince ourselves that trades can be a good thing, however, we can’t help feeling like this:

Don't Go Lucas!!!!! Gonna miss you buddy!!!

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