Sherry Davis


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Candlestick Park, where Sherry Davis was PA announcer for the San Francisco Giants

On this date in 1993, the San Francisco Giants hired Sherry Davis, the first woman hired to be a full-time MLB public address announcer. Davis worked from the Giants from 1993 to 1999.

I first wrote about Davis last year and am re-posting about her in honor of Women’s History Month. If you want to learn more about Ms. Davis, check out a video of her at work on the MLB website and a Los Angeles Times article from 1993 about her debut.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Baseball Mourns Kobe Bryant


There are events that transcend one sport – or even all of them – that can touch almost everyone. I’m not a basketball fan, but it is clear the impact the death of Kobe Bryant has not only on basketball or the sports world, but society as a whole.

I was doing research for a different post, when I ran across this Tweet from one of my favorite former Orioles, Adam Jones:

Then I saw this one, and began to get concerned and very sad:

I jumped to Google News and read what had happened: on Sunday afternoon Kobe Bryant and several others, including one of his daughters, died in a helicopter crash in California. By then, the tributes began pouring in on social media. So much so that for awhile I couldn’t even follow the news on Twitter and simply kept getting the message, “Twitter is over capacity.”

Over the next few hours, many baseball players expressed their condolences:

And those were in just the first few hours since the news broke. Since then, countless messages have been posted. Perhaps Noah Syndergaard summed it up for everyone:

Rest in peace, Mr. Bryant.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

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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Coming Soon


Image result for baseball loveJust because the World Series is over doesn’t mean were out of baseball for the next four months. Baseball can be enjoyed year-round. If you know where to look. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a little more research and not only writing about what baseball competitions are coming up, but spending some time writing some more in-depth pieces on baseball sociology – as well as continuing our World Series Recap.

I’ll keep posting here nearly everyday – so keep an eye out keep out for some new posts coming soon!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Best of the Week: 9/15/2019 – 9/21/2019


Mike Yastrzemski’s visit to Fenway (the O’s should have kept him):

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Farewell, P-Nats


Pfitzner Stadium in 2016 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I noted yesterday, that the Potomac Nationals are playing their last home game of the season tonight; it’s their last game as the P-Nats and their last game at Pfitzner Stadium (lovingly referred to as “the Pfitz”). The team is moving to Fredericksburg, VA, and changing their name for the 2020 season. So it is truly the end of an era.

The Prince William Pirates, as they were called at the time, moved to what was then known as Davis Ford Park when it first opened in 1984. The stadium, which is located in Woodbridge, VA (in Prince William County), was renamed in 1986 to Prince William County Stadium and again in 1995, when it was became G. Richard Pfizner Stadium. (Pfitzner was a member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and had been instrumental in getting the team to move to the county.) The stadium was never fancy, not even for 1984 standards. The bleachers and grandstand have the type of metal seats you see at a high school field – even in the reserved sections. There are a few box seats that are a little more upgraded – to the plastic type you see at most ballparks. Fans enter the seating area be ascending metal stairs to a sort of raised metal platform/concourse. When the crowd cheers – or someone just walks by a bit too fast – it seems like the whole thing is shaking.

During the 2011 season, the P-Nats had to postpone some games and moved some “home” games to nearby Frederick, Maryland, when the field was deemed “unplayable” by Minor League Baseball officials. This really wasn’t the stadium’s fault – a new drainage system had been installed, and the grass hadn’t finished growing back in time for the beginning of the season. The following year, the entire field was replaced (and a full-time groundskeeper hired) and improvements were made to P-Nats clubhouse (but not the visitors’ clubhouse?).

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Visitors’ dugout at Pfitzner Stadium in 2011 (that’s Manny Machado batting for the Frederick Keys, by the way)

Unfortunately, in June 2012, a fire at the stadium destroyed the team’s business office. The rest of the stadium was undamaged and there were no injuries, except to the mascot’s costume. (Don’t worry, though, Uncle Slam was fine for the next season.) However, by then, the team was ramping up their efforts to seek  a new ballpark, which they had been wanting for years.  As negotiations with Prince William County continued to drag out over the next several years, the team argued that the stadium failed to meet Minor League Baseball standards. By 2017, when the team extended its lease through 2020, a new stadium deal still had not been worked out.

In June 2018, the P-Nats owner, Art Silber, announced that he had signed a letter of intent to move his team to a new stadium in Fredericksburg, VA. Later that year, the Fredericksburg city council approved the deal. Potomac Baseball, LLC, was given the green light to build a stadium in the city. While the team will finance and build the stadium, the city will be an “anchor tenant” – meaning they will pay the club $1.05 million every year for 30 years, which will be paid for through proceeds made from stadium operations. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the stadium site in Fredericksburg on February 24, 2019, although work on the stadium was not scheduled to begin until July. Although the team plans to move in to the stadium, according to reports, the deal between the city and the team does not require the stadium to be ready until April 2021. (So maybe there’s a chance they will still be in Woodbridge next year?)

But this post is not about Fredericksburg. It’s about Woodbridge and the P-Nats, and the Pfitz. As the community says goodbye to their team this evening, they’ll forget about the uncomfortable seats and revel in the memories of having had a minor league baseball team to call their own.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Little Leaguers’ Parade


The Little League World Series continues this week, with the final games on Sunday. Which reminds me, I never posted my pictures of Little League Day at the Phillies, which happened on June 23.

The Little Leaguers needed to be at the stadium about 3 hours before the game even started. It was a hot, sunny day, though it wasn’t too bad in the sun. But by the time they reached the doors to the field, those Little Leaguers were ready to go, and they kept inching forward until they finally got the green light to head out:

They poured out of that outfield door and kept on coming as many, many Little Leaguers circled the field:

Their trip around the field was over all too soon, and they had to leave the field:

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But I’m guessing it was a moment they aren’t likely to forget soon!

~ baseballrebecca