Copa de la Diversión y Latino Heritage Nights

dscn6884-e1531358499195.jpgThis season, 33 minor league teams have been competing in the Copa de la Diversión – the Fun Cup. According to the MiLB website, this season-long promotion is “specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.” The campaign follows the 2017 marketing campaign, “It’s Fun to Be a Fan” (“Es Divertido Ser Un Fan”). It’s also an opportunity to sell cool Spanish-language merch and be silly in a whole other language.

DSCN6880There were 165 games this season designated as “Copa” games, so there is still plenty of time to catch one. I had the pleasure of attending the Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake’s (Ghost Crabs, aka Bowie Baysox) event on June 26. Players were announced in both English and Spanish, Latin music was played throughout the game, and the concession stand included tacos, nachos, yucca, frijoles, and plantanitos fritos.

Of course, this is in addition to the regularly scheduled Latino heritage nights that are found throughout both MLB and MiLB. Check out the list of remaining Latino heritage nights below – and definitely check out the Copa de la Diversión!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
13-Jul Dominican Heritage Night White Sox
14-Jul Nicaraguan Heritage Day Marlins
15-Jul Hispanic Day at the Ballpark Norfolk
24-Jul Latin Fiesta Bowie
27-Jul Colombian Heritage Celebration Marlins
9-Aug Latino Night Syracuse
11-Aug Dominican Heritiage Night Marlins
11-Aug Fiesta Tigres (special tix) Tigers
16-Aug Goya Latino Family Celebration Phillies
26-Aug Cuba Day Dodgers
26-Aug Latino Family Festival Red Sox
1-Sep Viva Los Reales Royals
5-Sep Roberto Clemente & Hispanic Heritage Day Nationals
7-Sep Hispanic Heritage Night White Sox
8-Sep Hispanic Heritage Day Diamondbacks
9-Sep Hispanic Heritage Day A’s
9-Sep Dia de los Rockies Rockies
15-Sep Fiesta Gigantes Giants
16-Sep Hispanic Heritage Street Fest Astros
16-Sep Los Bravos Day Braves
16-Sep Fiesta Cardenales Cardinals
19-Sep Dia de los Dodgers Night Dodgers
22-Sep Hispanic Heritage Night Rangers
23-Sep Mexican Heritage Celebration Marlins
28-Sep Fiesta Rojos Reds
14-16-Sep Hispanic Heritage Weekend Padres
7-9-Sep Fiesta Weekend Pirates

The 2018 Bobble List


The season may be nearly half over, but there are still plenty of bobbleheads left to be collected. Recently, I was able to nab a Victor Robles from the Potomac Nationals and a Trey Iron Man-cini bobblehead from the Bowie Baysox. Below is a list of remaining bobblehead dates for MLB teams and select Minor League teams. Happy collecting!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
10-Jul Game of Thrones Charlie Morton Ruler of the Realm Bobblehead (special tix) Astros
12-Jul Ohtani Double Bobblehead Angels
12-Jul Carlos Carrasco Indians
13-Jul Brett Gardner Trenton
13-Jul Eddie Rosario “Nothing Falls But Raindrops Series” Bobblehead Twins
14-Jul Frozen Flagpole Bobble Tongue Akron
14-Jul Justin Verlander “K Counter” Bobblehead Astros
14-Jul Ham’ Porter Braves bobblehead (special tix) Braves
14-Jul Adam Wainwright Cardinals
14-Jul 60th Anniversary Retro Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Dodgers
14-Jul Josh Bell Pirates
14-Jul Michael A. Tater (Taylor) Potato Statue Potomac
14-Jul Nolan Arenado Walk-Off Cycle Bobblehead Rockies
15-Jul Battle of the Bay Snowglobe Giants
15-Jul The Sandlot Day Squints bobble (special tix) Marlins
15-Jul The Sandlot Day Hamilton “Ham” Porter bobblehead Marlins
20-Jul Mike Seidel Delmarva
21-Jul Mark Price Akron
21-Jul A Rowdy Story Bobblehead Binghamton
21-Jul Jake Lamb Diamondbacks
21-Jul Dee Gordon Mariners
21-Jul Tom Thumb Elvis Andrus Best Friends Bobblehead Rangers
21-Jul Amos Otis Royals
21-Jul Ron Gardenhire Gnome Tigers
22-Jul Rickey Henderson Bobble-Legs A’s
22-Jul Jonathan Schoop Bowie
22-Jul Ryan Braun Starting Lineup Figurine Brewers
22-Jul Hotel Transylvania Mavis bobblehead (special tix) Reds
22-Jul Roy Halladay Syracuse
23-Jul Javier Baez Cubs
23-Jul Dustin Pedroia Portland
24-Jul Austin Jackson Trenton
25-Jul Nomar Mazara elf on the shelf (special tix) Rangers
27-Jul Rip Tide (mascot) bobblehead Norfolk
27-Jul Ant-Man and The Wasp Bobbleheads (special tix) Padres
27-Jul Elvis bobblehead (special tix) Reds
27-Jul CC Sabathia Yankees
28-Jul Elias Diaz Altoona
28-Jul Graham Hetrick “Coroner” Bobblehead Harrisburg
28-Jul Trey Mancini Orioles
28-Jul Trevor Hoffman #51 Retirement Commemorative Bobblehead Padres
28-Jul Bryce Harper “Real Slicked Back Hair” Bobblehead Potomac
28-Jul Joey Votto Funko Pop! Figure Reds
28-Jul Marvel Super Hero™ Night and White Sox Iron Man Bobblehead White Sox
29-Jul Pitbull bobblehead Marlins
29-Jul Birdland Summer Garden Gnome Orioles
29-Jul  Pirates Hulk Bobblehead (14 and under) Pirates
29-Jul Christmas in July Santa bobblehead (special tix) White Sox
30-Jul Santa Fredbird bobblehead (special tix) Cardinals
31-Jul Larry Walker mini-bobblehead (special tix) Cardinals
31-Jul Alex Wood Dodgers
31-Jul Bogaerts Splash Bobblehead Red Sox
1-Aug Cardinals-themed Hello Kitty bobblehead (special tix) Cardinals
1-Aug Rafael Devers Portland
1-Aug Grateful Dead Dancing Bears Figurine (special tix) White Sox
3-Aug Anthony Rendon Bobblehead Nationals
4-Aug Josh Bell Altoona
4-Aug A’s Italian Heritage Night Stomper Bobblehead (special tix) A’s
4-Aug The Sandlot ‘Great Hambino’ bobblehead (special tix) Brewers
4-Aug Jim Palmer Hagerstown
4-Aug Noah Syndergaard as Thor Bobblehead Mets
4-Aug Andy Van Slyke Pirates
4-Aug The Sandlot Chauncey Leopardi Bobblehead Potomac
4-Aug Vladimir Guerrero Hall of Fame Bobblehead Rangers
4-Aug Akinori Iwamura Rays

4 – Aug

Johan Santana HOF Bobblehead

Estevan Florial



5-Aug Brad Lidge Bobble Figurine Phillies
5-Aug Ted Williams 1st Rangers Manager Bobblehead Rangers
7-Aug Game of Thrones Corey Knebel “King in the North” Bobblehead (special tix) Brewers
7-Aug Aaron Judge Trenton
8-Aug A’s Jewish Heritage Night Stomper Bobblehead (special tix) A’s
10-Aug Barry Bonds statuette (special tix) Giants
11-Aug Webster Slaughter Akron
11-Aug Jack Wilson Altoona
11-Aug Carlo Beltran 2004 Playoff Bobblehead Astros
11-Aug Alomar, Molitor & Olerud Triple Bobblehead Blue Jays
11-Aug Jim Thome Hall of Fame Bobblehead White Sox
12-Aug Giants-themed Funko POP! Vinyl Figure of Jack-Jack from Incredibles 2 (special tix) Giants
12-Aug DJ Khaled bobblehead Marlins
14-Aug The Sandlot Ham or Squints bobblehead (special tix) Cardinals
14-Aug Rich Hill Dodgers
14-Aug Kevin Gasuman Game of Thrones Bobblehead (special tix) Orioles
14-Aug Slugger (mascot) Portland
15-Aug Kyle Hendricks Cubs
17-Aug Billy Ripken Hagerstown
17-Aug Grateful Dead Uncle Sam bobblehead (special tix) Reds
18-Aug Amed Rosario King of New York Bobblehead Binghamton
18-Aug Chipper “Crazy Train” Bobblehead Braves
18-Aug Anthony “Tony Two Bags” Rendon Bobblehead Harrisburg
18-Aug Game of Thrones Night: Michael A. Taylor Figurine Nationals
18-Aug Nomar Mazara Rangers
18-Aug Scott Schebler Reds
18-Aug Tim Anderson White Sox
19-Aug Jim Thome Hall of Fame Bobblehead (special tix) Indians
19-Aug Trevor Hoffman Replica Statue Padres
20-Aug Beware of Bobbledog Richmond
20-Aug Peanuts Night (special tix) Red Sox
20-Aug Tony Clark Trenton
21-Aug Game of Thrones / Red Sox ‘K’ Slayer Chris Sale bobblehead (special tix) Red Sox
22-Aug Chase Utley Dodgers


Lee Landers King of Baseball Bobblehead (Appalachian League President)

Ted Buckland Bobblehead Giveaway



25-Aug Neil Walker Altoona
25-Aug Louie (mascot) Bobblehead (kids) Bowie
25-Aug Brewers-themed Snoopy bobblehead (special tix) Brewers
25-Aug Buster Hugs Bobblehead, featuring either Buster Posey or Brian Wilson Giants
25-Aug Jay Bruce Mets
25-Aug Wade Boggs Rays
25-Aug Jeff Montgomery Royals
25-Aug Salt Potato Bobblehead Syracuse
25-Aug Mickey Lolich 1968 Bobblehead Tigers
25-Aug Jim Thome & Babe bobblehead (special tix)
26-Aug Lorenzo Cain Brewers
28-Aug Ray Lankford mini bobblehead (special tix) Cardinals
28-Aug Robinson Chirinos Removable Mask Bobblehead Rangers
28-Aug Game of Thrones Night King Redlegs bobblehead (special tix) Reds
29-Aug Game of Thrones Ozzie of House Smith’s ascension to MLB’s Iron Throne (special tix) Cardinals
29-Aug Phillies Hulk bobblehead (special tix) Phillies
31-Aug A’s Filipino Heritage Night Stomper Bobblehead (special tix) A’s
31-Aug Edwin Encarnacion Indians
31-Aug Black Panther Bobblehead (special tix) Padres
31-Aug Brett Gardner Yankees
1-Sep Alex Bregman “Walk-Off Hit” Bobblehead Astros
1-Sep Rowdy Hula Dashboard Figuring Binghamton
1-Sep Keyote (mascot) bobblehead Frederick
1-Sep Mystery Bobblehead Hagerstown
1-Sep Rangers Captain Bobblehead Rangers
1-Sep Mystery Bobblehead Syracuse
2-Sep The Sandlot Day “Ham” Porter bobblehead (special tix) Padres
2-Sep Hawk Harrelson Nesting Doll White Sox
4-Sep Babe Ruth Boston Braves Bobblehead Braves
4-Sep Betts Splash Bobble Red Sox
7-Sep A’s Korean Heritage Night Stomper Bobblehead (special tix) A’s
8-Sep Bobblehead TBA Diamondbacks
8-Sep Felipe Vazquez Pirates
8-Sep Joe Morgan Replica Statue Reds
9-Sep Hispanic Heritage Sugar Skull Bobblehead A’s
10-Sep Game of Thrones Wun Wun “The Giant” Bobblehead (special tix) Giants
10-Sep San Francisco Giant Race Bruce Bochy runner bobblehead (special tix) Giants
10-Sep Billy Joel Bobblehead (special tix) Royals
12-Sep Devers Gnome Red Sox
14-16-Sep Dia de los Muertos Bobblehead (special tix) Padres
15-Sep Mike Foltynewicz Player Designed Bobblehead Braves
15-Sep Ed Sedar mini-bobblehead (special tix) Brewers
16-Sep Mark McGwire Cardinals
16-Sep Albert Almora Cubs
16-Sep Star Wars Day Giants “Cantina Rubber Match” Statuette Collectible (special tix) Giants
16-Sep Millennium Falcon hovering over AT&T Park collectable (special tix) Giants
17-Sep Game of Thrones Odor bobblehead (special tix) Rangers
18-Sep Matt Kemp Dodgers
18-Sep Game of Thrones Odor bobblehead (special tix) Rangers
19-Sep Dodgers’ Dia de Los Dodgers Night bobblehead (special tix) Dodgers
19-Sep Game of Thrones Odor bobblehead (special tix) Rangers
21-Sep Sean Manaea No-Hitter Bobblehead A’s
21-Sep A’s Portuguese Heritage Stomper Bobblehead (special tix) A’s
25-Sep Pedro Bobble Red Sox
26-Sep Lou Seal Oktoberfest Bobblehead (special tix) Giants
26-Sep Ant-Man bobblehead (special tix) Giants
29-Sep Ken Griffey Jr. Pop! Collectible Figure Mariners
29-Sep Dan Johnson Rays

2018 Heritage & Community Days, Part 2

Heritage and community days and nights for Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews, Mormons, and other faith groups are scheduled throughout July, August, and September. Check out the list below.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
10-Jul Catholic Night Red Sox
13-Jul Catholic Night Padres
27-Jul Episcopal Night Padres
27-Jul Faith Night Pirates
28-Jul Mormon Night Padres
29-Jul Faith Day Rockies
29-Jul Jewish Heritage Night (special tix) Tigers
5-Aug Jewish Heritage Day Binghamton
5-Aug Jewish Community Day Dodgers
8-Aug Jewish Heritage Night A’s
9-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Trenton
12-Aug Jewish Community Day Padres
16-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Pirates
19-Aug Jewish Community Day Nationals
29-Aug Jewish Heritage Night Giants
1-Sep Fellowship Day Giants
22-Sep Faith Day Nationals

2018 Heritage & Community Days, Part 1

Island Luau Night at the Bowie Baysox

We may have missed Armenian Night at the Tigers, which happened July 7, but there are plenty of heritage and community nights left at ballparks around the country this summer. So, if you’re Greek, German, Polynesian, Nordic, Arab American, or a member, friend, or supporter of several other groups, you might want to mark your calendar for one of the nights below. In addition, in case you missed Pride Night at your local ballpark, there are two more scheduled for August: at the Cardinals (August 17) and the White Sox (August 31).

Later this week I’ll report on the remaining Latino nights, religious-themed nights, and, of course, bobblehead nights.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Event Team
11-Jul Greek Heritage Night White Sox
13-Jul Japan Night Dodgers
13-Jul German Heritage Night Padres
13-15-Jul African American Heritage Weekend Pirates
19-Jul Italian Night Binghamton
20-Jul Italian Heritage Celebration Phillies
26-Jul Irish Community Night Reds
27-Jul Polynesian Heritage Night Giants
28-Jul Greek Heritage Night Padres
27-28-Jul Hawaiian Weekend Angels
2-Aug African American Heritage Night Dodgers
3-Aug African American Heritage Night Brewers
4-Aug Italian Heritage Night A’s
7-Aug African American Heritage Night A’s
8-Aug Polish Night at the Park Syracuse
11-Aug Filipino Heritage Night Padres
13-Aug Japanese Community Night Padres
16-Aug Irish Heritage Night Binghamton
17-Aug Korean Heritage Night Rangers
18-Aug Irish Fest Pirates
21-Aug Salute to Native American Night Mariners
21-Aug Augtobersfest Richmond
23-Aug Diversity Day Twins
24-Aug Italian Heritage Night Giants
27-Aug Irish Heritage Night 2 Giants
30-Aug Polynesian Night Dodgers
31-Aug Filipino Heritage Night A’s
31-Aug Nordic Heritage Night Padres
1-Sep Pacific Islander Heritage Night Padres
4-Sep Korean Night Dodgers
7-Sep Korean Heritage Night A’s
7-Sep African American Community Night Reds
8-Sep Taste of the World International Food Festival Nationals
12-Sep German Community Day Reds
15-Sep German Heritage Celebration Phillies
18-Sep Irish Heritage Celebration Phillies
21-Sep Portuguese Heritage Night A’s
21-Sep Oktoberfest Rangers
21-Sep Irish Heritage Night Tigers
22-Sep Oktoberfest Pirates
22-Sep Arab American Night Tigers
24-Sep Filipino Heritage Night 2 Giants
26-Sep Oktoberfest Giants
28-Sep African American Heritage Night Giants
28-Sep Native American Heritage Night Padres


Island Luau Night at the Bowie Baysox

Best of the Week: 7/1/18 – 7/7/18

Nothing is better than dogs at the ballpark … unless its Dachshunds dashing around the diamond! Thanks, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, for hosting the Wiener Dog Race!

Apparently, Wiener Dog Races are a thing in Wisconsin. In fact, this summer Milwaukee will hold the 13th Dachshund Derby during their annual German Fest in a few weeks.

As long as the little dogs are having fun, I guess its ok. But I’m quite sure it’s better when combined with baseball.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/7/2018

Satchel Paige baseball card from 1948. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

In honor of Satchel Paige‘s birthday, here are some Stat-urday stats and facts:

  • Born on July 7, 1906, in Mobile, Alabama
  • His first formal training in baseball was at the Alabama Reform School for Juvenile Negro Lawbreakers, where he had been sent after being arrested for shoplifting at age 13.
  • His baseball career took him to Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Canada.
  • Made his Negro Leagues debut in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts.
  • Made his major league debut on July 9, 1948, with the Cleveland Indians at the age of 42; 72,000 fans were in attendance.
  • During his career, Paige played for nearly 20 different professional baseball teams as well as semi-pro teams.
  • Appeared in the 1959 Western film, “The Wonderful Country,” with Robert Mitchum and Julie London.
  • His last appearance in professional baseball was on June 21, 1966, for the Carolina League Peninsula Grays.
  • His won-loss record in the Negro Leagues is 100-50.
  • His won-loss record in MLB is 28-31, with a 3.29 ERA.

For more information, check out Paige’s page on Baseball Reference.

~ baseballrebecca

Films on Friday: Bobbleheads and More

Yesterday, I posted the list of upcoming Military Appreciation Days at MLB ballparks and a sample of MiLB ballparks. That means my list of bobblehead giveaways, heritage and community nights, and other quirky baseball events is sure to follow. Next week I’ll post my lists for the second half of the season. So, in honor of my upcoming posts and the upcoming All-Star Week, here’s a promo for last year’s All-Star Game:


Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca