September Bobbleheads


With just over a month left of the 2017 baseball season, here are your last chances to obtain a bobblehead this year:

2-Sep Brewers Craig Counsell mini bobblehead (special ticket)
2-Sep Giants Buster Posey Special Event bobblehead (special ticket)
2-Sep Padres Wil Myers “The Cycle” Bobblehead
2-Sep Rangers Master Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
2-Sep White Sox Mark Buehrle
6-Sep Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
9-Sep Arizona Sugar Skull Bobblehead
10-Sep Royals Drew Butera TIE Fighter Pilot (Star Wars) Bobblehead (special ticket)
12-Sep Cardinals Willie McGee mini bobblehead (special ticket)
12-Sep Giants Joe Montana bobblehead (special ticket)
13-Sep Giants Frank Robinson
13-Sep Red Sox Xander Bogaerts Gnome
15-Sep Giants Giants-themed Thor bobblehead (Marvel Day – special tickets required)
16-Sep Astros Super Springer “Diving Catch” Bobblehead
16-Sep Giants Orlando Cepeda statue replica (80th birthday)
16-Sep Reds Reds Past & Present Triple Bobblehead
16-Sep Tampa Bay Blake Snell
17-Sep Miami Christian Yelich
23-Sep Reds Tucker Barnhart
24-Sep Orioles Oriole Bird Bobblehead Toothbrush Holder (14 and under)
26-Sep Cardinals Joe Magrane and Greg Mathews dual-bobblehead (special ticket)
26-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead TBA
26-Sep Phillies Phillies Captain Picard bobble figurine (special ticket)
30-Sep Cardinals Scott Rolen
30-Sep Miami Adam Conley Star Wars Stormtrooper Bobblehead (special ticket)
30-Sep Royals Memorable Moments Bobblehead Series: George Brett
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#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:

LEGO Baysox Starting Lineup


imagesI’m not sure when LEGO Everything became a thing, but it seems in addition to LEGO Superheroes and LEGO Star Wars characters, there also are LEGO baseball players. This became abundantly clear when the LEGO Play Ball Tour came to Prince George’s Stadium this week. In addition to having LEGO figures along the concourse and LEGOs for kids to build and create with, we also had the LEGO Baysox Starting Lineup on the scoreboard. (With the exception of the number 7 batter, Chris O’Brien. For some reason, Chris didn’t get his own LEGO character.) Let’s go (LEGO) Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca

Rest in Peace, Felo


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Rafael “Felo” Ramirez passed away yesterday at the age of 94. He was the Spanish-language radio announcer for the Miami Marlins. But he was much more than that.

Ramirez was born in Bayamo, Cuba, on June 22, 1923. Growing up in Cuba he played second base for a local team. As the story goes, one day he began calling plays with a friend’s microphone. And the rest was history.

According to the Miami Herald, Ramirez began his professional radio career at Radio Salas in Havana in 1945, where he worked for 9 years. Later he became a broadcaster in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In fact, Ramirez was involved in more than 40 Caribbean World Series. He also was a boxing expert and called many professional boxing matches.

In 2001, the Baseball Hall of Fame honored Ramirez with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting and in 2003 he was inducted in to the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. Venezuela’s Magallanes Navigators honored him in 2012 for his more than 60 years as a sports announcer.

Earlier this year, I posted a link to an oral history with Ramirez. I only wish I’d had more time to listen to him call ball games.

Thanks for sharing baseball with us, Felo!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week, 8/14-20/2017


On Friday, Manny Machado hit not one, not two, but three home runs. And the third one was a walk-off grand slam. It was awesome – check out the coverage here: http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20170819&content_id=249347472&vkey=news_bal&c_id=bal

The best part, however, came during  MASN’s post-game interview with Machado. During the interview Adam Jones “pied” Machado, just like the good old days. Later, though, Adam set us straight: 

Keep being insubordinate, Adam!

~ baseballrebecca