In a great example of the intersection among baseball, pop culture, and American history, this summer baseball fans at 15 stadiums across the country will have the opportunity to see and interact with a replica of the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong 50 years ago when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The replica suit was created from 3-D scans of the original spacesuit that was restored in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, which happened on July 20, 1969.
Last week, the National Air and Space Museum installed the first replica at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. It will be on display for the remainder of the season. Apollo at the Park can be seen at the following teams’ stadiums:
- Atlanta Braves
- Boston Red Sox
- Chicago Cubs
- Cleveland Indians
- Cincinnati Reds
- Colorado Rockies
- Detroit Tigers
- Houston Astros
- Minnesota Twins
- New York Yankees
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- San Francisco Giants
- Seattle Mariners
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Washington Nationals
Check out the video in the tweet below for more info on the project:
The thing that led me to become a baseball sociologist is the simple fact that each team and ballpark has their own distinct personality. Part of that is the traditions that occur at the park. At Nats Park, traditions include the President’s Race, a stupid cheer (“Nats, Nats, Nats, Woo!”), singing stupid songs at the 7th inning (like “Take on Me” by A-ha), showing up late, and roaming around the stadium not really paying attention to the game. I caught several of these on camera at the game I attended last week.
Saluting the military:
The presidents and the Presidents’ Race:
The bullpen cart that almost nobody rides in (but it still zooms around the park anyway):
Standing around chatting, not paying attention to the game, and blocking the view for those of us who actually want to watch the game:
Only at Nats Park!
Last week, I sat in a different location than I usually do at Nationals Park. This gave me the opportunity to get some great pictures of my favorite Nat, Victor Robles.
I was attending the Nats Night OUT event with a group of coworkers. At the beginning of the game, I told them that Victor would hit a home run. They pretty much ignored me – since they have no idea who Victor is (even though I have a picture of him hanging on my office door) and aren’t all that in to baseball. (I know – right?) But sure enough Victor hit a home run in the 5th inning. Of course, that was after my “beloved” coworkers had all given up on the Nats and left. (Insert eye roll here.)
There was a brief, umpire-related delay at one point, so our two young players, Robles (age 22) and Juan Soto (age 20) hung out int he outfield discussing whatever it is that 20-something major leaguers discuss.
Later they were joined by veteran, Adam Eaton. (We were sitting under the big scoreboard screen, which is why they kept looking right at my camera!)
Last Tuesday, the Washington Nationals celebrated Pride Month with the 15th annual Night OUT at the ballpark. Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank threw out the first pitch and the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus sang the National Anthem. There was even a sweet marriage proposal.
I’ll provide more commentary later, but for now, enjoy some of the photos.
As the world marked the 75th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) this week, the baseball world made sure that baseball’s contributions were not forgotten:
In my continuing annoyance with the Baltimore Orioles this season, I am keeping track of all of my favorite former Orioles (and a few others) to see how they’re doing on other and better teams. As expected, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are still awesome!
Here are the latest stats:
* Optioned to the Reno Aces on 5/2/2019
In case you needed something to smile about today: