Happy Independence Day!

There’s nothing like fireworks at a minor league baseball park on the 4th of July! Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca



Celebrating Independence Day the Baseball Way

Fireworks at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CAIf your team is in town and playing a night game, chances are you can view your 4th of July fireworks at the stadium tonight. In fact, it may just be the only municipal fireworks display in your area. For the past several years, my city has partnered with our local team to hold the city fireworks display at the stadium. This year, it just so happens that the Baysox are in town and scheduled to play a game. One would think that’s a great thing – fireworks and a baseball game! However, the city found this to be “an extremely disappointing turn of events.”

I mean, it’s not like there are NO fireworks to be seen. If you don’t want to pay for the game, I’m sure you can hang out in the Target or Wal-Mart parking lots. I, for one, am not disappointed that there’s a game tonight. In fact, in response to the city’s disappointment at not being able to spend my tax payer dollars and have their own fireworks, the Baysox General Manger noted that the team’s July 4th fireworks display will be “‘more grandiose’” than the usual post-game fireworks shows. Seems like a win-win to me!

11171215_400_alternative2-w124If you can’t come to Bowie, there are many other options for joint-baseball and Independence Day celebrations. For example, beginning at 2 pm ESPN will show the first of three baseball games (I used to LOVE spending my day with the ESPN triple header – I’m glad they brought it back)! Here are a few other fun ideas for baseball on the 4th of July:

  • Several clubs will be auctioning off game-worn jerseys. For example, the Fort Wayne Tincaps will wear, then auction, Superhero jerseys. Proceeds will benefit Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, an organization that flies U.S. veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials.
  • The Mississippi Braves and Jacksonville Suns, among other teams, will don patriotic-themed jerseys and auction them off to support local charities: the Louisiana-MipMLB2-20748903nmssissippi Chapter of the ALS Association and the Greater Jacksonville Area USO, respectively.
  • Similarly, several teams are also auctioning off game-worn hats, including the Everett AquaSox.
  • For those not wanting a game-worn cap or jersey, you can get a free t-shirt from the Nashville Sounds.
  • For it’s part, Major League Baseball will be again wearing – and selling – patriotic-themed caps.
  • And, with perhaps the most unique Independence Day gimmick, only July 6th, the Richmond Flying Squirrels will host a reenactment of Patrick Henry’s 1775 “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech. Those attending the game will also have the chance to meet delegates to the Second Virginia Convention, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. In addition, Patrick Henry will throw out the first pitch. 

If you don’t have ESPN and can’t make it to a game, why not go outside and play catch? What’s more American than that?

Happy Birthday, USA!

~ baseballrebecca



Happy Independence Day!!

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game.” ~ Walt Whitman

Fireworks at the Bowie Baysox, June 29, 2013

Happy 4th of July!  What better way to celebrate than with baseball!

~ baseballrebecca

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave – Play Ball!

Fireworks at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CAIt was hard not to giggle yesterday at church when we were asked to stand for the singing of the National Anthem before the service began.  I felt like I was at the ball park.  In my mind, I shouted “O!” at the end during “O say does that star-spangled banner still wave,” as if I were at an Orioles game.  I half expected the priest to shout, “Play Ball!” at the end of the song.  (Alas, he did not.)

Maybe I watch a little too much baseball.  But it got me thinking.  Why is the National Anthem so closely associated with baseball and other sporting events?  And should it be?

The “Star-Spangled Banner” became a regular part of baseball during World War II.  However, it was performed as early as 1897 at baseball games in Philadelphia and New York.  The song became the national anthem of the United States in 1931.  Since then, the National Anthem has become a part of baseball history and tradition.  In fact, the first non-traditional, “pop” performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” occurred at a baseball game, when Jose Feliciano performed the anthem at Tiger Stadium before game five of the 1968 World Series.

The National Anthem and its use at sporting events are not without controversy.  A few years back there was a joke going around that the last two words of the National Anthem are “Play Ball!”  As a baseball fan, it would make me proud to have the national pastime officially incorporated into the national anthem.  Unfortunately, not everyone would agree with me.  But then again, aren’t controversy and differences of opinion what freedom is all about?

Happy 4th of July!

~ baseballrebecca