On Sunday we went to see Las Piñatas de Erie (also know as the Erie SeaWolves) at Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (also known as the Bowie Baysox) in Bowie’s first Copa de la Diversión game of the season. During the 7th Inning Stretch, we sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in Spanish. It was awesome!
So that you can sing along when you attend a Copa game, I’ve posted the lyrics below and a version to sing along with!
Llévame al juego de beisbol
Llévame a la multitud
Compremos manies y unos cracker jack
No me importa si vuelvo jamás
Apoyemos a nuestro equipo
Y si no ganan también
Porque es un, dos, tres y ponchado en el juego de beisbol
And to be truly bilingual:
Admiral Chester Nimitz throwing out the first ball in an exhibition baseball game in Oahu, Hawaii, 1942. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as I was researching baseball and the military I stumbled upon a few really cool photos. I’ll post more about baseball players we lost in times of war on Monday. For now, enjoy these cool photos.
Johnnie Williams in 1914 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The first Hawaiian Major Leaguer was Johnnie Williams. Williams was born in 1889 in Honolulu; his father was British and his mother was Hawaiian.
Williams began his professional baseball career pitching for Sacramento Sacts in the Pacific Coast League in 1911. He made his Major League debut on April 20, 1914. Between April and August that year, Williams appeared in four games, pitching 11.1 innings with a 6.35 ERA. According to the Society of American Baseball Research, the main reason Williams played so few games with Detroit is that he had contracted Malaria during Spring Training in Gulfport, Mississippi.
In 1915, Williams returned to the PCL playing for the Los Angeles Angels and the Salt Lake City Bees. In 1916, he played for the St. Joseph Drummers of the Western League.
Williams joined the Hawaiian Infantry in 1917. Upon his return to Hawaii in 1919, he lead team of Hawaiian all-stars that traveled to Japan. Williams later played in the Hawaiian Baseball League.
Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Month!
Once again, the Best of the Week involves Adam Jones. The D-backs put together a nice video of his work:
And let’s not forget the night he pied himself this week:
After two rain outs in a row in New York this week, I started wondering how the weather has affected games and attendance this year, and stumbled upon an interesting article about MLB attendance being down for the sixth straight year. Last year, they tried to blame it on the weather, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year.
Below are the stats for this year’s attendance so far, courtesy of Baseball-reference.com. A whopping 18 teams have lower attendance this year than for the same time last year.
What do you think is causing the drop in attendance and what should MLB do about it?
||Average Attendance per Game
|Chicago White Sox
|New York Mets
|Los Angeles Angels
|New York Yankees
|Los Angeles Dodgers
On May 14, 2002, Jimmy Carter joined Fidel Castro on the mound in Latinoamericano Stadium to throw out the first pitch. Check out the footage below:
Eric Pardinho (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Recently, the roster of the Brazilian National Baseball Team (such as for the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic) included players on minor league teams, such as the Lexington Legends, Pulaski Mariners, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Jackson Generals, and Bluefield Blue Jays. There were also players on Venezuelan Summer League rosters as well as college rosters and Japanese Baseball League rosters. So, are any of them still in baseball and who will be the next to make it to the Major Leagues?
Two that might make it are Eric Pardinho and Rodrigo Hitoshi “Bo” Takahashi. Pardinho, a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, is just 18 years old. He is currently ranked number 4 on the Blue Jays’ top prospects list and is the number 88 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. In 2017 at age 16, Pardinho signed with the Blue Jays for a $1.4 million bonus. He made his professional debut in 2018 with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Last season he had a 2.88 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 50 innings. Pardinho was sent to extended spring training in March after experiencing elbow soreness.
Bo Takahashi (photo courtesy of milb.com)
Takahashi, another pitcher, currently plays for the Jackson Generals, the double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2018, between the Visalia Rawhide (A-advanced) and Jackson, Takahashi had a 4.03 ERA, 130 strikeouts, and a 6-6 record in 23 games. The 22-year old Takahashi signed with the Diamondbacks in 2013, when he was 16 years old.
Kudos to the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks for truly being international organizations!