Best of the Week, 9/3-9/2017


Garabez Rosa of the Bowie Baysox was named Eastern League MVP this week! Congrats, Garabez!!

Garabez Rosa receiving the Eastern League MVP award. Congratulations @elpanchy09, you deserve it 👏

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Stat-urday, 9/9/2017


Alec Asher pitched for the Bowie Baysox in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs yesterday. He pitched 1.2 innings, gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs, racking up a 16.20 ERA for his efforts. The Baysox lost 8-4. 


What I don’t understand is why was he pitching for us in the first place? Asher pitched in only 34 games all season, none of them with Bowie. The time he spent in the minors this year was with the Orioles AAA affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. And he only pitched in 10 games with them. 

Was Asher our consolation prize for the O’s taking Austin Hays from us right before the playoffs? I wouldn’t begrudge Hays his MLB playing time, but we’d like to have him for the playoffs. 

The Baysox have lost the first two games of the 5-game series to the Altoona Curve. The series continues in Altoona tonight. 

 ~ baseballrebecca

MiLB Postseason 


Generally, the week after Labor Day is one of the saddest of the entire year. I’m always sad when the Minor League Baseball season ends. Sure, some of our guys might get called up for the end of the season. But it’s just not the same without them playing in down the street and in other towns and cities across the U.S.

This year, however, is different. Both the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles single A and double A affiliates, are in the playoffs. Game one for both teams is tonight – and they’re both playing at home.

Two years ago, the Bowie Baysox were the Eastern League champions. We’re hoping to take home the trophy again!

Good luck to both the Keys and the Baysox!

~ baseballrebecca 

Bowie Baysox, 2015 Eastern League Champions (photo courtesy of milb.com)

 

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

We All Have One of Those Coworkers


I’ve noted before that sociologists view sports as a microcosm of society. This can definitely be said of baseball – and while I have no direct proof of what was happening behind the scenes at the Bowie Baysox game Wednesday night, the interaction between Ryan Flaherty and his fellow Baysox players certainly seemed to reflect coworker interactions we’ve all experienced.

Flaherty, who was on a rehab assignment with the Baysox, finished his work for the evening after the seventh inning. As he walked off the field, he stopped to talk to some teammates on his way to the clubhouse:

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What happened next, perhaps only Ryan knows, but if baseball imitates life, I imagine it went something like this: Ryan stopped to talk to his teammates. They were friendly, perhaps even having a great conversation. But at some point, maybe that conversation started getting a little too long, and Ryan found himself trying to figure out how to extricate himself from his overly chatty coworker. I mean, we’ve all been there haven’t we? We’ve all had to deal with one of those coworkers.

I watched the action unfold from across the ballpark. At first, Ryan seemed to get in to the conversation, and sets his gear down:

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The conversation drags on; Ryan untucks his shirt and starts to fidget and stretch:

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But the coworker keeps talking, so he tries paying more attention to something – anything – than the conversation at hand, like watching the game (this is a common tactic designed to send the message to the overly chatty person that you have better things to do):

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Perhaps he even tried to say goodbye and make his escape as another player walked by:

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But, alas, Ryan wasn’t the one who was able to escape, and now he’s wondering how else he might disentangle himself:

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So he tries backing away slowly, though the world appears to be speeding by as he’s stuck in place:

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The next strategy is usually to keep backing away from the person who won’t stop talking, looking uncomfortable if you think it will help:

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If it doesn’t work, you might have to resign yourself to being stuck there a little while longer:

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But keep hoping someone else will come by to save you:

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Then, slowly start making your move to escape again:

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When you seen an opportunity, get out of there as fast as you can:

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It matters not if someone else gets stuck with your chatty coworker – at least you have saved yourself:

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Happy Friday! Enjoy some time off from your coworkers!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Having Cedric


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Cedric Mullins (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

Cedric Mullins is batting .315 this season with the Bowie Baysox. But that’s not the whole story.

The Bowie Baysox are 60-55 and in first place in the Eastern League Western Division. So far they are 3-5 this month, though they have outscored their opponents 49 to 43. But that’s not the whole story, either.

Last night, the Baysox hit five home runs, scored 14 runs, and beat the Harrisburg Senators 14-2. The Senators, for their part, hit two home runs. Most of the home runs scored in the game can be attributed to Cedric. Yet only one of those home runs was hit by Cedric himself.

This is the story: Last night the Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. It also happened to be a night in which a group of boys, approximately 10 to 16 years old, were in attendance at the Baysox game. They were loud and exuberant and they immediately took a liking to the Baysox’ leadoff batter Cedric Mullins.

In the first inning, they began chanting, “Ced-ric Mul-lins” followed by the rhythmic clap, clap, clap-clap-clap so often heard at baseball stadiums. In response, Cedric hit a home run, immediately putting Bowie on the board.

So the boys kept chanting Cedric’s name; it did not matter if the rest of the players were not named Cedric Mullins. After Mullins’ lead off home run, the next batter, Baltimore Orioles rehabbing infielder Ryan Flaherty, singled. The boys chanted. After the next batter made an out, the rehabbing Anthony Santander homered, and the boys chanted.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Then Bowie’s D.J. Stewart homered.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

By the end of the first inning, the Baysox were leading 4-0. For nearly every batter, the group of boys chanted not the batter’s name, but Cedric Mullins’ name. The chanting continued into the top of the second inning, even though the Senators were batting. The young men continued to show their love for Cedric Mullins. So Raudy Read and Drew Ward each hit home runs – for the visiting team.

Baysox 4, Senators 2.

As the game progressed, the boys’ interest in both the game and Mullins ebbed and flowed. But in the bottom of the sixth, as the game got more interesting, their attention again turned to Cedric Mullins after Austin Wynns walked and Erick Salcedo singled. Before his name was even announced, the chanting started all over again, as loud as it had been in the first inning.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

With men on first and second, Mullins singled on a ground ball to Harrisburg’s right fielder, Yadiel Hernandez. Wynns stopped at third, Salcedo at second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The next batter, Flaherty, walked; Wynns scored; Salcedo to third; Mullins to second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Austin Hays to the plate.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The bases are loaded.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

“CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”,

And then Austin Hays hit a grand slam. And the small crowd in the stadium went wild. One by one, they crossed the plate: Salcedo, then Mullins, then Flaherty, then Hays.

Baysox 12, Senators 2.

“Aus-tin Ha-ys (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) …”

The chants may have changed by the end of the game, but with Cedric Mullins, and his fan club’s adoration, the Baysox might never have hit those five home runs last night (nor might the Senators have hit their two). The importance of Cedric Mullins to the outcome of yesterday’s game, and the Baysox’ 2017 success, cannot be overstated.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Two More All-Star Games


If you think the All-Star Break is all but over, you’re wrong. Tonight the Triple A All-Star game will be played between the International League and Pacific League all-stars. The Eastern League All-Star game will also be played tonight. Both games will be on MiLB.TV.

Yesterday, before the first pitch of the MLB All-Star Game was even thrown, one of my very own Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, had won the Eastern League Home Run Derby. The Triple A home run derby took place on Monday, with the title being captured by Bryce Brentz of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Brentz hit 18 home runs and Rodriguez hit 14 to win their respective titles.

Congrats MiLB All-Stars!

~ baseballrebecca