My favorite team, the Bowie Baysox, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday. The highlight of the evening was, of course, the Trey “Moon Man”-cini bobblehead, but the team didn’t stop there. The team wore special moon landing jerseys, showed footage of the actual moon landing, and created special displays on the scoreboard for the players. It was an awesome event – check out my pics below!
The best of this past week was the Bowie Baysox. First, Mike Baumann of the Baysox threw a no-hitter on Tuesday:
Then, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing:
More on that tomorrow…
Now that I’ve been to Pride Night for both a Major League team (the Washington Nationals) and a Minor League team (the Bowie Baysox), I gotta say the minors did it better. Here’s how they compared:
- Giveaways: While both the Nats and the Baysox required a special ticket purchase to obtain the giveaway, the Baysox at least let us pick up our item inside the park. The Nats made us walk away from the main entrance and down the street to a mostly unlabeled blue tent. Sure there was a tiny little sign, but who hangs out outside the street down there in the first place? Also, several, though not all, minor league teams gave Pride-related giveaways to fans when they entered the stadium. No secret entrances, no having to pick up your giveaway outside the stadium far away from other fans.
- In-game advertising: Sure, the Nats would occasionally put up the rainbow-colored “Curly W” up on the scoreboard and had one Pride flag hanging next to the U.S. flag, but that was about it. The Baysox not only kept putting up a sign saying “Welcome to Pride Night” up on the scoreboard, they had Pride flags on display throughout the stadium and staff wore rainbow-colored jerseys (ok, so they were really more like tie-dyed shirts, but they tried!)
- In-game programming: Other than the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus singing the National Anthem, the one Pride flag, and the occasional rainbow Curly W, you never would have known it was Pride Night at the Nats. The Baysox, on the other hand, created a truly welcoming atmosphere. They had LGBTQ-related trivia in between a few innings (like, how many LGBTQ individuals live in Maryland?) (of course, I was too busy trying to take a picture of the question up on the scoreboard – which I missed anyway – to pay attention to the answer), as well as LGBTQ community groups set-up on the concourse to provide information. Yes, the DC Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs was at the Nats game, but not only were they tucked away in a corner where you wouldn’t see them (unless you bought those special LGBTQ tickets and happened to cut through the picnic tables on the way to those special seats) and they wouldn’t give you any information (or one of their cute flag pens) unless you lived in the city and gave them your phone number.
Minor League Baseball put forth a concerted effort with their Strike Out Hate Campaign and joint advertising for the nearly 70 teams hosting Pride Nights. Major League Baseball may have had a greater percentage of their teams celebrating Pride, but it was still only 28 of them. Maybe its time MLB learned something from MiLB.
Pride flag on display above the entrance of Prince George’s County Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox
The Bowie Baysox held their first-ever Pride event on June 13, 2019, partnering with a local LGBTQ+ organization, Annapolis Pride. The Baysox were just one of nearly 70 teams hosting Pride Nights and participating in Minor League Baseball’s “Strike Out Hate” Campaign.
Check out the scenes below from the game, and check out my post tomorrow in which I’ll compare the Washington Nationals Pride Night to the Baysox event! Who did Pride better?
A few weeks ago we attended the Bowie Baysox’ (Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake) first Copa de la Diversión game of the season v. the Erie SeaWolves (Piñatas de Erie). Check out some of my photos of the game. I love this promotion!
Former Bowie Baysox player Mike Yastrzemski hit his first Major League home run Friday night at Oriole Park for the team that wears orange and black – and against the Baltimore Orioles.
Back in March, the Orioles traded Yaz to San Francisco for LHP Tyler Herb (who is currently with triple-A Norfolk). After more than seven seasons in the minors, Yaz made his MLB debut on May 25 and is batting .280 – which is higher than pretty much all of the current Orioles.
The O’s should have kept him. And they should have promoted him long ago.
The 2019 Minor League Baseball season is finally here! In addition to all the hometown fun, here are some things to look for this year:
- Stars on the Rise: Bo Bichette, Carter Kieboom, and other MiLB stars are debuting in triple-A ball this year, after spending some time at MLB spring training this year. And let’s not forget about Victor Victor Mesa, who will debut in High-A this season. (And if anyone knows where little brother Victor Mesa, Jr., will be starting, let me know!)
- Teams Saying Goodbye: the Potomac Nationals, Mobile BayBears, and New Orleans BabyCakes are spending their last year in their current cities and will relocate in 2020 to Fredericksburg, VA; Madison, AL; and Wichita, KS; respectively.
- Minors and Milestones: A number of teams are celebrating anniversaries this year, including: the Louisville Bats and the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
- MiLB is Fun: The Copa de la Diversion returns this year with even more teams.
- All Stars: The Carolina League All-Star game will be held at one of my favorite minor league ballparks this year – Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Maryland.
- Buck Returns: Buck Britton returns to Bowie as the team’s new manager (at least the Orioles still have one Britton.)
Check out some of the changes for MiLB this year that I noted yesterday.
It’s gonna be a great season! Happy MiLB Opening Day!