Manny Returns


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Manny Machado in the on deck circle at Camden Yards, June 25, 2019

As I mentioned on Sunday, a week ago my favorite player, Manny Machado, was back in Baltimore playing  against the Orioles with his new team, the San Diego Padres. Since I still haven’t forgiven the O’s for trading him, I wore my Manny Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. I wasn’t the only Padres fan there.

I’ve been a Manny fan ever since the O’s signed him, and I watched him play single-A and double-A ball with the Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox before he skipped triple-A and went up to the Orioles in 2012. I even went to one of his rehab games in Frederick in 2014. So I certainly wasn’t going to miss seeing him when the Padres came to town for an inter-league game this year.

As I knew they would, Orioles’ fans gave Manny a standing ovation when he came up for his first at bat. He gave a little wave to the fans in response. When he hit a home run in the 3rd inning, we cheered again. It was a bittersweet night. But at least we got to see our Manny again. And he looked like he enjoyed catching up with his old teammates. Check out the pics below.

~ baseballrebecca

 

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Hugging Miguel Castro: this brought a tear to my eye.

A standing ovation for Manny.

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Manny and Fernando Tatis, Jr.

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Best of the Week: 6/23/2019 – 6/29/2019


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When Manny was ours, 2012 (photo by Keith Alison via Wikipedia)

My favorite player, Manny Machado, returned to Baltimore this week with his (and my) new team, the San Diego Padres. The fans warmly welcomed him, some of us nearly in tears.

I’m still mad at the Orioles for trading him away. Naturally, I was at the game on Tuesday, wearing my Manny-Padres shirt and my Lake Elsinore Storm cap. (I’m still working through my feelings on this, but will post more pics later this week.)

We miss you Manny!

~ baseballrebecca

This one made me tear up a little (ok, a lot):

 

 

 

 

Still Coming . . .


The Annual Bobble List is coming next week – along with more info on this year’s Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads.

In the meantime, I’ve been spending time with my current bobbleheads. I really miss these guys:

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And, no, Manny, this is not acceptable – not without Jonathan:

No matter how you explain it:

~ baseballrebecca

#bobbleiscoming

#bringbackthebromance

 

 

 

Eight . . .


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Manny Machado with the Dodgers in 2018. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (via Wikipedia)

Opening Day is just eight days away!! Two of my all-time favorite players have worn no. 8: Cal Ripken and Manny Machado. And since Manny is no longer an Oriole (or a Dodger, where he wore no. 8), I’m a San Diego Padres fan this year. (I already have my tickets for when they play more former team, the O’s!)

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 2/17/2019 – 2/23/2019


Without a doubt, the best baseball story of the week was Manny Machado. After weeks of me whining, the drama finally ended with Manny signing with the San Diego Padres.

Now all we need is an announcement from Bryce and I can begin to plan my life again…

Although, I have to say, I kind of agree with this guy:

And still hold out hope, like this guy:

 

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Which Team Will Be My Valentine?


MachadoIt’s Valentine’s Day, and I still don’t know which team to give my heart to.

The other day I said, “We should go to Miami, visit family, hang out at Versailles, and see a Marlins game.” Then it struck me (again): how can we plan a trip to see the Marlins when we don’t know which team we want to see them play? How can I plan anything when I don’t know which team(s) I’ll be following this year?

I noted previously that I feel like my life has been in limbo because of this Free Agency Shutdown. Every day I google  “Manny Machado” and “Bryce Harper” desperately hoping for news. This, in fact, occurs several times a day. It’s beginning to feel like I’m living the same day over and over again. And I feel like all of the social media posts and articles on Spring Training are mocking me. Spring Training should be a joyous time of year – not a time of desperation and unease. This is not the Valentine’s Day we are looking for.

Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune is apparently feeling the same way. Yesterday he wrote,

“After reading Manny Machado was spotted with Kyle Schwarber at the baptism for Albert Almora Jr.’s son, I want more Manny news. I want to know where he is at all times and who is with him. Like the Stanley Cup. Or a Kardashian. Going out for food. Hanging out by the pool. Attending a school recital. Seeing the new Rebel Wilson rom-com. Driving for Uber. Where’s my MannyGram app?”

He also had a great solution to our dilemma:

“Maybe Machado and Bryce Harper should sign with Netflix. Put them in an RV and have them travel to major-league ballparks around the country. They could talk to fans about why owners charging a markup of more than 1,000 percent on beer can’t cover the cost of a top free agent. They could confront owners, asking on camera why teams couldn’t use their talent and what a fair price for their services might be. Let them surprise kids at Little League fields along the way, too, offering playing tips, signing autographs, explaining how arbitration works and the way free agency is supposed to go.”

Rosenthal went on to discuss free agency and labor issues in MLB (I’ll stop quoting him, though, just read the article). And this is where the Baseball Sociology comes in: this is not about players’ greed or owners’ stating they are losing money. It’s about workers rights, the labor market, and business negotiations. One hundred free agents remain unsigned. Is the free agency system “broken,” as Justin Verlander suggests?

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Curt Flood (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

To analyze this fully could result in an entire dissertation or multi-volume encyclopedia set. But it’s important to know the facts. We’re coming up upon the 50th anniversary of the infamous trade of Curt Flood from the Cardinals to the Phillies, which set us on the path to free agency. We’re also heading toward the end of the current MLB collective bargaining agreement (in December 2021), which means  a lot of negotiations are coming.

Here are a few sites to help put the free agency issue into perspective:

Of course, the best source of information on free agency and players’ rights in Marvin Miller’s book, A Whole Different Ball Game: The Sport and Business of Baseball. This book is a must-read!

What’s missing from that list, however, is information on how this impacts the fans. Because right now, all I want to know is: which team will be my Valentine?

~ baseballrebecca

Dear Baseball: Will Someone Please Sign My Guys?


My dearest Baseball,

Look at that sad face? How can you not sign him? (Manny Machado pictured in 2015; photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia)

I can’t take much more of this. First, the nation was in limbo because of the government shutdown. Now, my life is in limbo because no one has signed Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Adam Jones, or Gio Gonzalezmy four favorite players! I’m reaching the breaking point.

Because of the Free Agent Shutdown, I can’t move forward with my life. I can’t plan a Spring Training vacation, because I don’t know who I will be rooting for. I can’t decide which MLB games to go to this season, because I just don’t know where Manny, Bryce, Adam, and Gio will be.

For the first time in a decade, I guess I won’t be meeting you in Florida for Spring Training this year. Last year, the Orioles broke my heart when they traded Manny and Jonathan Schoop, so I’m still mad at them and really don’t want to see them in Sarasota right now. It would be too sad without Manny, Adam, and Jonathan. Even if Cedric Mullins and some of my favorite former Baysox are there, it just won’t be the same. (And, by the way, are the O’s ever going to promote Garabez Rosa?)

Same with the Nats. Besides, since they abandoned Space Coast Stadium for fancier digs, I’m not all that in to their Spring Training anyway. And with no Bryce and no Gio, there’s just no point. I could go to Arizona, but I still wouldn’t know which teams to support – especially since Machado and Puig are no longer with the Dodgers.

The bottom line is, this isn’t hurting just me, its also hurting the economy. If I’m not spending money on plane tickets, game tickets, hotel, and food for Spring Training, its more than just me suffering. And lets not forget the fact that I can’t plan any in-season games since I don’t know which teams I might want to visit!

Baseball, I still love you. But I can’t go on this way. Please sign my guys, and please let it be to teams I can support. Otherwise, I might have to become a Yankees fan

~ baseballrebecca

PS If you could manage to sign all four to the Padres (or the O’s or the Nats), I’d be happy once again!