Fighting Solves Nothing (especially when you miss)

The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles got into a fight on Tuesday. Of course, many folks have offered their two-cents on the topic. For example, the Sporting News stated Manny Machado was wrong for charging the mound while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has tired of Yordano Ventura’s antics. ESPN noted that this can be a positive turning point for the Orioles, and NBC Sports just mused that it was all in tribute to Muhammad Ali (though see my take on that below). Adam Jones, of course, felt Machado was more than justified in his actions.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo apparently loved the whole thing.

I’ll let you judge for yourself (just don’t let that little skip of Manny’s as he heads to the pitcher’s mound cloud your opinion):

I was watching the game, but I’ll decline to take sides (Manny Machado doll on my dresser notwithstanding). Actually, I think they both should be ashamed of themselves. After all, the photographic evidence is quite telling – clearly neither Machado nor Ventura know how to fight. The still photos of their punches clearly show them each missing the mark:

~ baseballrebecca

The Week of February 14-20, 2016

DSCN4091The best baseball story of the week has got to be this one! Gotta love a dog named after one of my Orioles! And Adam Jones is probably going to use this against him all season…

A dog named Manny Machado took home Best of Breed at the Westminster Dog Show

Have a great week!

~ baseballrebecca





Machado Gets Married

10808754_1496252700652503_1062781261_nAccording to the Baltimore Sun, Orioles’ third baseman, Manny Machado, married his girlfriend, Yainee Alonso, last weekend. No details yet on where it was, though WBAL surmised it was at a courthouse. Looks to me like this is on some sort of yacht. Originally, the plan, according to USA Today, was they’d marry on December 6 in Paris, but maybe Adam Jones’ Paris proposal to his fiancée last year upstaged them.

Congrats, Manny and Yainee!



(Photos courtesy of the The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine.)

Gnome Quest

Bowie Baysox Manny Machado Garden Gnome GiveawayI’ve written previously about Bobble Mania and my Bobble Quests.  Recently, however, minor league teams have added a new one: The Gnome Quest.  This evening, the Bowie Baysox had a Manny Machado gnome giveaway for the first 1,000 fans.  From the line outside the stadium more than an hour before the game started, it would appear it was a hit. (Yes, I was in that line.)Line outside the stadium waiting to get Manny Machado Garden Gnomes

I’m sure one reason Manny the Gnome was so popular is that fans LOVE Manny the Ballplayer.  For years we’ve been counting on him to be the future of the Orioles, the “shortstop of the future.”  We like to compare him to Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken.

It’s not surprising, then, that we like to collect all things Manny.  This year alone, the Baysox have had three Manny-related giveaways:  the Manny Machado bobblehead, the Manny Machado t-shirt, and, now, the Manny Machado Garden Gnome.

Not only do baseball fans love giveaways, we love Machado giveaways.  I think this video from the Bowie Baysox pretty much proves it:

Happy collecting!

~ baseballrebecca

Bobble Quest 2013

Gio Gonzalez, Spring Training 2012To my delight, in my inbox this morning was an email from the Washington Nationals reminding me that this Saturday they are giving away a Gio Gonzalez bobblehead.  Gio Gonzalez.  May favorite Washington National.  As a bobblehead.  I must go!

A few weeks ago, in preparation for my 2013 Bobble Quest, I had jotted down all of the bobble giveaways in the area, but hadn’t transferred the information into a usable list, and, therefore, had forgotten all about the Gio bobble giveaway this weekend.  Fortunately, that email from the Nats reminded me to pull out my calendar to pencil in the all-important dates.  (See my list below of the bobblehead giveaways in the Washington/BaltiNick Markakis bobble glovemore area.)

Yes, last year I had vowed to not go overboard on the whole bobblehead-thing, like I had in 2011.  This year I again purchased a Bowie Baysox ticket pack so I could get the all-important free Manny Machado bobblehead, without having to make myself crazy racing to the ballpark to get there in time before they run out.

However, there’s still something addictive about collecting bobbleheads.  I think I’ll definitely need to at least get a Gio for my collection! Afterall, he can keep Nick and Manny company on my bobble shelf.

Happy collecting!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Bobblehead/Other Team


Jordan Zimmermann Harrisburg Senators


Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals


Manny Machado Frederick Keys


Mystery bobblehead Bowie Baysox


Bryce Harper mini bobblehead Harrisburg Senators


Unspecified Hagerstown Suns


Bryce Harper Washington Nationals


Tyler Moore Harrisburg Senators


Dan Haren Potomac Nationals


Justin Tucker (Ravens) bobblehead Bowie Baysox


Dylan Bundy Frederick Keys


Stephen Strasburg mini bobblehead Harrisburg Senators


Davey Johnson Washington Nationals


Roger Bernadina mini bobblehead Harrisburg Senators


Jim Johnson Bowie Baysox


Dylan Bundy Delmarva Shorebirds


Roger Bernadina Shark-A-rine Potomac Nationals


Drew Storen Harrisburg Senators


Danny Espinoza Fathead Harrisburg Senators


Steve Lombardozzi Garden Gnome Hagerstown Suns


Oriole Bird Norfolk Tides


Tyler Moore Potomac Nationals


Manny Machado Garden Gnome Bowie Baysox


Bryce Harper Hagerstown Suns


Tim Kurkjian Frederick Keys


Steve Lombardozzi mini bobblehead Harrisburg Senators


Fan’s Choice Baltimore Orioles