Best of the Week: 5/28-6/3/2017


First no-hitter of the season, and he dedicated it to Jose Fernandez and Yordano Ventura!

 

 

 

 

 

Two Cuban Baseball Oral Histories


Yesterday I stumbled upon a great resource for baseball fans and researchers: the Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project digital collection at the University of Miami. The collection includes several videos of oral history interviews that were conducted with “members of the first generations of Cubans to leave the island after the Cuban Revolution.”

The online collection contains two baseball-related interviews. The first is an oral history interview with Andres Fleitas, former player for the Almendares Blues of the Cuban baseball leagues. The University of Miami libraries blog includes a summary of the interview, and the online collection has a video of the interview. The other interview is with Rafael “Felo” Ramírez, the Spanish-language broadcaster for the Miami Marlins. The online collection contains a video of his interview, as well.

I’m sensing a future blog post on these two!

Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Gordon and Stanton on Robinson


Yesterday, I posted a link to Adam Jones talking about Jackie Robinson and blacks in baseball in 2015. Here’s Marlins’ players Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton said last year:

Mattingly’s Love Letter?


Yesterday, MLB.com shared this letter from Don Mattingly to the Miami Marlins. I was hoping it would be a little more loving and inspirational, but, you know, not bad for a baseball guy…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

~ baseballrebecca

 

Jose Fernandez


I am so sad, I have no words…

“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

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Live From Spring Training


 Its a beautiful 68 degrees in Viera here at Space Coast Stadium. Sadly, this is our last Spring Training game before heading back home to the real world (although I did just get tickets to the pre-season Yankees at Nats game next weekend because I just don’t want this to end!)

Spring Training is one of the greatest events of the year. Nothing beats escaping reality for a few days and immersing yourself in baseball. Many have written of the cathartic, healing powers of Spring Training.  I must concur. 

Even if the Nats are currently losing to the Marlins 5-3 after 2 1/2 innings, despite beautiful home runs by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper. 

Oh well. After all, it’s only Spring …

~ baseballrebecca

PS Ramos just hit a homer bringing it to 5-4. Go Nats!

  

   

 

#Bobbleday


Happy National Bobblehead Day!

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The Bowie Baysox’ collection of bobbleheads (www.baysox.com).

 

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The Bobblehead Museum at Marlins Park.

As far as I can tell, this is a day that was made-up by the folks who are putting together the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. They are actually pretty organized – they have a strong social media presence, are selling memberships, have a Kickstarter campaign, and have even gotten some bobblehead donations from the Miami Marlins.

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The Washington Nationals are also celebrating National Bobblehead Day.

 

 

Speaking of bobbleheads, I’ll be keeping an eye out for the 2015 promotional schedules. In fact, the Milwaukee Brewers have already announced that this year they will be giving out a whopping ten bobbleheads, as well as two gnomes. Of course, the guys at the National Bobblehead HoF and Museum already have a pretty good list on their website. But my annual list will focus solely on baseball.

Naturally, I’m all for celebrating bobbleheads – you know how much I love them! So, to celebrate National Bobblehead Day, I’ve posted below a video from the Springfield Cardinals.

Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca

 

[Note: National Bobblehead Day should not be confused with Britain’s Bobble Hat Day (you know – winter hats with balls of yarn on top or hats like Santa’s) that occurred on December 10, 2014, to raise awareness about child abuse, or National Bobble Day which occurred on February 7 last year. (It’s unclear if National Bobble Day will be replicated this year. It was all about raising funds to help older people keep warm during the winter. The idea was to wear or do something warm. According to the website, “This could be as simple as wearing a bobble hat to work or school, or hosting a warming morning selling tea, cakes or soup to raise funds.” They also recommend wearing wacky sweaters (“jumpers”), “sparkly legwarmers,” or other items of warm clothing to bring attention to the issue.) (And, in case you were wondering, January 7 is also National Tempura Day.)]