Best of the Week: 7/14/2019 – 7/20/2019


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…

~ baseballrebecca

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The Lancaster JetHawks Appreciate Aerospace


IMG_3282The advance-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies is located in Lancaster, CA, not far from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Edwards Air Force Base. The JetHawks play at The Hangar (formerly known as Lancaster Municipal Stadium), which has a retired NASA F-18 Hornet on display outside of its main entrance.

The JetHawks capitalize on their proximity to NASA in other ways as well. In past years, they’ve given away NASA-themed bobbleheads, like the one they did of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 2007. They even have an Astronaut Race, much like the Washington Nationals president’s race, featuring three famous astronauts, John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong:

In addition, every year, the JetHawks host Aerospace Appreciation Night. Two years ago  Buzz Aldrin was honored (again) by the Jethawks and he threw out the first pitch:

 

Enjoy a few additional photos below!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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Baseball and STEM


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Members of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes taking in the solar eclipse in 2017. Photo courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

As the baseball world prepares to celebrate NASA and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, lets take a look at the other ways baseball has partnered with NASA and the scientific community. In 2017, NASA used the total solar eclipse as a teachable moment in minor league ballparks, but it wasn’t the only time they used baseball to give us a science lesson.

NASA has also given lessons on the Aerodynamics of Baseball and Forces on a Baseball. A few years ago they even superimposed the Apollo 11 landing site onto a baseball diamond (and other images) to help us understand just how big the moon is:

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Of course, NASA scientists aren’t the only ones taking in a ballgame. Check out the video below from Chevron’s STEM Zone:

In fact, more baseball teams are teaming up with schools and organizations to teach kids about STEM, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Bowie Baysox, the double-A affiliate of the Orioles, hosts a STEM education day every year and with cool STEM activities. And – back to those NASA scientists – the Boston Red Sox hosted a STEM Education Day at Fenway Park last year for over 4,000 students. The event featured NASA exhibits and demonstrations as well as presentations by NASA scientists.

And, let’s not forget the fact that the current Assistant GM for the Baltimore Orioles used to work for NASA. Coincidence? I think not.

~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 7/6/2019


There was an amazing game with some amazing stats on Wednesday from just one game in the Dominican Summer League:

  • 40 runs,
  • 36 hits,
  • 5 home runs,
  • 6 errors,
  • 3 stolen bases,
  • 5 wild pitches,
  • 2 balks,
  • 33 players used, and
  • 215 pitches thrown.
  • All in 3hours and 42 minutes!

Check out the details on MiLB.com!

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

July Bobbleheads


Ready, set, collect! Here are the bobblehead giveaways for July:

Date Team Bobblehead/Statue/Etc. 
2-Jul Nationals Adam Eaton
5-Jul Braves Walter Banks
6-Jul Potomac Fans’ Choice: Carter Kieboom Ghostbusters Proton Pack Bobblehead
6-Jul Scranton/WB Rick Schu
6-Jul Tigers Miguel Cabrera Bobblehead Picture Frame
6-Jul Astros Gerrit “Cole Train” Pitching Bobblehead
6-Jul Giants Will Clark Nesting Dolls (special ticket required)
7-Jul Bowie Mike Mussina HOF Bobblehead
7-Jul Mariners Fred Hutchinson
7-Jul Mets Spider-Man
11-Jul Reading John Kruk Fightin Cancer Bobblehead in Support of the Darren Daulton Foundation
12-Jul Yankees Mariano Rivera Captain America Bobblehead
12-Jul Rangers Joey GALiLeO Moon Shot Bobblehead (special ticket required)
13-Jul Akron Ricky Vaughn (“Major League”)
13-Jul Syracuse Scooch Butter Sculpture bobblehead
13-Jul Rangers Juan Gonzalez “The ’96 Clinch” Bobblehead
13-Jul Brewers Cerveceros Sugar Skull bobblehead (special ticket required)
14-Jul Rockies Charlie Blackmon Bobblehead
14-Jul Phillies Ryan Howard
14-Jul Padres Charlie Brown bobblehead (special ticket required)
15-Jul Cubs Kris Bryant ”Round of Golf” Bobblehead
15-Jul Cardinals Cardinals-themed Woodstock bobblehead
16-Jul Binghamton Tim Tebow
16-Jul Orioles Brooks Robinson
16-Jul Red Sox Mooke Betts “Time to Party” Bobblehead with Sound
16-Jul Angels Ohtani Bobblehead
16-Jul Cubs Jon Lester ”On the Farm” Bobblehead
17-Jul Altoona Jaffa Shriner Bobblehead
17-Jul Indians Trevor Bauer (special ticket required)
17-Jul Phillies Jedi Jake Arrieta (Star Wars Night special ticket required)
18-Jul Yankees David Cone
18-Jul Reds Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
19-Jul Norfolk Christmas in July Snow Globe
19-Jul Reading Lonnie Walker “I’m Just a Kid from Reading” Hometown Hero Bobblehead
19-Jul Trenton Justus Sheffield
19-Jul Scranton/WB Pat Burrell
19-Jul Twins Joe Mauer bobblehead #2
19-Jul Reds Margaritaville Off to See the Lizard Bobblehead (special ticket required)
20-Jul Bowie Trey “Moon” Mancini Bobble Head
20-Jul Akron Warden Norton (“Shawshank Redemption”)
20-Jul Harrisburg Rascal “Space” Bobblehead
20-Jul Richmond Steven Duggar “Duggarnaut” Bobblehead
20-Jul Potomac Juan Soto “Road to the Show” Childish Bambino Bobblehead
20-Jul Hagerstown Mike Mussina
20-Jul Mariners Edgar Martinez Funko Pop! Collectible
20-Jul D’backs Nick “Ahmed on the Moon” Bobblehead
20-Jul Reds Eugenio Suárez Funko Pop! Collectible
20-Jul Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela: Legends of Dodger Baseball Bobblehead
20-Jul Pirates Vintage Bobblehead in 1979 uniform
21-Jul Pirates Pierogy Figurines (Kids 14 and under)
22-Jul Reading Ryan Howard “IS THE PAGODA” Bobblehead
22-Jul Astros Carlos Correa
23-Jul Trenton Gleyber Torres
23-Jul Braves Ozzie Albies
24-Jul New Hampshire Vlad Guerrero Jr.
24-Jul Braves Ozzie Albies
25-Jul Portland Mookie Betts
26-Jul Frederick Nick Markakis
26-Jul Delmarva Jimmie Allen
27-Jul Altoona Newman & Kramer dual bobblehead
27-Jul White Sox White Sox Spider Man Bobblehead
27-Jul Reds Tony Perez 150 Series Bobblehead
27-Jul Mets Mr. Met on the Moon Bobblehead
27-Jul Padres San Diego Chicken Bobblehead
28-Jul Cardinals “MV3” Triple Bobblehead of Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols
30-Jul Trenton Aaron Judge
30-Jul Cardinals Jason Motte (special ticket required)

Films on Friday: Alone in the Game


I haven’t seen this 2018 documentary, but the trailer is pretty compelling. The website for the film provides this synopsis:

“Despite the growing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, sports continues to be an unsettling environment for many LGBTQ people on and off the field. Homophobia, transphobia, and a culture of secrecy strongly persist in American sports, often seen as the final frontier for LGBTQ equality. In the five major North American professional leagues – NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS – where statistically we would expect hundreds of openly gay athletes, there are no openly gay male professional athletes currently competing. Alone in the Game is a powerful documentary that enters into the old boys’ club world of sport and examines this major dilemma at the professional, Olympic, collegiate, and high school levels – capturing rarely seen stories of struggle, perseverance, and triumph.”

The curious thing about the trailer is that there is there is only one brief scene referencing MLB. Did they interview Billy Bean? What about Sean Conroy, the first openly gay player who played for the Sonoma Stompers? I’ll have to figure out how to watch the documentary, and I’ll let you know.

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

NASA Day at the Ballpark


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Parker Bobblehead giveaway from the Fresno Grizzlies, June 1, 2019

The country is gearing up for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, which will occur in a little less than one month, and baseball teams are definitely joining the party. The first team to celebrate NASA and Apollo 11 this year was the Fresno Grizzlies, who earlier this month gave fans a bobblehead of their mascot, Parker.

Baseball and the space program are a natural combo, as both reflect the history and values of society. Over the next month, I’ll share more space-related baseball info and events.

~ baseballrebecca

Detail on Parker’s box, which is modeled after the NASA logo:

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