The Importance of Having Cedric


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Cedric Mullins (photo courtesy of the Bowie Baysox)

Cedric Mullins is batting .315 this season with the Bowie Baysox. But that’s not the whole story.

The Bowie Baysox are 60-55 and in first place in the Eastern League Western Division. So far they are 3-5 this month, though they have outscored their opponents 49 to 43. But that’s not the whole story, either.

Last night, the Baysox hit five home runs, scored 14 runs, and beat the Harrisburg Senators 14-2. The Senators, for their part, hit two home runs. Most of the home runs scored in the game can be attributed to Cedric. Yet only one of those home runs was hit by Cedric himself.

This is the story: Last night the Bowie Baysox played the Harrisburg Senators. It also happened to be a night in which a group of boys, approximately 10 to 16 years old, were in attendance at the Baysox game. They were loud and exuberant and they immediately took a liking to the Baysox’ leadoff batter Cedric Mullins.

In the first inning, they began chanting, “Ced-ric Mul-lins” followed by the rhythmic clap, clap, clap-clap-clap so often heard at baseball stadiums. In response, Cedric hit a home run, immediately putting Bowie on the board.

So the boys kept chanting Cedric’s name; it did not matter if the rest of the players were not named Cedric Mullins. After Mullins’ lead off home run, the next batter, Baltimore Orioles rehabbing infielder Ryan Flaherty, singled. The boys chanted. After the next batter made an out, the rehabbing Anthony Santander homered, and the boys chanted.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Then Bowie’s D.J. Stewart homered.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

By the end of the first inning, the Baysox were leading 4-0. For nearly every batter, the group of boys chanted not the batter’s name, but Cedric Mullins’ name. The chanting continued into the top of the second inning, even though the Senators were batting. The young men continued to show their love for Cedric Mullins. So Raudy Read and Drew Ward each hit home runs – for the visiting team.

Baysox 4, Senators 2.

As the game progressed, the boys’ interest in both the game and Mullins ebbed and flowed. But in the bottom of the sixth, as the game got more interesting, their attention again turned to Cedric Mullins after Austin Wynns walked and Erick Salcedo singled. Before his name was even announced, the chanting started all over again, as loud as it had been in the first inning.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

With men on first and second, Mullins singled on a ground ball to Harrisburg’s right fielder, Yadiel Hernandez. Wynns stopped at third, Salcedo at second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The next batter, Flaherty, walked; Wynns scored; Salcedo to third; Mullins to second.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

Austin Hays to the plate.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

The bases are loaded.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

“CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … CED-RIC MUL-LINS … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”,

And then Austin Hays hit a grand slam. And the small crowd in the stadium went wild. One by one, they crossed the plate: Salcedo, then Mullins, then Flaherty, then Hays.

Baysox 12, Senators 2.

“Aus-tin Ha-ys (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) …”

The chants may have changed by the end of the game, but with Cedric Mullins, and his fan club’s adoration, the Baysox might never have hit those five home runs last night (nor might the Senators have hit their two). The importance of Cedric Mullins to the outcome of yesterday’s game, and the Baysox’ 2017 success, cannot be overstated.

“Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) … Ced-ric Mul-lins … (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap).”

MiLB Bobbleheads: August and September


With little more than a month left to the minor league baseball season, if you haven’t already stood in line to obtain a 2017 bobblehead, your chances are dwindling. Below are the remaining bobblehead giveaway dates in the International, Easter, Carolina, and South Atlantic leagues.

Happy August!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
1-Aug Vintage Bobblehead New Hampshire Eastern
3-Aug Senator Chris Coons Bobblehead Wilmington Carolina
4-Aug Quidditch C. Wolf Bobblehead Erie Eastern
4-Aug Reggie Jackson/Derby (bat dog) Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
4-Aug Auggie Bobblhead Augusta South Atlantic
5-Aug Zack Greinke Wilmington Carolina
5-Aug Brandon Phillips Harrisburg Eastern
11-Aug Nomar Garciaparra Pawtucket International
11-Aug Sherman mini bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
11-Aug Coach Cal Bobblehead Series Giveaway #3 Lexington South Atlantic
12-Aug Jonathan Schoop Gnome Frederick Carolina
12-Aug Mystery Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic
15-Aug Yoan Moncada Portland Eastern
18-Aug Clint Frazier Human Torch Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
19-Aug Anthony Rendon “Real Electric Hair” Bobblehead Potomac Carolina
19-Aug Thurman Munson Syracuse International
19-Aug Jim Schlossnagle Hagerstown South Atlantic
25-Aug Fan Vote Bobblehead Trenton Eastern
25-Aug Gary Sanchez Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
25-Aug MASH Night – Corporal Klinger Bobblehead Toledo International
25-Aug Jon Lester Augusta South Atlantic
26-Aug Fans’ Choice Bobblehead: Jayson Werth and MASN’s Dan Kolko Potomac Carolina
26-Aug Tony Schiavone and his Chihuahua, Bug, Bobblehead Gwinnett International
26-Aug Dave Parker West Virginia South Atlantic
29-Aug Corey Kluber (random drawing) Columbus International
31-Aug Aaron Judge Baby Bomber Bobblehead Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
1-Sep Jameson Suit and Taillon bobblehead giveaway Altoona Eastern
1-Sep Vintage Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
2-Sep Erick Hosmer Wilmington Carolina
2-Sep Enrico Pallazzo Akron Eastern
2-Sep Rumble Ponies Mascot Bobblehead ft. Bobblefist Binghamton Eastern
2-Sep Mystery Ball/ Bobblehead Auction Gwinnett International
2-Sep Mystery Bobblehead Syracuse International
2-Sep Fan Choice Bobblehead Hagerstown South Atlantic

 

 

MiLB July Bobblehead Giveaways


July brings us several bobblehead giveaways at minor league ballparks in the International, Eastern, Carolina, and South Atlantic Leagues. You’ll have your choice of three different Manny Machado bobbleheads, two Andrew Millers, Gary Sanchez, Thor, and Captain America, among others.

Happy July!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Bobblehead, Gnome, or Statue Team League
1-Jul Captain America Bobblehead Indianapolis International
7-Jul Ron Shelton Rochester International
7-Jul Andy Ashby Scranton-Wilkes Barre International
8-Jul Mystery Bobblehead Down East Carolina
8-Jul Spider Manny Machado Bobblehead Frederick Carolina
8-Jul Ode to Tommy John Surgery Elbow Statue Potomac Carolina
8-Jul Lou Brown Bobble “Stache” Akron Eastern
8-Jul Eddy Alvarez Kannapolis South Atlantic
8-Jul Randy Ingle Rome South Atlantic
9-Jul BatManny (Machado) Bobblehead Bowie Eastern
13-Jul Darryl Talley Buffalo International
13-Jul Maikel Franco “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead Lakewood South Atlantic
14-Jul Andrew Miller Erie Eastern
14-Jul Vintage Manny Machado Bobblehead Delmarva South Atlantic
15-Jul Jason Heyward (king of Rain Delays) Bobblehead Myrtle Beach Carolina
15-Jul Andrew Miller Toledo International
16-Jul Carlos Beltran Wilmington Carolina
17-Jul Andrew Benintendi Portland Eastern
18-Jul Francisco Lindor (random drawing) Columbus International
21-Jul Gary Sanchez Trenton Eastern
21-Jul MSU Kenneth Faried Bobblehead Lexington South Atlantic
22-Jul The Mighty Ducks Bobblehead – Lester Averman Potomac Carolina
22-Jul “The Todd” Bobble High Five Akron Eastern
22-Jul Phil Niekro Gwinnett International
22-Jul Buddy Clause Bobblehead Louisville International
24-Jul Shimpf on the Barbie Bobblehead New Hampshire Eastern
28-Jul Mystery Bobblehead Altoona Eastern
28-Jul Triton (mascot) Bobblehead Norfolk International
28-Jul Bobby Cox Syracuse International
29-Jul Muddy the Mudcat Bobblehead Carolina Carolina
29-Jul Stephen Strasburg Flamethrower Bobblehead Potomac Carolina
29-Jul Santa LeCroy bobblehead Harrisburg Eastern
29-Jul Thor Bobblehead Indianapolis International
30-Jul Zach Britton “Mr. Perfect” Bobbelehad Bowie Eastern
30-Jul Chompers Mascot Bobblehead Hartford Eastern

2017 Player Appearances


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Steve Garvey in 2010 (photo by Cbl62 via Wikipedia)

In case you didn’t know it, Steve Garvey will be making an appearance tonight at the Rochester Red Wings’ game. He is one of many former MLB and NFL players making appearances this summer at minor league ballparks. Garvey played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1982 before finish his career with the San Diego Padres (1983 to 1987).

Other players making appearances this summer include Mike Timlin, Carlos Baerga, and David Justice. Earlier this season, both Tony Oliva and Luis Tiant were in Charlotte, Jose Canseco made an appearance in Altoona, and Dale Murphy was at the Hickory Crawdads.

Below are the upcoming player appearances, plus a few other appearances, as well some events held previously this season:

Date Player Team League
20-Jun Steve Garvey Rochester International
22-Jun Jack Morris Rochester International
22-Jun NFL Player Appearance Syracuse International
23-Jun Andre Dawson Myrtle Beach Carolina
24-Jun Bill Buckner and Bob Dernier Myrtle Beach Carolina
28-Jun Bucky Dent Charlotte International
13-Jul Wally the Green Monster New Hampshire Eastern
17-Jul Don Beebe (Buffalo Bills) Rochester International
19-Jul Mike Timlin Rochester International
22-Jul Robert Maschio Akron Eastern
22-Jul Kenny Bania Bowie Eastern
29-Jul Mr. Met Binghamton Eastern
30-Jul The Oriole Bird Norfolk International
6-Aug Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
16-Aug Jack Morris Charlotte International
24-Aug Carlos Baerga Erie Eastern
Previous:

6-Apr

 

David Justice

 

Richmond

 

Eastern

15-Apr Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
17-Apr Chipper Jones Book signing ($40 includes copy of book and ticket to 4/18 game – tickets limited) Charlotte International
19-Apr Luis Tiant Appearance Charlotte International
29-Apr Elmo and Big Bird Binghamton Eastern
9-May Malcom Mitchell Portland Eastern
16-May Tony Oliva Charlotte International
20-May Jose Canseco Altoona Eastern
30-May Former Mets Player Trenton Eastern
7-Jun Phillie Phanatic Reading Eastern
10-Jun Dale Murphy Hickory South Atlantic
11-Jun Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in the movie Field of Dreams Rochester International
14-Jun Brian Jordan Charlotte International
15-Jun Bobby Valentine Lakewood South Atlantic
17-Jun Washington Nationals Racing Presidents Harrisburg Eastern