Best of the Week: 8/11/2019 – 8/17/2019

This past week, Gleyber Torres became tied for the most home runs against a single team in one season when he hit his 13th home run against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. (It was also his third of the day against the O’s.) The record of 14 was set by Lou Gehrig against the Indians in 1936.

As one writer put it, “Gleyber Torres owns the Baltimore Orioles now.” The Ringer went so far as to investigation the question, “What if Gleyber Torres Played Only the Orioles?” (The answer: 117 home runs.) Here are a few of the reactions to this feat, not only to Torres, but to Orioles announcer Gary Thorne.

~ baseballrebecca


Films on Friday: Sesame Street and MLB

Sesame Street has come to Major League Baseball recently. Last month, Cookie Monster was at a Cubs game and sang the National Anthem. Just a few days before that, he’d been at the Phillies game throwing out the first pitch with Elmo and Abby Cadabby. And, just in time for the Yankees and Red Sox London Series, Sesame Street released the video “Respect is a Home Run!” – part of its 50th anniversary celebration #Respect campaign:

And in case you missed it, here’s Cookie Monster singing the National Anthem:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca





Films on Friday: Baseball when the Eagle Landed


I just love my Fresno Grizzlies Parker In Space bobblehead!

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon. What was the baseball world doing on that day and how did they mark the historic event? According to SABR member, J.G. Preston, while much of the nation was at home watching the moon landing on TV, about 200,000 baseball fans attended baseball games, many with portable radios in hand. At 4:17 pm Eastern, the Eagle touched down on the moon. This is what happened at several stadiums around the same time:

  • Anaheim (v. Oakland): With the A’s Rick Monday at bat, the game was halted in the 2nd inning and the words “We have landed on the moon” were displayed on the scoreboard.
  • Atlanta (v. San Diego): The game was stopped in the 7th inning so a “silent prayer” could be said by the crowd and then the organist played “God Bless America.”
  • Boston (v. Baltimore): The 7th inning had just ended and an announcement was made over the PA system; the crowd cheered for nearly a minute and the organist played “something dramatic to fit the occasion.”
  • Chicago (v. Kansas City): Walt Williams had just singled for the White Sox in the 7th inning when the exploding scoreboard, which had been synched to salute the exact moment of the moon landing, did its thing. An announcement was made that the astronauts had landed on the moon and the players in the White Sox dugout bowed their heads in prayer.
  • Cleveland (v. Detroit): The first game of a double header had just ended, so the players listened to the broadcast in the clubhouse between games.
  • Montreal (v. Mets): Additional time was taken between the two games of a double header so the live broadcast of the landing could be played over the PA system.
  • New York (v. Washington): With Washington’s Jack Aker at bat in the 8th inning, an announcement was made that the astronauts had landed safely; the crowd cheered, the message “They’re on the moon” appeared on the scoreboard, and “America the Beautiful” was played over the PA system. (See video below.)
  • Philadelphia (v. Cubs): At the end of the first half of the 3rd inning in game 2 of a double header, the PA announcer informed the crowd that the U.S. had landed a man on the moon. The players lined up on the baselines, there was a moment of silence, and then “God Bless America” was played over the loudspeakers.
  • San Francisco (v. Los Angeles): With the bases loaded in the first inning, there was an announcement about the landing over the PA system, a moment of silence, and the crowd cheered.
  • Seattle (v. Minnesota): During the pregame ceremonies, an announcement was made of the landing; the fans cheered and sang “America the Beautiful.”

Here’s how the event unfolded at Yankee Stadium:

This clip is taken from a documentary, presumably “In the Shadow of the Moon,” though cited as “Shadows on the Moon,” in the clip above.

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca


Celebrate Pride at the Ballpark

White and Multicolored Love Is Love BannerHappy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! I’m psyched to be going to the 15th annual Night OUT at the Washington Nationals tonight. And this year nearly every team will host a Pride Night – with the exception of the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. And while the Yankees are not having a Pride Night per se, they will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on June 25 (more on that later).

MLB still has work to do on inclusion, which I’ll post about later this month. But for now, I’ve published the schedule below.  (I’ll post the Minor League events soon!) Note that several of these events are filed under “Theme Nights” on the various team websites, and special events and giveaways generally require a special ticket.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Details
19-Apr Padres Out at the Park
31-May Dodgers LGBT Night
1-Jun A’s Pride Night
1-Jun Reds Pride Community Night
4-Jun Nationals Night OUT
5-Jun Brewers Pride Night
6-Jun Blue Jays Pride Night
11-Jun Red Sox Pride Night
12-Jun Orioles LGBT Pride Night
12-Jun Giants LGBTQ Night
14-Jun Rays Pride Night
14-Jun Braves Pride Night
14-Jun Rockies Pride Night
21-Jun D’backs Pride Night
23-Jun Cubs Pride Night
25-Jun Angels Pride Night
26-Jun Tigers Pride Night
26-Jun Phillies Pride Night
27-Jun Marlins Pride at the Park
5-Jul Mariners Pride Night
7-Jul Pirates Pride Day
23-Jul White Sox Pride Night
23-Jul Twins Pride Night
26-Jul Cardinals Pride Night
10-Aug Mets Pride Night
25-Aug Indians Pride Night
25-Aug Cubs Out at Wrigley
4-Sep Royals Pride Night

Getting Closer . . .

Are you ready for the Annual Bobble List? Which player do you need a bobblehead of this year? Last year, I really wanted this one of Estevan Florial:

After seeing him in the Arizona Fall League, I had to get one. Finally, I had a coupon for eBay and am now the proud owner of an Estevan Florial bobblehead!

Don’t forget – the Annual Bobble List will be here soon!

~ baseballrebecca









Four . . .

Gio Gonzalez with the Washington Nationals in 2012 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Four days until Opening Day! And the best of this week? Gio Gonzalez, another of my favorite players, signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. If Gonzalez makes it up to the Yankees, the contract will be worth $3 million, and the Yankees would become the fourth major league team Gonzalez has played for in addition to Oakland (2008-11), Washington (2012-18), and Milwaukee (2018).

Gonzalez, however, also has been with the Chicago White Sox and Philadephia Phillies organizations.  He was drafted by the White Sox in 2004 and played in their minor league system in 2004 and 2005 (for the Bristol White Sox, Kannapolis Intimidators, and  Winston-Salem Warthogs). In December 2005, he was the “player to be named later” in a deal that sent him and two other players to the Phillies for Jim Thome and cash. Gonzalez subsequently spent 2006 with the Class AA Reading Phillies. In December 2006, the Phillies traded him back to the White Sox along with another player in exchange for Freddy Garcia.

Gonzalez then spent another year in double-A, this time with the Birmingham Barons. Prior to the 2008 season, Gonzalez was traded again when the White Sox sent him and two other players to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Nick Swisher. Gonzalez spent most of the year with the triple-A Sacramento River Cats, though he pitched in 10 games for Oakland. He split 2009 between Sacramento and Oakland before reaching Oakland for good in 2010.

In December 2011, Gonzalez was traded to the Washington Nationals, where he played for almost seven seasons before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on August 31, 2018. He was granted free agency in October.

Hopefully, the Yankees will keep him around awhile.

~ baseballrebecca




Cousin v. Cousin

Twenty years ago, on October 21, 1998, infielder Ruben Rivera got a hit off of his cousin, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the 1998 World Series. The hit mattered not, as the Yankees went on to sweep the Padres when the next batter hit into a double play and the next Padres batter became the final out of the series.

That World Series game was the only time Rivera faced Rivera. Ruben, the younger cousin, had been signed by the Yankees in 1990, making his major league debut in pinstripes on September 3, 1995. He played 46 games with the Yankees in 1995 and 1996.

Ruben was traded to the Padres in 1997. He would later play for the Reds, Rangers, and Giants. His final MLB appearance was in 2003 for the Giants.

However, that was not the end of Ruben Rivera’s baseball career. Rivera continued to play in the minors for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox from 2003-2006. In 2007, he made bed on to the Mexican League where he played for several teams before being traded to the Acereros de Monclova – where he still plays today.

Not a bad career. I’ll be keeping an eye on Ruben and his continued career in the Mexican League. I wonder if Mariano ever goes to see him play.

~ baseballrebecca