Still Coming . . .

The Annual Bobble List is coming next week – along with more info on this year’s Game of Thrones / MLB bobbleheads.

In the meantime, I’ve been spending time with my current bobbleheads. I really miss these guys:


And, no, Manny, this is not acceptable – not without Jonathan:

No matter how you explain it:

~ baseballrebecca







Minor League Break Camp Rosters

DSCN6880Opening Day for Minor League Baseball is this Thursday! This year I have even more teams to follow since I’m now a San Diego Padres fan. And one of my favorite Bowie Baysox, Aderlin Rodriguez, now plays for the Padres triple-A team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. Last year, in what now seems like fate, I saw the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Padres single-A affiliate, so now I need to follow those guys as well to see where they end up.

Last week, the Orioles’ minor league affiliates announced their break camp rosters. Below are links to the O’s minor league teams and a few other important teams (i.e., the teams I root for):

Baseball is going to be exhausting this year with all these teams to follow!

~ baseballrebecca


Eight . . .

Manny Machado with the Dodgers in 2018. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (via Wikipedia)

Opening Day is just eight days away!! Two of my all-time favorite players have worn no. 8: Cal Ripken and Manny Machado. And since Manny is no longer an Oriole (or a Dodger, where he wore no. 8), I’m a San Diego Padres fan this year. (I already have my tickets for when they play more former team, the O’s!)

~ baseballrebecca

Nine . . .

Related imageAs I noted yesterday, this is going to be a strange year for Orioles and Nationals fans. Personally, I’m still mad that the O’s traded Manny Machado last year, so I’m just going to be a Padres fan. Thus, no. 9 in this year’s Opening Day countdown is not whoever might be wearing no. 9 for the Orioles, but San Diego’s Benito Santiago.

Santiago spent 20 seasons in baseball with 10 different teams, including the Padres, Marlins, and Giants. In 2015, he was quoted as saying, “Probably my best years were in San Diego. I played for a lot of teams, but my first seven seasons in the Major Leagues were with the Padres, and in their farm system before that.”

~ baseballrebecca


Best of the Week: 2/17/2019 – 2/23/2019

Without a doubt, the best baseball story of the week was Manny Machado. After weeks of me whining, the drama finally ended with Manny signing with the San Diego Padres.

Now all we need is an announcement from Bryce and I can begin to plan my life again…

Although, I have to say, I kind of agree with this guy:

And still hold out hope, like this guy:


~ baseballrebecca





A Visit to Lake Elsinore

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, when I travel out of town – especially during baseball season – I always try to find something baseball-related to do. So, when I was in San Diego, besides looking for the former home of the San Diego Padres, I went looking for some minor league baseball. Fortunately, the Lake Elsinore Storm were in town and only about 60 miles from San Diego. In California-traffic terms, that’s two hours away (though it only took an hour to get back). But the journey was well worth the time.

The Lake Elsinore Storm likely has its roots in the 1979 Santa Clara Padres, which was a co-op team in the California League. Although not affiliated with any one team, the team received players from the Mariners, A’s Padres, Angels, and Cardinals. While some sources say there is a direct link, the record shows that the Santa Clara team was not in the league after the 1979 season and the Redwood Pioneers appeared in 1980. The Pioneers were another co-op team, with players from the Indians, Padres, A’s, Angels, White Sox, and Pirates. In 1981 the Pioneers became the Class A affiliate of the California Angels. The team moved to Palm Springs for the 1986 season and became the Palm Springs Angels. In 1990, they were upgraded to Class High-A. In 1994, the team relocated to Lake Elsinore, California, about an hour north of San Diego. They switched their affiliation from the Angels to the Padres in 2001.

This week they were hosting the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Years ago, on another one of my baseball adventures, I’d gone to see the Quakes at their own stadium, then known as the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter. Since I’d seen them before and love the Los Angeles Dodgers, heading out to Lake Elsinore to add another stadium to my list all-time list of stadiums visited was a no-brainer.

It turned out to be a really good game. The Storm scored first in the bottom of the 2nd inning, but the Quakes scored a run in the top of the 4th. In the top of the 6th, the Quakes tied the game. In the bottom of the 8th, the Quakes scored again – on a home run by Edward Olivares. The Storm’s lead would not last long, however. Cristian Santana tied the score again in the top of the 9th with a single. The next player doubled him in for what would turn out to be the winning run.

My Lake Elsinore baseball experience reminded me a lot of my many trips to see the Frederick Keys, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The stadiums are similar, as is the 1-hour drive from civilization. I guess I found my home away from home!

~ baseballrebecca

San Diego-Jack Murphy-Qualcomm-SDCCU Stadium

img_2039The first time I ever went to San Diego I had to find Qualcomm Stadium. The Padres were still playing there at the time, but, unfortunately, it was the off-season. That was over 15 years ago. So, when I recently found myself in San Diego again, I decided it was time to see how the stadium was doing and how it looked several years later. After all, I was in San Diego and the Padres were out of town. I had to find something baseball-related to do.

Now called San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, or SDCCU Stadium for short, the stadium is still alive and well. Like other stadiums from its time, SDCCU Stadium is easily accessible from major highways. It is bordered by interstate highways on three sides (I-805, I-8, and I-15) and surrounded by a huge parking lot. It even has its own San Diego Trolley stop. The road bordering it to the north is still called Friars Road, an obvious reference to the former tenants. It’s located about 10 miles north of the Padres’ new downtown home, Petco Park.

img_2037The stadium opened in August 1967 as San Diego Stadium. It was home to the San Diego Chargers. The following year, the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres played their final season there before giving way to San Diego’s MLB expansion team in 1969.

In 1981, the stadium’s name was changed to San Diego-Jack Murphy Stadium after Jack Murphy’s death in 1980. (Murphy was a local sportswriter who had advocated for the construction of a multi-purpose stadium in San Diego in the early 1960s.) In 1997, naming rights to the stadium were sold for $18 million to the local Qualcomm Corporation and the stadium was renamed Qualcomm Stadium. The naming rights expired on June 14, 2017, and were subsequently purchased by San Diego County Credit Union for $500,000. They hold the rights through the end of this year.

img_2042The stadium remains the home of the San Diego State University Aztecs football team; they have played there since it opened in 1967. Starting next year, it will once again host professional football when the Alliance of American Football begins play in February 2019.

It makes me happy to see a stadium continue to be used after its baseball team moves to a newer stadium. Indeed, very few multi-purpose stadiums remain and even fewer host MLB teams. As much as brand new, fancy stadiums are nice to watch a game in, I still miss stadiums like Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium or Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. I only wish I’d seen a game at the former Qualcomm Stadium.

May you continue to live a long and happy life, SDCCU Stadium (or whatever your next name is)!

~ baseballrebecca