Best of the Week, 6/21/2020 – 6/27/2020


Baseball is back! I think the Royals when for the best announcement video, though the Nats come in second (I think some of these teams have just been sitting on these waiting for when they could post them):

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WE. ARE. BACK.

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~ baseballrebecca

Stat-urday, 5/30/2020


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Stephen Strasburg, World Series MVP, pictured here in 2014. Photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia.

Earlier this week the Washington Nationals revealed their World Series rings, and they include a lot of stats to commemorate the 2019 season:

  • 108 diamonds representing:
    • 105 regular season and post season wins
    • 2 cities in franchise history
    • 1 World Series championship
  • Additional diamonds included in player’s number
  • 32 sapphires representing:
    • 13 shut-out wins
    • 8-game winning streak (their longest)
    • 7 walk-off wins
    • 4 postseason rounds won
  • 30 rubies in the “Curly W” = for the 30 runs scored in the four World Series games they won
  • 12 rubies on each side for the total number of postseason wins
  • 5 stars representing 5 postseason elimination games won made up of:
    • 4 diamonds representing previous N.L. East division titles won
    • 1 ruby signifying the World Series Championship
  • 4 postseason opponents defeated
  • 4 Washington, DC, landmarks: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol building
  • 2 phrases: “Go 1-0 every day” and “Fight Finished”
  • 1 Baby Shark

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

A Virtual Visit to Space Coast Stadium


DSC00504Today we’ll take a virtual tour of Space Coast Stadium. The stadium was built in 1994 and served as the Florida Marlins Spring Training site through 2002. In 2003, the Marlins swapped Spring Training sites with the Montreal Expos who had been training in Jupiter, Florida. When the Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2005, they continued to use Space Coast Stadium for Spring Training through 2016. The stadium also served as the home of the Brevard County Manatees from 1994 to 2016.

The Manatees moved to Kissimmee, Florida, in 2017 and are now known as the Florida Fire Frogs. They subsequently moved into their new home, CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida, in 2019. The Washington Nationals also abandoned Space Coast Stadium in 2017, moving to FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which they share with the Houston Astros. Space Coast Stadium became home to the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) in 2017 and after more than $30 million in renovations, was renamed the USSSA Space Coast Complex.

I’ve been to Nats’ Spring Training at both Space Coast Stadium and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and I gotta say, Space Coast Stadium was way cooler. Below are pictures from one of my first visits to the stadium in 2011.

And in case you missed them – check out my previous virtual tours of Steinbrenner Field and PNC Park!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

MLB’s Response to the Pandemic, Part 3


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Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1993. Photo by Rick Dikeman via Wikipedia.

Last week, I reported on the efforts of MLB, MLBPA, and individual teams during this time of crisis. Several players have also pledged donations to various charities. Here’s a team-by-team rundown of what players are doing:

  • Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman donated a total of $125,000 to three charities: $50,000 to the Atlanta Food Bank, $50,000 to Giving Kitchen, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.
  • Baltimore Orioles: Orioles’ reliever Richard Bleier catered lunch for emergency room staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida. Similarly, Chris Davis catered breakfast for the staff of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on what would have been Opening Day. Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Ripken, and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation are participating in Feeding America’s “Strike Out Hunger” campaign.
  • Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward donated $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and $100,000 to MASK, an organization that is providing food and supplies to families impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the Anthony Rizzo Foundation has expanded its Hope44 Meals program.
  • Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer set-up and contributed $10,000 to a GoFundMe page for stadium workers.
  • Colorado Rockies: Daniel Murphy had donated $100,000 to a general fund for minor leaguers. Murphy donated another $100,000 to the Rockies’ “Stay at Home Opener” fundraiser for local food banks.
  • Houston Astros: Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton announced that they would donate Verlander’s MLB paychecks to a different charity each week while baseball is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. George Springer donated $100,000 to Minute Maid Park employees. Other Astros’ efforts include: Carlos Correa donated $500,000 worth of medical supplies to the city of Houston; Jose and Nina Altuve, along with the Astros Foundation, donated 60,000 meals to Kids’ Meals, Inc.; Joe Smith and his wife arranged for hundreds of meals to be sent to hospitals in Houston and greater Cleveland.
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun have partnered with local companies to provide meals to healthcare workers, providing 1,000 meals at their first donation event. Yelich, Braun, and several other players, as well as Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker also contributed to the fund for Brewers’ employees.
  • New York Mets: Steven Matz donated $32,000 to New York City hospitals and first responders.
  • New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole said he would be making “significant” donations to Direct Relief, which is an organization that coordinates with various organizations to assist health workers. CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation joined with local grocer FreshDirect to hold a food drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper and his family donated $500,000 to organizations in Las Vegas and Philadelphia or relief efforts.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright donated $250,000 to Cardinals’ minor leaguers. Dexter Fowler matched donations to a local food bank in Las Vegas, providing over 64,000 meals to people in the community.
  • Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo donated $1,000 to each of the team’s 190 minor leaguers. He also donated $200,000 to Community Chest of Korea to support the city of Daegu, near his hometown, Busan. In addition, Kyle Gibson is helping coordinate the Big League Impact program, which is partnering with Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation to send funds to each big league city to help feed children. Elvis Andrus, Robinson Chirinos, and Lance Lynn also have contributed to this effort. Andrus also Elvis Andrus contributed to Fort Worth’s Assist the Officer drive which supports local businesses and restaurants by serving hot meals to local police officers. Rougned Odor contributed to both Safe Haven and Mission Arlington, which provide shelter and emergency aid people in need. The Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward are proving provided 1,000 meals for health care workers in Arlington and
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu donated $100,000 to the Korea Disaster Relief Association.
  • Washington Nationals: Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan donated 25,000 meals to the Capital Area Food Bank. Nationals Philanthropies have given $48,000 to chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and the Nationals have provided space at Nats Park for the cooking and packaging of meals to be distributed in the community.

There are likely other examples out there, but these are the ones that have been reported in the news over the last few weeks.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week, 2/9/2020 – 2/15/2020


The Best of the Week included the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues, pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, and the Washington Nationals’ Valentines to other teams. Here are some of the best ones:

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

2020 USO Tour, featuring the World Series Trophy


Last week, Adam Eaton, Aaron Barrett, and the World Series Trophy spent the week visiting U.S. military bases in Europe for the 2020 USO New Year’s Tour. The tour included stops in Poland and Romania. MLB.com’s Richard Justice wrote several great articles on the tour, including the articles in the tweets below. Check out his video talking about the tour at MLB.com, as well.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Week: 1/5/2020 – 1/11/2020


This past week, a few members of the Washington Nationals visited U.S. service members with the World Series trophy. Here’s Aaron Barrett discussing the experience:

I’ll post more about their tour in the coming days.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

National Bobblehead Day


img_4022National Bobblehead Day was observed earlier this week, on January 7. Many teams and individuals posted pictures of their collections, upcoming giveaways, and other really cool bobbles. There are some pretty impressive bobbles out ther!

Over the holidays I took off a few much-needed days and one of my projects for my time off was to organize my bobblehead shelves to make room for the bobbles I recently acquired. My bobblehead “display case” consists of two Ikea shelving-things that essentially are the size of about eight large crates – four levels of shelves with side-by-side cubicles. So,  in honor of National Bobblehead Day, below is a rundown of my small collection.

Super Heroes – which includes Negro Leaguers, Cal Ripken, and Manny Machado, plus a few others – are on the top of the display shelves:

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The next three levels – six cubes in total – are split between the Nationals and the Orioles. Most of these bobbles have come from the Potomac Nationals and Washington Nationals – and the majority of those on superhero level are Orioles, so that bottom Oriole shelf also includes my collection of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing bobbleheads, joining my beloved Trey “Moon” Mancini bobble:

The bottom row includes bobbles from other teams – generally the Yankees – but also including Yasiel Puig, Barry Bonds, Luis Gonzalez, and Hilary Clinton:

There’s definitely still room to grow on the bottom shelves – and I’m looking forward to seeing who I can collect this season!

Who’s in your bobblehead collections?

~ baseballrebecca