John Lewis Discusses Jackie Robinson

Yesterday, for Jackie Robinson Day, Congressman John Lewis threw out the first pitch at Nats Park. Prior to the game he was interviewed by MASN and asked to comment on Jackie Robinson’s contributions:

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One . . .

Michael A. Taylor with the Harrisburg Senators in 2017


With one day left until Opening Day, we’re featuring Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals. Although he’s No. 3 with the Nats, last year during a rehab assignment with the AA Harrisburg Senators, Taylor wore No. 1. Taylor has been involved in many of the National’s community and charity efforts, including the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In 2017, Taylor was involved in MLB’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign and was featured in their print PSA.

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Four . . .

4 - KendrickOpening Day is only FOUR days away!!! 

Howie Kendrick, No. 4 for the Washington Nationals, is about to begin his thirteenth year in the major leagues. Born in Jacksonville, FL, in 1983, Kendrick was selected in the 10th round of the 2002 draft and made his MLB debut on April 26, 2006, with the Los Angeles Angels. In December 2014, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he played two years. After the end of the 2016 season, Kendrick was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He was again traded at the end of July 2017 to the Washington Nationals. He resigned with the Nationals in January 2018 for $7 million over two years.

Throughout his career, Kendrick has been involved with several charities, including Hilarity for Charity, Clayton Kershaw’s annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event, and Adam Eaton’s Rev Up the Park charity car show event at Nationals Park. Of his charitable initiatives Kendrick has been quoted as saying, “‘To have the opportunity to give back, it means a lot to me.'”

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Seven . . .

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Trea Turner at Spring Training, 2018

Only seven days until Opening Day!! Number 7 for the Washington Nationals, Trea Turner, helps us count down the days.

While Turner may not have as much experience in the major leagues are our previous players for the countdown, he has still found a way to make an impression on the community. For example, last year Turner participated in a Celebrity Sports baseball camp with other young players, including Taylor Gushue and Dakota Bacus of the Potomac Nationals. Turner has appearanced at other events and is an important part of the Washington Nationals’ community

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Nine . . .

Marquis Grissom, 2009 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

With Opening Day just nine days away, let’s look at the contributions of the Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals’ #9, Marquis Grissom.  Grissom was drafted by the Expos in 1988 and made his debut with Jamestown Expos of the New York-Penn League on August 22, 1989.  He was traded to Atlanta in 1995, where he played for two seasons. Grissom then played for the Indians (1997), Brewers (1998-2000), Dodgers (2001-02), and Giants (2003-05). Three years after his retirement, Grissom signed on to be the Washington Nationals’ first base coach for the 2009 season.

In 2006, Grissom founded the Marquis Grissom Baseball Association (MGBA), a nonprofit organization “that provides athletes in underserved communities the opportunity to compete in a competitive baseball league.”  MGBA sponsors youth baseball teams in the Atlanta area for baseball players aged 7 to 22. In addition to coaching, they provide mentoring, tutoring, college placement assistance, and scholarship assistance.

Earlier this year, interviewed Grissom at the Dream Series, which is hosted by MLB and USA Baseball. Grissom spoke about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stating, “Everything I got from Dr. King was about character. I try to live my life that way, and I try to help and serve, and I try to do things that help the community and to help people.”

Thanks for helping, #9!

~ baseballrebecca

Spring Training 2018: Day 1

Yesterday, we visited the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Spring Training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. The Nats beat the Mets 7-4 with Max Scherzer pitching 5 innings, striking out 9 and allowing 1 run. It was a good game, but the ballpark itself was a bit of a letdown. I’ll write a more detailed review and post better pics later, but for now I’ll just give you a preview. Check out my pictures below.

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The Annual Pilgrimage

IMG_0135And so the journey begins – Spring Training here we come! We successfully navigated the parking lot, security, and the line at Starbucks and are waiting impatiently at our gate. We got super cheap flights to Ft. Lauderdale and we have our tickets in hand. The only drawback so far is the swarms of spring breakers at the airport. But even that can’t keep us from our four top teams.

On deck tonight: Mets and the Nats. Tomorrow: Yankees at Orioles. My BBFF (best baseball friend forever) was born in New York. He can’t help it. I, on the other hand, have better taste.

img_0116I’ve alluded before to the tension between an Orioles fan and all things New York Yankees. But, I must admit, I’m softening in my old age. I mean, after watching some of the current Yankees grow up in the minors playing against my beloved Baysox, I’ve grown somewhat fond of the Baby Yankees. We’ve seen Austin Romine, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez. And now they have Giancarlo. And I do love Tanaka. They are no longer the despised Yankees of my youth. Of course, they did just let go of Danny Espinosa, so they’ll have to make up for that.

So, this week I’ll be sharing some pictures of my adventures in Spring Training.

~ baseballrebecca