Star Wars Day


64223693_10219629157587479_6597912108526993408_oThis past Saturday was “Star  Wars Day” at the Washington Nationals. It seems like nearly every Major and Minor League team hosts a Star Wars Day during the season, many occurring on or near May the 4th. This one, however, was worth waiting for – especially for the Obi-Sean Kenobi bobblehead! Check out the pics below, including that one of Lando Calrissian as part of the grounds crew. (All photos by Michael George.)

~ baseballrebecca

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Apollo at the Park


DSCN8874In a great example of the intersection among baseball, pop culture, and American history, this summer baseball fans at 15 stadiums across the country will have the opportunity to see and interact with a replica of the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong 50 years ago when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The replica suit was created from 3-D scans of the original spacesuit that was restored in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, which happened on July 20, 1969.

Last week, the National Air and Space Museum installed the first replica at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. It will be on display for the remainder of the season. Apollo at the Park can be seen at the following teams’ stadiums:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Houston Astros
  • Minnesota Twins
  • New York Yankees
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Washington Nationals

Check out the video in the tweet below for more info on the project:

 

 

~ baseballrebecca

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Scenes from a Nats Game: The Traditions


DSCN8879The thing that led me to become a baseball sociologist is the simple fact that each team and ballpark has their own distinct personality. Part of that is the traditions that occur at the park. At Nats Park, traditions include the President’s Race, a stupid cheer (“Nats, Nats, Nats, Woo!”), singing stupid songs at the 7th inning (like “Take on Me” by A-ha), showing up late, and roaming around the stadium not really paying attention to the game. I caught several of these on camera at the game I attended last week.

Saluting the military:

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The presidents and the Presidents’ Race:

 

The bullpen cart that almost nobody rides in (but it still zooms around the park anyway):

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Standing around chatting, not paying attention to the game, and blocking the view for those of us who actually want to watch the game:

 

 

Only at Nats Park!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Scenes from a Nats Game: Victor Robles


DSCN8897Last week, I sat in a different location than I usually do at Nationals Park. This gave me the opportunity to get some great pictures of my favorite Nat, Victor Robles.

I was attending the Nats Night OUT event with a group of coworkers. At the beginning of the game, I told them that Victor would hit a home run. They pretty much ignored me –  since they have no idea who Victor is (even though I have a picture of him hanging on my office door) and aren’t all that in to baseball. (I know – right?) But sure enough Victor hit a home run in the 5th inning. Of course, that was after my “beloved” coworkers had all given up on the Nats and left. (Insert eye roll here.)

There was a brief, umpire-related delay at one point, so our two young players, Robles (age 22) and Juan Soto (age 20) hung out int he outfield discussing whatever it is that 20-something major leaguers discuss.

Later they were joined by veteran, Adam Eaton. (We were sitting under the big scoreboard screen, which is why they kept looking right at my camera!)

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~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

 

Night OUT at the Nationals


DSCN8868Last Tuesday, the Washington Nationals celebrated Pride Month with the 15th annual Night OUT at the ballpark. Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank threw out the first pitch and the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus sang the National Anthem. There was even a sweet marriage proposal.

I’ll provide more commentary later, but for now, enjoy some of the photos.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

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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