Standig also notes that Showalter said to O’s catcher and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey, “‘Can you imagine Earl not being able to vent that frustration? … Never being able to argue all year.’”
So far, the use of instant replay certainly seems to be frustrating some managers, but we’ll have to see how it goes throughout the year. But Buck is probably right, Earl Weaver would be having no part of it!
…so little time. I know I complain about this every year, but there is SO much going on right now it’s really hard to get anything accomplished at my day job. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening this week:
- Gio Gonzalez – Gio Gonzalez (my favorite Nats’ player) – is signing autographs TONIGHT at the Modell’s in Capitol Heights, Maryland (from 6 pm to 7 pm – get there by 5:30ish to get a number in line, or however they are doing it).
- The Frederick Keys home opener is TOMORROW night. They are giving away not only a magnet schedule, but a calendar as well (this seems to be happening throughout the week). For a donation of $10, you can also pick a Mystery Ball – autographed by “minor leaguers, Major League Baseball Players and more!”
- The Potomac Nationals‘ home opener is also tomorrow night. Even if I had the time off to go to the games, I couldn’t see both!
- RIGHT NOW the Orioles are playing the New York Yankees in New York. Tomorrow, the game also starts at 1 p.m. Why are the Yankees torturing me this way?
- That Nats are in town playing the Marlins, Tuesday through Thursday. And Gio’s pitching tomorrow. The Nats are taunting me with emails advertising “$1 Dogs.”
- The Baysox are in town today through Wednesday. And they’re 4-0 so fare on the year. (Actually, they just announced that the game is postponed because of rain.)
- The AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring continues their baseball film series through April 16.
And I’m sure there’s much, much more! Right now, it’s a little too hard to “Keep Calm and Watch Baseball,” as the sign says… but I shall ATTEMPT to remain calm and stick to my regularly scheduled activities.
In honor of Opening Day at most minor league ballparks, I’ve put together a list of bobblehead giveaways in the International League (AAA), Eastern League (AA), Carolina League (A), South Atlantic League (A), and the New York-Penn League (A). (Admittedly, these are the teams that I would be most likely to go see, since the farm teams of the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are in these leagues. The rest you’ll just have to figure out yourself.)
The minor leagues often have an interesting take on things, including bobbleheads. The Akron RubberDucks, for example, have several Rock ‘n’ Bobble giveaways, which include DEVO, Joe Walsh, and Chrissie Hynde. The RubberDucks are also doing a salute to women in baseball and giving out a Sharon Hargrove bobblehead. Several teams are giving away bobbleheads of their mascots, local sports figures, and people I don’t know. The Charleston RiverDogs have a few good ones, including Bill Veeck.
And, in case you didn’t get one at Bowie last year, this year you can pick up a Manny Machado Gnome at the Delmarva Shorebirds on July 18.
|4/3||Reading Fightins (AA)||Chase Utley|
|4/9||Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)||Cody Asche|
|4/10||Lehigh Valley||Jonathan Pettibone|
|4/12||Hickory Crawdads (A)||Andrew McCutcheon|
|4/12||West Virginia Power (A)||Starling Marte|
|4/19||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA)||Jon Zuber SWB Red Barons Statue|
|4/28||Lehigh Valley||Ethan Martin|
|5/5||Bowie Baysox (AA)||Mystery Bobblehead|
|5/9||Portland Sea Dogs (AA)||Brandon Workman|
|5/9||Trenton Thunder (AA)||Tony Clark Mini Bobblehead|
|5/10||Akron RubberDucks (AA)||Sharon Hargrove|
|5/10||Wilmington Blue Rocks (A)||Kayla Miller|
|5/10||Charleston Riverdogs (A)||Tony the Peanut Man|
|5/14||New Britain Rock Cats (AA)||Miguel Sano|
|5/17||Altoona Curve (AA)||Geritt Cole Garden Gnome|
|5/17||West Virginia||Don Nehlen and Bob Pruett|
|6/7||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre||Dave Miley SWB Yankees Statue|
|6/7||Gwinnett Braves (AAA)||Mike Minor|
|6/9||Lehigh Valley||Cesar Hernandez|
|6/12||Reading||Jim Bunning (who will also be there signing autographs)|
|6/14||New Britain||Ted Williams|
|6/14||Potomac Nationals (A)||Jayson Werth BobbleBeard|
|6/14||Asheville Tourists (A)||Mr. Moon Bobble (mascot?)|
|6/19||Lehigh Valley||Darin Ruf Garden Gnome|
|6/22||Lowell Spinners (A)||Tooth Brush Holder Bobblehead|
|6/26||Wilmington||Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Bobblehead|
|6/28||Gwinnett||Chopper BobbleBank (mascot)|
|6/30||Reading||John Kruk Garden Gnome|
|7/5||Akron||The Black Keys|
|7/5||Potomac||Anthony Rendon MLB Debut|
|7/5||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre||Derek Jeter SWB RailRiders Statue|
|7/10||Lowell||Canaligator (mascot) Military Bobblehead|
|7/18||Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)||Chipper Jones|
|7/18||Lynchburg Hillcats (A)||Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis|
|7/18||Delmarva Shorebirds (A)||Manny Machado Gnome|
|7/19||Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)||David Ortiz|
|7/21||Tri-City ValleyCats (A)||Johnny Evers|
|7/25||Rome Braves (A)||Freddie Freeman|
|7/26||Frederick Keys (A)||Nick Markakis|
|8/4||Lakewood BlueClaws (A)||Darin Ruf “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead|
|8/7||Lowell||Dave Roberts “The Steal” Bobblehead|
|8/8||Trenton||Boomer (team mascot)|
|8/8||Aberdeen IronBirds (A)||Bill Ripken|
|8/9||Hagerstown Suns (A)||TBA|
|8/11||Aberdeen||Cal Ripken, Sr.|
|8/12||New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)||Fungo (team mascot)|
|8/15||Norfolk Tides (AAA)||Ron Johnson Gnome Figurine (manager)|
|8/16||Potomac||Jayson Werth Wolf-A-Rine|
|8/19||Charlotte Knights (AAA)||Jordan Danks|
|8/21||Lowell||Johnny Boychuk Lock Monsters Bobblehead|
|8/23||Buffalo Bisons (AAA)||‘Chicken Wing’ Bobblehead|
|8/24||New Hampshire (AA)||Ted Williams|
|8/26||Lakewood||Greg Legg (manager)|
|8/28||Lexington Legends (A)||Jose Altuve Mini Bobblehead|
|8/29||Trenton||Player (TBD) Statues|
|8/29||Rochester Red Wings (AAA)||TBA|
|8/29||West Virginia||Gregory Polanco|
Remember that all dates are subject to change and I may have gotten stuff wrong. Here are a few more notes:
- The following teams have no bobbles, gnomes, or figurines listed on their schedules: Durham Bulls (AAA), Binghamton Mets (AA), Erie Seawolves (AA), Harrisburg Senators (AA), Carolina Mudcats (A), Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A), Salem Red Sox (A), Winston-Salem Dash (A), August Greenjackets (A), Charleston Riverdogs (A), Greensboro Grasshoppers (A), Kannapolis Intimidators (A), Savannah Sand Gnats (A), Staten Island Yankees (A),
- The following teams list several giveaway dates as TBA (so, who knows? Maybe one of those will become a bobblehead day!): Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Charlotte Knights (AAA), Hudson Valley Renegades (A).
- The Greenville Drive (A) and most of the New York-Penn League have no promotions listed yet.
- Sat. 8/9, Baysox at Trenton Thunder – “Win a Dishwasher” night (ok, so this is really a “note to self” since mine broke over a year ago)
Happy Minor League Baseball Season!
In honor of Opening Day yesterday, swimmingly.com posted a graphic of how much it costs to propose at each Major League Baseball stadium. The MLB average proposal cost is around $300, with prices ranging from $38.50 to $2,500, depending on where and how extravagant you want to your proposal to be.
For a rock-bottom price, propose in Pittsburgh. There it costs $38.50 to put your proposal up on the scoreboard. In Oakland, the same type of proposal will run you $85. The Yankees, of course, charge a little more – $100 for a scoreboard message. But they allow up to 10 proposals per game. The Twins limit the number of proposals per game to one (at $209).
Of course, some stadiums let you go bigger – in Miami for $500 you get a message on the scoreboard, a shot of you and your sweetie on the video screen, a PA announcement, and a dozen roses delivered by the team mascot, Billy the Marlin. (In 2012, a guy snuck onto the field and proposed to his girlfriend after she sang the National Anthem – I wonder if the Marlins sent him a bill.) For $450, the Phillies give you four tickets to the game, feature your proposal live on the video board, provide a champagne toast, and give you a commemorative DVD of the occasion.
The Dodgers offer two options. For a mere $75 you can have a message displayed on the scoreboard, or you can shell out $2,500 to have your proposal shown live on the video screen. Of course, only one such proposal per month is permitted. (Some teams limit proposals to zero per month – the Orioles, Angels, Blue Jays, Royals, and Mets just don’t bother with such non-baseball silliness.)
Interestingly, it costs less than $200 to propose at a San Francisco Giants game ($175 if you choose a weekend or “premium” game, $145 for other games). Unless you’re Kanye West, then you forget the game altogether and just rent out the whole stadium for $200,000.
There are only FOUR DAYS left until Opening Day! We are ALMOST there!