Baltimore a game for no one

I have no words. There is no one to hear them. The screaming,and  the fighting are drowning the message.  The message of injustice is lost in the violence. Pride of city is replaced with sadness and shame and fear. I will watch the game for no one. It is a testament to the American spirit that no matter what is happening in the world that we will go on.

My words mean nothing but maybe someone will hear Dr. King’s words.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Fun Fact Friday: 15 years ago. Brawl

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We all saw it last night, Royals and White Sox going at it like it was a bar fight. Brawls are a part of baseball. My official stance is brawling is going to get someone hurt and definitely get someone suspended. The date of this video is why I am sharing it. 15 years and one day ago (Creepy! Right?) The White Sox were in another serious brawl but this time against the Detroit Tigers  Be careful guys. You still have to play baseball.

Miss Baseball’s MLB Franchise Four picks

Oh lets have some fun today. I love baseball, I love everything about the game, and I love the long rich history of the game. So MLB has a ballot online at :http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/ .jsp

Well I thought I would give you my picks for each team. Now i have to say this was hard. My love of the game and some personal morals and knowledge of the game really made some of these choices hard. In some cases I would cry out to the baseball gods and ask how am I supposed to choose. (toughest teams were Yankees and Red and Cardinals)

So being a life long Texas girl lets start there

Texas Rangers: When I think of Ranger baseball who comes to mind. Now I don’t know if the team made the list or if MLB made the list but my first three choices were no brainers.

Micheal Young, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan and my write in because I don’t know how you can talk about Ranger baseball and not mention him. RUSTY GREER!

Astros: I really thought about who do you think about when you think about the Astros, Nolan Ryan is a given. Then you have to pick the killer Bees. Bagwell, Berkman and HOF Biggio

Angels: Anderson, Guerrero,Finley,Salmon

A’s: Simmons, Foxx, Henderson, Eckersley

Mariners: Griffey, Johnson, Martinez, Suzuki

White Sox: Minnie Minoso,Harold Baines,Frank Thomas,Paul Konerko

Indians: Bob Feller,Jim Thome,Omar Vizquel,Tris Speaker

Tigers: Ty Cobb,Alan Trammell,Hank Greenberg,Justin Verlander

Royals:George Brett,Bret Saberhagen,Alex Gordon,Write In: Bo Jackson

Twins:Kirby Puckett,Walter Johnson,Rod Carew,Harmon Killebrew

Red Sox: Cy Young,Carl Yastrzemski,Ted Williams,Pedro Martinez

Orioles: Cal Ripken Jr,Brooks, Robinson,Frank Robinson,Jim Palmer

Yankees: Joe DiMaggio,Lou Gehrig,Babe Ruth,Mickey Mantle

Rays: Evan Longoria,Carlos Pena,David Price,James Shields

Blue Jays: Jose Bautista,Joe Carter,Carlos Delgado, and because I can write in my favorite Blue Jay Frank Catalanotto

National League

Braves:Hank Aaron,Greg Maddux,John Smoltz,Eddie Mathews

Marlins: Livan Hernandez,Giancarlo Stanton,Josh Beckett Write in: Rick Helling

Mets: John Franco,Dwight Gooden,Mike Piazza,David Wright

Phillies: Chuck Klein,Jimmy Rollins,Mike Schmidt,Chase Utley

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman,Andre Dawson,Vladimir Guerrero,Gary Carter

Cubs: Ernie Banks,Ryne Sandberg,Ferguson Jenkins,Ron Santo

Reds: Johnny Bench,Barry Larkin,Joe Morgan,Frank Robinson

Brewers:Prince Fielder, Rollie Fingers,Paul Molitor,Robin Yount

Pirates: Roberto Clemente,Ralph Kiner,Willie Stargell,Honus Wagner

Cardinals:Lou Brock,Dizzy Dean,Rogers ,Hornsby,Stan Musial

Diamondbacks: Luis Gonzalez,Randy Johnson,Curt Schilling,Matt Williams

Rockies: Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla,Todd Helton,Larry Walker

Dodgers: Steve Garvey,Sandy Koufax,Jackie Robinson,Fernando Valenzuela

Padres: Adrian Gonzalez,Tony Gwynn,Trevor Hoffman,Jake Peavy

Giants: Christy Mathewson,Willie Mays,Buster Posey, and I don’t know how you can talk about the Giants and not mention Will Clark so he is my last write in vote.

Ok so that’s the list, Who would you pick?

MLB Autism Awareness Game Guide

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Each year MLB teams have one day for Autism Awareness, When is your favorite team having their Autism Awareness Day? Well, I asked that question and went to the web. Only to find out some of the teams had the information on the web.I then hit the phones and called the teams.Bookmark this post as I will update it when I have more information.

Well home is where the heart is. I will start off with my town San Antonio, Home of the Double A San Diego Padres affiliate The San Antonio Missions. Go Missions! (who said that?,Oh yeah! Its me, Big fan!)

Their Autism Awareness night is April 18, and it benefits The Autism Community Network. During the game player will wear puzzle piece jerseys and after the game will autograph and auction them.

Now for the MLB Autism Awareness Night Guide

April

11 Baltimore Orioles

12 Arizona Diamondbacks:

Support Autism Awareness and come out on April 12 for the D-backs Autism Awareness Day! MLB is partnering with Autism Speaks to recognize April as National Awareness Month. A portion from every ticket sold will be donated to Autism Speaks.

For the first half hour when gates open (11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), the D-backs are reserving Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot play area for children with Autism. If you would like to be part of the pre-game Autism Awareness parade meet outside through Gate J/Section 110 no later than 11:55 a.m.

Should a quiet area be needed, please go to our suite level concourse, there are couches by sections 202-203. Enjoy Gluten-Free ballpark items from the stand by Section 107.

For more information on Autism programs in Arizona, stop by the Autism Resource Area in centerfield behind the scoreboard until the 7th inning.

You don’t want to miss any of the action! Get your tickets and grab your glove now! We will see you at the ballpark!

For groups of 12 or larger or for accessible seating, please contact Johanna Imperial at 602-462-4113 orjimperial@dbacks.com.

For more information go to: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/ticket_dugout.jsp?loc=autismaware

14 Texas Rangers

Autism Speaks Night is Tuesday April 14 vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Members, colleagues, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets in Lower reserved or All You Can Eat seating areas. $3 from every ticket you purchase will be donated to Autism research and awareness. Come join your Texas Rangers for a night of great baseball

For additional questions about any of the above information please call Stephan Morales at (817) 273-5250 or email smorales@texasrangers.com

For more information go to: http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/ticketing/community_business_discounts.jsp

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19 Washington Nationals

25 Philadelphia Phillies:

Autism Awareness Night

The Phillies are once again teaming up with Autism Speaks to host Autism Awareness Night at Citizens Bank Park. Please join us on Saturday, April 25 at 7:05 p.m. when the Phillies host the Atlanta Braves.

Tickets (subject to availability) are available in locations regularly priced $47 and under. In addition, $8 from each ticket purchased through this event will benefit Autism Speaks.

For more info go to:http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme/autism_awareness.jsp

25 Milwaukee Brewers

25 Colorado Rockies:

The Colorado Rockies and Autism Speaks would like to invite all individuals, family members, employees and volunteers to come and enjoy an exciting game at Coors Field. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Autism Speaks’ work in the Colorado Community. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a game at Coors Field while supporting the leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Please come help increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families!

Outfield Box $30 – Lower Level Seating ($35 Face Value)
Pavilion $21 – Lower Level Seating ($27 Face Value)
Lower Reserved Outfield $16 – Third Level Seating ($19 Face Value)

For more information go to http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?offer=autismspeaks

26 Miami Marlins:

Autism Awareness Day

Sunday, April 26th vs. WAS – 1:10 PM

Lexus Legends Level: $25

Join the Marlins as we partner with local organizations in an effort to raise awareness about this developmental disorder. VIP Special Event Package includes:

  • Legends Level game ticket
  • First 12,000 fans will receive a Christian Yelich Gold Glove replica trophy sponsored by Pepsi
  • Exclusive Marlins Autism Awareness puzzle
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to local autism groups
  • Seating will be located in the Lexus Legends Level, which will provide your family a comfortable setting to enjoy the game
  • A quiet room will be available if needed

Gift item redemption is located on the Lexus Legends Level and must have a valid Special Event ticket. Please email groups@marlins.com for more information

For more info go to:http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/special_events.jsp#aad

May

2 LA Dodgers

Join us as we team up with Autism Speaks to bring you Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to concerns and take action against this urgent global health crisis.

For more information go to: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/ticketing/theme_games.jsp#autism

3 New York Mets:

Join us in raising awareness for autism, a disorder that affects 1 in 68 American children.

    • Help Autism Speaks fundraise! With each ticket sold through this advanced offer, they will receive a rebate from the New York Mets.
    • Early gate entry for participating families through the Bullpen Gate beginning at 11:10 a.m.
    • Pre-game party in the Bullpen Plaza including art therapy projects by the Queens Museum of Art, karate drills by Kicking the Spectrum and much more!
    • The Cozy Corner will be open all game long for children in need of a quiet reprieve from the game.
    • The first 15,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Mets Tote Bag.
    • Left Field Landing seats will be an area exclusively for guests with autistic family members. We will lower the volume in this section and make other fan-friendly adjustments on this game.
  • New in 2015: Promenade Outfield seats will also be an area where we will lower the volume in this section and have seats reserved exclusively for guests with autistic family members.

For more information go to :http://mlb.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/group_offers.jsp?group=autism_awareness&partnerId=Z114411FB-15J

17 Minnesota Twins:

This is a fundraiser for local autism groups with a pregame parade

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29 St. Louis Cardinals:

The St. Louis Cardinals and Autism Awareness have teamed up for Autism Awareness Night at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, May 29th at 7:15pm. Loge level tickets are just $17 and $5 of each ticket purchased will benefit Autism Awareness. Tickets are limited so come and support a great cause at the ballpark on May 29th.

For more information go to: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/group_theme.jsp?loc=autism&partnerId=ZB11W6G251-80

June

2 San Francisco Giants:

Autism Awareness Night

Tuesday, 6/2 vs. PIT 7:15 p.m

In Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
Join the Giants as we partner with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova, among other organizations in the community, in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. With the help of Giants legend Will Clark, who is a great supporter of the cause, the Giants hope to raise awareness about this developmental disorder that affects more children than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Your special event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Pirates, as well as a limited-edition Will Clark-themed Giants hat! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission.

Now the Giants also have a special VIP package for this event, Details are here:n Community Partnership with Autism Speaks, The Arc, and Anova
The Giants invite you and your family and friends to a special Autism Awareness Night VIP experience, where you can join them in an effort to change the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, through both the raising of awareness and proceeds. Each VIP-ticket holder will receive admission to the Triples Alley Premium Location from 4:45-6:45 p.m., complimentary food and beverage (including beer and wine), as well as a Will Clark-themed hat, and a Will Clark mini helmet, each individually autographed and only available to ticketholders of this VIP offer! Proceeds from every Autism Awareness Night VIP Special Event ticket will be donated directly to non-profits in the Autism community to aid in their ongoing mission. Unlike any other ballpark setting, this on-field space is the perfect place to enjoy all of the pre-game excitement at the ballpark. Triples Alley, the Giants newest Premium Location has it all, including on-field access from which to watch batting practice, early access to the ballpark, and at the conclusion of the pre-game event, a walk along the warning track on the field to get to your seats for the game.

For more information go to:  http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/group_special_events.jsp#autism

7 Atlanta Braves

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 AT 1:30 PM

Join the Atlanta Braves and help raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Children and adults with autism may receive a $1 ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced Outfield Pavilion ticket. A portion of every ticket will go to support Autism Speaks.

TICKET DETAILS
  • All tickets will be in a covered area together in the 234 – 242 aisles in left field.
  • All purchasers of this offer are invited to join a pre-game parade around the field. To participate, line up on the Hank Aaron Ramp across from aisle 129 by 12:00 PM.
  • If needed, there will be a quiet room with activities set up in the Hank Aaron Room, near your seats across from aisle 128.
  • By purchasing this offer, you will be entered into a raffle to win an opportunity to be the Honorary Team Captain!

For more information go to: http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/ticket_specials.jsp?loc=autism

7 Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox, in partnership with Autism Speaks, are offering specially priced tickets for the White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers in support of MLB’s Autism Awareness Initiative.

$10 from every ticket sold in Lower Box and $5 from every Outfield field reserved will support the funding of research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism.

For information on Sensory Friendly club level seats, please email grandslamgroups@chisox.com.

Quiet Areas have been designated for those who need it on the 100 level concourse by section 155, and by section 354 in the sensory friendly club level concourse.

Please note that orders will NOT be redeemed at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket windows or the White Sox administrative offices

I spoke with Scott Gbur of the White Sox and he was very kind and understanding of the issues with Autism. If you have any questions you can contact him at SGBUR@CHISOX.COM or 312-674-1000

13 Tampa Bay Rays

23 Cleveland Indians

There will be a future update on what will be offered during this event. including pregame activities. so stay tuned to this channel for further updates.

September

25 Kansas City Royals

This is not a complete list. I will be calling and checking website for further updates.

Twas the Night before Christmas MLB style

Were you on Twitter? , If you were, you would have seen the MLB teams had some fun and the fans had some more fun reciting the famous Christmas poem by, Major Henry Livington Jr,  which also called Account of a Visit from Saint Nicholas. The offical accounts of  Phillies, Red, Astros, Rockies, Cubs, Mariners, MLB and more got into the mix. So my gift to you on this the merriest of nights.

Fun Fact Friday: Miss baseball’s top baseball movies

I am on the DL! Ha! Ha! Stop that laughing.  I have hurt my knee. With the winter meetings, and the wonder where in the world is Jon Lester going. What is a baseball fan to do? Well its time to watch some movies. There are some good ones out. I know you might argue with my list well go ahead, I know Moneyball is not on here and there is a reason for that until Gabe Kapler talked about metrics in the World Series I thought it was all crap and avoided the movie, I am going to watch it after my knee surgery. So without further ado

Miss Baseball Top Ten Baseball movies:

10.

the rookie

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

9.

angels in outfield

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

8.

Major League (1989) Poster

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they’ll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

7.

Eight Men Out (1988) Poster

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

6.

For Love of the Game (1999) Poster

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

5.

The Natural (1984) Poster

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

4.

Bull Durham (1988) Poster

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

3.

Field of Dreams (1989) Poster

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

2.

The Sandlot (1993) Poster

A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog.

1.

A League of Their Own (1992) Poster

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed a midst their own growing rivalry.

Are you really surprised of my number one pick? I mean come on its Girls playing BASEBALLl.The BEST MOVIE EVER! On a side note I was an extra in The Rookie. Enjoy the list, make one of you own, or argue with me on facebook, twitter or here. Till then Play Ball!

All movie descriptions can be found at http://www.imdb.com

You are too young to be a manager.

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Raul Ibanez is currently up for the manager’s job for the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s 42 and played last season for the Kansas City Royals. Now, my title might have grabbed you. I am not saying the skill sets are not there because a manager is young. If fact, some young blood may help a club. But the reality for me is, I am not old enough to have seen guys who play ball become managers. I am floored at the signing of Paul Molitor. I remember when he played. I remember the big hitting streak in 1987. Now he’s going to lead the Twins, and I feel old. Brad Ausmus, Robin Ventura (every Texas Rangers fan knows Robin Ventura; seriously dude, why did you charge the mound on Nolan?) Joe Girardi … The list goes on. I AM NOT THAT OLD! I am a little surprised at the fact that a player who recently stopped playing would jump right in the manager chair. I would think of a break and some time to recoup after a long career before jumping into another one. I hope Ibanez gets the position. Now, where is my cane that I can swing at the TV and say, “I remember when he played.”

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Fun Fact Black Friday: Black Sox Scandel

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The 1919 Chicago White Sox.

Well, it’s Black Friday, and I thought, Black Friday, Black Sox. See where I am going here? We’ve all heard, “Say it ain’t so Joe” (which, in reality, was probably never said). The 1919 World Series left a black mark on baseball, to be later called the Black Sox Scandal. 8 players from the Chicago White Sox agreed to fix the World Series for $100,000. Now, I will just give you some facts. To learn about the whole story, read “Eight Men Out” by Eliot Asinof. He really uncovers all of the scandal.

There were eight players from the White Sox banned from baseball. They were so banned that if anyone played with them, they would also be banned.

Shoeless Joe Jackson ,Eddie Cicotte, Oscar Felsch, Claude Williams, Arnold Gandil, Fred McMullin, Charles Risberg, and George Weaver.

OK, so the story in the most basic terms is this: Gandil and Cicotte supposedly went to a bunch of gamblers and offered to throw the game. The gamblers would give the ballplayers $100,000 to divide amongest themselves.

Jackson never attended meetings with the other players about the fix, but he did take $5,000 and did later confess to the authorities on his part of the scandal. But he later recanted his confession, and the confession went missing from the court. (Ooh, spooky.)

Cicotte, a pitcher, also confessed and recanted, and his confession went missing.

The eight were tried and were acquitted of criminal actions. But with baseball, they were all banned. Weaver heard about the fix and took no part in it, but his punishment was the same because he knew about the fix and did not tell authorities. Baseball Commissioner Landis said about Weaver, “Men associating with crooks and gamblers could expect no leniency.”

Miss Baseball would like to thank http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Black_Sox_Scandal, for giving her such great information.