Only five days to go until Opening Day!
Only five days to go until Opening Day!
In a spring exhibition game on March 23, 1934, Babe Didrikson pitched the first inning for the St. Louis Cardinals. The female track and field Olympian gave up three runs against the Red Sox in Bradenton, Florida.
Congratulations to Japan on winning the World Baseball Classic championship! And congrats, as well, to Shohei Ohtani on earning MVP honors. As a United States citizen and resident, I was naturally rooting for the USA to repeat, but I certainly can’t be mad about Japan taking the title. The whole nation is so passionate about baseball, and they produce some amazing ballplayers.
Undefeated Team Japan secures its 3rd #WorldBaseballClassic title! pic.twitter.com/ehM62luyw9— World Baseball Classic (@WBCBaseball) March 22, 2023
🥇🇯🇵🔥— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) March 22, 2023
Another MVP award to add to Ohtani’s mantel. #WorldBaseballClassic pic.twitter.com/obVbw01vjv— MLB (@MLB) March 22, 2023
This is pretty much a postseason atmosphere, and we’re getting it right in the middle of Spring Training. It’s a great team over there, and it almost makes me kind of want to go play in winter ball a little bit and see how rowdy these fans get. It looks really fun, and I was glad to be a part of it.
~Trea Turner, on the experience of playing in the World Baseball Classic
I haven’t done the research to determine just how far back the tradition of baseball teams wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day truly goes, but some believe that it may go back quite a ways. The 1899 Philadelphia Phillies introduced their new, green-trimmed uniforms on March 17th, a move that garnered headlines. Considering the Phillies wore these uniforms for the rest of the season, there remains some debate as to whether this could truly be considered a nod to St. Patrick’s Day. The modern tradition of wearing green on this day wouldn’t emerge until 1978, beginning with the Cincinnati Reds.
On March 15, 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the baseball’s first professional team when the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) agreed to allow compensated players to participate. Harry Wright assembled a ten-man team, all of whom were given a salary through November. The Red Stockings finished the season with a 57–0 record, marking the only perfect season in professional baseball history.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
This haiku was first published in Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry. One of the fun things about haiku is that a writer can cram a lot of imagery into three very short lines, and this piece does just that.
Sun shines on diamond,
two birds on a citrus limb
ball meets bat, a crack!
Insomnia has struck tonight, but the plus side of it is that I was able to listen to the last 3.5 innings of the first official game of the World Baseball Classic. The Netherlands has defeated Cuba to kick things off, and in just a few short hours, Chinese Taipei will be taking on Panama.
If you’re interested in following along, the list of teams and the intended schedule for the tournament can be found here.
If you want to know who from each Major League team is participating in the Classic and which country they will be representing, those lists can be found here.
And you can find the complete roster for each country here.
And so it begins. Cuba 🇨🇺 vs Netherlands 🇳🇱. Let’s play some international baseball pic.twitter.com/wm47ZPiRbH
— Matt Monagan (@MattMonagan) March 8, 2023
Team Netherlands gets the first W of the #WorldBaseballClassic! pic.twitter.com/8QitNH5eIc
— World Baseball Classic (@WBCBaseball) March 8, 2023
During World War II, Philadelphia Athletics catcher Harry O’Neill was killed by a sniper at Iwo Jima on March 6, 1945. O’Neill had only appeared in one game for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939. O’Neill and Elmer Gedeon were the only two Major League Baseball players killed during World War II.